Research and evaluation are integral elements of sport management. Sport and recreation professionals need to understand the uses, processes and implications of research and evaluation and be able to apply various research and evaluative techniques in their work. This unit provides students with a conceptual and practical introduction to research principles, methodologies, methods and applications. Students will familiarise themselves with the language of research, understand the research process, and learn how to design, conduct and critically review research.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the nature of research and evaluation and their applications to sport and active recreation;  
  2. Critically review research and evaluation literature related to sport and active recreation;  
  3. Identify and apply basic research principles and methods (quantitative and qualitative) suitable to particular research problems; and,  
  4. Critically evaluate and interpret research data to present to an audience.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Oral presentation on research proposal 20%
Review Review of research literature 20%
Test Quiz research concepts and principles 20%
Presentation Conference presentation 40%

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