Research Methods for Sport and Exercise

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Research Methods for Sport and Exercise

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Health Administration, Health and Exercise Science, Health Science, Research, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Description
    This subject introduces a variety of research design and statistics procedures to reflect the sport and exercise field. Research methods include both quantitative and qualitative procedures. Computer software packages are used to enter, analyse and report data. Students utilise a range of research methods and statistical procedures that specifically relate to the sport and exercise industry.
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    A. Critically appraise the role of research and ethics in sport, exercise and health
    B. Understand and utilise a range of statistical analysis techniques employed in sport, exercise and health research
    C. Discuss and critique the validity and reliability of research findings published in the sport, exercise and health literature
    D. Design research with a scientific approach to the study of sport, exercise and health in order to identify and solve problems
    This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:
    Take personal, social and ethical responsibility for their contribution to sport, exercise and health; (2.0)
    Competently apply knowledge and skills within the sport, exercise and health professions; (3.0)
    Engage in research and critical thinking to integrate diverse knowledge and develop creative, effective and evidence-based solutions; (4.0)
    Content
    Introductory concepts - the nature of research, methods of problem solving, qualitative and quantitative research, ethical considerations
    Appropriate sources of information, searching and utilising primary databases to access peer-reviewed scientific literature, purpose and structure of the literature review, evidenced based practice, reporting written research
    Experimental research - research hypotheses, delimitations, limitations, significance, scope, research design, discussion of findings
    Measurement procedures - validity and reliability, standard error, scale of measurement
    Statistical Techniques - questionnaire design, percentiles, central tendency and variability, normal curve and sampling error, levels of confidence, correlation and bi-variate regression, t test and z test, type I and type II errors, analysis of variance, nonparametric techniques, assumptions, homogeneity of variance
    Computer techniques - Microsoft excel, SPSS, stem and leaf plots, boxplots, post-hoc tests, statistical procedures
    Critical appraisal of methodology in health, sport and exercise research
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Class Examination
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
    A and B
    This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
    3.0 and 4.0
    Type: Examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 30%
    Length:
    75 minutes
    Assessment task 2: Research Design
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
    A, B, C and D
    This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
    2.0, 3.0 and 4.0
    Type: Project
    Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
    Weight: 30%
    Length:
    The assignment should be 2 to 3 pages long (single spacing).
    Assessment task 3: Final Examination
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
    A and B
    This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
    2.0, 3.0 and 4.0
    Type: Examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 40%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.