NAME OF THE DOCTORAL STUDY: Kinesiology
SCIENTIFIC OR ARTISTIC AREA, FIELD AND BRANCH IN WHICH THE STUDY IS INTENDED TO BE PERFORMED:
Area: Humanities and Social Sciences
DURATION OF THE DOCTORAL STUDY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS (IN YEARS):
The doctoral study of kinesiology takes 3 years or 6 terms.
NUMBER OF REQUIRED COURSES/MODULES:
The programme of doctoral study in kinesiology comprises 3 required courses and two elective modules. The elective modules are selected from A and B list (four offered research modules in each list), as explaned latter.
NUMBER OF ELECTIVE COURSES/MODULES:
In addition to elective courses that the student chooses within the modules of the programme, the study programme also offers ten elective courses.
ACADEMIC TITLE EARNED UPON COMPLETION OF THE DOCTORAL STUDY:
Upon completion of the doctoral study of kinesiology, the doctoral student is awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Social Sciences (PhD) in the field of Kinesiology.
APROPOSED SMALLEST NUMBER OF DOCTORAL STUDENTS FOR ONE ACADEMIC YEAR:
25 students per academic year (enrollment offered every two years).
PROPOSED HIGHEST NUMBER OF DOCTORAL STUDENTS FOR ONE ACADEMIC YEAR:
50 students per academic year (enrollment offered every two years).
COMPATIBILITY OF THE DOCTORAL STUDY WITH THE RESEARCH STRATEGY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB:
Pursuant to the vision of the Research Strategy of the University of Zagreb that defines a clear research profile characterised by internationally recognized excellence, one of main premises of the proposed doctoral study is a research-based teaching that will provide future carriers of kinesiology development with such a kind of education that, through their work, they will be able to prove in the international community as well, the leading role which the Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of Zagreb has on the national level. The Science Development Strategy of the Faculty of Kinesiology for the 2010-2014 period is based on the Research Strategy of the University of Zagreb and it sets out strategic objectives and tasks of the Faculty of Kinesiology, with appertaining measurable science performance indicators and monitoring and progress benchmarks for the implementation of the Faculty’s Science Development Strategy. One of the strategic objectives refers to the necessary reform of the current doctoral study, to facilitate achievement of objectives set out in the Research Strategy of the University and in the Strategy of the Faculty of Kinesiology itself. The Faculty of Kinesiology, as a constituent unit of the Zagreb higher education university community, fits into the clearly defined research profile characterised by scientific excellence and international recognisability of the field of kinesiology. Kinesiological research sets paradigms for addressing fundamental kinesiology issues, and issues arising in the areas of applied kinesiology. This facilitates finding new technological solutions and intiating development processes in branches and disciplines of applied kinesiology.
In accordance with the Research Strategy of the University, basic distinguishing features of the proposed doctoral study of kinesiology are research and learning through research, international openness, international quality benchmarks, and international competitiveness of the study programme.
DESCRIPTION OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME OF THE DOCTORAL STUDY
The proposed doctoral study is designed as a part-time study intended for students employed in schooling and other institutions, and companies in public and private sectors.
The objective of the proposed doctoral study of kinesiology is to provide training for doctoral students that will enable them to acquire the academic degree of Doctor of Social Sciences in the field of Kinesiology. After six semesters, or three academic years of the study, the doctoral student is obliged to finish the study during the next four years (altogether 7 years). Within that time limit, the doctoral student should also defend the doctoral thesis.
During their study, the doctoral students will acquire necessary knowledge in fundamental and applied kinesiology research methodologies, which will make them qualified to design and carry out fundamental, developmental and applied scientific research projects. Besides, the doctoral students will obtain considerable amount of scientific cognizance in biological anthropology, social sciences, biomedicine, humanities and, what is particularly important, in areas covered by elective modules and elective courses in kinesiology and related interdisciplinary areas.
The proposed program is structured for the part time students and during the first two years of the study the students will attend altogether 116 classes within the required courses and 120 classes of elective modules and elective courses. Other required activities of the students encompass active participation in generic abilities workshops (Research methodology in Kinesiology and Scientific writing, publishing and evaluation) Overall student work in regard to the participation in organized classes (lectures, research seminars, workshops and discussion panels) and the literature research needed to participate and prepare for the research seminars , as well as studying for exams amount to 85 ECTS credits of student engagement.
The remaining 95 ECTS credits should be obtained through research and publishing activities (45 ECTS) doctoral thesis proposal (10 ECTS) and the research activities in regard to the finalization of the doctoral thesis and the public presentation and defending of the doctoral thesis (50 ECTS) .
For the two categories (scientific and teaching) of the student’s work, the doctoral study cumulative workload amounts to 5,400 hours, equivalent to 180 ECTS credits. In this program proposal, special attention was made to the distribution of the class types. The „ex cathedra“ lectures encompass only 20% of the overall classes while the rest of the classes encompass research seminars, workshops and discussion panels Also, all types of classes together amount only 10% of the overall student engagement while the rest is aimed to their research and publishing activities.
The doctoral training is structured in the framework of three distribution groups. Two distribution groups include taught courses, and the third distribution group implies independent scientific activity and participation in domestic and international scientific events, on the one hand, and completion and defence of the doctoral thesis project and of the doctoral dissertation, respectively, on the other.
The first distribution group comprises 3 required courses. These courses, amounting to a total of 116 hours of classes, worth 45 ECTS credits, are compulsory for all doctoral students and they attend them during the first two semesters of the study.
The second distribution group comprises courses of two elective modules (research fields) and elective courses.
The elective module A is composed of four research fields and it comprises: Kinesiology of Sport, Kinesiological Recreation, Kinesitherapy and Kinesiological Anthropology. Each of these module comprises three courses determining their scientific orientation. Total class workload amounts to 60 hours of research seminars, workshops and discussion groups, worth 15 ECTS credits in total. The student takes all three courses, or chooses two of them. Where the student chooses two courses from the elective module, he has the option to replace the third one by choosing two elective courses with corresponding number of hours and ECTS credits, instead.
The elective module B is composed of three research fields and it comprises: Measurement and Development of Motor Abilities, Biomechanics and Motor Control in Sport and Exercise, Biomedicine of Sport and Exercise, Social and Humanistic Aspects of Sport and Exercise. Each of these module comprises three courses providing necessary amount of scientific cognizance related to the potential doctoral thesis project. Total class workload amounts to 60 hours of research seminars, workshops and discussion groups, worth 15 ECTS credits in total. The student takes all three courses, or chooses two of them. Where the student chooses two courses from the elective module, he has the option to replace the third one by choosing two elective courses with corresponding number of hours and ECTS credits, instead.
Generic abilities workshops – during the first year of the study the students will attend the required workshops in Research methodology in Kinesiology and Scientific writing, publishing and evaluation). Altogether 6 workshops will be organized.
Elective courses cover a wide range of scientific issues relevant for the concerned scientific research in the field of kinesiology. They present a logic continuation of elective courses within the framework of elective modules. They can deepen or expand scientific cognizance in accordance with the specific requirements of the doctoral thesis.
Overall student load in regard to the participation in organized classes (lectures, research seminars, workshops and discussion groups) and the literature research needed to participate and prepare in research seminars , as well as studying for exams require 85 ECTS credits of student engagement.
The remaining 95 ECTS credits should be obtained through research and publishing activities (45 ECTS) doctoral thesis proposal (10ECTS) and the research activities in regard to the finalization of the doctoral thesis and the public presentation and defending of the doctoral thesis (50 ECTS) .
The scientific activity of the students will be manifested through the research and publishing activities, in scientific journals and other publications. The ECTS credits earned in that way (minimum 45) are part of the 3rd credits group.
Other required obligations of the doctoral students encompass active and passive participation in international and national scientific conferences and congresses or other scientific meetings, attending the lectures within the elective topics and the doctoral thesis proposal and, finally, the writing and defending of the doctoral thesis.