Undergraduate Course: Sport and Recreation Management (Advanced Research Methods) 3 (SPRT10005)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The ability to perform, complete, and present research is a crucial element of the BSc Sport and Recreation Management programme. This course builds upon the professional research experiences students gained during second-year, and recontextualises sport and recreation research within a more academic, scholarly setting. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the kinds of research they will be performing for their final-year dissertations, as well as the kinds of research utilised in governments, and sporting bodies' official publications, based as they are on academic research methods. This will involve analyses of the processes of knowledge production, the nature of various methods and methodologies, and the critical evaluation of secondary sources. Issues addressed will include epistemological assumptions, research strategies, design, and methodologies, as applied to sport and recreation. It will explore issues of validity and reliability in both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
The module will include lectures specifically designing a research question, performing secondary research, and the presentation of a dissertation:
Ways of seeing the world
Formulating a research question, and writing a literature review
Generalisation: what can we claim with our data?
The writing and presentation of data in a dissertation
The module also includes specific modules that examine different kinds of data collection, with lectures from appropriate instructors:
Interviews: planning, conducting, and analysis
Quantitative data entry and analysis
Feminist approaches to research
Archival historical research
Epistemological issues in research (ways of seeing the world); philosophy and ontology.
Paradigms -- the connection between theory and method.
Induction and deduction in research questions: multi-methods, choice, and triangulation.
Validity, reliability, and the limits of generalisation.
Developing proposals for research ¿ projects and dissertations.
Using statistics: managing and analysing numerical data
Specialism in methods: ethnography, media analysis, feminist research, historical research, policy research.
Ethics in research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students must be enrolled on BSc Sport and Recreation Management Programme UTSPRMG
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay on methods and methodology (50%)
Learning outcomes 1 and 5
Proposal for a fourth-year BSc dissertation (50%)
Learning outcomes 2, 3, and 4
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of epistemological, ontological, and methodological issues in sport and recreation research.
- Select research strategies and methodologies appropriate to particular research problems.
- Design research tools appropriate to particular research problems.
- Generate a proposal for research for a final-year project with appropriate methodology.
- Demonstrate understanding of the links between theory and method.
|Beyond these texts, the organiser requires a variety of discipline-specific texts available for individual lectures|
Primary course text
Robson, C. (2011) Real World Research (3rd ed.). London, Routledge
Recommended literature on research methods
Bell, J. (2010) Doing Your Research Project (5th ed.) Buckingham, Open University Press
Berg, K. and Latin, R. (2008) Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science and Recreation (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
Blaxter, L., Hughes, C., and Tight, M. (2010). How to Research (4th ed.). Buckingham, Open University Press
Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods (4th ed.). Oxford, Oxford University Press
Fleming, S. et al (eds) (2014) The Research Process in Sport, Exercise and Health: Case Studies of Active Researchers. London, Routledge
Long, J. (2007) Researching Leisure, Sport and Tourism: The Essential Guide. London, Sage
Pallant, J. (2013) SPSS Survival Guide (5th ed.). Maidenhead, McGraw Hill
Smith, A. and Waddington, I. (eds) (2014) Doing Real World Research in Sport Studies. London, Routledge
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||social science sport research methods
|Course organiser||Dr Matthew McDowell
Tel: (0131 6)51 6598
|Course secretary||Mrs Stephanie Scullion
Tel: (0131 6)651 6381