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Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins June 25.  Watch your email for more details.

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Sport Science Applied Research

Course Code: SPSC 4256
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Methods of Instruction

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.

course prerequisites

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

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.