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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 06/06/2022 16:40:26

Title of Module: Sport Research and Evaluation

Code: SPOR09056 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 module is explicitly designed to construct the competencies required for both initiation and completion of a research project/dissertation in sport and exercise at Level 10. The syllabus will contain areas relevant to research such as literature searching; formulating a research question; qualitative and quantitative research designs, methods and analysis; critical analysis and research ethics; data analysis; and preparation for an undergraduate project or dissertation. Where appropriate, these topics will be contextualised using relevant sport and exercise scenarios, concepts, and practices. 

This module will assist the student in the development of key 'I am UWS Graduate Attributes' to allow those that complete this module to be: 


  • Critical Thinker 

  • Emotionally Intelligent 

  • Collaborative 

Work Ready: 

  • Problem-solver 

  • Motivated 

  • Potential Leader 


  • Innovative 

  • Resilient 

  • Transformational 

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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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.

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

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.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

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. Recognise the key features of different research designs.

L2. Formulate a research question and develop a research proposal.

L3. Analyse and interpret data from 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.

Demonstrating and/or work with:

- An understanding of the scope and defining features of research in different sport disciplines, 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 related research.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Applying knowledge, skills and understanding:

- In using a range of skills, techniques and practices associated with research in sport;

- In using a range of skills, techniques and practices associated with research in sport that are specialised and/or advanced;

- In practising routine methods of enquiry and/or research.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertaking critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues in the disciplines of sport.

Identifying and analyse routine problems and issues.

Drawing on a range of sources in making judgement

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Using a wide range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills in support of established practices in sport related research. For example:

- Presenting or conveying, formally and informally, information on standard/mainstream topics in research to a range of audiences;

- Using a range of ICT applications to support understanding and enhance work;

- Interpreting, using and evaluating numerical, graphical and qualitative data to achieve goals/targets.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercising autonomy and initiative at a professional level whilst carrying out defined activities particularly by oneself or within a team.

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
This module will adopt a hybrid learning and teaching approach and will be delivered as long-thin over terms 1 and 2. Core theoretical content will be predominantly delivered through a series of asynchronous online materials, including recorded lectures. Synchronous face-to-face sessions (both on campus and online) will be interactive learning sessions to allow the students to apply theories and concepts, complete problem-based learning activities, and receive peer and tutor interaction and feedback.
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)
Asynchronous Class Activity16
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity20
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:

Internet access and a PC or laptop. The content of this module will be delivered fully online through the virtual learning environment (VLE) with some activities utilising other open-source applications.

Indicative texts include:

Armstrong, L.E., and Kraemer, W.J. (2015). ACSM's Research Methods. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Bird, S.R. (Ed). (2019). Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health. 1st ed. New York: Routledge.

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

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

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

(**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 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 the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorDave Grant
External ExaminerC Corsby
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
This module will be assessed through two components.

Assessment 1: Class Test (written)
Assessment 2: Review/ Article/ Critique/ Paper
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)  check mark300

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Review/ Article/ Critique/ Papercheck markcheck mark 700
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
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical learning or assessment, alternative formats and/or roles will be provided for students with physical disabilities which impact participation.

Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link:

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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