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SPMT600 - Research Methods in Sports and Health Sciences

Course Details

Course Code: SPMT600 Course ID: 3632 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a study of theories and practices in sports and health sciences research. It focuses on theoretical and methodological approaches to the study and research of contemporary sports and health issues. The course teaches the student to design their own empirical research, and evaluate the research of others. It begins with an introduction to the field of sports and health science research. It then concentrates on teaching the details of health science research design. The course takes the student step-by-step through qualitative, comparative, and quantitative research design and analysis methods.

Course Schedule

No Course Offerings.

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

  1. Design an example of each research type.
  2. Develop a qualitative central question, a quantitative research questions and/or hypotheses, and a research question used in a mixed methods study.
  3. Evaluate ethical issues in the research process.
  4. Generate each section of the scholarly paper.
  5. Construct a scholarly paper integrating each section generated in this class.
NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum #1 3.75 %
Forum #2 3.75 %
Forum #3 3.75 %
Forum #4 3.75 %
Forum #5 3.75 %
Forum #6 3.75 %
Forum #7 3.75 %
Forum #8 3.75 %
Assignments 45.00 %
Week 1 Assignment: Research Methods 15.00 %
Week 3 Assignment: Research Paper Introduction 15.00 %
Week 5 Assignment: Research Paper Worksheet 15.00 %
Final Project 25.00 %
Week 8 Assignment: Final Project 25.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Email Security 0.00 %

Required Course Textbook:

Book Number


Book Title

Publication Info



Creswell, J.W.

Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches

Twelve Oaks, CA: Sage Publications


Textbook in APA format:

Creswell, J.W. (2018). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. (5th Ed.) Twelve Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor during the course.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the APUS academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

North American Society for Sport Management

Book Title:Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, 5th ed.
Publication Info:Saylor Foundation
Author:Creswell, J.
Unit Cost:$69.32

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.