KINESIOL 3RP3: Kinesiology Research Practicum


Students will conduct a research placement, as directed and under the supervision of a faculty member in Kinesiology, in a wide range of scientific lab/field settings. Students will complete an academic component in addition to their research. This course serves as excellent preparation for a Level IV Thesis or Independent Study experience.


Students should attempt to set up their research placement for the term prior to enrolment.

Students must submit their completed KINESIOL 3RP3 Research Practicum Enrollment Application to the Undergraduate Studies, Academic Program Advisor via email to or in IWC 219C, 30-days prior to the start of the term and enroll prior to the first day of class.

  • For the upcoming Fall term, placements should be confirmed by August 1
  • For the Winter term, placements should be confirmed by December 1
  • For the Spring term, placements should be confirmed by April 1

Please Note: Although forms can be submitted past their due date (but before the start of the term), it is strongly encouraged that all students set up their placement prior to the school year as registration in the course in limited and the course tends to fill up quickly.


Am I required to find my own placement?

Yes. It is the student’s responsibility to find their own placement prior to submitting forms. This requires planning for your placement before the deadlines for forms.

How do I go about finding my placement?

You must approach a potential faculty supervisor from the Department of Kinesiology and ask if they are willing to supervise you as a student. This may entail an introductory phone call and/or email and a follow up meeting to ensure the placement is an appropriate one for you. You are required to make the potential supervisor aware of their role and responsibilities in this course.

Are the deadlines final?

The deadlines mentioned above are final for the corresponding semesters. Please note that the August 1 deadline is strongly encouraged for all semesters of the upcoming school year.

What are my placement obligations? What is required from my supervisor?

You must fulfil the placement requirement of completing a minimum of 60 hours during the semester. Hours completed prior to the school year cannot count towards placement hours. Your supervisor must be able to meet with you regularly, provide ongoing feedback and complete all evaluation forms by their deadlines.

Note: Some placements require more than the minimum 60 hours. You are required to see your placement through to completion, regardless if you have achieved your 60 hours already, as per our agreement with your supervisor at the start of the placement.

Does my placement have to coincide with the term I am registered in?

Yes. You must be in your placement at the time you are taking the course. Past or future opportunities cannot count towards the course hours.

Can I take KINESIOL 3RP3 in both semesters more than once?

No, KINESIOL 3RP3 can only be taken once per degree.

How do I register for the class?

Once you have submitted the approval forms by the deadline, the Academic Program Advisor will enter the permission to allow you to register in the course on your MOSAIC account.

What if this course time slot conflicts with another course?

MOSAIC will not allow you to register in conflicting courses. You are required to attend all lecture components of the course throughout the fall and winter terms. Please note: There is no course coordinator in the spring/summer term, so all correspondence and evaluation is completed with your faculty supervisor
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