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SPEX490 Dissertation

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

A supervised project involving original research and leading to the production of a dissertation.

This paper takes the form of an original research project under the supervision of an academic staff member that is conducted over two semesters. It culminates with the production a final dissertation submitted at the end of the second semester. This paper is an essential component of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science’s Honours programme.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code SPEX490
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,965.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $17,377.50

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Limited to

BSc(Hons) students majoring in Sport, Physical Education and Health should enrol in SPEX 490.


Associate Professor Motohide Miyahara, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science Postgraduate Coordinator (

Teaching staff

Honours Coordinator: Associate Professor Motohide Miyahara

Each student will have a different member of the School's academic staff act as their supervisor.

Paper Structure

The content will be specific to the student's and supervisor's requirements.


A reading list will be developed with the supervisor.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Scholarship, Lifelong Learning, Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Ethics, Communication.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to design and undertake supervised academic research and apply higher-order problem-solving skills.
  2. Develop a depth of knowledge in a specific field of research.
  3. Have the ability to think logically, analytically, and critically, particularly with respect to the academic literature.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate research methodologies.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and have the ability to deal with these issues appropriately in the course of their research.
  6. Have a high standard of written communication skills.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system