15 credits at level HE7
The aims of this module are to develop in the student;
1) An understanding of the role of research in community development through sport.
2) A familiarity with the basic concepts of and approaches to research.
3) An ability to choose an appropriate research method in an applied context.
4) An ability to prepare a research proposal.
5) An ability to evaluate specific research techniques.
1) The use of applied research in community development through sport; the commissioning of applied research; the contribution of research to community development; an analysis of specific issues and challenges in research in community development through sport.
2) Research in the Humanities and the Sciences; Quantitative and Qualitative research; inductive and deductive approaches; validity and reliability; methods including observation, questionnaires, surveys, structured and semi-structured interviews.
3) The preparation of a research proposal; identifying aims and objectives; literature search; choosing and justifying a research method.
Evaluating, interpreting and analysing data; permissible and non-permissible conclusions
The learning and teaching strategy for this module is grounded upon an initial tutor-led familiarisation with the component elements of the module and a subsequent programme of individual student work. This will be supported by tutor-prepared learning materials and individual tutorials.
Students will be encouraged to use their working environment as a context within which to develop an appreciation of the importance of applied research in community development by investigating and reflecting upon existing research practice and by exploring work-based opportunities for instigating applied research.
The formal contact hours will be made up of the following;
Workshops, Lectures, Seminars, Presentations 12 * 1hour. Tutorials 4 *1 hour.
An additional 134 hours will be spent on independent study related to working practices
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Justify the importance of research to community development.||Evaluate the contribution of research to community development through sport|
|2.||Recognise aspects of community development in which further research is required||Identify emerging fields within community development through sport that require applied research.|
|3.||Identify appropriate forms of research for differing fields of exploration.||Prepare a research proposal for a given topic|
|4.||Appraise critically a variety of research methods||Distinguish between various research methods and evaluate their potential utility with reference to specific research projects|
|5.||Complete an oral presentation to peers and tutor utilising appropriate technology.||Deliver an oral presentation to peers and tutor utilising appropriate technology.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Production of a Research Proposal||Presentation & Defence of the Research Proposal.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Bell, Judith (1999) Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education and social science. Buckingham: Open University Press, 3rd ed.
Black, Thomas R. (2002) Understanding social science research. London: Sage.
Denscombe, Martyn (2002) Ground rules for good research: a 10 point guide for social researchers. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
May, Tim (1997) Social research: issues, methods and process. Buckingham: Open University Press, 2nd ed.
Moser, C. A. and Kalton, G. (1971) Survey methods in social investigation. Aldershot: Dartmouth, 2nd ed.
Seale, Clive (ed.) (1998) Researching society and culture. London: Sage.
Seidman, Irwin (19980 Interviewing as qualitative research: a guide for researchers in education and the social sciences, London: Teachers College Press, 2nd ed.
Veal, A. J. (1997) Research methods for leisure and tourism: a practical guide, Harlow: Financial Times – Prentice Hall, 2nd ed.
Walliman, N. (2001) Your research project: a step by step guide for the first-time researcher, London: sage.
|Host Subject Group:||Sport, Leisure and Tourism|
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