ACTV 001-0693. Elected HHK Activity Courses (0.25 units each; Staff)
Health and Human Kinetics
HHK 114. Personal Health and Exercise (Fink, Staff)
Our personal health is dependent upon many factors over which we can take personal control and responsibility. The lifestyle choices we make in the areas of physical activity and nutrition in particular will affect our long-term health and our risk of developing catastrophic but often preventable diseases. A key portion of this class will be dedicated to food and nutrition education, including a hands-on cooking component. In addition, this class will provide students with sufficient health and fitness information to evaluate personal lifestyle choices as well as the knowledge of behavior change strategies needed to successfully act on new choices. We will also examine the role of environment, family history, and personal choice and how these influence health and fitness behavior, to better equip students to become advocates for better health in the communities in which they study, work, live, and play. Freshmen, sophomores, or consent. F, S.
HHK 140. Core and Dynamic Strength Training (0.5 unit; Staff)
The goal of this course is to create opportunities for students to experience the application of theories of core and dynamic strength training to their current level of fitness and reflect on these experiences. It is important for students who will soon be teaching and prescribing similar teaching regimens to have experienced the training theories and reflected on the physical changes training regimens cause to their bodies. All students will engage in core and strength fitness training consistent with sound theories and commensurate with their current fitness level. F, S.
HHK 141. Cardiovascular and Flexibility Training (0.5 unit; Boey, Staff)
The goal of this course is to create opportunities for students to experience the application of theories of cardiovascular and flexibility fitness to their current level of fitness and reflect on these experiences. It is important for students who will soon be teaching and prescribing similar teaching regimens to have experienced the training theories and reflected on the physical changes training regimens cause to their bodies. All students will engage in cardiovascular and flexibility fitness training consistent with sound theories and commensurate with their current fitness level. F, S.
HHK 163. Coaching and Sport: Leadership Development (Martin, Staff)
This course will be devoted to leadership within the context of competitive sport team, educational, and business settings. Students will study various leadership theories and entertain different methods of applying theory to practice within the physical activity and sport environment. Students will engage in observational experiments and writing opportunities. Interest in coaching, sports, and physical activity. Freshmen, sophomores, or consent. F, S.
HHK 200.2. Introduction to Management of Physical Activity and Sport (Staff)
The purpose of this course is to expose the student to a “hands on approach” to sport and physical activity management in theory and practice. Topics include an overview of management in sport and physical activity environments, fiscal control, philosophy, problem solving, decision making, communication, equipment purchasing and facility strategies, and the law as it applies to physical activity and sport. Prerequisites: Freshmen and sophomores, or consent. F.
HHK 260. Exercise Prescription (Staff)
The purpose of this course is to guide and enhance student understanding of the principles involved in safe and effective prescription of exercise. Students will develop skills required to evaluate fitness levels, develop programs for different components of fitness (cardiorespiratory, flexibility, body composition, muscular efficiency) for a variety of populations, instruct people about proper cardiovascular, resistance, and flexibility training techniques, and effectively educate and/or counsel individuals regarding activity and lifestyle issues. Students are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid before completing this course. Prerequisites: HHK 114 and HHK 140 or HHK 141. F, S.
HHK 270. Sports and Exercise Nutrition (Fink, Staff)
This course will use principles from human physiology to explore the inter-relationship between exercise, energy use, nutrition, and health. We will address basic nutritional principles as a jumping- off point for examining the impact and differences that sport and movement demands exert on the performer’s nutritional needs. Students will consider the socio-cultural environment and behavioral correlates of sport and exercise nutrition from a group and an individual perspective. Students will also gain practical experience in applying these concepts with an eye to making better nutritional choices for themselves and being an advocate for knowledge and availability of good food. Prerequisites: BIOL 120, BIOL 122, or ZOOL 101 or equivalent; HHK 114; or consent. F, S.
HHK 300.7. Advanced Issues in Management of Physical Activity and Sport (Staff)
This course introduces the student to issues and concerns specific to physical activity and sport. The course will examine content areas considered by NASPE-NASSM Sport Management Review Council to be essential to the professional preparation of sport and physical activity managers. These areas include the sociocultural dimensions of sport (race, gender, disability, etc.), management and leadership, ethics, sport marketing, communication and sport governance. Attention will be paid to both national (i.e., NCAA, professional sports, etc.) and international (Fifa, Uefa, Olympics, etc.) sport. Upon completion of the course student will have a fundamental knowledge of sport and physical activity management at all levels. Prerequisite: HHK 200.2 or consent of instructor, and junior or senior status. S.
HHK 300.8. Health Program Planning (0.5 unit; Fink)
Planning of health promotion and education programs occurs at many levels, and is driven by assessment. Students will be asked to examine the epidemiology of key health issues on a local, state, regional, national, and global level. Subsequently, students will identify behavioral, environmental, and genetic risk factors for these health issues, as well as the associated predisposing, reinforcing and enabling factors. Discussion of health behavior models and theories will be approached from both a historical and applied perspective. This information will be synthesized in a culminating project where students will plan a behavioral intervention for an assigned health issue. Prerequisite: HHK 114, junior or senior status or consent. S.
HHK 300.9. Health Instructional Strategies (0.5 unit; Fink)
The goal of this course is to support continued growth toward delivering quality and meaningful health programming in various settings. In class, students will be guided through the process of generating appropriate instructional strategies using knowledge gained and content created in HHK 300.8, Health Programming Planning, as a starting point. Students will deliver appropriate and progressive content and learn to use constructive feedback to self- reflect on planning and delivery effectiveness. Prerequisite: HHK 114 or consent; junior or senior status. F.
HHK 343. Contemporary Issues in Sport (Staff)
The purpose of this course is to develop awareness and critical understanding of issues occurring in sport and exercise by examining how these issues are shaped by social context, people, and behaviors. The term sociological imagination as coined by American sociologist C. Wright Mills (1959) and related theoretical concepts have been used to guide inquiry into contemporary issues in sports and exercise (Molnar & Kelly, 2013) by examining social or cultural norms within a sporting or exercise context, competing motives of the players, and the social context in which the sport or exercise occurs. With the framework of sociological imagination, students will be introduced to social theories and will learn to use those theories to develop the ability to more critically analyze and understand the social and cultural constructions of sport or exercise in the U.S. In essence, students will learn skills and processes to become more aware and knowledgeable consumers of sport and exercise. S.
HHK 345. Kinesiology (Hawes)
This course focuses upon the development of techniques of human movement analysis from structural and functional points of view and incorporates principles of mechanics as they apply to the analysis of human motion. Examples will be drawn from joint movements and sport skills to illustrate these types of analyses. Prerequisite: ZOOL 251 or equivalent or consent of instructor. F.
HHK 347. Special Topics in Health and Human Kinetics: A Qualitative Investigation (Fink)
The overall goal of this course is to explore the impact of a specific health, physical education, or sport issue using the concepts and methods of qualitative research. Through the process of reading and in depth investigation within the special topic, students will gain a greater understanding of the concepts, methods, and ethics of qualitative research in both a theoretical and applied way.
Prerequisite: junior or senior status or consent. S.
HHK 352. Motor Learning (Staff)
The focus of this course is on skill acquisition with primary consideration given to the cognitive and motor processes underlying the learning of skills, as well as the factors that influence skill learning. To give context to motor learning, the initial focus of the course is on motor development. Here we will focus on the cognitive, physical, social, and behavioral developmental and maturational issues that influence learning throughout the lifespan. The course is geared toward those students preparing for a career in which motor skill instruction is an important part of the job, as is the case with physical education teachers, dance instructors, coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, and physical and occupational therapists or other pre-health professions. The goal is to provide students with a foundation for understanding the learning process and how different factors influence the course of learning; the characteristics and capabilities of the persons with whom they will work; and the effectiveness of various instructional strategies. Prerequisite: HHK 114 or consent of instructor. S.
HHK 355. Medical Aspects of Sport Activities (Staff)
This course is designed as a case-based class intended to allow students to explore the breadth of concepts presented in class with greater depth. The course is focused on future health professionals, coaches, physical and athletic trainers, and fitness specialists. The goal of the course is to increase student understanding of the complexity of issues impacting effective and healthy fitness or performance training. In addition to learning and applying concepts of sports medicine, students will investigate a specific population of interest and research likely injury or movement limitation risks and their causes or mechanisms. Students will then research evidence-based strategies to prevent and care for these injuries or movement limitations. They will also consider the role of movement in preventing, rehabilitating, or prehabilitating injury or illness risk by learning to critically evaluate training programs and movement prescriptions appropriate to this population. In addition, students will investigate and consider the impact of psychosocial and neurokinetic limiters to movement. Finally, environmental concerns and illness will be explored (i.e., heat, cold, humidity, elevation, air quality) and considered relative to population pursuit of healthful training, performing, and living behaviors. The main objective of this course is to gain knowledge of sports medicine and apply relevant knowledge to a population of people who share specific exercise, fitness, or movement needs. Prerequisite: C- or better in HHK 260 and ZOOL 251 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. F.
HHK 363. The Mental Aspects of Sport Performance (Martin)
The literature concerning the mind and its effect upon sport performance. The viewpoints of both the participant and the coach are considered from the individual and team sport perspectives. Prerequisite: HHK 114 or HHK 163 or consent of instructor. Sophomore, junior or senior status. F, S.
HHK 365. Physiology of Exercise (Hawes)
The purpose of this course is to increase the student’s knowledge and understanding about human physiology and the adaptations that occur during exercise. Exercise physiology is a branch of physiology that deals with the functioning of the human body during exercise. An understanding of how the body responds to acute and chronic exercise is crucial for the physical educator, athletic trainer, coach, fitness expert, or exercise physiologist. Emphasis is placed on bioenergetics as well as circulatory, respiratory, and neuromuscular responses to the physical stress of exercise. The objective of this course is for the student to gain an understanding and working knowledge of how the body responds to exercise so that they may apply this knowledge to their chosen field. Indeed, understanding the interactions of metabolism, circulation, and structural adaptations in response to exercise and training are required to be an effective teaching or health care professional. Prerequisite: ZOOL 251 or equivalent or consent of instructor. F, S.
HHK 384. Field Experience (0.5 unit; Fink)
Students participate in a series of planned and mentored field experiences. These experiences will include focused observations and the integration of theory and practice as students plan and teach, and make appropriate curricular and pedagogical decisions in a learning environment. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
HHK 395. Adult Fitness: Prescription, Delivery, and Assessment Evaluation (Staff)
This course allows students to develop the skill and ability to carefully and competently assess, deliver, document, and create programming progressions for effective and appropriate fitness training for adults. Using assessment tools and methods learned in HHK 260, students will assess and document client progress across the semester. Students will be responsible for the development of appropriate prescriptive programming for their specific population while attempting to understand exercise adherence concerns that may limit client participation. Students will use exercise prescription theory to understand, develop, and modify fitness planning across the semester, ultimately creating a sequential progression to meet the needs of their clients. Students will work toward competency, developing and delivering a progressive and holistic strength and cardiovascular fitness program. Prerequisites: HHK 140 or HHK 141, B- or better in HHK 260, current CPR and First Aid certification, and consent of instructor. F, S.
HHK 490. Independent Study (Staff)
Guided research projects and independent study for outstanding departmental majors. The course is completed under the guidance of a faculty member. Student must present a summary of his/her work to the faculty. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and signature of the department chair. Juniors or seniors only. F, S.
HHK 491. Directed Readings (Staff)
An in-depth exploration of special interest topics under the guidance of a faculty member. This course is for Health and Human Kinetics majors only. There is a departmental rubric that guides the student in successfully completing the course. Any exception to these protocols requires the signature of the department chair. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Juniors or seniors only. F, S.
HHK 495. Apprenticeship (Staff)
Junior or senior Health and Human Kinetics majors and minors, under faculty supervision, locate a position in an area of concentration. This applied course must have a department faculty sponsor who is responsible for approving the apprenticeship proposal and final report of the student. Students are required to accumulate 120 hours during this experience. Please refer to the HHK resource section of the website for forms and additional information. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status and consent of instructor. F, S.
HHK 499. Senior Seminar: Topics in Research and Current Trends in Health, Physical Education, and Sport (Fink)
This course is the Health and Human Kinetics capstone experience. Students will investigate current trends and issues in health, human kinetics, sports, and their holistic relationship to high-quality living. The purpose is to unify and provide a broader context for understanding and applying the breadth of knowledge gained across the undergraduate years. Students will engage in projects requiring both individual and cooperative work applying theory into practice. They will have the opportunity to reflect, debate, organize, plan, present, research, assess, interpret, and analyze various pieces of work central to their inquiry. Part of the class will focus on understanding post-college transitioning issues and planning for a successful transition. Students are required to keep a portfolio that includes a sampling of completed assignments. Multiple technologies are used to complete the portfolio. Note: Students need a B- or better in this class to graduate. Prerequisite: senior majors. F.