Project Design for High Performance Sport
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- 09 Oct 2023
Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Display appropriate standards of ethical and professional conduct when designing an industry-relevant research project (GA2, GA3)
- Design an evidence-based project that involves acquiring, analysing, interpreting and reporting data (GA2, GA4, GA8, GA9, GA10)
- Critically appraise literature and contemporary concepts relevant to high performance sport(GA4, GA5)
- Communicate the design of an evidence-based project in written and/or oral forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences (e.g. coaching staff; support staff; stakeholders; academic peers) (GA9)
- - Evidence-based practice
- * Overview of the research process
- * Preparing and planning for a project
- * Developing a project topic
- * Developing a research question and hypothesis
- - Introduction to research methods
- * Experimental
- * Quasi-experimental
- * Case study
- * Surveys
- - Ethical considerations in the design and implementation of investigative projects
- * Guidelines for Human Experimentation (National Health and Medical Research Council)
- - Project design development and common barriers inthe High Performance Sport (HPS) environment
- * Rationale, aims and hypotheses
- * Study design and feasibility
- * Recruitment, timelines and funding
- - REsearch translation
- * Scientific and industry reports
- * Industry report writing
- * Oral presentation and Poster presentations
- * Social media, 3MT, infograohics
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No additional requirements
Research in high performance sport settings is critical for providing athletes and practitioners with evidence-based strategies for improving performance and maintaining athlete well-being. The focus of this unit is on evidence-based approaches to the formulation, design and conduct of projects in the high performance sport environment. Students will develop an ability to critically appraise the process and planning of projects designed to investigate questions in the applied setting, and gain awareness of alternative approaches used in sports science research. Students will construct an implementation plan for a project designed to investigate a problem of practical relevance to the student's industry, workplace or research goals. The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop skills in reviewing appropriate literature and the appraisal of available field, laboratory and/or software technologies for data acquisition and analysis, with a focus on developing scientific/report writing and presentation skills.
In order to best enable students to achieve unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes, standards-based assessment is utilised, consistent with University assessment requirements. A range of assessment strategies have been purposefully designed for the assessment of learning outcomes reflecting the principles of authentic assessment design and include: Assessment Task 1: a case study to assess the application and implementation of knowledge and understanding as they relate to research design and ethics in High Performance Sport; Assessment Task 2: an oral presentation to assess ability to critically appraise research project design, analysis and interpretation for High Performance Sport, as well as skills in communication and the use of visual media; and Assessment Task 3: a written assignment to assess the application of ethical and research knowledge using an authentic format (eg. funding application). Students must achieve a cumulative grade of at least 50% across all assessments.
- Ethics Case Study - Enables students to demonstrate their understanding and application of ethical principles by reviewing a case study. This includes demonstration of reporting and communication skills. (20%)
- Oral Project Presentation - Enables students to demonstrate their ability to critically appraise research project design, analysis & interpretation for high performance sport, as well as their skills in oral communication and the use of visual media. (30%)
- Project Proposal - Enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and application of ethical and research design considerations by developing and presenting an evidence-based HPS project in a formal written manner. (50%)
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