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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Research Methods
Module Code SS239
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Anna Donnla O'Hagan
Semester 2: Anna Donnla O'Hagan
Autumn: Anna Donnla O'Hagan
Module TeachersBrendan Egan
Anna Donnla O'Hagan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will introduce students to the critical analysis of research in sport science. It will also introduce students to common quantitative research methodologies, designs, statistical concepts and analytical techniques in sport science. A heavy emphasis will be placed on practical experience through reading and reviewing journal articles.

Learning Outcomes

1. 1. Examine the fundamental components of the research process
2. 2. Apply principles of database searching in a review of literature and summarise the research literature
3. 3. Enhance knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research skills

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Laboratory12No Description
Independent Study89No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The Research Process

Critical Analysis

Qualitative Vs Quantitative Research


Literature Review


Research Design

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Short Answer Questionsn/a20%Week 6
Assignmentn/a60%Week 11
Group presentationn/a20%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Berg, K.E. & Latin, R.W.: 2004, Essentials of Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Recreation, 2nd, Lippincot Williams & Wilkins, USA,
  • Gratton, C., & Jones, I.: 2010, Research Methods for Sports Studies, 2nd, Routledge, London,
  • Lynch, C.: 2010, Doing your Research Project in Sport, Learning Matters Ltd, Cornwall, England,
  • Neil, R., Hanton, S., Fleming, S., & Wilson, K.: 2014, The Research Process in Sport, Exercise and Health, Routledge, London,
  • Tenenbaum, G. & Driscoll, M.P.: 2005, Methods of Research in Sport Sciences: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, Meyer & Meyer Sport (UK) Ltd, Oxford,
  • Thomas, J.R., Nelson, J.K. & Silverman, S.J.: 2005, Research Methods in Physical Activity, 5th, Human Kinetics, Leeds,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SSHBSc Sport Science and Health

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