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Undergraduate Course: Sport Management Research Methods (SPRT08031)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is an introduction to the primary themes and processes of sport management research. It will introduce students to different methodologies used within quantitative and (primarily) qualitative research including how to critically analyse literature, how evidence is gathered, how researchers can generalise conclusions from data, and how to present findings. The aim of this course will be to prepare students for their professional placements and subsequent research-focused courses within the degree, and to provide a context for how academic research can be used within the twenty-first-century workplace.
Course description As the first course focusing on research methods within the degree, this course explores the different stages of planning and conducting research.
Students will develop their skills in relation to literature searching and critiquing scholarly literature and they will learn about research traditions and design and a variety of methods used to collect data. Students will also learn about data analysis and how to approach planning and conducting research in an ethically sound manner.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and discuss the main methods for research in sport management.
  2. Differentiate the characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  3. Establish a methodologically sound proposal for a sport management research project.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to consider ethics within research planning.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to search for literature in a designated field and evaluate key sources.
Reading List
Primary course text:
Jones, I. with Gratton, C. (2014) Research Methods for Sport Studies (3rd ed.). London, Routledge

Andrew, D.P.S., Pederson, P.M. and McEvoy, C. (2011) Research Methods and Design in Sport Management. Human Kinetics
Bradley, N. (2010) Marketing Research: Tools and Techniques (2nd ed.). Oxford, Oxford University Press
Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods (4th ed.). Oxford, Oxford University Press
Creswell, J.W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches (5th ed.) London, Sage
Edwards, A. and Skinner, J. (2009) Qualitative Research in Sport Management. London, Elsevier
Fielding, J. and Gilbert, N. (2006) Understanding Social Statistics (2nd ed.). London, Sage
Long, J. (2007) Researching Leisure, Sport and Tourism: The Essential Guide. London, Sage
Punch, K.F. (2013) Introduction to Social Research - Quantitative and qualitative approaches (3rd ed.). London, Sage
Sapsford, R. and Jupp, V. (eds) (2006) Data Collection and Analysis. London, Sage
Creswell, J. W., & Plano Clark, V. L. (2018) Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research (3rd ed.) London, Sage.
Skinner, J., Edwards., A., & Corbett, B. (2015) Research Methods for Sport Management. London, Routledge
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and inquiry
Personal effectiveness
KeywordsSport Management,Research Methods,Qualitative Research,Quantitative Research,Data analysis
Course organiserDr Louis Nolte
Course secretaryMrs Alta Mene
Tel: (0131 6)51 6381
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