Research and Evaluation in Sport

Unit code: SSM3104 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Park


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

Required readings Various articles, book chapters and online and audio-visual materials will be used in the course. Electronic copies of, or links to, the required readings will be made available to students on VU Collaborate. Recommended readings While there is no set textbook for this course, the following books are recommended: • Alan Bryman (2015) Social Research Methods (5th edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press. • A.J. Veal & Simon Darcy (2014) Research Methods in Sport Studies and Sport Management: A Practical Guide. London: Routledge.

As part of a course

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