TERM: 2020-21 Fall
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Kinesiology
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introductory course which examines the study of human movement from various perspectives including exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning, sport psychology, ethics, history and sociology. Students will explore how knowledge, theory and application relate to physical activity and sport from a Christian perspective. Specific attention will be given to the integration of critical thinking, leadership development and how contemporary concepts and trends about sports impacts our views of the world, both locally and globally. This course also includes a review of kinesiology based career options.

REQUIRED TEXTS: Hoffman, Shirl J., Knudson, Duane V. (editors), Introduction to Kinesiology. (5th edition) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2018.  
Online Attendance 15%
Discussion Questions (7)15%
Career & Spiritual Profile20%
Midterm Exam20%
Final Exam 30%
  • Knowledge and its application
    • That each student would gain the knowledge necessary to appreciate the various fields within kinesiology, sport and recreation including relevant history, philosophy, sociology and theological perspectives.
    • To develop an understanding of sport history, and socio-cultural perspectives specifically within Canada.
    • To introduce the various career options that are possible with a university degree, with a minor in kinesiology.
  • Cognitive complexity
    • That each student would be introduced to some critical components of kinesiology such as health promotion, technology, and career options.
    • Students would be introduced to research, presentation, and writing expectations in the field of kinesiology.
  • Spiritual formation
    • That each student would realize the tremendous need for qualified Christian leaders in the various sub-disciplines of kinesiology.
    • That students would gain a greater understanding of personal faith and how it integrates with a life of recreation, sport, fitness and a career in the field of kinesiology.
  • Social responsibility and global engagement
    • To understand the powerful role that sport plays in our local and global community. The far-reaching impacts of sport will be examined in light of a Christian faith perspective.
  •  Leadership
    • Opportunities for developing personal relationships with fellow students will be a key component of this course.
LECTURE OUTLINE: Week 1 (Sept 9 – 11) Chapter 1: Introduction to Kinesiology
Week 2 (Sept 14- 18) Chapter 2: Spheres of Physical Activity Experience
Week 3 (Sept 21 – 25) Chapter 3: The Importance of Physical Activity Experiences
Week 4 (Sept 28 – October 2) Chapter 5: History of Physical Activity
Week 5 (Oct 5 – 9) Chapter 7: Motor Behavior
Week 6 (Oct 12 – 16) Chapter 8: Sport and Exercise Psychology
Week 7 (Oct 19 – 23) Chapter 9: Biomechanics of Physical Activity
Week 8 (Oct 26 – 30) Chapter 10: Physiology of Physical Activity
Week 9 (Nov 2 – 6) Chapter 11: Becoming a Physical Activity Professional
Week 10 (Nov 9 – 13) Chapter 12: Careers in Health and Fitness
Week 11 (Nov 16 – 20) Chapter 13: Careers in Therapeutic Exercise
Week 12 (Nov 23 – 27) Chapter 14: Careers in Teaching Physical Education
Week 13 (Nov 30 – Dec 4) Chapter 15: Careers in Coaching and Sport Instruction
Week 14 (Dec 7 – 11) Chapter 16: Careers in Sport Management

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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