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Department of Kinesiology
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Courses in Kinesiology (KIN)

1311 Foundations of Kinesiology (3-0). Survey of the historical and philosophical foundations, scope, objectives, and future of kinesiology-related careers. In addition, scientific foundations, programs, professional considerations, and leadership requirements for employment within this profession will be emphasized.

1341 Introduction to Athletic Training (3-0). The clinical education of skills and techniques relating to upper extremity, cervical and thoracic spin, head, face and thorax assessment involving health history, visual inspection, physical inspection and functional testing.

2361 Principles of Wellness (3-0). The study of the aspects that make up total wellness. Subject areas will include the health-related aspects of physical fitness, proper nutrition, heart disease, substance abuse, and the influence of mental, emotional, and psychological factors on these aspects.

3321 Essentials of Coaching (3-0). A study of the concepts and competencies essential to coaching children and adolescents in the various sport settings.  Topics such as coaching theory, coaching philosophies, the coach-athlete relationships, the coach-parent relationships, designing practice/training schedules, and administrative duties will be emphasized.

3333 Motor Development (3-0). A study of psychomotor development. The focus is on the growth years, though developmental considerations for all age groups are considered. Implications for sport, exercise, and physical activity will be discussed.

3345 Assessment of the Lower Extremity (3-0). The study of clinical assessment specifically related to the lower extremity (i.e. toes, foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, pelvis, and thigh).

3346 Assessment of the Upper Extremity (3-0). The study of clinical assessment specifically related to the upper extremity, head, cervical spine and thorax.

3351 Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise and Sport (3-0). Measurement techniques unique to the evaluation of physical performance objectives, including physical fitness and acquisition of basic motor and sport skills.  Practical experiences will be provided in test administration, scoring, and interpretation of results.

3352 Motor Skill Acquisition (3-0). Designed to provide students with an opportunity to acquire and demonstrate proficiency in a variety of basic motor skills in selected team and individual activities.  Prerequisite: Junior Standing or consent of the instructor.

3370 Physiology of Exercise (3-0). Physiological responses of the system of the human body to acute and chronic exercise. Emphasis is on the processes and mechanisms for such responses. Prerequisite: Biology 2423 and 2424 or consent of instructor.

3372 Kinesiology: Biomechanical Analysis of Movement (3-0). Principles of human movement emphasizing an understanding of the relationship of structure and movement with respect to anatomy and mechanical analysis. Prerequisite: Biology 2423.

4091 Research: 1 to 3. Individual research problems for superior students majoring in kinesiology. 3.00 GPA and department chair approval required.

4301 Sport Management (3-0). Designed to provide an overview of the organization, administration and management of sport and recreation programs.  Emphasis on leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and creativity processes related to success in the multidimensional, multidiscipline fields of sport and recreation. Areas covered include: program development and implementation, marketing and promotions, staff development and management, and strategic planning.  Prerequisite: Senior classification or approval of instructor.

4331 Sports Law (3-0). A course that focuses on the legal elements and responsibilities found in sports and the entire realm of physical activities. The legal environment, legal duties and responsibilities, risk management, and participant rights will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency in recognizing and solving problems and issues in sports and physical activities.

4333 Health Promotion in the Workplace (3-0). This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about planning and implementing a comprehensive health promotion program in the workplace setting. Emphasis will be on developing environmental and social support for healthy behaviors within the business community. Additional topics that will be addressed include: building awareness, knowledge, skills, and interpersonal support for personal behavior change.

4343 Adapted Physical Activities (3-0). A survey of various disabling conditions: physical, mental, and emotional, and the implications that these disabilities impose on physical activities, fitness, and sport. A field experience is required.

4345 Therapeutic Modalities (3-0). The study of theories, applications, and methods of various modalities consisting of cryotherapy, electrotherapy and themotherapy in addition to principles of traction, intermittent compression and massage.

4346 Therapeutic Exercise (3-0). The study of a comprehensive rehabilitation/reconditioning program involving techniques of flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and cardiorespiratory training involving anaerobic and aerobic principles.

4356 Methods of Teaching Physical Activities (3-0). Development of competencies for delivering instruction in community, school and other physical activity settings.

4361 Psychological Aspects of Sport (3-0). The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the fields of sport and exercise psychology. An emphasis will be placed on the application of psychological theories and training techniques specifically to coaching athletes. The expanding field of exercise psychology will also be studied with emphasis on the psychological effects of sustained exercise on health well-being.

4363 Motor Learning (3-0). Learning in the psychomotor domain; motor learning theories, psychological and physiological basis of skill behavior, motor and skill learning, state of performer and application of instructional techniques in motor learning and skill performance. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior classification or approval of instructor.

4373 Internship. Supervised internship with selected wellness and recreational organizations. Recommended for students not seeking teacher certification. Prerequisite: Senior standing, minimum GPA of 3.0, and approval by department. Apply by March 1 for the following fall semester and by November 1 for the following spring semester.

4380 Sport and Exercise Nutrition (3-0). The metabolism of food by various systems of the body and its relation to exercise. The role of diet along with the application of nutritional principles to enhance human performance.

4381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in kinesiology. May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.

4382 Exercise Testing (3-0). Introduction to a variety of laboratory and field tests utilized in the evaluation of functional work capacity in specific areas of human performance. Emphasis is given to the application of the following: 1) benefits and risks associated with exercise testing, 2) health screening and risk stratification, 3) physical fitness testing and interpretation, 4) exercise testing for children, the elderly, and pregnant women, and 5) legal issues. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 3370, or consent of instructor.

4383 Exercise Prescription (3-0). Introduction to basic theory and application relative to exercise prescription for healthy individuals and individuals with specific clinically diagnosed diseases. Emphasis is given to an application of the following: 1) benefits and risks associated with exercise, 2) health screening and risk stratification, 3) general principles of exercise prescription, 4) exercise prescription for diseased individuals, 5) exercise prescription for children, the elderly, and pregnant women, 6) methods for changing exercise behavior. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 4382 or consent of instructor.

4390 Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3-0). A course designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to design and implement safe and effective strength and conditioning programs. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 3370 and Kinesiology 3372, or consent of instructor.