Module Title:Applied Research in Sport and Health
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered through two lectures of one-hour duration and two practical classes of one-hour duration, each week for 12 weeks. The lectures will include group discussion, and interactive tasks alongside PowerPoint presentations. Practical classes will allow for development of data handling and analysis skills with relevant software (e.g. Endnote, Excel, SPSS, NVIVO), and, will include interactive tasks to develop understanding of appropriate study design (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods), planning for research, literature searching and referencing, academic writing and critical evaluation of literature.
Module Aim: Acquire and develop skills relevant to the research process (study design, data handling, analysis and presentation, and academic writing) to allow successful completion of a research project in sport and exercise sciences, rehabilitation and athletic therapy, strength and conditioning, and physical activity.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Design a research project with due consideration for a theoretical framework, sound study design, appropriate methods of data collection and analysis (quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed-methods), and research ethics.
LO2 Search for and critically evaluate peer reviewed research and synthesise secondary research into a theoretical framework, citing appropriate sources, to formulate a hypothesis.
LO3 Choose, perform and interpret appropriate analyses on research data and present results with appropriate means of data presentation (incl. written, figures, tables)
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 2 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Research Process
Development of the research question, Research Design, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Reporting and Discussing the Findings
Writing for research
Development of academic reading and writing skills, incl. skills such as synthesis, paraphrasing and developing an argument using secondary sources. Making inferences from primary and secondary research
Study design in Sport and Health Research
Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods study designs
Formulating the method
Methodological considerations in Sport and Health Sciences research
Ethical issues in Sport and Health Sciences research
Ethical considerations with human participants, and the process of ethical clearance, informed consent, assent and risk assessment
Data Analysis and Presentation in Sport and Health Sciences Research
Quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis, including statistical analysis and thematic analysis, reporting the results of analysis, and presenting the data (written, figures, tables, etc.)
Practical classes will allow students develop proficiency with data handling, analysis, and data presentation in qualitative and quantitative research assisted by the use of Excel, SPSS and NVIVO . Students will also learn to interpret the data, complete a written description of results, including the use of descriptive and inferential statistics, that would be common place in journal article and dissertation results sections.
Assessment Breakdown%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical and project
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Complete a Research Proposal 1,2 60.00 Week 11
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Data analysis and presentation exam 3 40.00 Week 14
No End of Module Formal Examination

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


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 5 Mandatory
CW_SASRA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 6 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 5 Mandatory