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Research Methods in Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences (EXS691)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 9
Description This unit is designed to provide higher level knowledge and proficiencies necessary for students enrolled within a Masters or Honours degree to undertake research in the exercise and rehabilitation sciences. Specifically, the unit will focus on issues relevant to research design, statistical analyses, and dissemination of information. Furthermore, this unit will be used to guide students in the process of completing a literature review and protocol development in their chosen area of study.
Timetabled Learning Activities Ad Hoc
Unit Learning Experiences Unit content will be provided in two main forms. In order to allow flexibility, a significant portion of the unit content will be delivered through online lectures within LMS. Face-to-face or online discussion sessions will also be scheduled throughout the unit to allow students to engage in discussions and problem solving exercises specific to their chosen area of study. Students will be expected to devote 10 hours per week to this unit in the form of viewing of online content, reading assignments, writing exercises, literature review, and engaging in small group discussions.
Assessment This unit will use three forms of summative assessment to test students' knowledge of the unit content. All assessments will evaluate the students' knowledge and sills within the three major unit themes (research design, data analysis, information dissemination).
The literature review will assess a student's understanding of current knowledge in their chosen area of study, as well as their technical writing skills.
The study protocol will assess a student's ability to communicate the details of their thesis project. This assessment will require students to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their topic, as well as knowledge of appropriate study design and statistical analysis. Both reports will assess students' abilities in technical writing and communication.
Prerequisites Enrolment in any Master's degree or Honours in Movement Science (BSc(Hons)) or Honours in Sport and Health Science (BSc(Hons)) or Honours in Exercise Physiology (BSc(Hons)) or Honours in Chiropractic (BSc(Hons)).
Previously 2014: EXS591
2014: 'Research Methods in Exercise Science'
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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Associate Professor Jeremiah Peiffer
Dean Graduate Studies

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t: 9360 7603
e: Jeremiah.Peiffer@murdoch.edu.au
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