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Master of Exercise Science (Research) (MExSc(Res))


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Title Master of Exercise Science (Research) (MExSc(Res))
Course Code M1275
Study Level Master's by Research (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Associate Professor Timothy Fairchild | Email: T.Fairchild@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2959

Qualification Master of Exercise Science (Research) (MExSc(Res))
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description Exercise Science is a growing discipline within Australia and worldwide. This degree will develop your skills in prescribing exercise to individuals with complex and chronic conditions while developing your research skills. In your first year of study you will undertake an internship within Murdoch's Exercise Science Research program rated as 'Above World Standard' in the most recent round of the Excellence in Research Australia assessment (http://www.arc.gov.au/era-reports%20). The culmination of the course is the undertaking of a research project into a specific question in Exercise Science ranging from improving sports performance in elite athletes to the best exercise to improve health outcomes for a range of individuals and pathologies.

This course is designed for:
* Graduates of sport and exercise science programs looking to develop clinical and research skills.
* Those hoping to proceed to higher degrees but lacking in the conventional background.

This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Minimum Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7 or international equivalent) in Exercise Science, Sport Science or related discipline.

English competence.
Course Learning Outcomes CLO1
Explain the mechanisms through which exercise improves the health of clinical populations.

Explain the current research principles and methods utilised within exercise science research.

Identify and use appropriate assessment tools to evaluate exercise interventions, and correctly interpret the results and communicate them to relevant stakeholders in an appropriate manner.

Deliver exercise programs for clients with pathology or injury.

Compile, critically evaluate, and communicate the scientific rationale for their professional decision making and service delivery.

Design and undertake research in Exercise Science and communicate to relevant stakeholders.

Utilise Evidence Based Practice by evaluating the scientific literature and clinical environment to create best practice exercise interventions for clients with pathology or injury.

Plan and execute a substantial piece of research.
Employment Prospects Clinical Exercise Physiology Clinics, Research Institutes, Professional Sporting Teams.
Main research areas Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Sports Science, Rehabilitation, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Strength and Conditioning, Injury Prevention, diabetes, Performance, Obesity, Physical Activity.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

EXS501 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation - 3 points
MURDOCH: T1-internal

EXS502 Metabolic Rehabilitation - 3 points
MURDOCH: T1-internal

EXS503 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation - 3 points
MURDOCH: T1-internal

EXS504 Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: T3-internal

EXS590 Research Methods for Exercise Science - 3 points
MURDOCH: T2-internal

EXS692 Literature Review and Research Proposal in Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences - 6 points
MURDOCH: T1-internal

EXS610 Exercise Science Research Practicum - 3 points
MURDOCH: TS23-placement

Year 2 - 24 credit points

EXS699 Thesis in Exercise Science - 24 points
MURDOCH: TS13-internal, TS32-internal, YU2-internal

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