This course is the second 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.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Question and answer sessions about Learning Materials with discussion on key topics||4hrs||Week 1||10 times|
|Learning materials – Combination of pre-recorded lecture materials and a variety of online content||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Module 3 Research Synthesis in Sport and Exercise Science
Topic 1 A semester on placement: What I’ve learnt
Topic 2 Analysing the capabilities of the athlete(s) or client(s), with discipline specific testing and assessment tools
Topic 3 Data process and interpretation – discipline specific
Topic 4 Identifying evidence-base interventions to achieve performance goals of individual athletes or clients and groups
Topic 5 Comparative analyses
Topic 6 Student presentations and summary of Module 3
Module 4 Communicating sport and exercise science research to industry partners
Topic 7 Ways of reporting research
Topic 8 The review process
Topic 9 Developing a research profile
Topic 10 Funding your next research project what sources, and ways are available
Topic 11 Individual research presentations
Topic 12 Course Summary
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||Demonstrate your expertise in selecting and applying research tools, and analysing and interpreting research findings from these instruments.||
|2||Demonstrate your expertise in applying research tools to meet national standards for the collecting, analysing and interpreting sports science research data.||
|3||Collect and Interpret research data and communicate your research findings and their implications for sport science or exercise science to your research colleagues.||
|4||Communicate your research findings to other scientists and to non-specialists such as coaches, athletes and the wider community||
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
SPX700 and enrolled in Program SC806
Limited Grading (PNP)
Feedback will be provided prior to submission of all assessment task, with draft copies of your assessment peer reviewed several times in our regular tutorial/workshops
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
1000 words equivalent
|Week 8||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Exam Period||To Supervisor|
|Exam Period||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Research Portfolio 2: Research Synthesis in Sport & Exercise Science|
To demonstrate your expertise and competency in selecting and applying relevant research tools, and analysing and interpreting research findings from these instruments.
This Portfolio includes practical competency assessments in 1. employing standardised sport and exercise science procedures and protocols, 2. selecting and applying appropriate methodologies, and measurement concepts, and 3. produce a short report identifying appropriate evidence-based interventions Practical assessment of your application of safe practice, risk assessment and risk management as applied to your research project Evaluation of your competency at employing standardised testing procedures and protocols with calibrating and operating equipment, managing subjects, collecting data, processing and then analysing this data through practical tests, worksheets and other relevant assessments Produce a short report (2 page) identifying the reliability, accuracy and validity of a common sport science testing protocol relevant for your discipline area
|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 180 hours of work experience. To be eligible to pass, you are required to complete the placement satisfactorily according to the criteria below. See Canvas 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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Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person. You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.
In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin. This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.
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