MGLU5217 - Research methodology in physical education


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Course content

In this course, students learn the basis for choosing and discussing appropriate methodology related to issues within physical education as a school subject. The course aims to develop an understanding of what research and development entails, and to strengthen the students' ability to critically reflect on researchable questions in physical education. The course provides insight into how to work scientifically through discussion of different research designs and research methods' scientific theoretical basis, and how quality and research ethics are expressed in different parts of the research process. Through the course, the students will experience how to use various analyzes as part of elucidating current issues in relation to physical education as a school subject.

Learning outcome


At the end of the course, the student is expected to

- Have in-depth knowledge of research methodology within physical education as a school subject

- Have insight into various research designs and methods

- Have knowledge of various scientific analyses


At the end of the course, the student is expected to

- Be able to describe, explain and discuss principles for choosing research designs and methods within physical education

- Be able to select and carry out relevant scientific analyses

- Be able to assess quality and ethical issues in the research process

General competence

At the end of the course, the student is expected to

- Have competence to carry out research and development work within physical education as a school subject

- Have the competence to be able to contribute to the entire research process linked to the investigation of current issues within physical education

- Be able to assess qualities in and through research in physical education

Learning methods and activities

Seminars, workshops, work in groups, individual work, lectures, practical exercises

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory course work according to course description

Further on evaluation

Up to 6 compulsory work requirements which are assessed as approved/not approved. The work requirements can be individual and/or in groups, in the form of observation, participation in learning activities, written reports or subject texts in written or multimedia forms. Compulsory work requirements must be approved before the exam.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

The student must have passed physical education 1 and completed physical education 2 in order to be able to start courses in cycle 2. Passing is understood as the student having completed and passed the exam in the course. Completed is understood as that all compulsory work requirements in the course have been approved, in other words that the student is ready for the exam.

Course materials

Reading list will be shared in Blackboard.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physical Education
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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