NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

General Information

KIN 1001 is considered to be a prerequisite or co-requisite to all other Kinesiology (KIN) and Recreation (RSS) courses for students enrolled in one of the degree programs offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology.

Recreation and Sports Studies (RSS) courses are grouped together and listed in their own section of this calendar.

Unless otherwise stated, prerequisite shall mean a D or better in the prerequisite course.


Due to the extensive number of KIN and RSS courses full with a waitlist, and to the highly competitive nature of upper-year admissions, the number of KIN and RSS credit hours that a student not registered in a degree program offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology may register for is limited. Students not registered in a degree program offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology, and wishing to register for KIN and/or RSS courses shall be governed by the following:

  1. A student not registered in a degree program offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology must have permission of the course instructor to register in any KIN and RSS course.
  2. Normally, all students must have successfully completed all required prerequisites to a KIN or RSS course prior to admission to KIN and RSS courses. Waiver of prerequisites is permissible only with consent of the instructor.
  3. In all KIN and RSS courses students registered in a degree program offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology will be given priority.
  4. Normally, KIN 1001 shall be restricted to students in the degree programs offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology.
  5. Normally, KIN 1001 is the prerequisite to all 2000, 3000 and 4000 level KIN and RSS courses.
  6. Normally, students not registered in a degree program offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology shall be limited to twelve (12) credit hours of KIN/RSS courses.
KIN1001Introduction to Kinesiology4 ch (3C 1T) (W)

This course is designed as a thematic introduction to the academic discipline of Kinesiology. The course surveys the basic concepts, theories and analytical methods of Kinesiology and their application to the study of human movement in recreation, sport, exercise and physical activity. Weekly sessions include three lectures and one tutorial. KIN 1001 is restricted to students registered in the Faculty of Kinesiology.

KIN1160Laboratory Methods in Kinesiology4 ch (2C 2L) (EL)

This laboratory-based course introduces the student to the basic laboratory techniques and methods for the collection of kinesiological data. Experience will be gained through a series of laboratory sessions in each of the exercise science disciplines (motor control, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and sport psychology). Instruction pertaining to the application of the introduced techniques will accompany each laboratory session.

KIN2032Introduction to Sport and Leisure Psychology3 ch (3C)

Provides an introduction into the psychological influence of sport, physical activity, and leisure on the individual. Current social psychological theory about sport, physical activity and leisure behaviour will be examined through a wide variety of sport, leisure, and exercise psychology topics. 

KIN2062Introductory Biomechanics3 ch (3C) (EL)

This is an introductory course covering the anatomical factors and physical laws that govern human movement. The course focuses on quantitative techniques for analysis of full-body and multi-segment human motions, and the force systems that cause and resist these motions. Students will gain the necessary background and skills for understanding and applying biomechanical concepts in practice, by developing the skills required to translate problems in human movement into a biomechanical framework for quantitative analysis, and applying biomechanical concepts to solve problems in the rehabilitation and sport sciences. 

Prerequisites: BIOL 1711 and MATH 1003 and MATH 1503

KIN2072Introduction to Motor Control and Learning 3 ch (3C)

Introduces the student to the principles of motor skill acquisition and performance as well as the conditions that influence these processes. Topics include information processing, attention, perception, decision-making, motor programs, and feedback. The role of motivation, anxiety, concentration, observational learning and mental practice in motor performance and learning will be examined. Practical applications for sport, physical activity, industry, and the performing arts will be discussed. Lectures only.

KIN2082Introductory Exercise Physiology3 ch (3C)

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 the student 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. 

Prerequisite: C grade or better in BIOL 2721 Human Physiology II. NOTE: Credit will not be given for both KIN 2082 and KIN 3081.

KIN2093Introduction to Philosophy of Kinesiology3 ch (3C) (W)

This course will conduct a philosophical analysis in to the nature of sport, exercise, and recreation by asking questions about the fundamental value and purpose of these activities.

Prerequisite: KIN 1001 or consent of the instructor. 

KIN2252Functional Human Anatomy4 ch (3C 1L) (EL)
This course is designed to introduce the concepts of functional human anatomy with a focus on how the anatomy interacts and supports various human movements. Practical movement assessment skills are taught, such as: anatomical movement assessments, postural assessment, muscle length and strength testing and movement screening.

: C grade or better in BIOL 1711.

KIN3001Introduction to Research Methods in Kinesiology3 ch (3C)

Introduces basic concepts in research methods and experimental design relevant to the area of kinesiology including recreation and leisure studies. 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. 

Prerequisite: STAT 2263 or STAT 2264 or equivalent.

KIN3031Exercise Psychology3 ch (3C)

An introduction to the study of behaviour in the exercise environment. The course will focus on how psychological factors effect physical performance, how exercise effects psychological development, and on the development of strategies to encourage exercise participation. 

 Prerequisite: KIN 2032 or consent of instructor. 

KIN3032Sports Psychology3 ch (3C) (W)

Examines how the principles of psychology are applied in the sport setting to enhance performance. Involves an analysis of the current findings in psychological research into sport with special attention to personality theory, imagery, goal setting, cohesiveness, and spectator behaviour. The course will be based on theoretical considerations and will involve a practical component. 

Prerequisite: KIN 2032 or consent of the instructor.

KIN3041Disability Awareness3 ch (3C) (EL)

This course aims to introduce students to the issues and challenges faced by persons with disabilities by exploring: disability concepts from a social, medical and political perspective; the impacts of disability on the person, family unit and labor force; disability issues in movement activities, from daily living to sport and recreation skills. Disability awareness training includes an introduction to appropriate terminology, knowledge of specific disorders that cause disability, and experience working with disabled individuals in the community.

KIN3061Motion Capture Biomechanics3 ch (3C)

Examines, through lecture and in-class laboratory experiences, current biomechanical instrumentation and data analysis tecniques used for quantifying human movement. Emphasis is placed on motion capture systems and synchronized devices such as force and pressure plates, and EMG.

Prerequisite: C grade or better in KIN 2062.

KIN3065Matlab and Python Programming for Biomechanics3 ch (1C 2L)

Develop Matlab and Python programming skills with specific applications to the field of biomechanics. 

Prerequisite: KIN 3061

KIN3082Advanced Exercise Physiology (A)3 ch (3C) (W)

Through lecture and course assignments, the adaptive responses of the physiological systems to exercise will be studied through an integrative physiological lens. The specific topics of adaptation to various means of endurance and resistance training programs will be examined.

Prerequisite: KIN 2082 or equivalent. 

KIN3092Sports, Animals, and Ethics3 ch (3C)
This seminar will explore the roles and relationships of humans and animals involved in sport, leisure and recreation, through an ethical lens. Sport, Animals, and Ethics will examine the morality of humans’ treatment of nonhuman animals in a variety of environments. The course begins with a survey of contemporary moral theories. We will examine questions about the relationships we have with animals, including the moral obligations humans may have towards animals, and the moral status of animals. We will explore the standing of animals in a myriad of circumstances including their involvement in pursuits such as horse and greyhound racing, ‘sport’ hunting, fighting, fly-ball, fishing, and other settings such as circuses, marine parks, shows, and zoos.
KIN3093Ethics and Kinesiology3 ch (3C) (W) (EL)

This course examines the fundamental principles of ethics, and their application to selected ethical issues in sport, recreation, exercise and other dimensions within kinesiology. Through intensive reading, open dialogue, critical reflection, and writing, students will be challenged to develop their philosophic ability, knowledge, and skills in evaluating an ethical dimension of relevant issues.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed at least 27 credit hours of their degree program. 

KIN3131Psychological Intervention in Sport and Exercise (A)3 ch (3C)

Introduction to psychological consulting in the areas of sport and exercise. The course will provide the student with the basic knowledge needed to develop mental skills training programs and will introduce practitioner-athlete consulting process. 

Prerequisite: KIN 2032, KIN 3032, or KIN 3031, or consent of instructor. 

KIN3161Human Factors in Ergonomic Design3 ch (3C) (W)

Develop an understanding of the physical, biomechanical, psycho-social and cognitive demands on workers in both office and industrial settings. Through lectures, student projects and review of current research, the role of proper human factors as a component of the improvement of health and well-being of the worker are explored. The understanding of human physical and psychological capabilities and limitations are incorporated in proper ergonomic design of the workplace environment.

Prerequisites: Completion of 60 ch towards BScKin degree or permission of instructor.
KIN3166Cognitive Aspects of Human Performance3 ch (3C) (EL)

An examination of the cognitive processes that underlay human performance.  Mental processes such as perception, attention, memory, information processing, decision-making, and response execution will be examined as they relate to human motor performance. The effects of these cognitive factors on performance will be examined in a variety of settings including the workplace, sport, exercise and activities of daily living. A particular emphasis will be on how to improve human performance based on the cognitive factors examined in the course.

PrerequisiteKIN 2072 or permission of instructor.

KIN3201Exercise Prescription4 ch (2C 2L) (EL)
A basic exercise prescription course applying concepts obtained in introductory kinesiology courses to ask, assess, advise, agree and assist active or inactive clients for the acquisition of health and well-being outcomes across all ages. This course will use the guiding principles of of exercise through the application of movement, exercise, and programming for health.

Completion of 60 ch towards BScKin degree and C or better in KIN 2082.
KIN3202Mindfulness and Health3 ch (3C) (W)
This course introduces students to the philosophical and historical foundations of mindfulness theory and practice. It will focus on principles and practices of mindfulness and the mind-body connection to health through a secular, evidence-based approach. The course will investigate current trends in mindfulness including its reach within a variety of settings, most specifically as it pertains to health. It incorporates theory, stillness, movement, reflection, meditation, and focused attention. Students will participate in mindful practices—techniques and practices designed to concentrate and focus the mind—to better understand the concept and application of mindfulness to their own health and wellbeing.
KIN3282Physical Activity and Public Health3 ch (3C)

Provides an understanding of how physical activity and exercise impact major diseases, disabilities, public health, and decision makers. This will be accomplished through summarizing and critically assessing the epidemiological evidence of physical activity and exercise and chronic diseases. 

Prerequisites: C grade or better in KIN 3001. 

KIN3291Coaching Health Behaviours3 ch (3C) (EL)

Examining individuals' attitudes and behaviours towards health promoting and active living, with a focus on individual health-related behaviour change. Techniques for identifying strategies and overcoming barriers to changing health behaviours will be examined, developed and practiced within the framework of health education and behaviour change. Course participants will be encouraged and empowered to make their own positive behavioural changes in regards to health behaviours, and will be prepared to begin working with others in this realm.

Prerequisite: RSS 1081 or permission of the instructor.
KIN3382Pediatric Exercise Science (O)3 ch (3C) (EL) (W)

To develop an understanding of the physiological, medical, and physical performance implications associated with changing activity patterns in today's youth. Examines the influence of physical activity on normal growth and development, exercise and fitness related secular trends, issues related to pediatric exercise science, and activity program development.

Prerequisite: BIOL 2721 . 

KIN3481Nutrition for Healthy Living3 ch (3C)

Examines the science of macronutrients and micronutrients and their roles in the body and in health, the digestion and absorption process, metabolism and energy balance, nutritional needs in special populations (pregnancy, infancy, adolescents, and elderly), food safety, nutrition methodology, dietary assessment and guidance, and current nutrition issues.

KIN3911/3912/3913Practicum I1ch (1L)/2ch (2L) /3 ch (3L) (EL)

Relates theory to practice through professional career and field experiences. Faculty approval is required prior to any service commitment or registration procedures.

Prerequisites: Must have completed 48 ch and have an AGPA of at least 2.5.

KIN3914Practicum IV3 ch (3L) (EL)

Relates theory to practice through professional career and field experiences. Faculty approval is required prior to any service commitment or registration procedures. 

Prerequisites: Must have completed 48 ch and have an AGPA of at least 2.5.

KIN4041Clinical Gait Analysis (A)3 ch (3C) (EL)

Examines, through lecture and in-class laboratory experiences, clinical gait analysis using state-of-the-art techniques in motion analysis. Topics include instrumentation, atypical gait patterns, data interpretation, and treatment effectiveness.

Prerequisite: KIN 3061. Only open to students with 60 ch towards their degree. 

KIN4063Biomechanical Instrumentation and Data Acquisition (O))3 ch (3C)

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. Emphasis will be placed on accuracy and reliability of equipment. Students will also be introduced to the Matlab programming language and various data analysis techniques in biomechanics (i.e. filtering, joint angle computation). 

Prerequisite: KIN 3061. Only open to students with 57 ch towards their degree. 

KIN4072Neural Control of Human Movement (A)3 ch (3C)

The aim of this course is to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the neural processes that underlie the control of voluntary action. The mechanism, structure and function of the human nervous system will be presented at various levels of analysis, from the cellular level to the behavioural level. Specific topics to be addressed include the mechanism of information transmission; the mechanism of skeletal muscle contraction; the use of surface electromyograms; mechanisms of excitatory and inhibitory control, reflexes; pre-programmed reactions; simple brain anatomy, structures and pathways; postural control, locomotive control and single and multi-joint movements. 

Prerequisites: KIN 2072 and KIN 2082

KIN4073Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise4 ch (2C 2L) (EL)
Examines the biomechanics of human movement in the context of sport and exercise (e.g., running, jumping, cycling, gym-based exercises). Lab experiences will use qualitative and quantitative techniques to examine sport and exercise movement patterns. Knowledge will be applied and demonstrated through an opportunity to analyze a sport or exercise of choice.

KIN 2062
KIN4074Human Gait and Balance3 ch (3L) (EL)

Provides a detailed understanding of the biomechanics and motor control of standing posture, stepping, walking, and running under normal and perturbed conditions. Measurement techniques, processing data, and the interpretation of total body and limb synergies will be emphasized from a biomechanical and neural control perspective. The problems of the elderly and the assessment of those with pathologies will also be examined.

Prerequisites: KIN 2072 and KIN 2062 .

KIN4093Seminar on Health Care Ethics3 ch (3C) (W)

This course will explore the area of health care. Through intensive reading, open dialogue, and critical reflection, students will be challenged to develop knowledge and skills in analyzing the dimensions of health and health care. 

Prerequisite: KIN 3093 or consent of the instructor. 

KIN4161Occupational Biomechanics3 ch (3C) (W)

Explore biomechanical models of injury to assess the physical demands on the human body imposed by work activities. Learn to bridge theoretical knowledge related to the mechanism of injury using assessment tools to identify upper extremity and low back musculoskeletal injury risk in both office and industrial work settings. Integrate kinesiological knowledge of human capabiities and limitations to develop ergonomic strategies to mitigate these musculoskeletal risks. [This course is a self-directed online course.]

Prerequisites: Completion of 96 ch in Kinesiology, KIN 2062, or consent of the instructor. 

KIN4162Occupational Health and Safety for Ergonomists3 ch (3C) (EL)

This course will provide an overview of the occupational health and safety field and its relationship to workplace ergonomics. An introduction to occupational health and safety legislation will be provided and health and safety hazards in a variety of work environments will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on how to eliminate and reduce hazards and risks associated with several work processes, including the physical working environment, adaptation of tools and the workplace to the worker, and equipment design. The roles and responsibilities of workers and their employers will also be covered. 

Prerequisite: KIN 3161. Credit will not be given for KIN 4162 and ME 5283.

KIN4163Workplace Ergonomic Design and Analysis3 ch (3C)

The focus of this course is on the theoretical background and practical knowledge required to create functional ergonomic designs and provide comprehensive ergonomic analyses of industrial or service workplaces using work measurement and task analysis methodologies. Industrial and human factors engineering techniques together with the principles of occupational biomechanics are applied to investigate human / machine interactions, job design, and workstation layout. Work Measurement and Task Analysis methodologies are used to describe and determine work standards, physiological task loads and the elements of manual and mental activities in human / machine work systems. Laboratory exercises provide the opportunity to apply the theory to actual workplace situations. 

Prerequisite: Completion of 96 ch in Kinesiology / Engineering, KIN 3161, or consent of instructor. 

KIN4165Occupational Physiology (A)3 ch (3C) (EL)

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)".

Prerequisite: Completion of 96 ch in Kinesiology, KIN 2082, or consent of the instructor. 

KIN4252Advanced Functional Anatomy4 ch (3C 1L) (EL)

This course is designed to build upon the concepts and theories learned in KIN 2252 – Functional Human Anatomy, with a focus on mastery of hands-on assessment techniques and methodologies, assessment interpretation techniques, identification of movement impairments, and the development of appropriate movement correction exercise intervention programs based upon the interpretations of the assessments.  This course will focus on the application of advanced theories of anatomical systemic integration.

Prerequisite: KIN 2252.
KIN4282Advanced Exercise Prescription for High Performance4 ch (3C, 1.5L) (EL)

A combination of advanced theory and practical experience, in the areas of periodization, exercise program design, and advanced training methods will be studied. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to develop strength and conditioning programs for high performance individuals such as athletes, or highly physical occupations.

PrerequisiteKIN 3201.
KIN4284Instrumentation in Exercise Physiology3 ch (3L) (EL)

Introduces students to the concepts, methodologies and analysis techniques used in exercise physiology to allow for the assessment of human physiological capacity and performance. Students will be introduced to metabolic, body composition, measures of force and power, electromyography, electrocardiography, and anaerobic performance measurement techniques. Students will learn the techniques to allow for the analysis of the data obtained through these instruments. 

Prerequisite: KIN 3201
Credit cannot be received for KIN 4281, KIN 4284, and KIN 5281.

KIN4292Behavioural Change Interventions3 ch (3C) (EL)
Develop a detailed understanding of how to support people to engage in behaviours which, over time, have positive effects on them, their social networks and society in general. The focus is on 'normal' behaviour of everyday living. Examine the theoretical foundations that explain behaviour and behaviour change, the methods by which change can be supported and the practical contexts where behaviour change interventions can be applied to support change.

Prerequisite: KIN 1001 or permission of the instructor.
KIN4383Physical Activity and Aging3 ch (3C) (EL)

The study of the aging processes and the effects of of exercise and lifestyle factors on the health and fitness of the aging adult. Students will receive theoretical knowledge and will apply that knowledge to real life situations. Students will learn common fitness tests for older adults and will test and interpret fitness levels of older adults.

Prerequisite: KIN 2082.

KIN4481Exercise and Sport Nutrition (A)3 ch (3C)

Examines the role of macronutrients, micronutrients, fluids, and erogenic aids in exercise and sport performance. Strategies for weight management and body composition modificatoins will be discussed. Approached from an applied biochemistry and physiology perspective through lecture and seminar.

Co- or Prerequisite: KIN 2082 or equivalent; 3481.

KIN4522Rehabilitation Biomechanics (Cross-Listed: KIN 6522)3 ch (3C) (EL)
Focus on the application of biomechanics in rehabilitation research and practice, and gain knowledge on biomechanical assessments relevant to the rehabilitation field. Acquire skills for using biomechanical assessment to understand human response to rehabilitation. Gain hands-on experience through using advanced rehabilitation technologies.

Prerequisites: KIN 2062 and KIN 3001.
KIN4601Advanced Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology (O) (Cross-Listed: KIN 6601)3 ch (3C/L)
Examination at an advanced level of neuromuscular exercise physiology through seminar and lab experiences. 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.

Prerequisites: C or better in KIN 2082, Completion of 90 ch toward the BScKin degree and permission of instructor.
KIN4800Directed Studies in Kinesiology6 ch (6C)

Guided by a faculty member, provides an opportunity for the advanced study of theoretical concepts in a focused area in Kinesiology that is of interest, but for which no course is offered. Faculty approval is required prior to registration. Title of the topic will appear on the student's transcript.

Prerequisite: Completion of 57 ch towards BScKin degree.
KIN4900Honours Research Project6 ch (3C) (EL)

BScKin Honours students must complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The project can take the form of a thesis, report, or case study as determined by the faculty member. A presentation is required.

Prerequisite: Students must be accepted into the BScKin Honours program (see Honours program degree requirements).

KIN4903Directed Studies in Kinesiology3 ch
Guided by a faculty member, provides an opportunity for the advanced study of theoretical concepts in a focused area in Kinesiology that is of interest, but for which no course is offered. Faculty approval is required prior to registration. Title of the topic will appear on the student's transcript.

Completion of 57 ch towards BScKin degree.
KIN4904Directed Studies in Kinesiology3 ch

Guided by a faculty member, provides an opportunity for the advanced study of theoretical concepts in a focused area in Kinesiology that is of interest, but for which no course is offered. Faculty approval is required prior to registration. Title of the topic will appear on the student's transcript.

Prerequisite: Completion of 57 ch towards BScKin degree.
KIN4910Advanced Practicum6 ch (6C/L) (EL)

Continuation of KIN 3913/ KIN 3914

Prerequisites: Must have completed 48 ch and have an AGPA of at least 2.5.

KIN4993Selected Topics in Kinesiology3 ch

Selected topics of special interest from the area of kinesiology are examined in detail. Special emphasis will be placed on current issues. Topics will be specified by the Faculty. Title of topic chosen will appear on the student's transcripts. Open only to students who have completed 57 ch or more.

KIN4994Selected Topics in Kinesiology3 ch

Selected topics of special interest from the area of kinesiology are examined in detail. Special emphasis will be placed on current issues. Topics will be specified by the Faculty. Title of topic chosen will appear on the student's transcripts. Open only to students who have completed 57 ch or more. 

KIN5032Research in Sport and Exercise Psychology (A)3 ch (3C) (W)

Designed to permit analysis and discussion of theoretical developments and recent research findings in the areas of sport and exercise psychology. The seminar format will allow students to critically appraise research and permit them to express their own ideas. Recent research articles will provide the basis for discussion and presentations. 

Prerequisites: KIN 2032 and KIN 3131, KIN 3032 or KIN 3031 or consent of instructor. 

KIN5072Advanced Motor Control and Learning (A)4 ch (3C 2L)

The aim of this course is to explore concepts of information processing within motor control. Each week specific attention will be paid to a seminal paper on this topic. Issues that arise for motor control from these papers will be presented and discussed in seminar format. To gain a practical understanding of these issues, the student will undertake and write-up a series of laboratory experiments on these aforementioned papers. 

Prerequisites: KIN 2072 and KIN 3001 and STAT 2263 or STAT 2264 or equivalent. 

KIN5481Advanced Exercise Prescription for Chronic Diseases4 ch (3C 2L) (EL)
Advanced theoretical knowledge and experiential learning related to physical activity, fitness, and lifestyle assessment, counselling, and exercise prescription for people living with chronic conditions. This course prepares students for certification as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.

: KIN 4281 or KIN 3201.

KIN3051Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries4 ch (3 C 1.5 L)
Covers principles and procedures for the recognition and management of injuries and disorders in physical activity, athletics and sport programs.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: KIN 2252 or permission of the instructor.