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Literature Review and Research Proposal in Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences (EXS692)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: T1-internal
Description This unit is designed to provide the knowledge and proficiencies necessary for students enrolled within a Masters or Honours degree to develop a research proposal with literature review that guides their Thesis in exercise and rehabilitation sciences. Students will be guided by their research supervisor in planning their research project, and developing a detailed project proposal that is based on a thorough review of the current literature. Students are expected to communicate outcomes in written and verbal presentations.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Use the literature to understand a field of knowledge, identify gaps in knowledge and develop a research program to address the gaps in their field of study.
2. Understand the necessary components of a research proposal, including development of a plausible and testable hypothesis with research questions.
3. Developing the necessary protocols to test the hypothesis and undertake research within a defined area of study.
4. Communicate both in written and verbal form the literature review and research proposal.
Timetabled Learning Activities
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 skills 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)).
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Exercise Physiology Honours (BSc(Hons))
Movement Science Honours (BSc(Hons))
Sport and Exercise Science Honours (BSportExSc(Hons))
Sport and Health Science Honours (BSc(Hons))
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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