EXERSCI 309 : Practicum in the Exercise Sciences


2021 Summer School (1210) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A supervised individual practical project in a clinical or other research laboratory setting to explore and assess how science underpins practical skills. Enrolment requires approval by the Course Director after a supervisor and topic have been agreed upon.

Course Overview

EXERSCI 309 provides students with the opportunity to undertake a small research or practical experience project in the Exercise Sciences, during their undergraduate programme. The project involves performing the practical work, analysing aspects of the experience and communicating that analysis in ways that will be assessed by the course co-ordinators.

Projects will be supervised by an academic staff member in the Department of Exercise Sciences, and the project must be agreed upon by the supervisor and student before the student enrols in the course. It is the prospective student's responsibility to find and negotiate supervision if they wish to take this course.

Projects can be student-led or supervisor-led, and it is envisaged that students will follow their own interests when designing or choosing their practicum project, and will accept personal responsibility for making this a worthwhile experience for themselves.

EXERSCI 309 gives students an opportunity to experience what's beyond undergraduate study, whether in a research or work experience context. This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in an exercise science-related career.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage II or III in Exercise Sciences and Departmental approval Restriction: SPORTSCI 309 To complete this course students must enrol in EXERSCI 309 A and B, or EXERSCI 309

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss the culture, professional practises, and performance expectations of the work environment in which they were involved. (Capability 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)
  2. Design, implement and optimise the practical component of their project. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  3. Collect and interpret evidence relating to the success of their practical work (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  4. Communicate the outcomes of their project to other exercise science practitioners and academics. (Capability 1, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Reports 70% Individual Coursework
Presentation 30% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4

Special Requirements

Each project will have its own special requirements, which will be discussed between student and supervisor as part of the project negotiation process.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in during the summer semester.

For this course, you will need to dedicate approximately 20 hours per week to your project to make steady progress. This is more difficult without the regular deadlines of other courses, but is essential for producing a worthwhile outcome.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

The details of the individual project will dictate the nature of the work, the work location and hours. Students need to attend regular meetings with the project supervisor, which are important for staying on track. These meetings could be remote or in-person.

Learning Resources

There are no specific learning resources provided for this course. For background knowledge around the project, consult scholarly articles using library databases. Supervisors will also be a key source of project-specific knowledge.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

More information on support services available from the University can be found at https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/on-campus/student-support.html.
Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the AUSA Welfare team (welfare@ausa.org.nz) for support. Furthermore, if you are comfortable doing so, please notify the course director, who will provide assistance where possible.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

This course is run in accordance with principles of equity (rather than equality), recognizing that each student's circumstances, extra-curricular burdens, and needs are different. If you have circumstances that you think will affect your ability to perform or complete work in this course, please get in touch with the course coordinator so that we can identify ways to make the course work for you.
Key points:
  • Usually, reasonable requests made before the work is due (NOT retrospectively) will be granted.
  • Proof may be required of the reason for the request (e.g. a medical certificate). This can be done through Student Health and Counselling ServicesLinks to an external site. as appropriate.
  • Extensions can only be granted by the course coordinator.
Assignments that are handed in after the due date and time will receive a late penalty unless you have obtained an extension prior to the due date or subsequently prove circumstances outside your control prevented you from completing the assignment in time. Assignment penalties will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Learning continuity provisions will depend on the nature of the project. All projects will be designed with a back-up option in case new lockdown periods are required.
Level 1: Delivery normally as specified in delivery mode.
Level 2: Projects may continue with Faculty of Science approval, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Remote options will also be available.
Level 3 and 4: All teaching and assessment will be conducted remotely, using video conferencing.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 16/12/2020 02:43 p.m.