Module: MA Community Sports Development - Research Methods by Dan Morgan

Code: CSD4006

15 credits at level HE7

Description and Purpose of Module

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.

Indicative Syllabus Content

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

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

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

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

  Learning Outcomes
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
Assessment Criteria
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:

DescriptionProduction of a Research ProposalPresentation & Defence of the Research Proposal.
%age 8020
Final Assessment
Learning Outcomes1,2,3,44,5

Prerequisite Module(s)

There are no prerequisites for this module.

Barred Combinations

No restrictions apply.

Indicative Reading

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.

Module Type: CORE
Module Length: 1
Host Subject Group: Sport, Leisure and Tourism
Version Number:: 0.1

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