TEMPCODE44 - Research Project

Full Title:Research Project
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:TEMPCODE44
Credits: 25
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This year-long module provides the student with the opportunity to design and conduct a research study relevant to the discipline of Health and Physical Activity. Throughout the research process the student will be supported by a research supervisor, who will guide and review the student’s progress.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Plan and design a study to address a worthwhile research question in the area of health and physical activity.
  2. Apply ethical principles in the design of this study.
  3. Gather and analyse data using appropriate techniques.
  4. Interpret findings and use them to address the research question.
  5. Prepare a dissertation based on this work.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Developing and reporting research
Developing a rationale; formulating a research question; the relationship between research question, methods and analysis; interpreting findings; writing-up research.
Research Ethics
Ethical principles in research; ethics through the project's life cycle; managing informed consent, anonymity & confidentiality, right of withdrawal; internet research; research with vulnerable groups; managing risk.
Quantitative data collection
Review of experimental designs; correlational designs; surveys; psychometrics; sampling and sample size; content analysis
Quantitative data analysis
Review of descriptive statistics; effect size; variation and statistical inference; probability; the normal distribution; tests of association between 2 variables; tests of difference between two variables; analysis of variance; regression; using SPSS to analyse data
Qualitative methodologies
Grounded Theory; Phenomeonological approaches; Discourse analysis; Narrative analysis.
Qualitative data collection and analysis
Interviews and focus groups; analysis of documents; transcribing; managing data; thematic analysis as a foundational method.
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
Other Proposal for ethical approval 1,2 25.00 0 0 n/a 0
Other Research Dissertation. This should include the following sections: Abstract, Introduction & Rationale, Literature Review, Method, Results, Discussion, References & Appendices. It should not exceed 9,000 words (excluding References and Appendices). 1,2,3,4,5 75.00 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
For the purposes of reassessment students will plan and conduct a research study.

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
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Supervision 1.00 Every Second Week 0.50
Practical This is a year long module 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecture This is a year long module 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Tutorial This is a year long module 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading This is a year long module 150.00 Once per semester 10.00
Independent Study This is a year long module 75.00 Once per semester 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 22.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 7.50
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bowling, A. and Ebrahim, S. (eds.) 2005, Handbook of Health Research Methods: Investigation, Measurement and Analysis,, Open University Press Buckingham [ISBN: 978-0335214600]
  • Brace, N., Kemp, R. & Snelgar, R. 2012, SPSS for Psychologists, 5th Ed., Routledge Oxon [ISBN: 978-1848726000]
  • Denzin, N.K. and Lincoln, Y.S. (Eds) , 4 Ed., Sage Thousand Oaks 2011, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research, 4th Ed., Sage Thousand Oaks California [ISBN: 978-1412974172]
  • Robson, C. 2011, Real World Research, 3rd Ed., Blackwell Oxford [ISBN: 978-1405182409]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Dallat, J., Donnelly, R., Fitzmaurice, M.(Eds) 2013, Supervising and Writing a Good Undergraduate Dissertation., Bentham Science Publishers
  • Spicer, J. 2004, Making Sense of Multivariate Analysis: An Intuitive Approach, Sage New York [ISBN: 978-1412904018]
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

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 7 Mandatory