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Exercise Science in Kinesiology Courses

KHS250 Technology, Media, Health & Your Environment (2 credits)
This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of technological advancements in health, the influence of the media on health, and a look into how our environment affects our health. Students will be asked to conduct research into all three topics, analyzing data, summarizing findings and developing opinion statements concerning all three areas. Class discussion and participation is essential to student success in this course.

KHS420 Program Administration (2 credits)
Organization of health science education and physical education programs in schools, work sites, medical care settings, community, private and public settings is studied together with needs assessment and evaluation strategies. Emphases on management, assessment, planning of health promotion enhance such study. This course is designed to give students a broad-based exposure to the many organizational and administrative duties that accompany physical education, sport, and health program management. Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics of an effective leader and the ability to tap into those characteristics with the people one works with.

KHS474 Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
The physiological basis for human performance and the effects of physical activity on the body's functions are examined in theory and application. Representative experiences include lecture, discussion, group exercises, class teaching and written projects.

KHS220 Epidemiological Foundations (4 credits)
This course is designed to provide students with a historical background in epidemiological studies. The course is also designed to expose students to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basics of epidemiological activity and classical epidemiological investigations. By applying knowledge from a range of disciplines, epidemiologists are able to more adequately study disease, wellness and other health-related events in populations. The ultimate goal of this course is to stimulate a desire for further education in epidemiological course work.

KHS436 Motor Development, Control & Motor Learning (3 credits)
This course examines the growth and development patterns of the child from infant, adolescence, adulthood and through late adulthood. The purpose of the course is to enhance student insight into the fundamental role that the motor system plays in the human condition. There are four broad topic areas:

  1. Nature and mechanisms of the expression and control of motor behavior;
  2. Concepts, principles and measurement of motor learning;
  3. Factors that influence skill and proficiency in motor performance;
  4. Practical approaches to studying and learning motor skills.

Content will follow motor control through motor development across the life span with special emphasis on early childhood development and late adulthood.

KHS445 Ethics and Decision Making in Health Care Environments (4 credits)
This is a foundational course in ethics for individuals who are pursuing vocations in health care. At the completion of this course students will have a greater understanding of the ethical principles that are applied to the delivery of health care services, as well as some of the more current and pressing issues of health care delivery. Students will develop a personal model of decision-making that is consistent with core personal values as well as the ethical standards of their professions. Students will be introduced to a range of ethical challenges faced by health care practitioners today. These include but are not limited to the value and dignity of human life; beginning of life and end of life issues; confidentiality; informed consent; allocation of scarce resources; truth-telling; and the ethics of biomedical research. Students will use case studies, selected readings, discussion, and critical analysis of various models of ethical decision making to construct a personal statement of core beliefs that will guide decision making.

KHS400 Health Psychology (4 credits)
This class is designed to help students learn those skills necessary in forging a bridge between the client-learner's thoughts, feelings and actions by integrating thought and behavior into one synergistic approach to the delivery of health education that can accommodate the whole person. Cognitive techniques, such as lecture discussion, readings, presentations, collection of data and specific planning combined with the behavioral components of emotion and action will help in bringing about this synergistic process.

KHS473 Biomechanics (4 credits)
This course examines the physics of human movement. Content areas include the structural mechanics of bone construction, muscle contraction, ligament, and tendon plasticity and elasticity. Sport implement mechanics and the mechanics of environmental conditions (e.g. friction, air, and water resistance) are also explored. Sport performance issues will also be analyzed for mechanical efficiency.

KHS490 Senior Seminar (1 credits)
This capstone course prepares students to chart different paths following graduation with a degree in Kinesiology or physical education: (a) entering the work force in the field of Kinesiology at a bachelor's degree level, (b) enter the work force in the field of teacher education at the bachelor's degree level or (c) enter a graduate school. In this course students will develop a resume, request letters of recommendation, complete a professional portfolio, and identify job-searching strategies.

KHS498 Kinesiology Internship (12 credits)
The student and advisor will collaborate with the on-site supervisor in selecting an appropriate internship site.