The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course develops a student's skills and competencies in developing and communicating research findings in a written form. The course is conducted under the direct supervision of an academic staff member who is the student's honours research supervisor. The course operates in conjunction with EXSS4130 which is largely concerned with data collection and analysis and other forms of scientific communication. EXSS4140 involves discussion of research findings, their reconciliation with existing literatures and the development of written texts which form drafts of chapters for the student's honours research thesis. The course includes submission of a completed thesis.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate advanced competency in developing and communicating research findings in a thesis of up to 100 pages, depending on the project.

2. Demonstrate capacity to structure and formulate arguments within a lengthy written text.

3. Communicate research findings involving very high analytical levels.

4. Communicate research findings that positions conclusions within a student's overall field of enquiry.

5. Demonstrate research skills necessary to undertake higher level and postgraduate research and writing.


Supervision of students in:

  • Structuring a thesis text to communicate logically the outcomes of a student's research project
  • Developing logical and coherent arguments and conclusions within a text that are adequately supported by appropriate evidence
  • Use of techniques involving selection of multiple drafting, editing and use of appropriate analytical language to communicate findings to an academic audience
  • Engagement in processes of relating specific findings to the overall concerns of food and nutritional studies
  • Encouragement and support of students to achieve a high level of analytical competence and strongest opportunity to pursue further research and study


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

Assumed knowledge

Completion of EXSS4110 and EXSS4120.

Assessment items

Thesis: Written Research Thesis

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 Fortnight for Full Term

Individual Supervision - contact hours by arrangement with supervisor.

Self-Directed Learning

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