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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health
    Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,797.86
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    BAppSc(Hons), BSc(Hons), PGDipSc, MSc, PGCertAppSc, PGDipAppSc, MAppSc, MSpDM, PGDipSpDM

    Professor Chris Button (

    Teaching staff

    Paper coordinator: Professor Chris Button (

    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

    The paper is delivered in two ways: by distance learning (remotely) and on campus.

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

    Assessment structure: The precise format and weighting of internal and/or external assessments is varied. Assessment details will be advised in module outlines.


    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. Recognise the breadth of research worldviews and approaches in the field of sport, exercise and health 
    2. Demonstrate critical awareness of ethical principles in conducting research 
    3. Locate, filter, and evaluate research information from various sources 
    4. Develop awareness of research designs and how to plan appropriate methods to answer specific questions 
    5. Identify different forms of research dissemination and how to communicate research to different audiences effectively 

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

    1. Understand 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. Understand 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 community engagement 

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

    1. Apply principles of the scientific method in sport, exercise and health sciences 
    2. Understand how to design and manage a research project 
    3. Use spreadsheets to organise and store domain-specific data 
    4. Demonstrate skills to conduct descriptive and interpretive statistics appropriately 
    5. Develop their ability to interpret and evaluate research findings 


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system

    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


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