EXERSCI 705 : Research in the Exercise Sciences


2024 Semester One (1243) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the nature and value of research contributions in the Exercise Sciences and their application to further research and evidence-based practice. Evaluates the process of research, inclusive of the development of research questions and hypotheses, the planning and collection of data in an ethical and unbiased manner, the analysis, interpretation and presentation of data and the dissemination of results.

Course Overview

This course aims to increase students’ understanding of the value, process and impact of research - to be better able to evaluate, assimilate and interpret scientific evidence to apply in further research or evidence-based practice.  It is a required course for BScHons, PGDipSci Exercise Sciences and PGDipSci Clinical Exercise Physiology students.

This is a seminar-based course.  Typically, the topics will be introduced and then led by a member of the teaching team. Whole class and small group work and discussion are the usual format thereafter. Students are invited to share their own experiences and interests in research and research topics.  Structured opportunities for peer discussion and learning are regularly available.  In small groups, students develop a notional research project - from conception to the dissemination of findings - throughout the course.

Course Requirements

Restriction: SPORTSCI 705

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the nature and process of scientific research and apply strategies to select and summarize quality original research articles. (Capability 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  2. Propose and formulate appropriate research questions and apply scientific principles to design research methods and data collection strategies. (Capability 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)
  3. Identify and explain guiding ethical principles and statistical methods in the design and conduct of research with human participants. (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 8)
  4. Present research findings and construct appropriate conclusions. (Capability 6, 7 and 8)
  5. Discuss and assess the quality of scientific publications, focussing on the research process and presentation, including research design and statistical analyses. (Capability 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Quizzes 5% Individual Coursework
Presentation 10% Group Coursework
Assignments 50% Individual Coursework
Reports 35% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5


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Key Topics

The nature and value of scientific research
The process of scientific research
Sourcing, selecting and synthesizing original research
Ethical principles in research with human participants                             
Research design and implementation
Data analysis, presentation and interpretation
Quality and impact of scientific research
Research dissemination

Special Requirements


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 2 guided seminar hours, a 1 hour tutorial, 3 hours of investigating, reading and thinking about the content and 4 hours of individual and peer work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Students are expected to prepare for, attend and actively contribute to twelve 2-hour seminar-type classes. The sessions include structured opportunities for peer discussion and learning and follow a sequence of topics aligned with the process of research.  A one-hour group project session each week will support seminar learning and research skill development.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including seminars/tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including seminars/tutorials will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.
Attendance on campus is not required for the exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.


Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities including seminars/tutorials to complete components of the course.
The course will include live online events including group discussions/tutorials/lectures and these will be recorded.
Attendance on campus is not required for the exam.
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester/quarter timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

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.

Readings, information and important reminders will be available via CANVAS throughout the course.
There are a number of textbooks on the Reading Lists on CANVAS and available via the library that provide additional related and background material.

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.

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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

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 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.

The course will be delivered online at alert level 2 or above.

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.