Sport Science Applied Research

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 4256
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Students will explore topics in sport science using a quantitative or qualitative approach. The main objective of the course is to provide opportunities for students, working in small groups, to perform original research in a chosen area of sport science, kinesiology, physical education, health, recreation or coaching.
Course Content

Course content is based on the specific research topic agreed upon by the faculty member and students (projects are typically to be completed in small groups of 3-4 students). The students, and if necessary the instructor, will identify a list of readings for the literature review. The content and design of the research project must be approved by the instructor and the Douglas College Research Ethics Board (if necessary) before data collection can begin.

Learning Activities

Students will undertake independent research which will be supervised by the isntructor regularly throughout the semester. This will include mandatory, regularly scheduled meetings between the student group and instructor.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Ethics proposal 10%
Proposal of Research Topic:
- Introduction
- Literature review
- Methodology
Presentation of Completed Research:
- Written submission
- In-class presentation
- Poster presentation
 Group Peer Evaluation 5-10%
 Instructor Evaluation 5-10%
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Construct an ethics proposal for the Douglas College Ethics Board.
  2. Conduct a comprehensive literature review to address a specific research question.
  3. Demonstrate ability to participate in the peer review process including the ability to critically analyze and discuss a piece of academic work.
  4. Develop research methods designed to answer a specific research question.
  5. Use technology and a poster presentation to communicate research findings in a professional manner.
Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the instructor's course outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester. Textbooks and materials may be determined by the research topic of the students and course instructor. 



60 credits, including SPSC 3256 (or permission of instructor)


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for SPSC 4256
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU BPK 1XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 385 (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KIN 315 (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Fall 2023