Course Descriptions

KINS 500: Research Methods and Application in Kinesiology (4)
The course will introduce basic concepts in research methods and experimental design relevant to the area of Kinesiology. The course is designed to create a better understanding of the principles, concepts, terminology, and instruments used in measurement and analysis in the various sub-domains of Kinesiology. The course will focus on the scientific method, addressing both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Emphasis will be placed on developing evidence-based practitioners that critically utilize the scientific literature in their professional endeavors in Kinesiology

KINS 505: Inclusive Leadership (4)
The course is designed to explore cultural factors that influence people and human interaction.
Specifically, students will study the role of diversity and the experiences of people with marginalized
identities in United States sport organizations. The various ways that people may differ and how this
diversity can impact experiences and outcomes in sport and exercise settings will be examined. Students will be challenged to critically think about the concept of diversity and its impact on individuals within the sport and society and critically reflect on their how their own cultural biases, values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors influence their professional practice and interactions with clients. Research-driven best practices for developing inclusion in sport and exercise will be provided. Students will gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills and competencies of inclusive leaders in sport and exercise. Evidence-based strategies for integrating the diverse talents of all contributors in order to develop high functioning and effective teams, organizations, classrooms, and exercise communities will be discussed.

KINS 510: Mentorship and Leadership {2)
This course is designed to provide independent mentoring between a faculty member and a graduate student. The experience provides opportunities for leadership development and professional development appropriate to the student’s interests and abilities. This is a Pass/Fail class only. A general outline of the student’s final project is also expected to be developed as a function of the mentoring process.

KINS 515: Applied Sport Psychology I (4)
Examination and analysis of theory and research relating to social psychological factors and group
dynamics affecting sport and exercise behavior. This course will focus on theory, research and application related to individual and group factors (e.g., motivation, communication, feedback, attribution, leadership) that affect cognitions, behavior and performance in sport and physical activity. Current issues in exercise psychology including exercise adherence and behavioral change strategies will also be examined.

KINS 520: Adapted Training for Special Populations (4)
The course will emphasize designing exercise programs for special populations, including adapted training, younger and older adults, and individuals with specific conditions and limitations. Emphasis will be placed on modifications and application of training programs.

KINS 525: Applied Exercise Science I (4)
The course will address the physiological responses and adaptations to acute and chronic training.
Additionally, students will understand how the energy systems impact design of training programs.
Emphasis will also be placed on periodization and yearlong design in relation to development of training programs to improve or maintain agility, power, cardiovascular endurance, and balance.

KINS 530: Social Issues in Sport {4)
The focus of the course will be to critically interrogate sport in the United Sates as an important site for the production, reproduction and contestation of sociocultural norms and ideologies. A range of issues/topics will be explored, such as: sport and education, sport and media, sport and economics, sport and politics, sport and religion, gender, race and sport, sport and racism, sport and violence, body studies, and morality and sport. Using an interdisciplinary approach to explore the key concepts in each of these areas of knowledge in Kinesiology, students will be exposed to the ways in which these issues intersect and how the solutions can be integrated to address problems in sport and exercise settings.

KINS 535: Applied Exercise Science II {4)
This course will address theoretical and practical bases of program design in weight training. Additionally, the course will cover functional anatomy and proper lifting techniques. Emphasis is placed on the design of individual and group exercise programs. The main goal after successfully completing this course is for the student to be able to perform safe and appropriate exercise testing and develop a safe and effective strength training program.

KINS 540: Applied Sport Psychology II (4)
Examines theory, research, and professional practice related to psychological interventions in sport and physical activity. This course focuses on the use of educational psychological interventions to facilitate personal development, performance, and injury rehabilitation in a variety of physical activity settings. Students will learn evidence-based strategies and techniques aimed at enhancing psychological enjoyment, performance, and well-being commensurate with their age, skill level, and personal goals. Students will gain an understanding of existing best practices and literature with the purpose of integrating practical performance psychology applications in a variety of professional settings. Scope of professional capabilities, education and training and how those variables impact ethical professional practice will be explored.

KINS 591: Special Topics (4)
A seminar style course focused on a particular topic of relevance to the field or a current issue, challenge or trend in the discipline.

KINS 595: Final Project and Defense (4)
This course encompasses the completion of the final written project and the public defense of the project.