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Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness Administration Course Descriptions

  • Required Core Courses

    6310 Sociology for Sport, Fitness, and Recreation (3-0). This course provides a critical analysis of sociological trends related to sport, fitness and recreational programs.

    6351 Statistics and Survey Research (3-0). This course serves as an introduction to the design and interpretation of research. Emphasis will be on the construction, administration, and analyses of survey data culminating in the presentation of research findings.

    6392 Professional Communication (3-0). A course that addresses the written, oral, and technology-enhanced forms of communication required for professionals in sport, fitness, and recreational settings.

    Coaching/Sport Administration Option Courses (Minimum of 12 hours)

    6304 Coaching Psychology (3-0). An overview of the principles and foundations of psychological factors related to the coaching profession will be provided. Emphasis will be on the importance for coaches to apply sport psychology concepts in an effort to enhance athletic performance.

    6307 Athletic Administration (3-0). This course is designed to help future athletic administrators with a myriad of difficulties, challenges and problems that confront them in the performance of their duties. It is also designed to address problematic and stressful situations.

    6325 Philosophy and Ethics in Sport, Fitness, and Recreation (3-0). A critical examination of philosophical perspectives and ethical issues pertinent to the administration, management, and development of sports, fitness, and recreational programs will be provided.

    6326 Coaching Administration (3-0). This course provides an extensive overview of responsibilities, duties, and behaviors within the coaching profession.

    6329 Athletic Academic Advising/Counseling (3-0). This course provides an extensive overview of the processes and systems utilized in advising and counseling student athletes in collegiate settings.

    6346 Human Kinetics (3-0). An overview of kinesiology including: exercise physiology, motor behavior, and biomechanics related to sport preparation and human performance.

    6365 Coaching Science in Strength and Conditioning (3-0). This course is based on the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) standards. The course will cover topics and practical experiences that will prepare students to sit for the CSCS certification exam as well as provide insight into the duties and responsibilities of a collegiate strength and conditioning coach.

    6377 Sport Publications and Graphic Design (3-0). This is a studio course in publication design with an emphasis on production of media/recruiting guides, flyers, and brochures. This course teaches practical computer applications in the development of concept, layout and design as related to graphics and advertising design. Objectives include learning professional graphic design concepts in the development of projects while acquiring computer skills. Utilizing basic computer software as a tool, creatively experiment with different ideas to find exciting and challenging designs. Projects will be applicable to related areas in the sports profession and a final portfolio of projects will show proficiency. Approximately 50% of class will be lab based. Other class times may include contact with professionals in design and photography.

    Recreation/Fitness Administration Option Courses (Minimum of 12 hours)

    6316 Recreation Programming Administration (3-0). An overview and analysis of components related to the administration within the sports, fitness, and recreation fields will be provided.

    6319 Outdoor Education and Summer Camp Administration (3-0). The focus of this course will be on acquiring administrative skills related to outdoor education programming. This course will require an off campus practical experience. (Additional lab fees are required.)

    6324 Sport, Fitness, and Recreation for Special Populations (3-0). This course provides an overview and rationale for programming design and skills with special populations/participants in distinct settings. Most specifically this course will enhance and develop attitudinal awareness and knowledge of special populations (youth, senior citizens, military, faith based organizations, and correctional facilities).

    6333 Disabled Sport and Recreation (3-0). This course provides an overview and rationale for the inclusion of people who are in general marginalized from recreation and leisure activities based on issues of ability and disability. Most specifically, this course will enhance and develop attitudinal awareness and knowledge of people who have disabilities and their need for satisfying leisure and recreation experiences.

    6349 Behavioral Strategies for Health and Fitness (3-0). An examination of theoretical issues and strategies related to understanding and influencing health behavior change.

    6357 Health and Wellness Promotion (3-0). Emphasis will be on planning, developing, and evaluating a comprehensive health and wellness promotion program. Major health issues in the United States will be discussed.

    6366 Exercise Assessment and Program Design (3-0). A course designed to provide graduate students with advance knowledge and skills required to design and implement sage and effective strength and conditioning programs. 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 prescription, and 5) legal issues. The course will also assist students preparing for various professional certifications related to coaching, sport, recreation, and fitness.

    6377 Sport Publications and Graphic Design (3-0). This is a studio course in publication design with an emphasis on production of media/recruiting guides, flyers, and brochures. This course teaches practical computer applications in the development of concept, layout and design as related to graphics and advertising design. Objectives include learning professional graphic design concepts in the development of projects while acquiring computer skills. Utilizing basic computer software as a tool, creatively experiment with different ideas to find exciting and challenging designs. Projects will be applicable to related areas in the sports profession and a final portfolio of projects will show proficiency. Approximately 50% of class will be lab based. Other class times may include contact with professionals in design and photography.

    Open electives for either option (choose 5 courses)

    6301 Instructional Strategies & Techniques (3-0). Pedagogical strategies appropriate for sport, fitness and recreational settings will be emphasized. Variables that influence learner behavior and approaches to optimize instructor effectiveness will be addressed.

    6322 Administration of Special Events (3-0). A course that addresses the competencies necessary to successfully plan, market and implement special activities related to sport, fitness, and recreation.

    6331 Risk Management in Sport, Fitness, and Recreation (3-0). This course addresses the major legal issues, policies, and procedures confronting the fields of sport, fitness, and recreation.

    6335 Leadership Applications (3-0). Emphasis will be placed on venture dynamics programs and activities used to develop leadership and work group cohesion. Course includes an additional 50 hours instructor endorsement training and workshops/lab with additional departmental lab fees.

    6343 Sport, Health and Fitness Facility Administration (3-0). This course will cover information regarding the marketing, operations, and financial concerns associated with managing various types of health clubs, including fitness centers, city health clubs, campus recreation facilities, and country clubs.

    6344 Facilities Design and Operations (3-0). Examination of designing, constructing, and maintaining athletic, fitness, and recreational facilities.

    6356 Nutrition for Sport and Fitness (3-0). This course provides an overview of the essential components of nutrition in relation to health, fitness, and sport performance.

    6371 Turf and Outdoor Resource Management (3-0). This course provides an in-depth study of all components relating to proper turfgrass and outdoor resource management. Topics include: understanding plant parts, soils management, turfgrass selection and establishment, spots filed construction, importance of mowing, cultivation practices, irrigation and nutrient management, turfgrass mathematics, calibrations and applications, budget concerns, park maintenance, tree issues, and pest management (weeds, diseases, and insects). Approximately 50 percent of this course will be at the field lab and other field trip locations for hands-on demonstrations of proper turfgrass and outdoor resource maintenance practices.

    6381 Special Topics (3-0). A study of selected topics in sport, fitness, or recreation will be provided. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

    6393 Independent Research and Readings (3-0). Individual research or directed readings based on graduate students’ interests and career goals will be designed. (May be repeated once for credit.)
    Prerequisite: Prior approval of instructor and program director required.

    6394 Applied Research/Professional Project (3-0). In this course, graduate students will develop an individualized professional project by conducting a research study or developing a policy/procedures manual related to sport, fitness, or recreational professions.

    6395 Applied Research/Professional Project Renewal (3-0). All graduate students who, after registering for CSRF 6394, fail to complete their research of professional project by the end of the academic semester must register for this course every succeeding semester until completion of the project.

Graduate Program

Graduate Advisor

For more information about the M.Ed. degree in Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness Administration, contact:

Dr. Warren Simpson
Professor of Kinesiology and CSRF Graduate Advisor

Office: CHP 103
Phone: 325-942-2173
E-mail: warren.simpson@angelo.edu

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