Core Module Information
Module title: Research Methods in Football Coaching

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES09127
Module leader: James Dugdale
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


Description of module content:

This module will include the analysis of a broad range of research methods (both qualitative and quantitative) using techniques applied within football coaching research. You will be taught the ethical considerations of research, search strategies for conducting a literature review, recruitment process, and GDPR guidelines. You will also develop your ability to enter, analyse, and interpret data through a hands-on approach. Quantitative approaches covered will include experimental design; interpreting results; statistical principles (null hypothesis testing, probability) and methods (t-tests, ANOVA, simple linear regression); using SPSS for analysis. Qualitative approaches will include collecting and analysing qualitative data (e.g. thematic analysis).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of quantitative and qualitative research methods and data analysis.
LO2: Analyse and appraise primary literature and scientific publications for critical review.
LO3: Evaluate and control ethical issues which may arise while developing a research proposal.
LO4: Select and apply the appropriate data analysis techniques in relation to the type of data.
LO5: Interpret quantitative data using SPSS.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James Dugdale
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will receive twelve two-hour practical workshops and twelve one-hour tutorials. In addition, you will have the option to watch online videos, which will enhance your learning experience (e.g. video tutorials on how to conduct specific statistical analysis using SPSS). The aim of the practical workshops is to introduce key methodological concepts and theories for quantitative and qualitative data analysis (LO1, LO4). You will also focus on selecting and applying data analysis techniques by evaluating realistic research problems within their field (LO4, LO5). The tutorials will complement the practical workshops by focusing on research methods, literature review, ethics, GDPR guidelines, and recruitment process (LO1, LO2 and LO3).

Formative Assessment:
You will complete a number of online formative multiple-choice quizzes (MCQ) in weeks 4 and 9. The content of the MCQs will focus on all the LOs (LO1-LO5) and will enable you to develop a theoretical and applied understanding of research methods and data analysis. Those formative assessments will allow you to receive feedback on your work and feed this forward into your summative assessment. Tutors will also give individualised feedback during the tutorials and the practical workshops in relation to both summative assessments.

Summative Assessment:
The module will be assessed by two summative assessments: the first assessment will be divided in two class tests to assess the basic skills of data input, analysis and interpretation of SPSS output assessing LO1, LO4 and LO5, which will occur in weeks 5 and 10 (worth 35% per test). The second summative assessment will be a 15 minutes presentation of a research proposal in week 12 and will assess LO2 and LO3 (worth 30%).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
Online CL_TST 2
Online Tutorial 4
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 35 1, 4 & 5 5 HOURS= 01.00
Class Test 35 1, 4 & 5 10 HOURS= 01.00
Oral Presentation 30 2 & 3 12 HOURS= 00.15
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES09127 Research Methods in Football Coaching