Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours

Why study the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours at UNE?

Honours in Exercise and Sports Science is an intensive year-long program that enables students to research a topic they are passionate about. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own original research project and conduct research under the guidance of a supervisor who is a specialist in the relevant field. It is the final year of undergraduate study for most students and provides students with an avenue into postgraduate study or into a career as a professional researcher or academic. Students who complete honours can demonstrate to future employees that they have important job skills such as the ability to produce high quality work with minimal supervision and important project management skills.

Honours can be one of the most enjoyable and challenging years of a student's undergraduate degree and is a rare opportunity for students to dedicate an entire year to one area of study that is important to them. In addition, honours offers students the experience of utilising all the skills they have learned through their undergraduate degree to produce a 20,000 word thesis.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this course can be employed in a range of fields including health and physical activity promotion, sports science, health and fitness (personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, health consultant/educator), clinical measurements (cardiac/respiratory/sleep technician) and postgraduate research/coursework in related disciplines.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

1 Year Full-time
Up to 2 years Part-time

FEES

Commonwealth Supported Place

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus

Official Abbreviation BExSpSc(Hons)
Course Type Bachelor Honours
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 2 years Part-time
Fees Commonwealth Supported Place
Total Credit Points 48
Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

1. (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science from the University of New England or an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline; and

(b) have achieved a GPA of 5 or better in at least 24 credit points at 300-level in Exercise and Sports Science units.

2. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science Honours Course Coordinator.

3. Readmission to the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours will only be permitted with the approval of the Course Coordinator and will only be considered where a completely new research topic is proposed.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing shall not be awarded for any components of this course.

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
1. (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science from the University of New England or an equivalent AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline; and
(b) have achieved a GPA of 5 or better in at least 24 credit points at 300-level in Exercise and Sports Science units.
2. Admission to candidature shall be determined by the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science Honours Course Coordinator.
3. Readmission to the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours will only be permitted with the approval of the Course Coordinator and will only be considered where a completely new research topic is proposed.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing shall not be awarded for any components of this course.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points at 400-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 48 cps
Total 48 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours.

Classes of Honours

There shall be three classes of honours, namely Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II shall have two divisions, namely Division 1 and Division 2.
An exceptionally distinguished candidate who has been awarded First Class Honours may be awarded a University Medal.

Thesis

1. A candidate shall submit a thesis embodying an original investigation on a topic approved by the course coordinator.
2. Depending on the topic under investigation, the approval of the relevant Ethics Committee must be sought if required.
3. The School, on the advice of the Course Coordinator, shall appoint a supervisor, who shall be a member of the teaching or research staff of the University or an associate of the University. The supervisor shall advise and supervise the candidate during the period of candidature.
4. Except with the permission of the School, on the recommendation of the supervisor, the thesis shall not exceed 20,000 words of text, excluding appendices.
5. The thesis shall comprise 70% of the final grade for the enrolled honours unit.

Submission of Thesis

Submission of the thesis will be 39 weeks from the commencement of the trimester for which a candidate is enrolled.

Examination of Thesis

The thesis will be assessed by at least two examiners with expertise in the area of study neither of whom will be the candidate's supervisor. One of the examiners should be external to the discipline/school, if possible, or external to the University.
In case of dispute, the supervisor and Course Coordinator, generally in consultation with appropriate academic staff, will determine the appointment of the examiners. Examiners will be required to submit a written report along with a completed 'Examiners Assessment Form'.
In all matters relating to examiners, the Head of School shall have the final decision.

Calculation of Honours Results

The ratio of assessment component will equal the ratio of marks within the final grade.

Suspensions and Extensions to Candidature

The school concerned may grant an extension or suspension of candidature, or a combination of both, to full-time candidates for up to six months or to part-time candidates for up to 12 months as follows:
(a) to compensate by way of extension of candidature, a candidate for time lost by ill-health or unforeseeable and unavoidable difficulties; or
(b) to compensate by way of suspension of candidature, a candidate who produces evidence that he/she shall not be in a position to pursue work towards the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours.

Re-enrolment

1. A full-time candidate may be granted special leave by the school to re-enrol in a subsequent year if he or she withdraws from candidature by the census date of the teaching period in which they commenced.
2. A part-time candidate may withdraw from candidature up to the census date of the teaching period in which they commenced in the first year of enrolment without prejudice to the right to re-enrol in a succeeding year.
3. A part-time candidate who withdraws later than the census date in the second year of enrolment but prior to two months before the submission of the thesis as required by the head of school may re-enrol in the same subject for the degree, provided that:
(a) two years will have elapsed before such re-enrolment;
(b) the topic of study undertaken within the thesis is different from that of the original enrolment.
4. A candidate who withdraws later than two months prior to the date on which the thesis is required shall be deemed to have failed.
5. Unless a candidate shows good cause why such action should not be taken, the Head of School may withdraw a candidate on the ground of his or her having failed to meet the requirements of the course and deem him or her to have failed in it.
6. A candidate who is deemed to have failed may, after a lapse of three years, be permitted to apply for re-admission to the course, provided the proposed work is in a different topic of study within the thesis from that of the original enrolment.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Procedures.

Course Aims

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced study and research in the area of exercise and sports science. The course provides a capstone to an undergraduate degree, prepares students for postgraduate study and establishes a sound basis for a successful future career.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate through their own practice an advanced understanding of the methods and processes of exercise and sports science as a creative endeavour and that current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry;
  2. exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by: demonstrating advanced knowledge in exercise and sports science; demonstrating the potential to make original contributions to scientific knowledge; and integrating their own research findings with the current body of disciplinary knowledge/paradigms;
  3. conduct a research investigation under supervision in a research or professional environment by: critically analysing a challenging complex or multi-faceted problem, identifying research questions, designing and planning a project; selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools to address a research question; and analysing, interpreting and critically evaluating research findings;
  4. be effective communicators of exercise and sports science by: communicating scientific ideas and research findings to informed professional audiences using a variety of modes; and
  5. be accountable for their own learning and scientific work by: demonstrating initiative and intellectual independence; collaborating effectively; and complying with regulatory frameworks and practising professional ethics relevant to their disciplinary area.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will demonstrate a coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts relevant to exercise and sports science and knowledge of research principles and methods and will possess a global perspective (both national and international) on the developments over time relevant to exercise and sports science and, a capacity to understand the implications of international events for exercise and sports science.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have high level communication skills, oral and written, to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence. They will exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to recognise pertinent information and will have the advanced cognitive skills to use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access, critically analyse and interpret information. They will have technical skills to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be aware of their professional responsibilities and will demonstrate understanding and practice of the highest standards of ethical behaviour associated with their discipline or profession. This includes an understanding of their own ethical responsibilities towards colleagues, research subjects, the wider community and the environment.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding; and, responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to exercise responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice as well as the ability to work collaboratively with others within broad parameters.

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