SSCI403-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

The Competitive Edge: Innovation in Sport Science

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


The course will examine how to gain a competitive edge through the application of sport science. It will consider aspects in relation to a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, biomechanics, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, sport nutrition, performance analysis and motor learning. The course will be set in the context of sports science in a contemporary bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, successful students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the latest developments in sport science in the context of colonialisation and globalisation as relevant to each topic or focus.
2. Complete in-depth literature searches in regard to current topics in sport science.
3. Critically analyse a key topic within current topics covered in the course.
4. Critically discuss, through self-reflection, developments in sport science in relation to knowledges and norms in contemporary Māori society and in a bicultural Aotearoa New Zealand.
5. Describe, in a sports science context, the meaning of the Treaty of Waitangi and Aotearoa New Zealand’s bicultural history.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 14:00 Warehouse 140 Sport Science Laboratory (22/2-29/3, 17/5-31/5)
Karl Popper 414 Mac Lab (3/5)
- (10/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator

Nick Draper


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment - Self-reflection 04 Jun 2021 20% LO 4 and 5 - The assignment will take the form of a reflective essay (2,000) discussing from a personal perspective understanding in regard to knowledges and norms for Maori society, the Treaty of Waitangi and Aotearoa New Zealand's bicultural history as it relates to sport science. Although from a personal perspective growth in reflection should be demonstrated through reference to relevant literature. This will be due at 5pm.
30 min research seminar presentation 30% LO 2 and 3 - This assignment will require students to select a current topic in sports science and lead a 30 min seminar presented to the class. Due date to be agreed in class.
Literature review - 2000 word essay 30 Apr 2021 30% LO 2 and 3 - This assignment will require students to select a different (from assessment 2) current topic in sports science and complete a 2,000 word discussion of the literature on that topic. This will be due at 5pm.
Discussion - active involvement in discussion, preparation for class sessions 04 Jun 2021 20% LO 1 - Students will be required to prepare for and take an active part in discussions within the class and make written contributions as requested for each seminar. This will include article summaries and meta analyses and will be die at 5pm.

Textbooks / Resources


Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation J: Dishonest Practice and Breach of Instructions.

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks
A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A pass is 50 marks and over.


Due to the carefully planned learning progressions within courses and the workshop type nature of most on-campus classes, all on-campus students are expected to attend all sessions. This will ensure that you do not miss vital information which will allow you to make sense of the course content. If you are going to miss on-campus classes you are expected to email the course lecturer, catch up on missed work through classmates, view recordings, readings and other supplementary material provided.  In special cases, the course lecturer may provide additional support for you.


Students will be asked to complete course evaluations, and will have the opportunity to provide feedback during their courses. Surveys are conducted electronically and are confidential. The College of Education, Health and Human Development will conduct regular graduate surveys.

Grade moderation

All course assessments in the Master of Sport Science are internally moderated.  A sample of your work may be used as part of this moderation process. Regular examiners meetings monitor the distribution of final grades in courses and adjustments are made if necessary to ensure reasonable consistency and comparability of course grades.

Late submission of work

An assessment is late if it is handed in after the due date, without a formal extension.  If an assessment is submitted after the due date, 5% will be deducted from the final grade for every day the assessment is late.  No assessments will be accepted after a period of 3 days after the due date, unless an extension has been granted.


The Award regulations for the Master of Sport Science can be found within the UC Calendar.  The UC calendar is available online here.

The specific Award regulations for the awards can be found online here.

The College of Education Health and Human Development assessment guidelines, which contain specific information regarding the College grading scale, late work, extensions, submission of work, reconsideration of grades, Special Consideration procedures, academic integrity, and moderation of assessment can be found online here.

The specific assessment details for each course, including assessment dates, can be found on the Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website.

Other specific requirements

All written assessment tasks and presentations must be referenced according to APA convention. (Information relating to APA referencing can be obtained from both the Central and Education Libraries.) Most assignments must be submitted online. Online submission requires students to formally acknowledge that what they are submitting is their own work. Hardcopy submissions must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet (available from the course lecturer).

Requests for extensions

Students who cannot complete assessments by the due date should discuss their situation with the course lecturer. Where circumstances are known in advance, the student should discuss these with the course lecturer at least one week days prior to the assessment due date. In circumstances where this is not appropriate, the student should discuss their situation with the course lecturer as soon as possible.


To pass this course you are required to gain an overall average grade of C- (50%) or better across all assessments. No resubmissions are available for this course.

Special considerations

Students wishing to apply for Special Consideration should refer to this link for further information:

Partial Exemption from Assessment

If you are wishing to apply for partial exemption from assessment in a course (e.g. if you are repeating a course and you have previously passed one or more assessments from within the course, and do not wish to write this assessment again) you may apply for this using the form: Application for Partial Exemption from Assessment

Where to submit and collect work

Electronic Submission via LEARN (all on campus and distance students)
All students must submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn (Moodle) class site, on or before the due date.  All submitted assessment work will be screened by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.  There is opportunity for students to submit a draft report to monitor levels of plagiarism prior to the final submission for marking.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email, or phone 03 369 5000.

Hard Copy Submission for On-Campus Students
Where your course lecturer requires a hardcopy submission, on campus students’ assignments are to be submitted with a cover sheet to the Sport & Physical Education Office, (behind the Rec Centre) by 5.00pm, or by the time directed by the course lecturer, on or before the due date. Please use the drop box placed at the entrance to School office. Distance students will receive specific instructions from their course lecturer. Marked assignments will be returned directly by the lecturer.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,131.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 15 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All SSCI403 Occurrences

  • SSCI403-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021