NUTR09012 2019 Research Methods for Sports 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.
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 continuous assessment if required.
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
|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
|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|
Required & Recommended Book List
27/10/2013 Qualitative Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health: From Process to Product Routledge
2015-01-15 Research Methods for Sports Studies Routledge
ISBN 0415749336 ISBN-13 9780415749336
Previous edition main entry Gratton, Chris.
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 of Sports Sciences
International review of sport and exercise
British journal of sports medicine
Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health
Mack, Natasha, C. Woodsong, K. MacQueen, G. Guest, E. Namey. 2005 Qualitative Research Methods.: A Data Collector’s Field Guide. USAID. Access at: https://www.fhi360.org/sites/default/files/media/documents/Qualitative%20Research%20Methods%20-%20A%20Data%20Collector's%20Field%20Guide.pdf
Sections of Saldana, J. (2015) Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers. Sage. Access at: https://study.sagepub.com/saldanacoding3e