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Research Methods for Exercise Science (EXS590)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: T2-internal
Description This unit is designed to expose students to the skills necessary to become independent researchers. The primary goal for this unit is to introduce students to scientific decision-making with respect to research design and statistical analysis. Additionally, technical writing and presentation skills will be developed.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1) Identify the advantages and disadvantages of observational and experimental research designs
2) Match appropriate study designs and statistical analyses to specific research questions
3) Demonstrate a basic understanding of statistical analyses commonly used in exercise science and health disciplines
4) Demonstrate an understanding of statistical software packages
5) Demonstrate competencies in technical writing for research and the presentation of study results
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshop: 3 hours
Unit Learning Experiences This dynamic unit will involve online lectures and workshop sessions. The lecture material will reinforce knowledge gained from the textbook readings (Portney & Watkins. Foundations of Clinical Research [3rd Edition] and Strauss et al. Evidence Based Medicine [4th Edition]). Workshop sessions will provide an applied context to the lecture material, offering students with 'hands-on' opportunities to put the unit material into the context of their discipline and individual areas of interest.
Assessment Assessment for this unit will be conducted in accordance with the University Assessment Policy. This unit will use summative (summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark) assessment in the form of a written theory-based examination, protocol and an individual research presentation.
Prerequisites Enrolment in G1073 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Physiology or B1336 BSc/GradDipClinExPhys OR B1349 BSportExSc/ GradDipClinExPhys and completion of years 1-3.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Exercise Physiology Honours (BSc(Hons))
Movement Science Honours (BSc(Hons))
Sport and Exercise Science Honours (BSportExSc(Hons))
Sport and Health Science Honours (BSc(Hons))
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Physiology (GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2016]
Master of Exercise Science (Research) (MExSc(Res))
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.


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Dr Belinda Brown
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6193
e: Belinda.Brown@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.009 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: T2-Internal
Dr Belinda Brown
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6193
e: Belinda.Brown@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.009 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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