NUTR09012 2019 Research Methods for Sports Nutrition

General Details

Full Title
Research Methods for Sports Nutrition
Transcript Title
Research Methods for Sports Nu
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Laura Keaver, Irina Uzhova
Programme Membership
SG_SSPOR_M09 201900 Master of Science in Sports and Exercise Nutrition SG_SSPOR_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Sports and Exercise Nutrition

The Research Methods module provides a critical overview of the main methods and approaches used for research into areas related to sport and exercise nutrition, in-depth knowledge of planning and designing research studies, quantitative research techniques, methods of data analysis, ethical considerations in research, and skills in presenting research findings.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Discuss the key statistical issues including analysis, sampling, study size and statistical power


Reflect upon an wide range of qualitative and/or qualitative methods and discuss their main advantages and challenges 


Critically evaluate the given issue in the area of sports nutrition and using quantitative and/or qualitative approach prepare the research proposal


 Discuss the ethical issues that must be considered when using human subjects for research purpose

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered through online weekly lectures. This will consist of a one hour lecture per week as well as one hour of asynchronous learning which will consist of interactive and forum discussions. In addition the learner will be expected to allocate an additional 5 hours per week for continuous assessment and additional reading. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% continuous assessment which will consist of both qualitative research study as well as the development of the MSc research proposal

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment if required.

Indicative Syllabus

Overview of research process: the nature of research; unscientific versus scientific methods of problem solving; types of research

Identifying the research problem: purpose of the literature review, basic literature search methodologies, identification of research hypothesis, assumptions, delimitations, and limitations, study significance. 

Formulating the method, principals in planning an experiment, participants and instruments

Overview of study designs 

Ethical issues and considerations in research

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Mini Qualitative research study Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Any 2,4
2 MSc research proposal Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % Any 3,4
3 Online discussions Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online One hour lecture and one hour asynchronous learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Self-directed Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
27/10/2013 Qualitative Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health: From Process to Product Routledge

Required Reading
2015-01-15 Research Methods for Sports Studies Routledge
ISBN 0415749336 ISBN-13 9780415749336

Previous edition main entry Gratton, Chris.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Mark F. Smith. (2017). 2nd Edition. Research Methods in Sport. SAGE Publishing. 

Atkinson, M. (2011). Key concepts in sport and exercise research methods. Sage Publishing. 

Journal Resources

Journal of Sports Sciences 

International review of sport and exercise 

British journal of sports medicine 

Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health 

URL Resources

Mack, Natasha, C. Woodsong, K. MacQueen, G. Guest, E. Namey. 2005 Qualitative Research Methods.: A Data Collector’s Field Guide. USAID. Access at:'s%20Field%20Guide.pdf 

Sections of Saldana, J. (2015) Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers. Sage. Access at: