Full Title:The Research Process
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:RESA N8050
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce the student to quantitative and qualitative research, examine core concepts in research and develop the student’s knowledge and skills in relation to the process of research.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Compare research paradigms and identify key similarities and differences in paradigms.
  2. Discuss the value of qualitative and quantitative research in Health and Physical Activity.
  3. Describe the role of the researcher in qualitative and quantitative research.
  4. Discuss the stages involved in the research process and identify key concepts in the process.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Research Paradigms
Philosophical Assumptions of quantitative and qualitative research. Key similarities and differences.
Concepts in Research
Subjectivity versus objectivity, inductive and deductive reasoning, linear versus emergent designs, observation, description, measurement, generalisation, transferabibility, hypotheses, variables (independent/dependent), theories, control, validity and reliability, rigor.
Steps in the Research Process
Choosing appropriate Health and Physical Activity topics. Reviewing relevant literature Formulating a research question or hypothesis. Selecting an appropriate research approach/design. The ethical issues to be considered when planning and conducting a research study. Sample selection strategies and specifying inclusion and exclusion criteria. Selecting a suitable qualitative or quantitative data collection tool. Collecting and making sense of qualitative and quantitative data. Writing the report and disseminating results.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%

Full Time

No Course Work
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 100.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 60.00 Once per semester 4.00
Independent Study No Description 26.00 Once per semester 1.73
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.73
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Moule, P. and Hek, G. 2011, Making Sense of Research: An Introduction for Health and Social Care Practitioners, 4th Ed., Sage Publications London [ISBN: 978-1849207799]
  • Thomas, J.R., Nelson J,K .and Silverman, S. 2012, Research Methods in Physical Activity, 6th Ed., Human Kinetics Leeds [ISBN: 978-0736089395]
  • Diane Blankenship 2010, Applied Research and Evaluation Methods in Recreation, Human Kinetics Leeds [ISBN: 978-0736077194]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 3 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 3 Mandatory