SPM 432-A


Spring, 2000

Instructor: Beedle Office Hours: 11-12 p.m. W & F, 10 – 11 a.m. TTH,

E-Mail: beedle 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. TTH

Office: Koury Center 136

Office Phone: 584-2320



Senior standing; LSM 212 for LSM majors; SPM 422 for Exercise/Sport Science majors and SPM 329 for Athletic Training majors.


  • RESEARCH in Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport: an Introduction by C.F. Cicciarella.
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 4th ed.


    Research Methods in Physical Activity, 3rd ed. by Thomas and Nelson.


    You will need two notebook(folders) with a three-brad binder, a 3 and 1/2 inch blank disk, and a calculator.


    As mentioned previously, this course is intended for senior majors. In addition, successful completion of the Math requirement is assumed and a course in statistics would be helpful, as well as experience and/or a course in computers and various software.


  • We will attempt to develop CT skills this semester by asking and attempting to answer questions that can be used to develop your research topic, problem statement, methods, statistical analysis, and others.
  • One way to improve CT skills is through group activity. We will use small and large group activity to discuss assignments, answer questions from class, and to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate other types of class activities. SAS, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point software packages will be used for your presentation and/or paper.


    1. To use library and other sources to develop a sound research problem.

    2. To understand and use one or more of the different types of research in a problem.

    3. To use and understand appropriate statistical techniques to solve problems.

  • 4. To learn computer and software terminology.
  • 5. To perform statistical software programs.

    6. To apply the knowledge gained from this course to a testing (research) problem that the student is interested in.

  • 7. To understand basic measurement concepts.


  • Weight

    1. Test I (before fall break) 25%

    2. Final Exam Time Period [3 – 6 p.m.,Sat., May 13, 2000] 30%

  • 3. Homework/In-class assignmentsB 15%

    4. Oral Presentation 10%

    5. Research Paper 20%

    Total 100%



    A ATTENDANCE: An absence is defined as not being in class for the entire time that it is in session unless you are tardy. For each absence over three, two points will be deducted from your final numerical average. If you do not miss any classes including the Test I’s class period, seven(7) points will be added to your grade on Test I. If you do not miss any classes from the class period after Test I through the Final Exam period, seven points(7) will be added to that particular test or exam. These are bonus(not penalty) points for being in class every meeting for that test or exam.

    An excused absence is determined by me after conferring with you, the class period that you return. These might include illness, injury, family emergency, and college-sponsored activities including athletics. Remember: The work for an excused absence may be made up within one week after you get back to class, but the absence is not removed. If you know(ahead of time) that you will be absent, and you think it will be excused, it is your responsibility to get the assignment, complete it, and turn it in prior to being absent. Failure to do so will result in a zero(0). This includes the test, exams, and possible quizzes.

    Tardiness is defined as coming to class a few minutes after your name has been called or leaving class, even for a few minutes, and then returning, unless you get permission. Note: Anything that is not considered a tardy is considered an absence. Roll may be taken orally or silently. For each tardy over two (2), one (1) absence will be added. Tardies accumulate. Be sure to see me immediately after class to make sure I haven't marked you absent.

    NOTE: It is important that you read, reread, if necessary, and understand the above three paragraphs as soon as possible.

    BHomework/In-class Assignments:

  • You will be expected to do homework assignments, which will be due on time. The answers to these assignments will be discussed the next class period; moreover, doing these assignments will help you prepare for the tests and the research paper. These assignments will include most, if not all, of the following: statistical problems, computer printouts, summaries of articles read, and parts of the research paper. I reserve the right to give quizzes, either announced or unannounced.
  • Academic Honor Code:

    Elon students are expected to:

    -refrain from cheating, including plagiarism.

    -refrain from lying.

    -express opinions with civility and with consideration for the opinions of others.

    -respect shared intellectual property and resources.

    -promote the importance of the honor code in all their interactions for the benefit of the learning community.

    Note: Be sure to read and study pages 35-39 of the 1999-2000 Student Handbook.



    Grading Scale:

    93-100 = A (4.0)

    90-92 = A- (3.7)

    87-89 = B+(3.3)

    83-86 = B (3.0)

    80-82 = B- (2.7)

    77-79 = C+ (2.3)

    73-76 = C (2.0)

    70-72 = C- (.1.7)

    67-69 = D+ (1.3)

    63-66 = D (1.0)

    60-62 = D- ( .7)


  • I. Overview of Research