EXERSCI 399 : Capstone: Applying Exercise Sciences


2024 Semester One (1243) (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 provides students, of the Exercise Science major, practical hands-on experience in applying theoretical knowledge. The course involves students creating projects, conducting assessments and/or collecting data relating to a sport science, physiology, sport psychology, and /or community health promotion. Students will use their Exercise Science knowledge to inform the development of goal-directed activities. The range of skills developed and experience provided are appropriate to those wishing to have a career as an Exercise Scientist, or go onto further research or clinically-based studies.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 15 points from EXERSCI 301, 303, 305, 307

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply principles of physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, and psychology to develop an appropriate needs assessment/proposal for a given activity (Capability 1, 3 and 5)
  2. Apply principles of physiology, biomechanics, neuroscience, and psychology to analyse and provide education / feedback on the given activity (Capability 3, 4 and 7)
  3. Demonstrate knowledge, professionalism, and effective communication skills within the practical activity (Capability 1, 6, 7 and 8)
  4. Reflect on the experience acknowledging continual learning to ensure skill development from real-world experiences (Capability 5, 6 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Project Proposal 30% Individual Coursework
Performance assessment 15% Group & Individual Coursework
Project report 35% Individual Coursework
Presentation 20% Group Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Project Proposal
Performance assessment
Project report


Tuākana Science is a multi-faceted programme for Māori and Pacific students providing topic specific tutorials, one-on-one sessions, test and exam preparation and more. Explore your options at

Exercise Sciences has a dedicated Tuākana space at the City Campus 301-183 [1]. Exercise Sciences Tuākana space consists of several personal computers, a collection of prescribed textbooks of Exercise Sciences courses, personal study and relaxing areas with access to shared kitchen facilities. Our dedicated Tuākana tutors hold group gatherings there to build whanaungatanga and support your learning.
Tuākana students enrolled in any Exercise Sciences course are most welcome to make use of these facilities.
[1] https://maps.auckland.ac.nz/wayfinding?type=poi&selectedLocation=1000021002

Key Topics

1. Principles of proposal writing and project planning
2. Professionalism, communication and skill development
3. Collaboration and working as a team
4. Career development
5. Activity/sport assessment and analysis
4. Reflective practices and continual learning

Special Requirements

The course may require students to complete practical work with local organizations/activity/sport teams. It requires working with the public and meeting the needs of teams/communities. Therefore some activities are done off-campus and there is some time flexibility required. It may also require practical demonstration of sport/exercise activities. Students are prescribed a professional dress code and provided with a departmental golf-style shirt. 

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 hour laboratory, 2 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 4 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation per week.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including laboratories.

Some tutorials will be available as recordings or done online. The course may include live online events including group discussions. Other learning activities such as laboratories will not be available as recordings. Laboratories may require collaboration and team work and attendance is therefore required. 
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning 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.

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and tutorial recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Health & Safety

This course may include various practical activities that require working with the public, attendance at activities outside of the university and field-based activities. Some activities may require demonstrating sport/exercise based movements. Appropriate dress code is prescribed. 

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.

This course values student feedback, which is collected through discussion with students, questionnaires and formal course evaluations. This feedback is used to refine the course delivery and content to meet the interests and needs of students.

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 for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


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, recognizing that each student's circumstances, extra-curricular burdens, and needs are different. Deadlines are helpful to maintain consistent workload throughout the semester, to help manage marking loads for the teaching team, and to enable the return of feedback from which students can benefit. If, however, your personal situation affects your ability to perform or complete work by the due dates 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 Services [1]
  • Extensions can only be granted by the course coordinator.
[1] https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/on-campus/student-support/personal-support/student-health-counselling.html

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 course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

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 students may be asked to submit 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. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 01/11/2023 10:23 a.m.