This unit enables students demonstrates their ability to design and implement independent research that enhances evidence-based practice in domains relevant to accredited exercise physiologists. Students work with individual supervisors, and produce a minor thesis requiring a high standard of written communication. The thesis would normally be assessed by at least two expert examiners from an appropriate area of expertise. Students also attend tutorials to support the development of their research; and to elucidate and communicate their role as researching Exercise Physiologists who apply evidence-based clinical practice principles and professional conduct in clinical research.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an integrated and comprehensive understanding of literature relating to an approved topic;  
  2. Critically analyse, review and reflect on information and research with the aim of contributing to a new body of knowledge or practice;  
  3. Interpret and disseminate research information to a range of informed and lay audiences;  
  4. Utilise specialised cognitive and technical skills to conduct a substantial independent research project under supervision with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability; and  
  5. Critically evaluate the role of the Exercise Physiologist in evidence-based clinical research and its translation to practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation A presentation addressing the role of the researcher AEP, in the context of their individual research project (hurdle). 0%
Thesis A written thesis assessed by at least two expert examiners from an appropriate area of expertise (approximately 10-12,000 words). 100%
Hurdle: To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must satisfactorily complete (receive at least 50%) in the presentation assessment item. This assessment item does not contribute to the final unit mark. Examination of the minor thesis will be conducted by two expert examiners from an appropriate area of expertise. This could be one external examiner and one internal examiner, or two external examiners if a suitable internal examiner is not available. The supervisor will not be the examiner. The examiners will recommend one of four outcomes for the minor thesis: (a) passed; (b) passed unit to specified minor amendments being made; (c) deferred for resubmission subsequent to major revision; or (d) failed.

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