SP5012 - Sport Research in Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

The module builds on foundational knowledge developed within the level 4 modules of Professional Skills in Sport and Examining Sport Management/Development/Coaching Issues. In these modules you explored literature searching, sources and their quality and examined issues by using research data. You were provided with essay questions and data to answer these with. Sport Research in Practice now moves you further on in your research enquiry by supporting you in working with others to generate a research question, and to collect and analyse your own data to answer this.

In order to do this you will be introduced to key concepts, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to your study of sport. You will develop knowledge and understanding about:
- research questions and rationales
- belief systems about what we can know and how we can know it (Ontology and Epistiomology),
- how we can go about finding out? (Methodology),
- collecting or generating data (Methods) and;
- analysing and interpreting findings (Analysis).

You will learn how to bring all these elements together by working ethically through a research process and engaging in practical research design using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The module focuses on practical interviewing and questionnaires experience, as well as ethically appropriate data collection and analysis. Ultimately, the module prepares you to cover all requirements of a research dissertation in level 6, in terms of theoretical understanding and practical use of research tools and subsequent analysis.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be primarily seminar led and enquiry based. Seminars will guide you through the research process and provide a practical understanding of some of the possible research approaches adopted and processes used to research in sport. They are intended to help you develop broad knowledge of the different types of research undertaken in sport and exercise, while at the same time facilitating your personal choices in terms of research direction.

Your learning on this module will be developed around, and will result from, a research project, conducted as a group with peers, which will involve you in carrying out and writing up a project, investigating a topic set by your tutors. Each seminar will guide and engage you in the next part of the research process. Interactive sessions will provide the opportunity for detailed discussion and allow you to gain valuable experience in research data collection techniques such as interviews and questionnaires or observations. You will also be given time to use computer based tools to enhance quantitative data analysis.

Lectures will be used minimally to engage you further in your understanding of the underpinnings to key elements of the research process and its application in sport, and to feed forward to future seminars and the assessment. In addition, group tutorials will support preparation for module assessment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

To complement taught sessions, you will be provided with a workbook at the start of the module which will scaffold your learning and guide you through the key stages of the module assessments. Additional content via the Electronic learning Portal (eLP) and an electronic interactive reading list is provided. Tutors will provide constructive feedback on your project and assessment development, via group tutorials and responding to questions via the modules elP discussion board so that all students can benefit. During the module you will be able to take advantage of the University Library’s Skills Plus programme as you develop your skills as an undergraduate researcher.

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. Justify an appropriate research design and process involved in research in Sport Development, Management and Coaching
2. Select appropriate means of analysis and interpretation for data generated by research in Sport Development, Management and Coaching.
3. Review and interpret relevant academic literature for the purpose of a research project.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Work in a group to construct a written report based on a chosen research question.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate understanding of ethics and the ethical approval process.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment

Group research report (100 %) – You will be required to work within groups of 3 – 4 to produce a research report, covering the research process, on a particular topic area (4000 words) (LO 1, 2, 3,4, 5). 10% of the mark awarded for this report will be an individual peer awarded mark and 10% of the marks awarded will be for completion of the module seminar workbook. This means that 20% of the module mark will be individually assessed.

Formative assessment

You will continually undertake formative assessment around the research process, in regards to research design, data collection and analysis, as well as the ethics process. Continuous feedback will be provided in seminars and tutorials to assist the completion of your group research report.

Pre-requisite(s)

Examining Sport
Management/Coaching/Development Issues

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Sport Research in Practice will equip you with the knowledge and skills to conduct social science research in your sport subject area. It is a vital foundation preparation for the final year Dissertation. Through research led, tutored and enquiry based learning you will work as a group to design, implement and analyse findings from, an ethically sound research project, to address a question identified for you, by your tutor. Skills of analysis, early stages of critical thinking and enquiry will be developed. Communication skills through data collection, tutor and peer discussion will be honed. Teamwork and leadership skills in the group work environment will be extended.

What will I learn on this module?

Sport Research in Practice moves you further on in your research enquiry by supporting you to generate a research question, and to learn how to collect and analyse data to answer this.

In order to do this you will be introduced to key concepts, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to your study of sport. You will develop knowledge and understanding about:
- research questions and rationales
- belief systems about what we can know and how we can know it (Ontology and Epistemology),
- how we can go about finding out? (Methodology),
- collecting or generating data (Methods) and;
- analysing and interpreting findings (Analysis).

You will learn how to bring all these elements together by working ethically through a research process and engaging in practical research design using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The module focuses on practical interviewing and questionnaires experience, as well as ethically appropriate data collection and analysis. Ultimately, the module prepares you to cover all requirements of a research dissertation in level 6, in terms of theoretical understanding and practical use of research tools and subsequent analysis.

Course info

UCAS Code C6X1

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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