This course is the first of two courses that have been designed to provide you with advanced specialised knowledge and training in your chosen Sport and Exercise Science discipline. You will apply concepts, professional behaviours and applied skills taught in this course to a research project to demonstrate your ability to undertake research in authentic contexts. You will be expected to communicate your research findings to a range of industry partners. You will also undertake a significant amount of supervised research placement during this semester.
|Learning materials – Combination of pre-recorded lectures and online resources||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Question and answer sessions about Learning Materials with discussion on key topics||4hrs||Week 1||10 times|
Module 1 Research Processes in Sport & Exercise Science
Topic 1 The nature of research in sport and Exercise Science
Topic 2 Ethical Issues in Sport and Exercise Science and ESSA requirements
Topic 3 Identifying the research problem
Topic 4 Developing a research proposal
Topic 5 Analysing the requirements of a sport, or an activity, through specific evaluation and assessment protocols
Topic 6 Research proposal presentations
Module 2 Measurement Concepts in Sport and Exercise Science
Topic 7 Adherence to NSSQA standards for testing and measuring athletes
Topic 8 Research Design for Sport and Exercise Science projects
Topic 9 Common parametric statistics in Sport and Exercise Science research
Topic 10 Qualitative research in Sport and Exercise Science research
700 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Apply and justify the philosophical, ethical, risk management and technical values and principles of Sport and Exercise science to a research project.||
|2||Critique contemporary research in Sport and Exercise Science in your chosen discipline area.||Creative and critical thinker|
|3||Demonstrate your expertise in selecting and applying research tools, and analysing and interpreting research findings from these instruments.||Empowered|
|4||Justify the relevance of the research design and methodology in relation to the research project||Creative and critical thinker|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Must be enrolled in program SC806
Limited Grading (PNP)
You will be provided with individual feedback in the first three weeks of the course.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Oral and Written Piece||Individual||
|Week 8||Online Submission|
|Week 13||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 13||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check and in class|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Research Portfolio 1:Research Processes in Sport and Exercise Science|
To demonstrate your ability to apply the philosophical and technical values, and principles of Sport and Exercise Science
|Product:||Oral and Written Piece|
Write a research proposal for a small project that you can undertake in Year 1 (this will be conducted as part of your placement and will not be a component of your major research project).
|All - Assessment Task 2:Code of Conduct|
This task enables you to become familiar with the code of conduct for your discipline and work within its guidelines during your placement.
During your placement, you are required to complete 60 hours of work experience. To be eligible to pass, you are required to complete the placement satisfactorily according to the criteria below. See our Canvas page for your discipline specific Code of Conduct.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Research Placement Logbook|
To demonstrate your ability to work with professional sport and exercise scientists
You will prepare a logbook in which you will log each practicum experience. Each logbook entry provides a record of the date, daily events/activities, practical hours, a reflection on your learning experiences, and supervisor authorisation for each session. This logbook will be submitted twice. The first submission will be prior to your first placements (to ensure it meets the ESSA requirements) and then you will submit it again at the end of this course to ensure that you've logged your hours appropriately and that they meet ESSA requirements.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Recommended||Thomas, Jerry R.,Silverman, Stephen,Nelson, Jack||2015||Research Methods in Physical Activity, 7E||n/a||Human Kinetics|
|Recommended||Rebecca K. Tanner,Australian Institute of Sport,Christopher John Gore||2012||Physiological Tests for Elite Athletes||2nd ed.||Human Kinetics Publishers|
Appropriate clothing to be warn for all laboratory or experimental contexts. That includes shoes, and active clothing, and appropriate sun protection if the teaching or research session is conducted outdoors. Please note that as part of this course you are required to complete 180 hours of supervised research placement and must conduct yourself in a professional manner throughout.
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