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92054 Research and Statistics for Sport and Exercise

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject assumes a basic knowledge of the range of research methods used in sport and exercise and the ability to use statistical analysis packages. It covers two areas: conceptual and theoretical approaches to research and quantitative research methods. The first of these addresses the nature of research and its relationship to the development of knowledge and conceptualisation and design of research projects. The quantitative area involves the application of statistical methods and exploration of the more advanced capabilities of the SPSS package.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Identify a research topic for a thesis or major project.
B. Conceptualise the research problem(s), conduct a preliminary review of related literature and define the research questions or hypotheses.
C. Devise an outline strategy to address the research problem(s).
D. Conduct basic statistical analysis appropriate to research problems in sport and exercise.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Take personal, social and ethical responsibility for their contribution to sport, exercise and health (2.0)
  • Competently apply knowledge and skills within the sport, exercise and health professions (3.0)
  • Engage in research and critical thinking to integrate diverse knowledge and develop creative, effective and evidence-based solutions (4.0)
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with diverse populations to enable positive change (6.0)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject is designed to prepare Honours, Masters and PhD students to complete the research ethics / proposal stage of their respective awards. The focus of this subject is on the development of research and analytical skills relevant to research projects. Students will develop an understanding of the nature of research and its relationship the development of knowledge. This subject will also focus on the conceptualisation and design of research projects, and provide skills for critical analysis and review of literature. Advanced data analysis and statistical interpretation skills will also be addressed. The subject assumes prior knowledge of the range of research methods used in sport and exercise disciplines.

Teaching and learning strategies

The following teaching and learning activities will be used to engage students with the content and achieve student learning outcomes:

  • Lecture content (face to face and online)
  • Tutorial sessions

Face to face lectures provide students with essential background information required to develop research and analytical skills relevant to Honours, Masters and PhD level research in sport and exercise science. All face to face lectures will be recorded in real-time using screen capture software and uploaded to UTSOnline. Students may access these lecture recordings at any time following the lecture until the completion of the unit.

The foundation knowledge introduced in the lectures is further developed through pre-class tasks and tutorial activities. Students will also be required to complete pre-learning tasks that introduce weekly topics and provide background expectations for the content. These activities include completing prescribed readings, watching online videos, planning of your research methods and reflection on your progress. Some writing activities will also be required before attending class. It is expected that the development of skills in this subject will follow the development of your research projects. The tutorial sessions involve both group and independent activities in data handling, statistical analyses, and synthesising and presenting data. These activities will also include problem solving tasks and research case studies.

Feedback will be provided to students throughout session via several mediums. There will be two meetings with the coordinator during session (week 3 and review week) where students will be able to discuss their progress in detail. The literature review, ethics submission and research proposal assignments will be marked using a rubric which will be provided to students, along with written feedback about their work.

Content (topics)

  • The nature of research
  • Developing and presenting research problems
  • Methodology and theoretical perspectives in research for sport and exercise
  • Review of literature
  • Developing projects within an ethical framework
  • Quantitative research methods

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Literature Review (Individual)

Intent:

The purpose of this task is to examine the student's ability to search, critically evaluate and synthesise literature pertinent to their individual research topic. As a result of this task, students should be able to identify gaps in the literature to justify the purpose for their research project.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A and B

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

3.0, 4.0 and 6.0

Weight: 40%
Length:

3000-4000 words

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Accurate analysis and application of the research methods and statistics that apply to human motion in the context of health, sport and exercise 20 B 3.0
Quality of research and critical thinking that enables evidence based solutions to evaluate human movement in the context of health, sport and exercise 60 A 4.0
Effectiveness of communication to promote sport and exercise for individuals and groups 20 B 6.0
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Ethics Proposal / Methodology (Individual)

Intent:

The purpose of this assessment is to examine the student's ability to develop a feasible high quality research project and demonstrate their understanding of ethical issues with their research.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C and D

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 6.0

Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Appropriateness of modification to personal, social and ethical behaviour in relation to sport, exercise and health within diverse environments 40 B, C 2.0
Accurate analysis and application of the research methods and statistics that apply to sport and exercise 20 C, D 3.0
Quality of research and critical thinking that enables evidence based solutions to evaluate sport and exercise problems 20 B, C, D 4.0
Effectiveness of communication to promote sport and exercise for individuals and groups 20 A, B 6.0
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Presentation of Research Proposal (Individual)

Intent:

The purpose of this assessment is to examine the student's ability to communicate their research. The presentation will be assessed on its scientific merit and potential to contribute to knowledge, research design, ethical considerations and project feasibility.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B, C and D

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 6.0

Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Appropriateness of modification to personal, social and ethical behaviour in relation to sport, exercise and health within diverse environments 10 B, C 2.0
Accurate analysis and application of the research methods and statistics that apply to sport and exercise 10 B 3.0
Quality of research and critical thinking that enables evidence based solutions to evaluate sport and exercise problems 50 B 4.0
Effectiveness of communication to promote sport and exercise for individuals and groups 30 B, C, D 6.0
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Required texts

Thomas. J., Nelson. J. and Silverman, S. 2015, Research Methods in Physical Activity, 7th edn, Human Kinetics, Illinois, USA.

www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/research-methods-in-physical-activity-7th-edition

References

Cumming, G. 2012, Understanding The New Statistics: Effect Sizes, Confidence Intervals, and Meta-Analyses, Routledge, London, UK.

Field, A. 2013, Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics, Sage, UK.

Vincent, W.J. and Weir, J.P. 2012, Statistics in Kinesiology, 4th Edn, Champaign, Illinois, USA.

Williams, C. and Wragg, C. 2004, Data Analysis and Research for Sport and Exercise Science, Routledge, London, UK.

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