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Applied Studies in Physical and Health Education

Course Code: SPSC 5495
Faculty: Science & Technology
Department: Sport Science
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 30 weeks
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction


-          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.

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.


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