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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 12/11/2021 10:04:09

Title of Module: Research in Sport Coaching & Development

Code: SPOR09044 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Tom  Macpherson

Summary of Module

This core Level 9 module for Sport Coaching and Sport Development programmes advances the research knowledge and skills acquired across various Level 8 modules. It is explicitly designed to construct the competencies required for both initiation and completion of a research project/dissertation at Level 10. The syllabus will contain areas relevant for research in sport coaching and development including: literature searching and formulating a research question; qualitative and quantitative research designs, methods and analysis; research ethics and preparation for an undergraduate project or dissertation. All of these areas will be contextualised within the relevant domains of sport coaching and sport development.

The teaching and learning approach will utilise a combination of lectures and interactive tutorial sessions. Lectures will provide information on qualitative and quantitative research design, methods and analysis, while tutorials will focus on developing practical research skills including questionnaires, interviews and focus groups. 

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Critically appraise research design, method and analysis

L2. Formulate an appropriate research question and produce a viable research proposal based on a sound rationale

L3. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the ethical implications of research

L4. Identify appropriate methods of data collection and analysis for different types of research

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrate and/or work with:
- An understanding of the scope and defining features of research in sport coaching and development, and an integrated knowledge of its main areas and boundaries;
- A critical understanding of a range of the principles, principal theories, concepts and terminology of sport coaching and development research.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Apply knowledge, skills and understanding:
- In using a range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with research in coaching and development;
- In using a few skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are specialised and/or advanced;
- In practising routine methods of enquiry and/or research.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

- Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues in sport coaching and development research;
- Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues;
- Draw on a range of sources in making judgements.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Use a wide range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills in support of established practices in sport coaching and development research, for example:
- Present or convey, formally and informally, information on standard/mainstream topics in coaching and development research to a range of audiences;
- Use a range of ICT applications to support and enhance work (e.g., SPSS);
- Interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data to achieve goals/targets.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

- Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level in practice or in coaching and development research;
- Practise in ways that show awareness of own and others’ roles and responsibilities;
- Work, under guidance, with specialist practitioners;
- Seeking guidance where appropriate, manage ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The teaching and learning approach will utilise a combination of blended and face to face delivery of materials. These teaching methods will be used to deliver information on research design, aspects of data processing and statistical analysis relevant for the degree programme. Additional information, resources and directed learning will be provided on Moodle.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Bryman, A. (2016). Social Research Methods (5th Edition). Oxford University Press, Oxford

Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics using SPSS. (4th Edition). Sage, Los Angeles.

Nelson, L., Groom, R. & Potrac, P. (2014). Research Methods in Sport Coaching. Routledge, Oxon.

Patton, M. (2015). Qualitative research & evaluation methods: integrating theory and practice. (4th Edition). Sage, London.

Smith, B. & Sparkes, A. (2016). Routledge Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. Routledge, Oxon.

Thomas, J., Nelson, J., & Jack, K. (2015). Research Methods in Physical Activity. (7th Edition). Human Kinetics, Illinois.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorLiz Carlin
External ExaminerC Corsby
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1. A written submission of a research proposal. (Weighting 70%, LO 1, 2 and 3).
Assessment 2: Class test. (Weighting 30%, LO 4)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Review/ Article/ Critique/ Papercheck markcheck markcheck mark 700

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)   check mark300
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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