SSCI403-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Innovation in Sport and Exercise

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


The course will examine how to gain a competitive edge through the application of sport science. It will consider aspects in relation to a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, biomechanics, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, sport nutrition, performance analysis and motor learning. The course will be set in the context of sports science in a contemporary bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, successful students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate the latest developments in sport science in the context of colonialisation and globalisation as relevant to each topic or focus.
2. Complete in-depth literature searches in regard to current topics in sport science.
3. Critically analyse a key topic within current topics covered in the course.
4. Critically discuss, through self-reflection, developments in sport science in relation to knowledges and norms in contemporary Māori society and in a bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand.
5. Describe, in a sports science context, the meaning of the Treaty of Waitangi and Aotearoa New Zealand’s bicultural history.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Sibi Walter


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment: Self-reflection, 2,000 words 31 Mar 2023 20% LO 4 and 5- The assignment will be in the form of a reflective essay discussing from a personal perspective the understanding regarding knowledge and norms of the Maori society, the Treaty of Waitangi and Aotearoa New Zealand's bicultural history as it relates to sports science. Although from a personal perspective growth in reflection should be demonstrated through reference to relevant literature.
Literature review, 4500 words 19 May 2023 40% LO 1, 2 and 3- This assignment will require students to select a current topic in sports & exercise science and complete a systematic literature review on that topic.
30 min research seminar presentation 40% Due during last 2 weeks of semester LO 1, 2 and 3- This assignment will require students to select a current topic in sports & exercise science and lead a 30 min seminar presented to the class.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,227.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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All SSCI403 Occurrences

  • SSCI403-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023