Scientific Methods and Analysis
Scientific Methods and Analysis
UA / Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U)
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Faculty of Education and Society
Prerequisite course for this course is: IV606G Research Methods in Sport Sciences
The course aims for the student to develop an in-depth understanding of current research and development in sport sciences, and to deepen their methodological knowledge that can be used in scientific work and research at advanced level.
The student works on identifying relevant current sport science issues related to sport in society. Focus is placed on the relationships between question, method and theory. The course deals with both qualitative and quantitative methods regarding the collection and processing of data.
The student thus further develops their capabilities to identify, manage, investigate and research relevant sport science issues focusing on the social science field. The student works both to analyse other people's research and to collect and analyse their own material based on various questions, which is presented in a "method portfolio". Finally, the student prepares a project plan for a research project.
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
• identify and discuss relevant sport science issues related to sport in society
• critically review and discuss the relationships between aim, question, method and theory in sport science research and literature
• analyse and problematise current sports science research from an ethical and a social perspective
• apply and discuss relevant theory and methods based on sport science issues
• prepare a research design in which methodological and ethical considerations linked to a chosen issue are presented and discussed
The course contains a variety of forms of work, such as lectures, guest lectures, seminars, group exercises, study visits and self-study. Those parts of the course that require compulsory attendance are indicated by the course leader at the start of the course.
The course is examined through:
Test 1: Written Report, 5 credits. In this, learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3 are examined.
Test 2: Portfolio, 5 credits. Learning outcome 4.
Test 3: Written Report, 5 credits. Learning outcome 5.
Grading criteria for the three elements, as well as the course as a whole, are presented by the course leader at the start of the course.
Course literature and other study material
Cresswell, John & Cresswell J. David (2018). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Fifth Edition. Los Angeles: Sage. 288 s.
Jones, Ian (2015). Research Methods for Sports Studies. Third Edition. Abingdon: Routledge. 364 s.
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