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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Siobhan McArdleOffice NumberXG06
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 and skills used in Health and Human Performance research. Students will 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

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

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20No Description
Laboratory6No Description
Tutorial4No Description
Independent Study74No Description
Total Workload: 104

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

Understanding the Research Process

Testing Hypotheses

Qualitative Methods of Inquiry

Introduction to SPSS

Inferential Statistics

Assumptions of Statistical Analysis

T-Tests & ANOVA's

Variables and Descriptive Statistics

Correlation & Regression

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
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. J.: 2015, Research methods in physical activity, 7th Ed, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL,
  • Field, A.: 2017, Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics, 5th Ed, Sage, London,
  • Field, A. P.: 2013, Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics: and sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll., 4th Ed, Sage, London,
  • Gratton, C. & Jones, I.: 2010, Research methods for sports studies, 2nd Ed, Routledge, London,
  • Jones, I., Brown, L., & Holloway, I.: 2013, Qualitative research in sport and physical activity, Sage, LA, California,
  • Pallant, J.: 2010, SPSS survival manual: a step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS, 4th Ed, McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead,
  • Magdalinski, T.: 2013, Study skills for sport studies, Routledge, London,
  • Ntoumanis, N: 2001, A stepbystep guide to SPSS for Sport and Exercise Studies, Routledge, London,
  • Williams, C. A. & Wragg, C.: 2004, Data analysis and research for sport and exercise science: a student guide., Routledge, London,
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