Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course builds knowledge and understanding about research in the discipline of sports science and physical activity. The course aims at enhancing skills and capacities in reading and reviewing literature, critical reasoning and argument, and verbal communication. Students will enhance their skills through discussions of theoretical and applied directions in sports science and physical activity studies; student-based presentations of key issues; and training in computing skills, on-line bibliographic searches, risk assessment, and oral presentation techniques.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced comprehension of contemporary issues in exercise and sports science.

2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of research in the discipline of exercise and sports science.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of research ethics and safety principles and procedures associated with exercise and sports science research and a capacity to obtain the appropriate approvals for a research project.

4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the use of the scientific method to examine problems.

5. Demonstrate the application of skills and methods needed to critically analyse scientific literature and communicate scientific issues in verbal form.


Critical analysis of literature within the field of exercise and sports science including:

  • training in the use of bibliographic sources and computer search methods.
  • identifying and summarising key points in literature, clearly and concisely.
  • critically appraising scientific methods and arguments.
  • formulating evidence-based arguments and communicating them.

Oral communication within the field of exercise and sports science including:

  • training in the use of computer aids for oral presentations
  • techniques for effective oral communication.

Ethical and safety considerations within exercise and sports science research including:

  • training in the use of hazard information databases
  • identifying hazards and measures to prevent, reduce or control risks
  • identifying ethical issues in studies involving human participants
  • ethics approval processes for studies involving human participants


Must be in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours) program to enrol in this course

Assumed knowledge

A major in the appropriate discipline with a minimum credit grade average.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Induction Workshop WHS quiz Risk assessment

Presentation: Presentation - Individual

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Individual Supervision: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory lab induction.

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Individual supervision - contact hours by arrangement with supervisor.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term