Applied Studies in Physical and Health Education

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 5495
Semester Length
30 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
In this course, Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education students follow a process of action research or conduct an inquiry into practice in their work settings. Through reflective practice, students integrate and evaluate acquired knowledge from the program. This course is conducted online with faculty supervision and peer learning group support.
Course Content

1. Scope of practice and research (curricular and extra-curricular)

1.1.   Physical activity

1.2.   Physical education

1.3.   Health education

1.4.   School movement and health culture


2. Reflective Professional Practice

2.1.   Reflection on practice

2.2.   Reflection on the other's research

2.3.   Reflection in action (reflexivity)


3. Professional Research Modes

3.1.   Inquiry into practice

3.2.   Action research

3.3.   Participatory action research


4. Preparing for Professional Research

4.1.   Ethical considerations

4.1.1. Informed consent

4.1.2. Power over

4.1.3. Right of removal

4.1.4. Third party contact

4.1.5. Low human impact

4.1.6. Professional codes of conduct

4.1.7. Record keeping and security

4.2.   Consulting the literature

4.2.1. Informing your practice

4.2.2. Informing your “action” and research

4.2.3. Situating your work in a community of practice/researchers

4.2.4. Technical aspects:          Academic search engines          Using seminal or richly threaded work          Identifying gaps and opportunities

4.3.   Writing your plan

4.3.1. Visualize your future: Who, what, where, when, how

4.3.2. Academic writing standards          Formatting and convention (American Psychological Association)          Synthesizing others' work          Academic vs. personal/reflective writing

4.4.   Methodologies

4.4.1. Methods of intervention (direct and indirect)

4.4.2. Methods of observation          Tools – observations, video, measures, self and peer assessment          Objectivity and bias in measurement collection

4.4.3. Triangulation

4.4.4. Participant voice/positioning considerations


5. Analyzing findings

5.1.   Entry level qualitative methods

5.1.1. Identifying units of meaning

5.1.2. Identifying and organizing themes and findings

5.2.   Descriptive quantitative measures

5.2.1. Presentation

5.2.2. Working within statistical limitations


6. Presenting research

6.1.   Summarizing findings

6.2.   Written report formats

6.3.   Poster format

6.4.   Use of video and imagery

6.5.   Identifying appropriate venues for dissemination and shaping messaging

6.5.1. Colleagues

6.5.2. Parents

6.5.3. Students

6.5.4. Conferences

6.5.5. Publication

Learning Activities


-          Discussion Groups

-          Lecture

-          Inquiry-based

Practical Applications

Field Observation

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 may include the following:

Peer-teaching & group engagement  0-20%
Unit assignments  10-40%
Research/Inquiry Proposal  15-30%
Research/Inquiry Final  20-40%
Total 100%
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Outline a professionally-based action research process,
  2. Demonstrate compliance with ethical research standards,
  3. Design and implement a physical or health education action research project or inquiry,
  4. Demonstrate critical reflection on personal professional practice, and
  5. Demonstrate critical reflection on the outcomes of the research project.
Textbook Materials

Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials .

  1. A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor's Course Outline. Course outlines are available to students at the beginning of each semester.
  2. Students will require internet access to participate in this course.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for SPSC 5495
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Winter 2023