Course Title: Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Lyndell Bruce

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7349

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 203.3.09

Course Coordinator Availability: email to arrange an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will develop the written and analytical skills to study in the field of exercise and sport science.

Particular emphasis is placed on you developing your skills in scientific methodology and practice, research and measurement skills, and to identify and locate appropriate sources of exercise and sport science information, and to present these in an appropriate format.

You will acquire knowledge about data collection, validity, reliability, assessment and analysis. Moreover, you will gain knowledge and skill in quantitative and qualitative research methods, literature searching, research design, ethics, data analysis techniques, data reliability and validity, presentation of data in tables and figures, and the presentation of research in oral and written formats.

The knowledge gained upon successful completion of this course will provide you the skills needed to study.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP296 Exercise and Sport Science:

  1. Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO3).
  2. Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and/or health, disease and aging (PLO7).
  3. Knowledge and ability to work within the legal, ethical, practice and safety codes of the profession (PLO8).
The identification and solving of problems relating to exercise and sporting contexts PLO9).

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Conduct comprehensive searches of research literature in the field of exercise and sport science.
  2. Analyse and interpret peer-reviewed resources and draw appropriate conclusions from research literature in exercise and sport science.
  3. Critically analyse research methodologies in exercise and sport science by being able to accurately describe the strengths and weaknesses of the research.
  4. Identify and manage issues concerning ethical practice in research.
  5. Accurately collect and analyse data related to a potential problem/research area.
  6. Interpret the findings from data analyses and make appropriate conclusions about identified problems/research.
  7. Clearly present a summary of the data and findings in a variety of modalities.
  8. Design a basic research study.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course, you will attend lectures and tutorial classes in which the theory and practical components of the course will be integrated.

The practical component of the course is designed to build fundamental skills in data collection, analysis interpretation and presentation.

Throughout the semester you will receive FEEDBACK on your learning in various forms. Class and individual discussion on lecture material is one form of feedback that you should use to guide your learning. You are encouraged to ask questions of your lecturer on any aspect of the course content that you may find difficult to understand and you will be given feedback to assist your learning. Written and/or verbal comments on submitted work is a more formal way of providing feedback on the evidence you submit of your learning, and should be used to assist your development in this and other courses. If you are having difficulty understanding any aspect of the course content, you are encouraged to discuss this with the lecturer either immediately after class (where possible) or by scheduling an appointment with the lecturer.

Four hours per week for one semester comprising lectures and tutorial sessions.  In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of two hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include text books, lecture notes, practical exercises and handouts or references on selected topics. Where possible this information is provided online via myRMIT studies and you will be expected to regularly access the course website, which contains announcements and course information such as detailed timetables, prescribed reading, course documents and my Provisional Grades.


The Exercise Science Program Guide (URL: provides useful references.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course has been designed to examine your understanding of content knowledge and includes written assessment, tutorial tasks, group work and a formal examination.


 ☐This course has no hurdle requirements.

☒ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks


Early Assessment Task:  Literature Review

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2:  Tutorial Tasks

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 – 8


Assessment Task 3: End of Semester Exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 5 – 8

Assessment 4: Tutorial Attendance Requirement (minimum 80% attendance at tutorials) (Pass/Fail hurdle)

This assessment supports CLOs 1 – 8