SSEH5654 Fundamentals in Research Methods

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
This unit covers common research activities such as how to choose appropriate research questions and/or hypotheses, searching and reviewing the literature for academic writing and selecting a research method to match research questions. Students are also challenged to develop ethical data collection protocols, select appropriate valid and reliable measurement instruments and interpret and discuss research findings.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) acquire knowledge and understanding of the key elements of the research process; (2) acquire knowledge and understanding of integration of theory and experimentation; (3) develop skills and abilities to critically evaluate methodologies; (4) develop computer software skills to facilitate research presentations; and (5) develop analytical skills as applied to solving case studies in class.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a group presentation; (2) a mid-semester test; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Michael Rosenberg
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework) (52510); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390)
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week
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