Research Methods and Applied Statistics

Unit code: SES6005 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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This unit 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. Students will also foster their understanding of how to translate research findings into Evidence Based Practice. Finally, 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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise contemporary perspectives and theories related to research in the field of sport and exercise sciences;
  2. Critically review the essential elements and processes involved in undertaking applied statistical analysis to implement evidence-based practice;
  3. Exemplify knowledge of data collection methods and analysis techniques; and
  4. Devise a methodology to collect and analyse data that can be applied to a minor thesis or industry project.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online Test
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 25%
Short literature review to identify meaningful findings that can be used to implement Evidence Based Practice
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 25%
Preparation, delivery and interpretation of results from a work-related semi-structured interview
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 30%
Research proposal

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

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