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Sports Sciences MA, Master Degree Project, 30 Credits

General data

Code: IV005A
Subject/Main field: Idrottsvetenskap
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 30
Progressive specialization: A1E - Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
Answerable department: Health Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 1/1/2009
Date of change: 3/11/2019
Version valid from: 8/1/2019


The aim of the course is that students should develop, deepen and apply their
knowledge of the academic research process. Students should be able to apply both
qualitative and quantitative research and analysis methods, as well as writing,
verbally presenting and defending scientific work at Masters (D) level.

Course objectives

After completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate:

Module 1:
Knowledge and understanding
- Explain and evaluate different research methods and research traditions and understand when they are appropriate to use.
- Identify, summarise and evaluate previous research in your field of interest.
- Independently and systematically based on the chosen problem area formulate clear and substantive research questions.

Competence and skills
- Select population and design the study based on available and adequate methods
- Deepen knowledge of parametric and non-parametric statistics and deepen understanding of qualitative analysis methods and apply to limited material.

Judgement and approach
- Discuss principles of research ethics and apply ethical considerations to research design.
- Provide motivation for your ideas and consider constructive criticism.
- Reflect on the need for additional knowledge and take responsibility for knowledge development

Module 2:
Knowledge and understanding
- Explain and apply the basic elements of the empirical research process: study objectives, perspectives, design, data collection, analytical techniques and writing processes in quantitative and qualitative research.

Competence and skills
- Defend the concepts and methods used.
- Independently conduct systematic data collection and relevant analysis.

Judgement and approach
- Evaluate your project on the basis of reflective ethical reasoning.
- Draw conclusions and argue their validity.
- Provide motivation for your views and consider constructive criticism.


Module 1: project plan (15 credits)
- Literature and information search and analysis
- Quantitative and qualitative study design and analysis
- Principles of research ethics
- Study, analyse and work with research questions
- Write and orally defend a project plan
- Opposition of another project plan.

Module 2: independent project (15 credits)
- written independent project
- opponent- and respondent statements

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree equivalent to 180 credits including an independent project to the value of at least 15 credits in sports science, physiotherapy, nursing, biomedical science or equivalent.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching takes place through lectures, online and on-campus seminars, and individual

Examination form

Module 1, 15 hp (grade Approved (G) / Not approved (U)) is examined through active participation in workshops, oral and written presentation of the project plan and oral opposition of another student’s project plan.

Module 2, 15 hp (grade A-F) is examined through an oral presentation and opposition in addition to written submission of the Master Thesis.

If a student has a written decision from the coordinator at Mid Sweden University for students with disabilities, the examiner has the right to adjust the examination.

Retaking or resubmission with the purpose to improve passing grades is not permitted at Mid
Sweden University.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Berg, K.E. & Latin, R.W.
Title: Essentials of Research Methods in Health, Physical Education, Exercise Science and Recreation
Edition: 2007
Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Author: Cresswell,J. W.
Title: Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches
Edition: 2003
Publisher: Sage Publications ltd

Author: Day, R.A & Gastel B.
Title: How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper
Edition: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: O´Donoghue, P.
Title: Research Methods for Sports performance analysis
Edition: 2010
Publisher: Routledge

Author: Thomas, J,.Nelson, J. & Silverman, S.
Title: Research Methods in Physical Activity
Edition: 2011
Publisher: Human Kinetics

Author: Vetenskapsrådet
Title: God forskningsed, Vetenskapsrådets rapportserie, 1:2011

Reference literature

Author: Backman, J.
Title: Rapporter och uppsatser
Edition: 2008 eller senare
Publisher: Studentlitteratur

Author: Jersild, P.C.
Title: Medicinsk etik i fickformat

Author: O´Donoghue, P.
Title: Statistics for sports and exercise studies
Edition: 2012
Publisher: Routledge

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