Core Module Information
Module title: Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES11116
Module leader: Konstantinos Kaliarntas
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


Description of module content:

In this module you will learn about the process of knowledge construction and evaluation in contemporary sport and exercise science. You will examine a range of epistemological approaches and explore the philosophical implications of adopting different methods of constructing knowledge. You will look at issues around research design, including an examination of ethical and governance issues. You will critically examine the methods by which research is conducted, looking at the internationally accepted guidelines for randomised controlled trials and other prominent methodologies in the sport and exercise science literature. You will examine the contemporary debates around null-hypothesis significance testing (NHST) and magnitude based statistics and also examine the anticipated development of data synthesis techniques.
Sport and exercise science is also an applied endeavor and students need to be capable of effectively disseminating complex technical data to a lay audience.
During hands on laboratory sessions you will use the Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) and learn how to make decisions about the use of appropriate statistical tests and how to interpret the analysis outputs.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Summarise the philosophical basis of scientific knowledge construction in the context of sport, health and exercise.
LO2: Critically analyse methodological issues in research design.
LO3: Accurately conduct and interpret a range of quantitative techniques in relation to sport, health and exercise data sets.
LO4: Use appropriate approaches to data reduction and synthesis required in different scientific fields i.e. biomechanics, physiology, psychology etc.
LO5: Interpret technical data and statistical outcomes and be able to communicate these to lay audiences (health and sports professionals, patients, athletes, public members etc).

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Konstantinos Kaliarntas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a series of lectures and practical sessions and you will develop a basis of theoretical knowledge and practical skills (LO1-LO5).
In most of the lecture and practical sessions, an interactive and student-centered approach will be adopted. You will be working on key topics, readings or applications and asked to develop questions which can then be discussed with your peers or your lecturer. In the practical sessions, you will work through real-life datasets and information dissemination challenges. Therefore, we ensure that your learning of research methods and statistical analysis concepts is within a real-life and applied context.

Formative Assessment:
There will be a number of formative assessments staged throughout the module to assist in measuring your progress and identifying areas needing further support. These will include short answer questions, quizzes, and tasks to be completed during lectures and practical sessions. Examples of data will be given to students each week so as to work on and discuss in subsequent practical data analysis sessions. In this way, you will have the opportunity to explore further data analysis techniques, seek answers on specific practical tasks and receive constructive feedback based on your performance.

Summative Assessment:
Your summative assessments will take place in weeks 9 and 15 of this module through two pieces of assessment work. The first will be a 2000 word research project protocol in which you will develop a rationale, aim, methods, and examine ethical, governance, time, cost and practical implications of the suggested project (40%, LO’s 1-4). The second summative assessment is a 3,5 hours open book examination on research methods questions as well as on data analysis with SPSS (60%, LO’s 1-5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Online Guided independent study 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 142
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1,2,3,4,5 9 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4,5 15 HOURS= 3.5, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES11116 Research Methods in Sports and Exercise Science