Exercise & Sports ScienceHonours 4120

Course code SPOR4120Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course develops preliminary research skills in exercise and sports science. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is also the student's honours research supervisor. The course builds skills and competencies in research design including literature reviews, identification of research questions, methodological approaches, discussion and written communication skills.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this Compulsory Course Component in the course outline provided by the School.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
ObjectivesOn successful completion of the course students will have:

1. A comprehension of procedures for undertaking a successful research project within the field of exercise and sports science.
2. The capacity to identify research issues and frame research questions in the context of existing scholarship and available resources.
3. A thorough understanding of methods of reviewing literature and capacity to identify relevant texts and information gaps in the student's field of research.
4. The capacity to formulate appropriate boundaries to a research project and identify appropriate methods and processes to undertake critical analysis.
Content* Identifying relevant literature within the field of exercise and sports science (and other disciplines) in order to frame and situate a research question.

* Undertaking a literature review including:
- Identifying key texts and articles
- Evaluating arguments and evidence
- Providing rationale for inclusion of relevant material
- Clear communication of uses made of relevant materials
- Identification of limits of existing literature and role of the students research in contributing to the field.

* Designing appropriate research design and methodology, such as:
- Formulation of theoretical and research questions
- Identification of appropriate methods and boundaries for research project
- Use of critical and analytical thinking for formulating initial arguments, questions or hypotheses.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeA major in the appropriate discipline with a minimum credit grade average.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Literature Review.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Individual Supervision: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory lab induction.