Full Title:Collecting and Analysing Data
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:DATA N8005
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will support students to develop practical research and data analysis skills in order to conduct small scale research projects in the area of health and physical activity.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Design and conduct a small-scale quantitative and qualitative research study.
  2. Select appropriate techniques to analyse the data gathered.
  3. Interpret these findings to address the research questions.
  4. Prepare a full research report.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Research ethics
Ethical principles; doing ethical research
Research methodologies
Approaches to research; Relationships between research question, methodology and data analysis.
Experimental design
Experimental and quasi-experimental design; defining and operationalising variables, control.
Qualitative descriptive design
Qualitative descriptive research; interviewing.
Data analysis
Descriptive statistics; effect size; using graphs to illustrate data; using Excel to analyse data; reporting quantitative analyses; thematic analysis; reporting qualitative analyses.
Reporting research
Abstract writing; Preparing a research report; preparing a research poster.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Written Report Students will, in groups, plan and conduct a small scale experimental study and a small scale qualitative study. They can choose to write up a full research report based on either of these. The full research report will include the following subsections: Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References, Appendices. 1,2,3,4 70.00 0 0 n/a 0
Written Report The study that is not written up as a full report should be written up as a partial report (Abstract, Method and Results only). None 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Students may repeat either or both parts of the C/A as determined by their results.

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 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning Planning and conducting research, analysing data and writing-up findings 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 30.00 Once per semester 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 30.00 Once per semester 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bowling, A. 2009, Research Methods in Health., 3 Ed., Open University Press Berkshire [ISBN: 978-0335233649]
  • Robson, C. 2011, Real World Research, 3 Ed., John Wiley & Sons Sussex [ISBN: 978-1405182409]
  • Schmuller, J. 2009, Statistical analysis with Excel (for dummies)., 2 Ed., Wiley Publishing Inc. NJ [ISBN: 978-0470454060]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Willig, C. 2013, Introducing Qualitative Research in Psychology, 3 Ed., Open University Press Open University Press [ISBN: 978-0335221158]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Braun, V. & Clarke, V. 2006, Using thematic analysis in psychology., Qualitative Research in Psychology., 3(2), 77-101 [ISSN: 1478-0887]
Other Resources
  • Reusuable Learning Object: Maguire, M. & Delahunt, B. 2010, A practical step-by-step guide to thematic analysis, National Digital Learning Repository

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 5 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 5 Mandatory