Kinesiology

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Course NumberCourse NameDescriptionCredit Hours
KIN5072 Advanced Motor Control and Learning The aim of this course is to explore through seminar format concepts of information processing within motor control. Each week specific attention will be paid to a “classic” paper on this topic. Issues that arise for motor control from these papers will be presented and discussed. To gain a practical understanding of these issues the student will undertake and write-up a series of laboratory experiments based on these aforementioned papers.
KIN6063 Biomechanical Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Introduces advanced concepts in instrumentation and data acquisition relevant to the area of human motion analysis. The student will be introduced to motion analysis systems, electromyographs, and force platforms through laboratory sessions. Course topics will include: equipment testing, A/D conversion, filtering, and MATLAB programming. 3 ch
KIN6111 Research Methods This course will introduce the students to basic concepts in research methods and experimental design relevant to the area of kinesiology. It is also 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, with both quantitative and qualitative research being discussed. Topics include; different methods of knowledge, strategies of discovery, ethical issues, observation (systematic and self-report observational methods), measurement (reliability, validity, objectivity), experimental design (randomized and non-randomized designs, survey design and subject selection), and data analysis (descriptive and inferential statistics). Finally, research reporting and the A.P.A. format will also be examined. 6 ch
KIN6163 Matlab and 3D Math This course introduces students to advanced concepts in 3D mathematics and Matlab programming, specific to the field of biomechanics. Topics include vector manipulations, joint angle computations, and matrix mathematics. All lectures are conducted in computer labs using Matlab software. Matlab is a popular language used in academia and various industrial applications. Students will learn how to create computer programs that perform mathematical operations and data analysis (i.e curve fitting, filtering, etc.) 3 ch
KIN6192 Professionalism and Ethics in the Research Environment Researchers are professionally and morally obliged to explore and examine the moral, social, legal, or political implications of the research conducted by themselves and others. This course focuses on the ethical dimensions of the academic environment, specifically the process of reflecting critically on ethical questions faced by academic researchers in a wide variety of fields. It will be concerned with historical, social, and other contextual factors affecting research in the university environment. Ethics will be defined, and discussions will cover how ethics of research is organized, enforced and assessed. Related research ethics topics including professionalism, mentoring of graduate students, codes of conduct, academic misconduct, plagiarism, research integrity, right doing (vs. wrong-doing) and research involving animals will also be covered.
KIN6201 Use of Information Technology in Kinesiology 3 ch
KIN6230 Sport & Recreation Management Seminar The course examines various current topics and issues in the management of sport and recreation organizations and services. Topics will range from management decision making, organization governance, organization design and function, special event management and marketing, operations of non-government sport and recreation organizations, corporate sponsorship of sport & recreation properties, sport and recreation organizational role in corporate sponsorship, the changing business of sport & recreation, the interrelationship between public and private sport/recreation providers, bidding process for major special events, the role of sport & recreation in economic development. ParticipAction Canada's new role, customer/fan development and loyalty, Octagon's Passion Diver's, premium seating in sport venues, branding of sport/recreation products and organizations, and other various topics. This seminar course will include both formal and informal instruction, and has been designed to promote critical thinking and independent learning through student development and lead seminars, and through a series of quest presentations held during a field lab experience in Toronto that will involve nationally and international known leaders in the sport and recreation field. 3 ch
KIN6300 Foundations of Sport and Recreation This seminar provides a sociocultural perspective to inform and enhance students' mental models related to sport, recreation and leisure to give them a more meaningful context within which to conduct research or to apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge in sport and recreation. 3 ch
KIN6301 Trends & Issues in Sport & Recreation This seminar course will involve a survey of the current social, economic, and cultural patterns and characteristics that are influencing the provision of recreation and sport opportunities in urban and non-urban settings. Attention will also be given to the manner in which these factors are impacting and will impact on policy-making, financing, planning, and management of sport and recreation services. 3 ch
KIN6303 Leadership in Sport and Recreation The course will begin with an examination of the theoretical concepts and recent models related to the phenomenon of leadership. The second part of the course will focus on the practice of leadership in a variety situations and contexts. Students will be required to relate the course material to their own leadership experiences. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to reflect on their own leadership style(s) and to assess and develop their leadership skills and abilities. 3 ch
KIN6305 Problem Solving in Sport & Recreation This course provides an experiential learning opportunity for senior students. It is designed to encourage group process and to help the participants develop and creatively utilize their knowledge and talents in the resolution of a real-life problem. It is also intended to give the participants the experience and confidence to become a reflective and effective professional. 3 ch
KIN6310 Special Event Management Ranging in scale from mega-events such as the Olympics to community festivals and programs, special events are an exciting and ever-growing phenomena. This course is designed to explore a variety of aspects associated with special events. Included are topics pertaining to the planning, development, marketing, coordination and administration of special events. Attention is given to both the theoretical and the practical aspects of special event management. 3 ch
KIN6312 Not-for-Profit Sector Management Not-for-Profit and charitable organizations face many management challenges in their effort to succeed. This course is designed to explore management in the not-for-profit sector and to address the inherent challenges. The course highlights the differences and similarities between management in the not-for-profit sector as compared to the business sector and public sector. 3 ch
KIN6313 Leisure Education, Theory and Practice This course is designed to introduce students to leisure education concepts, theories, and related facilitation techniques. Various leisure education models, assessment tools, and intervention strategies will be examined and evaluated. Consideration will be given to different populations who can benefit from leisure education as well as settings in which leisure education can be implemented. 3 ch
KIN6323 Sport Marketing This course examines the application of marketing concepts and strategy to sport. Marketing policies, strategies and tactics in terms of sport marketing topics such as: the sport product, sponsorship, sport fan behaviour, sport service/performance quality product, and other various topics. This seminar course will include both formal and informal instruction, and has been designed to promote critical thinking and independent learning through seminars, lectures, individual and group assignments and projects. 3 ch
KIN6331 Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Sport and Recreation This sport and recreation industry has grown steadily in the past few decades, driven by innovation and entrepreneurial activity. This course facilitates student learning on the innovation process, managing innovation and the small business development process in sport and recreation. Students learn how to systematically develop sound business ideas for profit, non-profit or social enterprises in the sport and recreation sectors, design appropriate organization structures to facilitate business development and enable growth in the organization to reach its full potential. The importance of research (both qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods) and evidence based decision making are a core component of this course. 3 ch
KIN6361 Issues in Recreation and Sport Delivery In this course the delivery systems through which recreation, sport, and leisure services are provided in modern society will be examined. The three major components of delivery systems (i.e., the public, the not-for-profit, and the commercial sectors) will be compared and research in each of the areas will be considered. Throughout the course, current trends, challenges, and opportunities that exist within the systems will be discussed. 3 ch
KIN6391 Selected Topics in Sport & Recreation Topic(s) to be negotiated on an individual or small group basis with members of the faculty. 3 ch
KIN6400 Sport & Recreation Internship This is a structured learning experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to relate theory to practice. Students work full-time (i.e. 35 -40 hours/week) in a setting appropriate to their interests for a full term (approximately four months) under the guidance of a work-place mentor and a faculty advisor. 12 ch
KIN6501 Advanced Topics in Occupational Biomechanics Current research methods in occupational biomechanics will be investigated through review of scientific literature and hands-on laboratory experiences. Students will become familiar with the instrumentation and biomechanical analysis techniques used to investigate research questions related to ergonomic concerns. A particular focus will be placed on musculoskeletal concerns of the upper extremity and low back. 3 ch
KIN6511 Motor Control and Learning 3 ch
KIN6531 Advanced Topics in Biomechanics 3 ch
KIN6542 Occupational Physiology This course will investigate issues related to the physical requirements, program design, the measurement of physical demands, and factors related to fatigue and injury in the workplace from a physiological perspective. It will also examine issues related to safety and completion of job specific tasks in the workplace. The standards and job requirements for an occupation will be examined using the “Bona Fide Occupational Requirements (BFOR)”. 3 ch
KIN6601 Advanced Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology This course will use seminar and lab experiences to provide an advanced level examination of neuromuscular exercise physiology. The focus of the seminars will be to gain an in-depth understanding of acute and chronic neuromuscular responses to different types of exercise. The lab experiences will concentrate on examining neuromuscular function, quantifying factors related to force production and examining cellular aspects of muscle physiology. 3 ch
KIN6691 Selected Topics in Exercise & Sport Science Topic(s) to be negotiated on an individual or small group basis with members of the faculty. 3 ch
KIN6692 Exercise Psychology Journal Club The purpose of this course is to introduce and review the principles surrounding the pursuit of knowledge through processes involved in scientific investigation within the exercise sciences. The course is grouped into two primary sections. The first pertains directly to the conduct and reporting of research. The goal is to ensure students engage and develop a full appreciation for the basic percepts of responsible conduct. The second stage of the course relates to the ethical dilemmas and breaches of responsible behaviour when they occur. The goal is to orientate students towards the practical aspects of misconduct in scientific investigation by recognizing behaviours, such a fabricating data/results, falsifying data/results, and palgarism. In addition to review relevant articles across the excersise sciences, discussion of cases will be used throughout the course. A background in basic research methods and other content related methodologies in the excersise sciences are required for this course. As well as the above related methodologies in the excersise sciences are required for this course. AS well as above goals, the following student outcomes are anticipated ; a) to become proficient at summarizing and evaluating published research; and b) to present topic and/or case summaries using a PowerPoint presentation format. 3 ch
KIN6700 Advanced Topics in Health Promotion This course examines strategies that enable people to increase control over and improve their health at the individual, community, organizational, and policy levels. It addresses health promotion principles and the change process, including needs identification, planning and evaluation. Students will examine an aspect of health promotion in depth. 3 ch
KIN6731 Sociology of Sport 3 ch
KIN6742 Advanced Topics in Gender, Sport and Leisure This course will focus on recent theoretical and empirical research on gender, sport, and leisure as well as the interrelationships among these concepts. Topics to be covered include an analysis of men’s and women’s experiences, attitudes, constraints, challenges and behaviours related to leisure and sport. Emphasis will be placed on understanding ways in which gender relations and gender role expectations affect and are affected by sport and leisure. 3 ch
KIN6761 Sociology of Sport 3 ch
KIN6801 Strength and Conditioning This course is designed to integrate the sport sciences into a cohesive unit that will provide a foundation of sport specific strength and conditioning. Throughout this course, the sciences of motor control, anatomy, biomechanics, acute and chronic exercise physiology, bioenergetics and nutrition will be utilized to develop a scientifically driven training program design to be utilized in high performance sport. Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to challenge the National Strength and Conditioning Associations, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification exam. 3 ch
KIN6821 Exercise Physiology This is a course in applied human physiology that focuses on developing a conceptual model to explain how the nervous, muscular, metabolic and cardiorespiratory systems function together to allow human movement. In this course you will examine the cellular and systemic changes that take place within the body during the performance of physical work in a variety of modalities, intensities and durations. 3 ch
KIN6831 Biomechanics and Sport Analysis This course will include the development of biomechanical principles as they apply to sport performance analysis, training and rehabilitation; working with some of the available technologies/techniques in exercise and sports application; and familiarizing students with laboratory practice and data handling in sports biomechanics. 3 ch
KIN6841 Ethics & Sport This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of ethics, and their application to selected ethical issues in various dimensions of kinesiology, including sport, recreation, leisure and health. Through intensive reading and writing, open dialogue, and critical reflection, students will be challenged to develop their philosophic ability, knowledge and skills in evaluating prospective and retrospective activities from an ethical dimension. Reading and writing, as well as group discussion, are all significant components of this course. This course will involve a theoretical introduction to ethics and formulation of argument. Subsequent topics covered may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Children & organized physical activity & sport
  • Performance enhancing substances & technology
  • Bullying hazing, harassment & abuse in sport
  • Gender & sport
  • Personal & professional responsibility
  • Role models & moral exemplars in sport
  • Violence & aggression
  • Environmental ethics, animals & port, companionship,
  • leisure, recreation, & health
  • Production of high performance athletes
  • Sportsmanship & gamesmanship, fair play & cheating
  • Athletes’ & coaches’ rights & duties
  • Codes of conduct, practice, & professional behavior
  • Major ethical issues and concepts will include: agency, autonomy, moral status, relativism, free will, moral norms, rights, duties, obligation, responsibility, virtues, vices, altruism, moral sanctions, in addition to others.
3 ch
KIN6851 Advanced Sport & Exercise Psychology

This course will be made up of three components: sport psychology, exercise psychology, and applied sport and exercise psychology. 

  • Component 1. Psychological aspects of sport are concerned with how the principles of psychology are applied in the sport setting. These priniciples of psychology are applied in the sport setting. These principles are often applied to enhance performance. However, the complete sport psychologist is interested in much more than performance enhancement and views sports as a vehicle for human enrichment. Thus, the psychology of sport can be thought of as an exciting subject, which is dedicated to the enhancement of both athletic performance and the psychological aspects of human enrichment. Therefore, one purpose of this course is to offer the student the opportunity to learn principles and applications as they apply to psychological aspects of sport. 
  • Component 2. Exercise psychology is the student of people and their behavior in exercise environment. Those who study in the area are primarily concerned with how psychological factors effect an individuals performance, how participation in exercise effects as person's psycholgical development, health and well-being, and the development of strategies to encourage sedentary people to exercise. The major focus of this development of strategies to encourage to sedentary people to exercise. The major focus of this component of the course will be on the psycho-social aspects of physical activity and exercise, on the implementation of behaviour change techniques, and the measurement and evaluation of intervention effectiveness. Major techniques for changing physical activity behavior and conditions influencing their effectiveness will be discussed. Techniques, which promote the maintenance of physical activity behavior will be reviewed. 
  • Component 3. The areas of sport and exercise psychology have grown tremendously in recent years. This is evidenced by the numbers of athletes and coaches now looking to sport exercise psychology focuses on one specific area, that of identifying the and utilizing psychological theories and techniques which can be applied to sport and exercise to enhance performance. The purpose of this component of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to consistently create the ideal mental climate that permits athletes to perform at their best.
3 ch
KIN6861 Internship (Barbados Program taught at University of West Indies) This is a structured learning experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to relate theory to practice. Students work full-time (i.e. 35-40 hours/week) in a setting appropriate to their interests for a full-term (approximatley four months) under the guidance of a work-place mentor and a faculty advisor.*** Note the same internship manual will be used for this course that is currently used for KIN 6400 Sport & Recreation Internship. 4.5 ch
KIN6901/2/3 Independent Study This course will allow students to gain knowledge in areas of research that are not previously covered in a graduate course. A title and topic of the proposed research will submitted at the time the student applies for registration in this course. 3 ch
KIN6995 Graduate Colloquium All graduate students are required to orally present at the Graduate Colloquium on a topic which has been approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. The presentation will be on either research or other related issues. 1 ch
KIN6996 Project Report 9 ch
KIN6997 Master's Thesis 18 ch