General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
RSCH - Research
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edwenia OMalley
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity SG_SHEAL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Exercise Science

Learners will have the ability to describe and outline various principles of research and basic constructs in the research process.  Learners will be able to distinguish quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques.  Learners will also be introduced to basic research methodologies and equipped with the core skills to be able formulate a research proposal. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe and differentiate the research proposal, research process and research paper with specifc focus on health


Differentiate and distinguish between qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.


Plan, design and produce aspects of the research proposal


Devise or evaluate basic research data collection tools both quantitative and qualitative in nature

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will adopt a student centred approach. Students will learn theory and principles of basic research methodologies in lectures. Reflection on this learning will be required through a log that students will keep throughout the semester providing an opportunity to individually evaluate or apply the topics covered. Workshops will mainly focus on group based activities providing an interactive learning experience to increase the students understanding. Assessment will take both individual and group formats, aiming to cater for different learning/assessment preferences. 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 40% Continuous Assessment and 60% Final Exam. During the delivery of this module lecture material is supported by use of online resources, direction to relevant research methods books in the library and reflective practice. Understanding of theory will be assessed through online (with immediate feedback) and final exam while application of the knowledge will be supported and assessed through individual and group work during their workshops.

Repeat Assessments

A student may repeat all or part of the continuous assessment and/or the final exam where they have met the 75% minimum attendance at workshops.

If a student fails to meet the 75% minimum attendance, they will be recommended to repeat-attend the workshops.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Principles of Research and the Research Process

What is research?  Overview of the research process.  Sections to a research paper.  Introduction to core research principles e.g. bias, reliability, validity. Developing a research proposal; focusing on introduction, defining the problem and methods

Types of Research Methodologies

Qualitative and quantitative research designs.  Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodologies.  

Core Quantitative Data Collection Tools/Techniques.  

Types, uses and application of Quantitative Methods.  Application: Designing piloting, developing and reporting on a questionnaire

Focus on Core Qualitative Data Collection Tools/Techniques

Types of qualitative methods, Uses of qualitative research, Application of qualitative methods  Application: Participating and reviewing/reflecting on focus groups


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Group Project: Group will plan, devise and produce a research proposal in a health area of interest Continuous Assessment Group Project 10 % Week 7 3
2 Written Report : Students will complete a reflective log demonstrating their understanding of various aspects of research Continuous Assessment Individual Project 10 % Week 5 2,4
3 Multiple Choice Exam Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % Week 9 1,2
4 Group Project ; Group will continue to develop their research proposal and focus on designing, conducting and reporting on a questionnaire Continuous Assessment Group Project 10 % Week 12 3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom PBL and Peer Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2005-08-01 Conducting And Reading Research In Health and Human Performance McGraw-Hill Higher Education
ISBN 0072972904 ISBN-13 9780072972900
Required Reading
2010-11-11 Research Methods in Physical Activity - 6th Edition Human Kinetics
ISBN 073608939X ISBN-13 9780736089395

Unusual book

Recommended Reading
2007-09-01 Essentials of Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Recreation (Point (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins,US
ISBN 078177036X ISBN-13 9780781770361

Hardcover. Pub Date: 09 2007 Pages: 332 Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins This easy-TO-read user-friendly text Explores the full range of basic topics typically covered in Research Courses in exercise science kinesiology and PHYsical education. The book provides the information and skills needed to write effective research proposals and theses; read. assess. interpret. and apply published research; and. understand how to conduct basic studies in health. physical education. exercise science. athletic training. and Recreation.

Recommended Reading
ISBN 076377507X ISBN-13 9780763775070

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Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Baumgartner, T & Hensley, L. (2006) Conducting and Reading Research in Health and Human Performance, 4th ed. McGraw Hill, Boston  

Berg, K. and Latin, R.W. (2008), Essentials of Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science and Recreation, 3rd ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.

Cottrell, R and McKenzie, J. (2011) Health Promotion and Education Research Methods, 2nd ed. Jones and Bartlett, Boston.

Gratton, C. & Jones I. (2010) Research Methods for Sports Studies, 2nd Ed. Routledge, London

Thomas, J.R., Nelson, J.K. and Silverman, S.J. (2005) Research Methods in Physical Activity, 5th ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL. 

Journal Resources

Marshall, G., 2005. The purpose, design and administration of a questionnaire for data collection. Radiography11(2), pp.131-136.

URL Resources


Other Resources

Various peer-reviewed journals will also be given in lectures where appropriate

Additional Information