This unit (SES6005) focuses on integrating basic and advanced principles of quantitative and qualitative research methods with a contemporary approach to data analysis, with specific application to sport and exercise sciences. The unit will provide graduates with the skills to understand and conduct applied research and analyse data in ways that are relevant to sports and clinical practitioners and academics. Graduates will learn how to communicate research outcomes that can be understood by a variety of stakeholders (e.g., scientific community, coaches etc.). The unit will include a study of research methods both qualitative and quantitative; statistical tests; planning, forming and designing data collection for research; and critically analyse scientific literature.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and critique contemporary perspectives and theories related to research in the field of sport and exercise sciences;  
  2. Clarify the essential elements and processes involved in undertaking applied statistical analysis;  
  3. Design and communicate complex statistical analysis; and  
  4. Devise a methodology to collect and analyse data that can be applied to a minor thesis or industry project.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Mapping the literature and drafting a research question 20%
Assignment Statistical analysis and data presentation assignment based on data from quantitative research designs 25%
Assignment Statistical analysis and data presentation assignment based on data from qualitative research designs 25%
Project Research proposal 30%

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