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Physical Growth (3 credits)
A study of the quantitative and qualitative changes that occur during physical growth and movement skill development through the lifespan. Particular emphasis will be placed on learning and applying the observational analysis techniques of fundamental movement patterns.

Principles of Health (3 credits)
An introduction to the principles of health based on the influence of physical activity as an essential stimulus for the development of the social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and biological principles of health. Specific references throughout the course are made to issues and policies that reflect the health of society.

Fitness, Nutrition, & Wellness (3 credits)
Designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required for a healthy active lifestyle. Fitness and wellness needs vary significantly from one individual to another so that the information and the activities delivered will allow students to develop a personal lifetime program that promotes fitness, proper nutrition, and wellness.

Movement Skill Development (3 credits)
A course in applied kinesiology designed to illustrate the motor patterns characteristic of infants, children, adults and older adults. Students practice assessment of motor skills through visual observation and application of specific tools. The effects of age, practice, motivation and experience on performance will be introduced.

Biomechanics (3 credits)
The definition of Biomechanics and its relationship to a knowledge of movement fundamentals. Basic concepts and principles as they relate to the analysis of human motion will be studied. Mechanical constructs will be presented as a basis for qualitative analysis.

Motor Learning (3 credits)
The study of motor learning and performance using a problem-based learning approach. Topics will include: information processing, memory, attention, open and closed loop control systems, feedback, practice, and theories of skill acquisition.

Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement (3 credits)
Designed to present a framework for qualitative skill analysis which involves the systematic and critical observation of a motor skill performance and the subsequent identification of discrepancies between the observed and desired response. Students will be provided with many practical opportunities to develop the ability to form accurate technique feedback based on sound qualitative analysis.

Physiology of Exercise I (3 credits)
A study of principles of physiology as they apply to human movement. Topics discussed include: energy metabolism of human muscle, red and white muscle fibres, neurological aspects of human movement, muscle contraction and fatigue, respiration and circulation. Laboratory sessions will expose students to the techniques used in measuring the energy systems.

Physiology of Exercise II (3 credits)
Topics include: physical work capacity, evaluation of physical work capacity, physical training, some aspects of nutrition and physical performance, temperature regulation, and factors affecting performance. Laboratory experiences include: underwater weighing, skinfold and measurement of body fat, prediction of physical work capacity, and the measurement of the energy cost of various activities.

Biomechanics of Training (3 credits)
The principles of human biomechanics are applied to: muscle mechanics, the evaluation of human motion efficiency, postural and soft tissue mechanics and prescription exercise. Specific applications are directed towards these concepts as they relate to the professions of physio and occupational therapy, chiropractry, ergonomics and related fields.

Kinesiology & Sport (3 credits)
An introduction to adapted physical activity and sport programs for persons with a disability. Topics will include integration, accessibility, and advocacy; motor skill development and learning characteristics; program needs and adaptations for people with a variety of specific disabilities. Opportunity will be given for a practicum placement in a community agency.

Psychology of Physical Activity (3 credits)
An introduction to the study of psychological dimensions in sport and physical activity. Topics to be covered include determinations of behavior, personality, achievement motivation, emotion and stress, coping, psychological preparation, gender differences, social influence, group dynamics, and leadership.






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