General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Lluís Albesa Albiol

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Bruno Fernandez-valdes Villa
A hard tackle from Víctor Illera to Domínguez 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish

Classes will be in Spanish and Catalan, and there may be material in English.


Basic skills
  • Apply their knowledge to their job or vocation, in a professional way to obtain skills that are demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and problem solving within their area of ​​study


  • Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually in their area of ​​study) to make judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific, or ethical issues.

  • Develop those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy 

  • To be able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized audiences

Specific skills
  • Carry out the teaching-learning processes related to physical activity and sport, paying attention to the individual, collective and contextual characteristics of people.

General competencies
  • Identify the object of study of the Sciences of Physical Activity and Sport

  • Acquire basic scientific training applied to physical activity and sport in its different manifestations

Transversal competences
  • Understand the scientific literature in the field of physical activity and sport in English and other languages ​​with a significant presence in the scientific field

  • Use the sources of certified scientific knowledge in the field of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

  • Incorporate habits of excellence and quality for professional practice


The subject of Research Methodology and Statistics in Physical Activity and Sport is included in the basic training of the Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CAFE).

This subject will allow students to acquire the necessary knowledge to carry out studies of research in the field of health prevention, people's well-being, physical education, sports performance, as well as sports planning, organization and management that allows them to obtain scientific evidence that ensures optimal results when such knowledge is applied to the general population.

In this process, students will become familiar with the main designs of research studies, as well as with basic statistical techniques, which will allow them to read and critically interpret the results evidenced in the different forms of scientific dissemination in their scope Statistics will allow students describe social, physiological and / or biomechanical factors that condition the practice of physical activity and sport. This subject will also emphasize the perspective of sex and gender in the field of scientific research and the respective biases it presents.

Students will be able to prepare simple scientific works and carry out research following international standards. As well as, an improvement in their professional practice with decision-making based on scientific evidence.



BLOCK I: Research and use of scientific information

Topic 1. Bibliographic research, databases and use of information

Topic 2. Bibliographic citation and bibliographic reference managers: Basic concepts, Mendeley

BLOCK II: The scientific method

Topic 3. Introduction to CAFE research. Scientific method. Type of research

Topic 4. The scientific process. Research phases. Types of studies.

Unit 5. Introduction to the critical reading of scientific articles

BLOCK III: Statistics applied to Sports Sciences

Topic 6. Elaboration and preparation of data for subsequent statistical analysis. Introduction to Excel.

Unit 7. Introduction to the use of free software in statistics

Topic 8. Use of artificial intelligence in statistics

Topic 9. Descriptive statistics applied to sports sciences through free software

Topic 10. Inferential statistics applied to sports sciences through free software

Evaluation system

The following table describes the different assessment activities and the corresponding skills that are being assessed. Likewise, the weighting of each activity in the calculation of the subject's final grade is detailed.


Evaluation activity


Assessed skills

 Participation and completion of training activities (Online questionnaires)


CB2, CB3, CB4, G1, G2, T1, T3, T7 and E1

Elaboration and resolution of practical cases (use of resources and software). Individual and Group


CB2, CB3, CB4, G1, G2, T1, T3, T7 and E1

 Theoretical-practical exam


CB3, CB4, G1, G2, T1, T3 and T7


To pass the subject it is mandatory to pass the exam theoretical-practical with a minimum of 5/10.

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason



According to current regulations, only those students who have obtained a grade of suspense to the examination test during the ordinary period.


Evaluation activity in recovery period


Assessed skills

 Theoretical-practical exam


CB3, CB4, G1, G2, T1, T3 and T7

To pass the recovery it is mandatory to pass the test with a minimum of 5/10. 

Note: The qualification system of this subject will follow the European system for university degrees established in RD 1125/2003 of 5 September



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Argimon Pallàs, Josep Maria and Jiménez Villa, Josep (2012). Methods of Clinical and Epidemiological Research (4th ed.). Madrid: Elsevier.

Torres Huertas, José (2016). Biostatistics. Madrid: Dextra Editorial.

Thomas, JR, Nelson, JK, & Mata, MJ (2007). Research methods in physical activity. Paidotribo.

Martínez González MA, Sánchez-Villegas A, Toledo Atucha EA, Faulin Fajardo J (2014). Friendly biostatistics (3rd edition). Barcelona Elsevier


De Larrucea, JR (2017). Introduction to research. In How to research: final degree project, master's thesis, doctoral thesis and other research work. (pp. 11-26). Profit.

Heinemann, K. (2003). Introduction to the methodology of empirical research in the sciences of physical activity and sport. Barcelona: Editorial Paidotribo

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