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Undergraduate Course: Sport Management Advanced Research Methods (SPRT10062)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course builds upon the professional research experiences students gained during second-year, and re-contextualises sport management research within a more academic, scholarly setting.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the nature of the research they will be performing for their final-year dissertations, as well as the nature of research utilised in governments and sports organisations. This will involve analyses of the processes of knowledge production, the nature of various methods and methodologies, and the critical evaluation of secondary sources.
Issues addressed will include epistemological assumptions, research strategies, design, and methodologies, as applied to sport management. In the course students will also explore issues of validity and reliability in both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
Course description The course will include lectures specifically designing a research question, performing secondary research, and the presentation of a dissertation and lectures from specialists from amongst the degree programme staff who will explore the nature and nuances of conducting research using specific research designs and methods.
Students will critically explore epistemological issues in research, the use of literature to inform research, a range of methodologies used in sport management research, approaches to data analysis, ethical considerations in research and the process of writing and presenting research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of epistemological, ontological, and methodological issues in sport management research.
  2. Select research strategies and methodologies appropriate to particular research problems.
  3. Design research tools appropriate to particular research problems.
  4. Generate a proposal for research for a final-year project with appropriate methodology.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the links between theory and method.
Reading List
Primary course text:
Robson, C. (2011) Real World Research (3rd ed.). London, Routledge

Recommended literature on research methods:
Bell, J. (2010) Doing Your Research Project (5th ed.) Buckingham, Open University Press
Berg, K. and Latin, R. (2008) Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science and Recreation (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
Blaxter, L., Hughes, C., and Tight, M. (2010). How to Research (4th ed.). Buckingham, Open University Press
Bryman, A. (2015) Social Research Methods (5th ed.). Oxford, Oxford University Press
Fleming, S. et al (eds) (2014) The Research Process in Sport, Exercise and Health: Case Studies of Active Researchers. London, Routledge
Long, J. (2007) Researching Leisure, Sport and Tourism: The Essential Guide. London, Sage
Pallant, J. (2013) SPSS Survival Guide (5th ed.). Maidenhead, McGraw Hill
Smith, A. and Waddington, I. (eds) (2014) Doing Real World Research in Sport Studies. London, Routledge
Creswell, J. W., & Plot, C. N. (2018) Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among 5 Approaches (4th ed.) London, Sage
Crotty, M. (1998) The Foundations of Social Research. London, Sage
Grix, J. (2010) The Foundations of Research (2nd ed.) Eastbourne, Palgrave Macmillan
Kucirkova, N., & Quinlan, O. (2017) The Digitally-Agile Researcher. Buckingham, Open University Press
Robson, C. (2011) Real World Research (3rd ed.). London, Routledge
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Personal and intellectual autonomy
Research and enquiry
KeywordsSport Management,Research Methods,Qualitative Research,Quantitative Research,Data analysis
Course organiserDr Pippa Chapman
Tel: (0131 6)51 6644
Course secretaryMrs Alta Mene
Tel: (0131 6)51 6381
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