Undergraduate Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education (PES) Courses

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Undergraduate Courses

PES 113 Beginning Diving (A)

Basic diving fundamentals for 1-meter divers. 1 Cr.

PES 201 Rhythms and Dance (B)

Students will be exposed to and have the opportunity to teach and deliver educational dance experiences that would be taught at both the elementary and secondary levels in schools. 1 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 215 Teaching Aquatics (A)

Prerequisite: PES 214 or PEP 281 or PEP 282.

Provides prospective teachers with content and strategies for teaching aquatics to children. The course will include but not be limited to: teaching fundamental swimming skills, teaching aquatic fitness activities, teaching aquatic games and teaching water polo. 1 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 225 Group Fitness Activities (B)

$20 Course fee required: Students will be exposed to and have the opportunity to teach and deliver group fitness experiences that would be taught at the secondary level in schools. 1 Cr.

PES 226 Lifetime Activities (B)

Students will be exposed to and have the opportunity to teach and deliver lifetime activities that would be taught at the secondary level in schools. 2 Cr.

PES 227 Outdoor Education Activities (B)

$20 Course fee required: Students will be exposed to and have the opportunity to teach and deliver outdoor education experiences that would be taught at both the elementary and secondary levels in schools. 1 Cr.

PES 228 Team Activities (B)

Students will be exposed to and have the opportunity to teach and deliver team sport experiences that would be taught at the secondary level in schools. 2 Cr.

PES 290 Ethics of Fair Play in Sport and Life (A,H)

Enables students to examine and understand fair play as a moral concept, and to develop students' abilities to ascertain the demands of fair play in sports contests and other applicable life situations. Provides for clarification and evaluation of different types of reasons for action, examination of different standards for fair action, and an opportunity to evaluate fair actions in areas of interest to students. Gives attention to the evaluation of moral maturity. 3 Cr.

PES 300 Introduction to Kinesiology (A)

An introductory course designed to familiarize students with the fundamental principles of human movement and their inter-relationship to physical activity. Emphasis is on the practical application of these concepts as practitioners in sport, exercise and movement-oriented careers. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 305 Significance of Physical Activity (A)

Examines the intrinsic and extrinsic values of physical activity across the lifespan from philosophical and historical perspectives. Includes a critical analysis of the contribution physical activity makes to the liberating consequences of healthful living, personal pleasure, self-knowledge, and skill acquisition. Major societal trends impacting on physical activity and its related professions are identified and examined. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 311 Principles of Athletic Training (A)

Prerequisite: BIO 221 or BIO 321 or 322 (may be taken concurrently).

Focuses on the fundamental knowledge of injuries to the physically active. Provides strategies for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 315 Physical Fitness for Healthful Living (A)

Requires student to pass all components of a health-related fitness test. Emphasizes developing health-related components of physical fitness through physical activity. Allows student to gain understanding of how physical activity enhances health-related physical fitness. Includes laboratory. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 325 Kinesiological Bases for Exercise and Sport (A)

Prerequisites: BIO 221 or BIO 321.

Involves study of the anatomical bases of movement in exercise and sport and application of kinesiological principles to movement and sport-specific skills. Includes laboratory experiments to provide opportunity for the analysis of exercise and sport from both anatomical and mechanical perspectives, muscle roles, types of muscle contractions, movement sequencing, and kinesiological analyses. 4 Cr. Every Semester. 4 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 326 Kinetics of Sport and Exercise (A)

Prerequisite: BIO 221 or BIO 321, and BIO 322.

Studies the mechanical basis of movement in sport and exercise, with applications of kinesiological and biomechanical principles to identify critical elements for basic motor skills, and describes and demonstrates concepts and strategies related to skillful movement and physical activity. Includes description of the skeletal and neuromuscular structures of the human body, to identify how these systems contribute to skillful movements, physical activity, and fitness. 3 Cr. Every Semester. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 335 Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport (A)

$20 Course fee required: Prerequisite: BIO 221 or both BIO 321 and BIO 322. This course will assist the student in examining the functional capacity of the human body and how it adjusts to the demands of sport and exercise. Individual limitations to performance will be assessed, as well as possibilities for extending these limitations. The metabolic, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular adjustments to acute and chronic exercise will be addressed for exercise of various durations and intensities. The relationship between physical activity and various disease states will also be addressed. Required by the following majors: Exercise Science, Kinesiology, PETE. 4 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 350 History of Sport, Play and Exercise (A)

Provides a broad look at the history of physical activity from ancient to modern times, and the effects of social institutions (e.g., war, religion, politics) on the development and role of sport in the Western world. 3 Cr.

PES 353 Advanced Climbing/Backpacking (A)

$65 Course fee required 1-3 Cr.

PES 358 Advanced Snowboarding (A)

Advanced snowboarding is an advanced level activity course designed to improve the intermediate level snowboarder, to refine the advanced snowboarder, and to explore the extremes of snowboarding. Skill related topics include advanced skills in body position, stability and board control to effectively and efficiently perform on increasingly varied, faster, and steeper terrains. Additional topics include history, safety, etiquette, technique, biomechanics, physiology, and limitations. 3 Cr.

PES 360 Philosophy of Sport, Play and Exercise (A)

Pre/corequisite: PES350.

Crosslisted with PES360. Examines fundamental issues in sport from a philosophical perspective. Focuses on the theoretical frameworks through which these issues can be understood. Emphasizes the practical import that different theories of sport have and institutional decision-making and practices. Examines the philosophical underpinnings of the experience of sport participation. 3 Cr.

PES 385 Basic Athletic Training (A)

Prerequisite: BIO 221 or BIO 321 (may be taken concurrently).

Focuses on the fundamental knowledge of sports injuries and their care. Introduces and explains various techniques in treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 391 Stress and Tension (A)

Thoroughly evaluates concepts of stress and tension in terms of their philosophic bases (mind-oriented, body-oriented or interactional models), and supported by evolutionary explanations of physical, mental and cultural phenomena contributing to a variety of stress and tension-related disorders. Critically evaluates contemporary approaches in therapy designed to impact upon stress and tension, enabling the student to construct a personal coping strategy. 3 Cr.

PES 396 Women in Sport (A,I,W,Y)

Cross-listed as WMS 396.

Examines the historical, contemporary and future perspectives of women in sport. Reviews insights from history, psychology and sociology related to women in sport, as well as athletes' perceptions of their performance. Focuses on information and issues which are fundamental to understanding women's participation in sport. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 399 Independent Study (A)

To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 401 Physical Activity and Aging (A)

Focuses on how people age physically and how physical activity affects various aspects of life. Covers influences on physical activity and the quality of life from youth to older adulthood. Course is beneficial to a wide range of disciplines, including physical education, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, athletic training, health promotion, counseling psychology, gerontology, etc. 3 Cr. Summer. 3 Cr. Summer.

PES 405 Obesity in Society (A,I)

Provides an interdisciplinary overview of the causes, treatment and prevention of obesity/overweight among children, adolescents and adults in the United States. The complex interaction between psychological, sociological, biological, physiological and environmental factors will be explored. The effectiveness of individual, community and school-based obesity prevention programs will be discussed, as well as safe and appropriate methods of weight loss. Exercise, physical activity and dietary guidelines for Americans will be examined. 3 Cr.

PES 410 Physiology of Exercise II (A)

$20 Course fee required: Prerequisite: Grade of C+ or better in either BIO 221 or in both BIO 321 and BIO 322; Grade of C+ or better in PES 335. This course will examine the primary human physiological systems and their response to acute and chronic exercise stimuli. In addition, the response of the physiological systems to various environmental situations including heat, cold, altitude, microgravity, and sport diving will be discussed. The laboratory experience will expose the student to many exercise physiology-related assessment techniques. These include, but are not limited to: body composition, VO2max assessments, body temperature changes during exercise, blood-borne markers of exercise metabolism and field tests for physical fitness. Course requires a minimum grade of C (for General Education/Major/Minor/Certification). Restricted to Exercise Science Majors Only. Not open to Exercise Science Intents. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 411 Advanced Athletic Training (A)

Prerequisite: PES 385.

Covers muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and the injury mechanism involved in given injuries for each major articulation of the body; inflammatory responses and wound healing; the effects of locally applied heat and cold on each; prevention, care and reconditioning techniques for sport injuries; and methods used during each phase of injury conditioning-reconditioning. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 413 Motor Development (A)

Motor Development addresses how movements change across the lifespan as well as why they change. This course not only examines the motor domain, but also the interaction of the affective, cognitive, and physical domains with the motor domain. A main focus of this course is examining the constraints that influence movement, including the individual, task, and environment, as well as the interaction across these three. This includes sociocultural, psychosocial, and cognitive constraints and their influence upon growth and development in addition to physiological changes. Both atypical, as well as typical, human conditions will be discussed in regards to movement and development. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 415 Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (A)

Prerequisite or Corequisite: PES 335.

This course will examine proper nutrition for those participating in physical activity as well as those involved in competitive sport. The course will begin with general healthful nutrition guidelines and then progress into specific information regarding carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. Proper hydration and post exercise rehydration techniques will then be discussed, followed by proper weight gaining techniques and finally nutrition oriented to ergogenic aids. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 416 Exercise Physiology Lecture & Laboratory (A)

$20 Course fee required: Prerequisite: PBH 488, Corequisite: PES 410; Prerequisite: MTH 111 or MTH 121. Lecture - The course will include the theoretical background and laboratory techniques used to measure fatigue, muscular force production, and cardiovascular & metabolic responses to work of various intensities. In addition, students will be taught how to understand and critically evaluate scientific research in the field of Exercise Physiology. Laboratory - Students will be exposed to the processes involved in conducting a research project, which will result in writing a research manuscript. The manuscript will include the following sections: 1.) abstract; 2.) introduction; 3.) development of a testable hypothesis; 4.) experimental design and methods; 5.) data collection and analysis; and 6.) presentation of the results. Course is required by the Exercise Science major Cross-listed as BIO 416. Course requires minimum grade of "C" for major/minor/certification. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 417 Exercise Testing and Prescription (A)

$20 Course fee required: Prerequisites: PES 335. Designed to prepare students for health and fitness professional career pursuits and participation in the Practicum for Exercise Programming course. This will be achieved by acquiring theory, knowledge, skills and abilities pertinent to competencies in pre-exercise health screening, health-related physical fitness testing, and exercise prescription for both healthy and clinical populations across the age-span. This course will begin discussing general terminology, exercise testing guidelines, and cardiorespiratory and physical activity assessment. Students will then learn about assessing strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition. The semester will end with discussion of exercise testing and prescription appropriate for generally healthy and clinical populations. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 420 Biomechanics (A)

Corequisite: PES 325 or PES 326.

Focuses on the observation, analysis, and description of movement skills. Includes quantitative and qualitative analyses; descriptive systems; the applications of basic laws and principles of physics; and applications to basic movements, sport training, and technique 3 Cr.

PES 428 Psychology of Injury (B)

Addresses the psychological aspects of sport and exercise-related injury, inclusive of relevant research and implications for the practicing professional. Topics include psychological risk factors associated with injury; personal and situational factors influencing injury recovery (e.g. sociocultural, mental, and emotional factors); and psychological tools to optimize the recovery process (e.g. prevention, detection, assessment, and intervention strategies). 3 Cr. Summer.

PES 430 Sport and Exercise Psychology (A)

Examines psychological concepts, research, and theories in relation to sport and exercise participation. Studies individual and environmental factors affecting the performance and experience of athletes and exercisers. Familiarizes students with aspects of psychological skills training (goal setting, self-confidence, arousal regulation, imagery and concentration), as well as knowledge concerning how motivation, cognition and affect influence psychological well-being in sport and exercise setting. Course Objectives: (@01-2022) 1. Describe how factors specific to individuals can influence individuals’ performances or their participation in sport and exercise. 2. Define motivation, compare and contrast theories of motivation, and describe methods to foster intrinsic motivation. 3. Understand, analyze, and compare relationships among arousal, stress, and anxiety on sport and exercise performance. 4. Define leadership and explain the process of group cohesion and teambuilding. 5. Explain how to build an effective team and foster strong relationships among team members. 6. Describe common methods for building self-confidence in sport and exercise. 7. Discuss and apply key concepts of mental skills training (e.g., relaxation, concentration, imagery, goal setting, self-talk, and cognitive restructuring) that are capable of enhancing performance, positively impacting rehabilitation, etc. 8. Explain how sport can foster character development. 9. Understand unique needs of diverse populations regarding mental skills training. 10. Describe and explain mental toughness. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 439 Motor Learning (A)

Prerequisite: PES 413.

The main purpose of the course is to provide a theoretical background to the process of learning movement skills using an application-based approach. The course will emphasize application of theoretical work in the area of motor learning providing the student with a general knowledge base to be able to teach movement skills in the fields of teaching, coaching, or rehabilitation. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 441 Sport and Society (A)

An introductory survey course which investigates the linkage between sport and society from a sociological perspective. The sport-society nexus is examined from functionalist, conflict critical, and feminist theoretical frameworks. Organized around several intellectual discourses (e.g., gender, race, social class), sport is analyzed and discussed within multiple social and cultural contexts. The incorporation of a social justice perspective challenges the student to explore ways in which the sport institution can be made more democratic and just. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 445 Social Psychology of Sport (A)

The study of individuals and groups engaged in physical activity and sport, and social influence processes which affect self, behavior, and performance. Emphasis is on social context in which individuals and groups participate in physical activity and sport, and the impact social processes have on selected individuals and group variables. Topics include self-esteem, formal leadership, coach-athlete dyad, group dynamics and social facilitation. Opportunities provided for the conduct of applied, field-based research projects. 3 Cr. Fall.

PES 446 Sports Spectating in the United States (A)

An interdisciplinary study of the phenomenon of sports spectatorship/sport fanship in American society; discussion of issues pertaining to sports spectating from theoretical, empirical and experiential perspectives, e.g. patterns of sport spectatorship, the "business" of sports spectating, psychology of sport fandom, sports spectating as popular culture, spectator violence, and the importance of sport spectatorship in society; opportunities for student-initiated field research projects. 3 Cr. Spring.

PES 451 The Modern Olympic Games (A)

Examines the development of the Modern Olympic Games from an interdisciplinary approach. Focuses on the Olympic Movement as an evolving cultural phenomenon in which local as well as global social, economic and political forces are contested. Addresses the dynamic character of the Olympic Movement by studying its history, the philosophy of Olympism, and current and past problems (commercialism, gigantism, boycotts) associated with the Olympic Games. 3 Cr. Spring.

PES 460 Ethics of Sports (A)

Crosslisted with PHL460. Examines how basic ethical theories relate to problems facing sport communities and professionals today. Provides critical analysis of ethical dilemmas in contemporary sport. Emphasizes the understanding of ethical frameworks and the application of these frameworks to ethical problems arising in sport contexts. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 490 Physical Education Exchange Program (A)

Provides several opportunities for physical education majors of at least junior status to spend one or more semesters studying in Canada (Dalhousie University), or at one of several overseas locations, e.g., Chelsea School of Human Movement (England), Dunfermline College of Physical Education (Scotland), University of Ulster (Northern Ireland), College of Winneba (Ghana), or Zinman College of Physical Education (Israel). 15 Cr. Every Semester.

PES 495 Problems in Physical Education (A)

To be defined by the instructor in accordance with the specific topic to be covered that semester. May be repeated, but under another topic area in physical education. Additional information may be obtained from the department. 1-3 Cr.

PES 499 Independent Study (A)

To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester.