SSCI403-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Innovation in Sport and Exercise

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Sibi Walter


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment: Online assessment module 31 Mar 2023 20% Based on LO 4 and 5. The students are required to complete the online module on LEARN to demonstrate their understanding of the knowledge and norms of the Maori society, the Treaty of Waitangi, and Aotearoa New Zealand's bicultural history as it relates to sport & exercise. Although from a personal perspective growth in reflection should be demonstrated through reference to relevant literature.
Systematic literature review 4500 words 31 May 2023 40% Based on 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.
Research & innovation presentations 40% Based on LO 1, 2 and 3. This assignment will be an oral presentation based on the outcome of their Systematic Literature Review assessment. The students are required to present the prospects of their literature review and how they will innovate on that topic. It will be a 30-minute seminar presented to the class during the last 3 weeks of the 1st semester.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,289.00

* 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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  • SSCI403-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024