Kinesiology is the interdisciplinary study of human physical activity. The kinesiology major and courses provide students with opportunities to investigate biological, behavioral, cultural, and pedagogical aspects of exercise and sport behavior. Teaching Concentration courses emphasize theory and application of physical education pedagogy, ethics, and administrative concepts associated with teaching at the elementary and secondary school levels. The Exercise Science Concentration offers a scientific study of physiological, behavioral, and cultural aspects of human physical performance for students interested in fitness and wellness professions and graduate studies in specialized exercise, sport, and health sciences programs. A coaching education program and elective courses are offered to meet the special interests and needs of students.
Major: Exercise Science Concentration: A minimum of 10 course credits, including the following core courses: KIN 111, 206, 207, 309, 315, 362, and STA 201 (Statistical Methods I); and three courses selected from KIN 212, 215, 237, 310, 334, 368, and 380 (two course credits maximum). Students are strongly advised to enroll in KIN 207, 315, and 362 in the same academic year.
Teaching Major: STA 201 (Statistical Methods I) plus 10 course credits to include: KIN *111, *206, *207, *237, *309, **311, **318, *324 or *331, *327, and *334. KIN 324 is required for students seeking K-6 certification. KIN 331 is required for those seeking 7-12 certification. In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (before December 1 of their sophomore year) and complete a second major in Elementary Education or coursework leading to secondary certification described under Education. Students who do not complete KIN 324 or 331 and the requirements of the Education Program may complete a major in Kinesiology by completing the other course requirements as specified in this paragraph. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.
*Must be completed prior to student teaching.
**At least one must be completed prior to student teaching.
Minor: A minimum of six course credits, including the following core courses: KIN 111, 207, and one course to be selected from KIN 206, 212, or 215; plus three electives to be selected from KIN 205, 206*, 212* 215*, 220, 237, 309, 310, 311, 315, 318, 334, 362, or a topics course offered in the department. At least two of these electives must be at or above the 300-level.
*If not completed as a core course listed above.
Coaching Endorsement or Authorization: To obtain a Coaching Endorsement the individual must complete a major in Elementary Education or coursework leading to secondary certification and be granted an Iowa Teaching Certificate. The Coaching Authorization is available to those who do not complete teaching certification requirements or who do not hold an Iowa Teaching Certificate. Both the Endorsement and the Authorization qualify an individual to be a head coach or an assistant coach in any sport offered in the Iowa public schools. Students who complete one of the following programs may apply for the Endorsement or the Authorization through the Office of Teacher Education.
101. Lifetime Physical Fitness and Activities
Instruction in the major components of fitness, the physiological basis of fitness, evaluation of personal fitness, and individual fitness programming. Instruction and participation in lifetime physical activities selected from badminton, bicycling, bowling, camping and canoeing, golf, hiking, racquetball, sailing, skiing, tennis, volleyball, and weight training. See Topics Courses.
111. Foundations of Physical Education
Historical and philosophical foundation of physical education. Current issues in research and literature. Biological, physiological, and sociological aspects of sport and exercise. Not open to seniors without permission of instructor. WHALE
205. Coaching Endorsement or Authorization
Structure and function of the human body during physical activity. Knowledge and understanding of human growth and development of children in relation to physical activity. Athletic conditioning, theory of coaching interscholastic athletics, professional ethics, and legal responsibility. Combined with KIN 237, this course meets the requirement for an Iowa Coaching Endorsement for Education majors and Coaching Authorization for all other students. DeVRIES
206. Exercise Psychology
Examination of theory, current research, and applications of psychological processes and behaviors related to physical activity. Topics include psychological and emotional effects of exercise, motivation for fitness, factors in exercise avoidance, adoption, and adherence, exercise addiction, and cognitive and behavioral change strategies for exercise compliance, and consideration of gender, ethnicity, and special needs populations. Not open to seniors without permission of instructor. (Social Science) DeVRIES
207. Systems Physiology
Fundamental study of the complementarity of human anatomical structure and physiological function of the integumentary, endocrine, nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems. Special emphasis on development of a mechanistic understanding of organ system function and integrated physiological function across systems to promote homeostatic regulation in the human body. Inclusion of experiential learning through laboratory activities. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. (Laboratory Science)
212. Sports and American Society
Exploration of the impact of amateur and professional sports on the American way of life. Sample topics include women in sports, sports and the African-American community, sports as big business, and the relationship between sport and education. Readings reflecting a variety of viewpoints about the role of sports in American society will be selected from contemporary literature. (Social Science) DeVRIES
215. Psychology of Sport
Theory and issues related to psychological aspects of competitive sport contexts. Personality and sport, attentional control, anxiety and performance, motivation and attributions, aggression in sport, and team cohesion. Intervention strategies for performance enhancement. (Social Science) DeVRIES
220. Ancient Greek Athletics
Study of the origins and functions of competitive athletics in ancient Greece. Traditional athletic events are studied in detail and special emphasis is placed on the festivals at Olympia, Delphi, Nemea, Isthmia, and Athens. Reflections on athletics' connection to ancient Greek culture, arts, and religion. Alternate years. WHALE
237. Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Prevention and treatment of athletic injuries, taping experience, understanding the principles of athletic training, and first aid and emergency care. DYBVIG
Methods of Coaching Courses
Focus on skill techniques and development, game strategies, practice planning, program direction, and physical and mental conditioning for specific sports.
241. Methods of Coaching Baseball (1/2)
Offered subject to the availability of faculty.
242. Methods of Coaching Basketball (1/2)
Offered subject to the availability of faculty. MURRAY
243. Methods of Coaching Football (1/2)
Offered subject to the availability of faculty. BRAUTIGAM
245. Methods of Coaching Track (1/2)
Offered subject to the availability of faculty. SPEIDEL
247. Methods of Coaching Volleyball (1/2)
Offered subject to the availability of faculty. MEEKER
248. Methods of Coaching Wrestling (1/2)
Offered subject to the availability of faculty. DUROE
250. Methods of Coaching Softball (1/2)
Offered subject to the availability of faculty. NESS
255 through 259. Topics in Kinesiology
In-depth study of selected topics of current interest in the field of kinesiology. Offered subject to the availability of faculty. See Topics Courses.
290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.
309. Anatomy of Human Movement
Study of the anatomical and neuromuscular factors associated with human movement. Includes connective tissue and skeletal system physiology, identification of major musculoskeletal structures (bones and bony landmarks, origins and insertions for major muscles, muscle groups, major tendonous/ligamentous structures), joint movements and muscle actions. Practical application of anatomical and neuromuscular principles to human movement via a kinematic analysis of a motor skill. Prerequisite: KIN 207.
310. Nutrition for Health and Performance
In-depth study of the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention. Topics include ingestional physiology, regulation of food intake and energy balance, biological roles of macro- and micro-nutrients, nutrient dietary reference intake values and food sources, eating disorders and the Female Athlete Triad, as well as nutritional strategies for athletes to promote exercise performance. Includes nutritional analyses. Prerequisite: KIN 207. Alternate years.
311. Methods for Individual Sports and Lifetime Activities
Designed for those interested in teaching individual sports and lifetime activities in public schools and community recreational settings. Course emphasis on analysis of skills, and the development of teaching and assessment materials including use of computer technology. Use of class discussions, presentations, small group and peer teaching. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Alternate years. WHALE
312. Management of Physical Education and Sports
Physical Education programs in elementary and secondary schools and in colleges. Topics include required Physical Education programs; intramural and interschool athletic programs; facility design and maintenance; legal and ethical aspects of sport; personnel management; and budget preparation and management. Alternate years.
315. Physiology of Exercise
In-depth study of the human responses to exercise and exercise training, including: substrate metabolism and energy production during exercise, cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular function during acute exercise, cardiovascular and neuromuscular adaptations to exercise training, endocrine responses to physical activity, and thermoregulation. Introduction to current scientific methodologies and the development of practical skills through experiential laboratory activities. Prerequisite: KIN 207.
318. Methods for Team and Dual Sports
Designed for those interested in teaching team and dual sports in public schools and recreational settings. Course emphasis on analysis of skills, and the development of teaching and assessment materials including use of computer technology. Use of class discussions, presentations, small group and peer teaching. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Alternate years. WHALE
324. Elementary Physical Education Methods
Methods for teaching physical education to elementary school pupils. Rhythms, low and high organization games, elementary gymnastics, classroom management, and audiovisual and computer applications. Emphasis on movement education and curriculum development. Includes fifteen hours of observation-practicum in the schools. Prerequisite: pursuing education certification or major or permission of instructor. Alternate years. WHALE
327. Adaptive Physical Education
Philosophy and applications of physical education for persons with special needs and disabilities. Emphasis on designing appropriate programs and activities and teaching methodology. Includes fifteen hours of observation-practicum in the schools. Prerequisites: KIN 111, pursuing education certification or major, and permission of department chair. Offered upon request.
331. Physical Education Methods for Secondary School
Preparation for the teaching of physical education activities in the secondary grades. Current trends in curriculum, planning for lessons, selection of appropriate teaching and evaluation methods, classroom management, and audiovisual and computer applications. Includes fifteen hours of observation-practicum in the schools. Prerequisite: pursuing secondary certification or permission of instructor. Alternate years. WHALE
334. Motor Learning
Process and factors related to the acquisition and performance of motor skills. General learning theories applied to motor learning and performance. Other topics include physical abilities and capabilities, psychological and mental factors influencing performance, training procedures, environmental and social factors. Prerequisite: KIN 206. DeVRIES
338. Advanced Athletic Training
Advanced care and prevention of athletic injuries. The course deals with specific physical conditions, disorders, and injuries common to the athletic setting. Preventative measures, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries are covered in depth. Prerequisites: KIN 237 and junior standing. DYBVIG
352. Sport Marketing, Finance, and Sport Law
Examination of sport marketing practices, and the financial implications of interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional sport and recreation organizations. Budgeting, fundraising, contract law, licensing, advertising and promotion, ticket pricing and marketing, and facility construction at each level will be examined. Prerequisite: KIN 312. Alternate years.
355 through 359. Advanced Topics in Kinesiology
In-depth study of selected topics of current interest in the field of kinesiology. See Topics Courses. Offered subject to the availability of faculty..
362. Exercise Testing and Prescription
Practical application of physiological principles related to the assessment of functional physical capacity and the prescription of exercise for healthy adult populations, based upon American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) health-related fitness recommendations. Development of practical skills and professionalism for performing fitness assessments, including: the pre-participation screening; heart rate and blood pressure at rest and during exercise; and assessments of body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility. Includes interpretation of health-related fitness assessment results and the prescription of appropriate fitness programs for improving musculoskeletal strength and flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, and weight loss. Prerequisites: KIN 111 and 315.
365 through 369. Wellness Seminar
Seminars consisting of readings and research in selected topics relevant to health, fitness, and wellness. Topic combinations may include nutrition, stress management, exercise and aging, cardiovascular disease, and eating disorders. Study in these areas will include reading of related research, physiological implications, and application of fitness/wellness and educational programs. Prerequisite: KIN 309 or 315. Offered subject to the availability of faculty.
Observation of and practical experience in the specialized activities of a fitness and wellness program, an athletic or recreation management business or department, or other professional sport and exercise setting. Students work under the direction and guidance of a practicing professional with supervision by a faculty member. Internships are scheduled for two consecutive terms unless otherwise approved by the faculty supervisor. Prerequisites: junior standing, courses that adequately prepare the student for the internship, and approval of the faculty supervisor. See Courses 280/380. (CR)
485. Advanced Studies (1/2-1)
An independent project. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
511. Athletic Training Practicum (1/4)
Provides supervised practical experience in the prevention, evaluation, treatment, management, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and illness. Participation in the administrative aspects of an athletic training program. Prerequisite: Must be accepted into the Cornell College Athletic Training Program. Application for admission to the program includes a written form, interview with the Head Athletic Trainer, and two letters of reference from Cornell instructors and/or coaches. (CR)