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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Catherine WoodsOffice NumberA246
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides an overview of the research methods used in Sport and Exercise Sciences. Students will be introduced to a a range of basic statistics and different methods of qualitative enquiry and will learn how to choose the appropriate methodology and/or test for different research questions. Students will learn how to carry out basic statistical tests using SPSS, a statistical software.

Learning Outcomes

1. Choose appropriate statistical tests for different research questions.
2. Collect and analyse qualitative data.
3. Carry out a range of statistical tests using SPSS and interpret SPSS data output.
4. Use scientific presentation and writing 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

Research methods in sport and exercise sciences

Averages and distributions

Introduction to SPSS

Qualitative methods of Inquiry

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment60% Examination Weight40%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Thomas, J. R., Nelson, J. K. & Silverman, S.: 2005, Research Methods in Physical Activity, 5th Edition,
  • Ntoumanis, N: 2001, A stepbystep guide to SPSS for Sport and Exercise Studies,
  • Kinnear, P. R. & Gray, C.: 2006, SPSS for windows made simple, Release 14,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
SSHBSc Sport Science and Health