EXERSCI 792A/B : MSc Dissertation in Clinical Exercise Physiology


2024 Semester One (1243) / Semester Two (1245) (45 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A scholarly discussion of a topic related to clinical exercise physiology.

Course Overview

This course is the dissertation course for students enrolled in the Master of Science Clinical Exercise Physiology specialisation. The dissertation must be written in a scholarly manner, and approved by an academic supervisor prior to enrolment.

The course requires the critical evaluation and synthesis of a body of knowledge, the design, conduct, and submission of a report of a high-quality research project in a field of clinical research related to the Clinical Exercise Physiology Profession. 

Course Requirements

Restriction: SPORTSCI 786, 787 To complete this course students must enrol in EXERSCI 792 A and B

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Graduate Profile: Master of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate and synthesize a body of literature related to the chosen research field. (Capability 4)
  2. Formulate and implement appropriate strategies to answer a specific research question. (Capability 4 and 5)
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate to produce a comprehensive communication of the research project or enquiry to a suitable standard for academic dissemination. (Capability 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Dissertation 100% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3


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Special Requirements

Each student in this course must obtain project approval from an academic supervisor in the Department of Exercise Sciences.

Workload Expectations

This course is a 45 point course and students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours per week working on their dissertation. This includes work on reading and critically analysing literature, writing, attending meetings with supervisors, collecting and analysing data.

Apart from the mandatory dissertation that students need to submit at the end of the semester, engagement in this course will be mainly student-driven. Students may determine when and if additional support is required from the course co-ordinator and class peers. There will be five 1-hour progress meetings scheduled during the year, which are optional, but available should students want to check-in and discuss any aspect of progress that cannot be discussed with the supervisor first.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including meetings with supervisors as determined by the student and the supervisor.

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.


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

The dissertation may contain descriptive or experimental data collected by the student. It may describe a coherent set of observations experienced with clients of the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic during the year. The research project may also be example, a controlled trial, a crossover study, a case study, or a systematic review and/or meta-analysis of the literature related to the topic of interest. 

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.

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 06/11/2023 08:40 a.m.