EXERSCI 399 : Capstone: Applying Exercise Sciences


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A supervised project course that will focus on applying theoretical knowledge to practical skills. Opportunities will include laboratory and clinic-based research projects, science communication or public engagement projects. Students will work in groups, but will also engage in individual activities to demonstrate their own understanding of topics.

Course Overview

The course seeks to provide students of the Exercise Science major practical hands on experience in applying theoretical knowledge. The course involves students linking together knowledge and assessment data to inform how occupational, sport and/or elderly activities incorporate a range of physical and psychological attributes. The range of skills developed and experience provided are appropriate to those wishing to have a career as an Exercise Scientist or those who are currently interested in postgraduate study or research. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage III in Exercise Sciences

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. Develop a case specific needs analysis. (Capability 1 and 5)
  2. Model and collect case specific data in order to fulfill the needs of the chosen case. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  3. Apply an understanding of physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, and psychology to inform how movements are performed. (Capability 1, 4 and 5)
  4. Discuss the influence of understanding exercise physiology and psychology on case specific outcomes within New Zealand. (Capability 2, 4 and 6)
  5. Reflect on the experience acknowledging continual learning to ensure skills development from real-world experiences. (Capability 3, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Needs Analysis 25% Individual Coursework
Business Report 30% Group Coursework
Individual Written Report 40% Individual Coursework
Reflective Journal 5% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Needs Analysis
Business Report
Individual Written Report
Reflective Journal

Learning Resources

All required readings and study materials will be available online via CANVAS. 

Special Requirements

The course utilizes healthy adult volunteers (within or outside of the course) as participants for the laboratory classes. 

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect a 1 hour tutorial, 3 hours of laboratory work, 2 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 4 hours of work on assignments.

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.


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.

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.

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 at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

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.

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.

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 03/07/2020 10:59 a.m.