Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
Area of Study
Health Administration, Health and Exercise Science, Health Science, Research, Sport and Leisure Sciences
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDescriptionThis 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 objectivesUpon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:A. Critically appraise the role of research and ethics in sport, exercise and healthB. Understand and utilise a range of statistical analysis techniques employed in sport, exercise and health researchC. Discuss and critique the validity and reliability of research findings published in the sport, exercise and health literatureD. Design research with a scientific approach to the study of sport, exercise and health in order to identify and solve problemsThis 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)ContentIntroductory concepts - the nature of research, methods of problem solving, qualitative and quantitative research, ethical considerationsAppropriate 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 researchExperimental research - research hypotheses, delimitations, limitations, significance, scope, research design, discussion of findingsMeasurement procedures - validity and reliability, standard error, scale of measurementStatistical 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 varianceComputer techniques - Microsoft excel, SPSS, stem and leaf plots, boxplots, post-hoc tests, statistical proceduresCritical appraisal of methodology in health, sport and exercise researchAssessmentAssessment task 1: Class ExaminationObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):A and BThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):3.0 and 4.0Type: ExaminationGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 30%Length:75 minutesAssessment task 2: Research DesignObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):A, B, C and DThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):2.0, 3.0 and 4.0Type: ProjectGroupwork: Group, group and individually assessedWeight: 30%Length:The assignment should be 2 to 3 pages long (single spacing).Assessment task 3: Final ExaminationObjective(s):This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):A and BThis assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):2.0, 3.0 and 4.0Type: ExaminationGroupwork: IndividualWeight: 40%
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.