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SPEX401 Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health

Advanced study of methodologies used in sport, health and exercise research.

The paper allows students to develop understandings of varied research worldviews/paradigms, reviewing literature, research ethics, data collection and analysis, and how to disseminate research effectively.

Paper title Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health
Paper code SPEX401
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points 20 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
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Limited to
Limited to: BAppSc(Hons), BSc(Hons), PGDipSc, MSc, PGCertAppSc, PGDipAppSc, MAppSc, MSpDM, PGDipSpDM
Contact

Dr Mark Falcous (mark.falcous@otago.ac.nz)

Teaching staff

Paper coordinator: Dr Mark Falcous

The individual modules will be taught by academic staff from the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science.

Paper Structure

Students take two modules (each worth 10 points). The first module, 'Becoming a Researcher', is compulsory. The second is chosen from:

  • Quantitative Research Methods for Exercise Science (10 points)
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health (10 points)

Teaching Arrangements

Teaching arrangements differ for each module within the paper. They comprise: lectures, research seminars, research presentations and workshops.

Textbooks

A reading list for each module will be provided to students. There will be no textbooks required.

Course outline

A course outline for each module will be provided to students at the start of the semester.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global Perspective, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Lifelong Learning, Ethics, Information Literacy, Self-Motivation, Cultural Understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

The 'Becoming a Researcher' module provides students with the following learning outcomes:

  1. Understanding of research issues concerning research paradigms, ethics and reviewing literature
  2. Recognise the breadth of research approaches in the field of physical/movement culture
  3. Understanding of the contested nature of the research field
  4. Develop an understanding of key issues concerning community engagement
  5. Demonstrate skills to disseminate research effectively

The 'Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health' module has the following learning objectives:

  1. Understanding of issues in qualitative research relating to politics, culture and research paradigms
  2. Recognise the breadth of qualitative approaches in the field of physical/movement culture
  3. Understanding of the contested nature of the qualitative field
  4. Demonstrate skills to conduct qualitative and/or mixed methods research including data collection and analysis
  5. Develop an understanding of key issues concerning research ethics
  6. Develop an understanding of key issues concerning community engagement
  7. Demonstrate skills to disseminate research effectively

The Quantitative Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health module has the following research objectives:

  1. Apply the principles of research design and methodology in exercise sciences
  2. Conduct an appropriate analysis of domain-specific data
  3. Demonstrate understanding of research project implementation and management
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the practices and guidelines for disseminating research findings

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 9-16, 18-22
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22