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Undergraduate Course: Sport and Recreation Management: Research Methods 2B (SPRT08001)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe ability to perform, complete, and present research is a crucial element of the BSc Sport and Recreation Management programme. Towards that end, this course is an introduction to the primary themes and processes of sport and recreation management research. It will introduce students to different methodologies used within quantitative and (primarily) qualitative research: how to critically analyse literature, how evidence is gathered, how researchers can generalise conclusions from data, and how to present findings. The aim of this course will be to prepare students for their professional placements, and to provide a context for how academic research can be used within the twenty-first-century workplace.
Course description Lectures examine the following topics:
What is research?
The research process: identifying research topics and questions
Reviewing the literature
The nature of qualitative research
Qualitative data collection
Qualitative data analysis
The nature of quantitative research
Quantitative data analysis
Questionnaire social survey and designs
Research in the workplace
Ethical issues in social research
Writing a research report and some practical issues

Indicative Content

Understanding research in sport and recreation: why necessary? what are data? what types of research are used in sort and recreation management settings? With examples.
Developing research questions and designing research strategies for projects.
Research methods skills: ¿doing¿ research in a sport and recreation management context.
Reviewing literature.
Qualitative and quantitative methods and data including some of the most popular methods: interviewing and surveys.
Collecting and collating different types of data for a sport/recreation management project.
Report writing.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Student must be enrolled on BSc Sport and Recreation Management programme UTSPRMG
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNot available to visiting students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 28, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework.
A small-scale investigative project (2,000 words) requiring either primary data collection or a critical evaluation of secondary sources.
Feedback Research project design (100%)
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and discuss the main methods for research in sport and recreation management.
  2. Differentiate the characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  3. Establish a methodologically sound proposal for a sport and recreation management research project.
  4. Demonstrate basic practical research skills in selected qualitative and quantitative methods.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to search for literature in a designated field and evaluate key papers.
Reading List
Primary course text

Jones, I. with Gratton, C. (2014) Research Methods for Sport Studies (3rd ed.). London, Routledge


Andrew, D.P.S., Pederson, P.M. and McEvoy, C. (2011) Research Methods and Design in Sport Management. Human Kinetics

Bradley, N. (2010) Marketing Research: Tools and Techniques (2nd ed.). Oxford, Oxford University Press

Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods (4th ed.). Oxford, Oxford University Press

Creswell, J.W. (2013) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches (4th ed.) London, Sage

Edwards, A. and Skinner, J. (2009) Qualitative Research in Sport Management. London, Elsevier

Fielding, J. and Gilbert, N. (2006) Understanding Social Statistics (2nd ed.). London, Sage

Long, J. (2007) Researching Leisure, Sport and Tourism: The Essential Guide. London, Sage

Punch, K.F. (2013) Introduction to Social Research ¿ Quantitative and qualitative approaches (3rd ed.). London, Sage

Sapsford, R. and Jupp, V. (eds) (2006) Data Collection and Analysis. London, Sage
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordssocial science sport research methods
Course organiserDr Matthew McDowell
Tel: (0131 6)51 6598
Course secretaryMrs Stephanie Scullion
Tel: (0131 6)651 6381
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