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Research Methods in Sports Sciences

Code 11237
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 10
Workload OT(5H)/TP(20H)
Scientific area Sports Sciences
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery Classroom and distance.
Work placements None.
Learning outcomes To provide the doctoral student a set of cross-methodological skills for the planning, execution and presentation of the results of a research work in the field of Sports Science.
. 1 Demonstrate research skills by understanding the epistemological principles of scientific research and field methods of planning and organization of research, highlighting the different methodologies used;
2 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the different research methods.;
. 3 Be able to critically analyze different methodologies applicable to a research problem, with a view to their resolution;
4. Able to communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments underlying them, either experts or non-experts, clear and unambiguous.
Syllabus . 1 epistemological principles of scientific research:
1.1. Phenomenological description of knowledge;
1.2. Different types of knowledge or expertise;
1.3. Science and attempt at classification;
1.4. Epistemology:
1.4.1. Historical origins;
1.4.2. Subject;
1.5. The great contemporary paradigms;
1.6. Perspectives and applications specific to the field of Sport Sciences, a contemporary vision epistemes.
. 2 Planning the research:
2.1. The experimental method;
2.2. Different study designs:
2.2.1. Descriptive and analytical observational studies;
2.2.2. Experimental and quasi-experimental studies;
2.2.3. Clinical trials;
2.3. Organization of transverse, longitudinal and mixed studies.
. 3 Elaboration of scientific papers:
3.1. Publication of scientific articles;
3.2. The scientific writing;
3.3. Standards and guidelines for the drafting and presentation of theses;
3.4. Other presentation templates - the "Scandinavian model".
Main Bibliography • Bachelar, G. (1972). La formation de l'esprit scientifique. Paris: J. Vrin.
• Bachelar, G. (1981). Epistemology. Lisbon: Ed 70.
• Baumgartner, TA, Jackson, AS, Mahar, MT, & Rowe, DA (2007). Measurement for evaluation in physical education and exercise science. McGraw-Hill: New York.
• Creswel, J. (2008). Research design: qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. London: Sage Publications.
• Echo, U. (1988). How is a thesis in humanities. Lisbon: Presence.
• Feitosa, A. (1993). Contributions of Thomas Kuhn for an epistemology of human movement. Epistemology Collection and Society, Volume 3 Almada:. Edition Piaget Institute.
• Ioannidis, J.P.A. (2005). Why most published research findings are false. PLoS Medicine, 2 (8) E124.
• Kuhn, T. (1998). The structure of scientific revolutions. Sao Paulo: Editora Perspectiva.
• Popper, K. (2002). Conjectures and refutation. London: Routledge.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Individual bibliographic research work on different methodologies applied to a research problem, in which the critical analysis of the different methodologies is promoted.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-10-19

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