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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Ash Moreland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7545

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.071

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 developing your skills in sourcing, reading and citing scientific information, and developing your understanding of scientific methodology, including quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design, ethics, data analysis techniques, data reliability and validity, interpretation and 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 complete your studies in Exercise and Sport Science.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Review, analyse and interpret information, and independently generate conclusions (PLO3).
  • Contextualise discipline knowledge to performance sports and/or health, disease and aging (PLO7).
  • 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 successful 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

This course is organised into weekly modules consisting of online video lecture recordings, readings, discussions and activities that are designed to be completed in a relatively self-paced manner. However, it is expected that you have completed the weekly online module prior to attending your compulsory face-to-face tutorial class the following week.

Teacher guided hours: 40-50 hours

Learner directed hours: 70-80 hours

Overview of Learning Resources

Course resources including announcements, detailed class schedules, course learning materials and grades will be provided online via Canvas. You will be expected to regularly access this course website, and analytics will be used to track engagement with the course.

Overview of Assessment

To pass this course, you must pass the hurdle requirement and obtain an overall mark of 50% or more.

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 (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task: Tutorial tasks

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Assessment Task 2: Online Tests

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Assessment Task 3: Literature Review and Research Design

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Assessment Task 4: Tutorial Attendance / Submission Requirement (minimum 80% attendance) (Pass/Fail Hurdle)

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8