EXERSCI 702 : Projects in the Exercise Sciences


2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Provides students with an opportunity to collect data in an area of interest, with the aim of validating an area of study towards their theses.

Course Overview

This course is specifically designed for postgraduate (research) students wishing to validate/explore an area of study towards their dissertation or thesis. The course consists of a small supervised research project that may involving laboratory experimentation, community work or research, undertaken in any of the major areas of study of Exercise Sciences. 

During the course you will:

  1. Develop a clear scientific rationale and purpose for your project
  2. Review relevant research literature
  3. Collect and analyse data to meet the project objectives
  4. Write a cohesive project report
  5. Present your findings in a verbal-visual to department staff and graduate students

Course Requirements

Restriction: SPORTSCI 702

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
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and synthesise literature relevant to your project topic and use this literature to develop a clear scientific project rationale and purpose (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  2. Apply appropriate techniques to collect and analyse data relevant to your project, following ethical standards for scientific research (Capability 1 and 5)
  3. Present your research project (rationale, objectives, methods, findings) in both written and visual/verbal form, following academic standards for scientific research (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Project Presentation 25% Individual Coursework
Project Report 75% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Project Presentation
Project Report

Key Topics

Project topics and prospective supervisors are available in any of the major areas of study in Exercise Sciences, including:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Movement Neuroscience
  • Exercise and Performance Psychology
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology

Special Requirements

All assessments need to be completed in order to pass the course.

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 minimum of [12] hours of contact time with your academic supervisor (i.e., 1 hour per week), and [138] hours of work on your research project and writing/preparing your project presentation and report.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Depending on the research project topic, attendance is required for scheduled activities including data collection and experimentation to complete the course. 

Attendance on campus is required for the project presentation, although this may be done remotely if circumstances require.

Students are expected to self-manage their time appropriately and abide by laboratory schedules and systems (if applicable) in order to complete the requirements for this course. Contact time to be arranged with the project supervisor. Recommended contact time is 1h per week, minimum.

Learning Resources

Scientific literature relevant to the project topic.

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.

Other Information

Please note that admission into this course is conditional on availability of project supervisors. Students are encouraged to contact academic supervisors  and discuss project opportunities prior to enrolling the course. For information and guidance, please contact the course coordinator (Dr. Arne Nieuwenhuys; a.nieuwenhuys@auckland.ac.nz).

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

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.

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.

Level 1: Delivered normally as specified in delivery mode. Level 2: You will not be required to attend in person. If your project is in the data collection phase your work may continue on campus depending on Level 2 project approval (to be arranged by supervisor). Level 3 / 4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered remotely.

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 30/07/2021 10:31 a.m.