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    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 of 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Dissertation
    Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
    EFTS 0.5
    Points 60 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $5,392.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to

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


    Teaching staff

    Honours Programme Co-ordinator - Dr Peter Lamb.

    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:

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


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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