Project Design for High Performance Sport
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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)
- Defend and further develop work with respect to external critique(GA2, GA5, 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)
- * Academic honesty
- - Designing a project
- * Rationale, aims and hypotheses
- * Study design and feasibility
- - Scientific writing, report writing and presentation
- * Manuscript writing
- * Industry report writing
- * Oral presentation
- * Poster presentation
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. This subject addresses 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 develop 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 subject is 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 are used including: a case study to assess the application and implementation of knowledge, understanding and skills; an oral presentation to assess communication skills and the use of visual media; peer review to assess the ability to critically appraise work and provide insightful feedback and receive formative assessment of the project; and a written assignment to assess the application of ethical and research knowledge using a real world format (i.e. funding application).
- 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. (15%)
- Oral Project Presentation/ Peer Review - Enables students to demonstrate skills in oral communication / the use of visual media by presenting an original, evidence-based project suitable for a high performance sport setting. (25%)
- Project Proposal - Enables students to demonstrate their application of ethical and research knowledge and skills by developing and presenting an evidence-based project in a formal written manner. (60%)