SP0748 - The Research Process

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn a critical understanding of research methods as a series of decisions and choices. Throughout the module you will develop an analytical approach to problem-solving appropriate to postgraduate research and study. For example, you will critically appraise the use of applied research in relation to international sport management. The module will develop your ability to formulate a research design, and to evaluate methods that are appropriate to the research problem. In addition to the development of research skills, you will be required to fully appraise research design process.
Throughout the module you will work towards creating a research portfolio, based on patchwork assessment, which demonstrates your understanding of the research process. The contents of the portfolio will typically include: • Identifying a research problem; ; writing a rationale; proposing a research question; critically appraising research; Writing a literature review,; Designing research; Developing research tools (for example, designing an interview schedule or developing a questionnaire); Writing an ethics submission; An analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; writing a research proposal.
The portfolio assessment will add a new dimension to your learning experience. It is designed to be authentic, replicating the types of activities that you may conduct in industry or as a basis for further study. Due to the autonomous, yet supportive, teaching philosophy adopted on this module, you will find it a highly rewarding experience.
Generally through your active engagement with this module, you will develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your professional competencies in a range of skills and attributes, which are transferable and desirable in a number of industry sectors.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. In order to develop your research knowledge and skills, the main emphasis of the module will be on directed and independent learning. Through focused tasks and reading lists, you will be encouraged to make your own research design decisions,
Time spent learning on this module will be divided into interactive lectures, seminars, and group tutorials. The lectures will be delivered in a formal manner; however, you are expected to interact throughout. Seminar sessions will provide opportunities for formative assessment through directed study and the reporting of progress to date. As the module progresses and your needs become more specific, we will begin to focus on learning within group tutorials. These tutorials are student-led, with tutors acting as advisors and critical friends.

At this stage of your academic career we expect you to engage in a significant amount of independent learning, which will enable you to conduct research at postgraduate level.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Tutors will support your learning in a variety of ways. We will provide you with a programme of lectures which relate to the learning outcomes for the module. Seminars will provide a supportive environment in which you can discuss and share your ideas. Tutors will provide reading materials, examples, and activities for seminars to support the development of your understanding of the research process. You will also be provided with an electronic reading list which will include essential and recommended reading for the module and its assessment. You will also be supported to explore and engage in your own search for literature to support your curiosity and enquiry into particular areas of research of interest to you and your group.
Peer learning is central to learning on this module. Group work will enable you to learn from each other and support the learning of others. Contact details for all tutors for this module are available in the module handbook and via the eLP and where appropriate and with your agreement, answers to your queries that would be beneficial to the whole group will be posted on the eLP discussion board so all may benefit.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be able to critically evaluate and synthesise research literature within a specified topic;
2. You will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the effects of design and implementation on results achieved within research;
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will be able to critically discuss the main choices of research strategy;
4. You will be able to implement the principles of research analysis, synthesis of findings and drawing of conclusions by conducting a specific research project for subject related issues posed by members of staff;
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will demonstrate the skills required to design an ethically sound research project; satisfying your curiosity, whilst employing sensitivity to the sociocultural and demographic background of your research participants.

How will I be assessed?

Based on the principles of patchwork assessment, you are required to produce two research portfolios, which provide evidence of acquiring the research skills and capabilities required by sport managers.
The first portfolio will assess MLO 1, 2, 3 and will be 2750 words in length.
The second portfolio will assess MLO 4,5 and will be 2250 words in length.
The portfolios are divided into tasks that will develop your research skills. The first portfolio will focus on locating and critiquing literature and arriving at potential research questions in a sport management area of your choice. The second will focus more on data analysis and interpretation (both qualitative and quantitative). In addition, in the final task you will produce a sport management focused research proposal, using the skills you have developed in previous tasks.
The aim of having two assessments is to allow you to manage your workload and receive feedback on your progress during the module.
Each teaching session is structured around one aspect of the research design process. Therefore, formative assessments are built into the module. Our aim is to introduce you to research at postgraduate level in a supportive environment. We have timetabled tutorial hours available, to enable you to receive support with the development of the skills required to employ qualitative or quantitative research,. For example, we have booked IT labs to enable you to receive support when analysing quantitative data.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Candidates with higher level research skills are highly desired within the international sport management industry. The aim of ‘The Research Process’ module is to introduce you to research a postgraduate level, and to support you on a research rich learning journey. As a module team we have developed this module to be interactive as possible. As you progress through the module you will develop a research portfolio, which is submitted as the module assessment. This will consist of a number of tasks designed to help you to understand the research process. This will help you to produce a research proposal that may be used to help you to develop your dissertation in semester two.
As a module team, we will provide supportive formative feedback at each stage of the process. We understand that this may be your first introduction to one of the research methodologies; therefore, we will strengthen your existing knowledge and help you to learn new ones.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
2 other options available

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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