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Archived Version 2008 - 2009

Module Title Research Methods
Module Code SS411
School School of Health & Human Performance

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Siobhan McArdleOffice NumberXG06
Level 4 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

Module Aims:

This module aims to provide an overview of the research methods and skills used in Health and Human Performance research.

  • Students will be become familiar with basic research methodologies. 
  • This module also aims to introduce the students to a variety of statistical concepts and a range of simple to intermediate level statistical tests using SPSS software. 
  • The students will be taught how to choose appropriate research paradigms/methodologies/tests for different research questions.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:

After the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic research methodologies, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Use SPSS for data storage and analysis.
  • Employ critical thinking to the analysis of research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of both ethical and methodological considerations in conducting research.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 6
Tutorials 12
Laboratories 24
Independent Learning Time 33

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative Syllabus

The research process:

  • Averages and distribution.
  • Research methods in physical activity.
  • Qualitative Inquiry.
Continuous Assessment60% Examination Weight40%
Indicative Reading List

Indicative Reading List


  • Thomas J.R., Nelson J.K., & Silverman, S. (2005)  Research Methods in Physical Activity, Human Kinetics
  • Salkind, N.J. (2008).  Statistics for People Who Hate Statistics


  • Ntoumanis, N. (2001).  A step-by-step guide to SPSS for Sport and Exercise Studies.  London:  Routledge.
  • Kinnear, P.R. & Gray, C. (2006) SPSS for windows made simple.  Release 14.  East Sussex:  Psychological Press.
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