Research Methods for Exercise Professionals

    Unit code: AHE1105 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    This unit focuses on the fundamental principles of research design and analysis in Exercise Science. Introductory skills and knowledge for the conduct of research are developed. Fundamental principles underpinning qualitative and quantitative experimental design including the importance of following accepted processes in statistical analyses, sampling and the making of inferences are highlighted together with the ethical recruitment, treatment and confidentiality of participants. Informed consent as a moral framework for giving due regard and respect to the subject of the research and transparency and completeness in the dissemination of knowledge are emphasised in this unit.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Locate and annotate scientific literature from a variety of disciplinary areas relevant to exercise and sports science;
    2. Explain the concepts and ideas associated with judgments about the use and validity of quantitative and qualitative methods;
    3. Identify and critically evaluate the concepts affecting the ethical underpinning of different research designs; and
    4. Assess and interpret research literature relevant to exercise and sport science.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 60%
    Weekly submissions of problem based learning activities (3 x 20%)
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 20%
    Collaborative research paper
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 20%
    Collaborative research group conference presentation with poster

    Required reading

    Weekly readings will be assigned by the unit convenor, and presented online to students. Many will come from the course text which is available in the library and for purchase from the Bookshop.

    Essentials of research methods in health, physical education, exercise science, and recreation
    Berg, K.E., & Latin, R.W. (2008).| Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

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