This course provides an orientation to various educational pathways, requirements, and career opportunities in the field of Kinesiology and is a lower division requirement for Kinesiology majors.  Some examples of careers that will be explored are Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Fitness Instructor, and Athletic Trainer. Students will become familiar with the study of human movement, and understand how to help others feel better and experience more success through physical activity.

Required Text

Hoffman, S.J. (Ed.). (2013). Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity, Fourth Edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Student Learning Outcomes 

  1. Describe the foundational disciplines of Kinesiology, current objectives, challenges, and role in society.
  2. Explain the educational pathway, requirements, and job skills necessary for personal career choice in the area of Kinesiology or related fields.
  3. Identify, differentiate, and interpret credible sources of information for research in field of Kinesiology.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: 

  1. Identify the basic concepts of Kinesiology.
  2. Identify and describe the importance of the foundational subdisciplines of Kinesiology.
  3. Explain the role of physical activity and it's impact on disease prevention and health promotion.
  4. Describe contemporary issues and challenges, current/future trends, role in society, aims and objectives of Kinesiology.
  5. Identify educational requirements, skills and general preparation for various career opportunities in teaching, coaching, therapeutic exercise, fitness and health, sport and other related disciplines. 
  6. Identify credible sources of information for research in the field of Kinesiology and other related disciplines.

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