Minor Thesis

Unit code: SCL7001 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Online Self-Paced


This unit enables students to demonstrate their ability to design and implement independent research that enhances evidence-based practice in domains relevant to accredited exercise physiologists. Students will be required to elucidate and communicate their role as researching Exercise Physiologists who apply evidence-based clinical practice principles and professional conduct in clinical research. 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 support will be in the form of online learning activities and supervisor contact during the development of their research.

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.

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This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 0%
A presentation addressing the role of the researcher AEP, in the context of their individual research project (hurdle).
Assessment type: Thesis
Grade: 100%
A written thesis assessed by at least two expert examiners from an appropriate area of expertise (approximately 10-12,000 words).

Required reading

Recommended readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site. Additional key reading appropriate to topic as advised by the supervisor.

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