KIN-825 Course Syllabus

Introduction to Exercise Science

Credit hours: 3 hours, 3 credits

Course description: A comprehensive review of the field of exercise science including: scope of practice, career opportunities, critical issues, foundations of exercise physiology and biomechanics, and behavioral and social dimensions of exercise. In-class lectures will be augmented with performance lab work, multi-media presentations, guest professionals, and opportunities to observe practices in the field.

Text: Potteiger, J.A. American College of Sports Medicine. (2010). ACSM's Introduction to Exercise Science. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

General Education Objectives

General Education Objectives
General educational objectives addressed by this course Briefly describe activities in the course which help students meet each of these general education objectives

1. Students will communicate effectively through reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Students will review, discuss, and write about the scope, issues and potential career practices of

exercise science.

2. Students will use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of exercise science from class discussions, professional perspectives, exploration of critical issues, performance lab work, and field observation.

3. Students will integrate knowledge and skills in their program of study.

Students will integrate exercise science concepts from class readings, lectures, field observations, guest speakers, and practical performance lab experiences.

4. Students will use information management and technology skills effectively for academic research and lifelong learning.

Students will use technology in exercise epidemiology and performance lab experiences, including physiology measurements and biomechanical breakdown of specific sports and

activity skills.

Course objectives

  1. 1. Students will be able to explain the role of exercise science in society and the basis for developing an exercise science related career

  2. 2. Students will describe the potential career opportunities in exercise science

  3. 3. Students will develop a basic understanding of how exercise affects the body

  4. 4. Students will describe the potential health benefits of physical activity

  5. 5. Students will develop a basic understanding of movement biomechanics

  6. 6. Students will conduct a review of critical issues in exercise science

  7. 7. Students will demonstrate performance and measurement of physical fitness components

  8. 8. Students will reflect on field observations of an exercise science related organization

  9. 9. Students will actively participate in all discussions, field experiences, and lab practicum

Summary of Main Topics:

  1. Overview of exercise science: implications of exercise and physical activity in society, the emergence of exercise science, and role of exercise science in both the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
  2. Exercise science careers: an overview of the career opportunities within the exercise science field, the role of professional organizations, certifications and advanced career pathways. This topic will be augmented with guest lecturers from various exercise-science related professional organizations.
  3. Critical issues in exercise science: Students will be required to review current research and practices in the field.
  4. Overview of exercise physiology: topics include the effect of exercise on cardiovascular, metabolic and neuromuscular systems, and sports nutrition. Lab work will include practice in performance and measurement of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body mass index (BMI).
  5. Rehabilitation: Topics include physical and cardiac rehabilitation, body scanning and posture analysis, therapy methods and professions.
  6. Overview of body mechanics: investigation into kinesiology and biomechanical movement of specific physical activity skills. Students will present the breakdown of various sports and exercise skills.
    1. Field Experience: Students will be required to visit and observe a local exercise- science related program such as cardiac rehabilitation, athletic training, personal training, strength and conditioning rehabilitation, physical therapy, sports medicine, health education or corporate wellness programs, or other related fields. A summary paper will be required for each visit, along with signed verification documentation.
    2. Ethics: Overview of ethical practices when working with patients and clients, ACSM Code of Ethics, Human subjects research.

    Class policies

    1. Attendance policy:

      Students are expected to attend every class. Missing classes may put students at a disadvantage in completing the course successfully. Unexcused absences in excess of 2 will result in a deduction of 10 points off of your final numerical grade. With prior knowledge of scheduled participation in QCC sanctioned sports, religious observances, etc., early departures or absences may be excused with written documentation and the approval of the instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to provide instructors with PRIOR written notification of absences due to participation in QCC Sports. Absences due to illness or injury may be excused with email notification prior to class, and written documentation from a physician on the day of return. No late make up work will be accepted for unexcused absences.

      Note: According to College requirements, if you miss five unexcused hours (2 ½ classes) of this class you are considered excessively absent. Absences beyond this point may result in a failing grade.

    2. Cell phones, pagers, iPods, PDAs and other electronic equipment are not permitted in class unless prior approval is given by the instructor.
    3. Class Participation: Students are expected to fully participate in all class activities and class discussions.


    Students are expected to complete all reading assignments prior to the assignment date. Readings include the required text and assigned articles. All material from readings and class discussions may be included on exams.

    • Exams: There will be 2 exams in this course. The exams will cover information covered in classes, assigned readings and personal interpretations of presented topics.
    • In-class lab work: Students will engage in in-class laboratory activities in kinesiology, biomechanics and exercise physiology-related topics.
    • Homework: Students will be required to hand in selected homework assignments
    • Field Experience: Students will be required to visit and observe a local exercise-science related program such as cardiac rehabilitation, athletic training, personal training, strength and conditioning rehabilitation, physical therapy, sports medicine, health education or corporate wellness programs, or other related fields. A summary paper will be required for each visit, along with signed verification documentation.
    • Careers presentations: Students will work in small groups and present an exercise science career option at a simulated job fair

    Course Evaluation:

    Homework 20 points
    Attendance 20 points
    Lab Work 60 points
    Field Experience 100 points
    Careers Presentations 100 points
    Exams 100 points
    Total = 400 points

    Grading Scale:

    372 – 400 points = A
    360 – 371 points = A-
    344 – 359 points = B+
    332 – 343 points = B
    320 – 331 points = B-
    304 – 319 points = C+
    292 – 303 points = C
    280 – 291 points = C-
    264 – 279 points = D+
    252 – 263 points = D
    240 – 251 points = D-
    239 points or below = F

    XII. Academic Integrity policy:


    Academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York. Penalties for academic dishonesty include academic sanctions, such as failing or otherwise reduced grades, and/or disciplinary sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.

    1. Definitions and Examples of Academic Dishonesty

    1.1. Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material,

    information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise. Examples of cheating include:

    • Copying from another student during an examination or allowing another to copy your work.
    • Unauthorized collaboration on a take home assignment or examination.
    • Using notes during a closed book examination.
    • Taking an examination for another student, or asking or allowing another student to take an examination for you.
    • Changing a graded exam and returning it for more credit.
    • Submitting substantial portions of the same paper to more than one course without consulting with each instructor.
    • Preparing answers or writing notes in a blue book (exam booklet) before an examination.
    • Allowing others to research and write assigned papers or do assigned projects, including using commercial term paper services.
    • Giving assistance to acts of academic misconduct/ dishonesty.
    • Fabricating data (in whole or in part).
    • Falsifying data (in whole or in part).
    • Submitting someone else's work as your own.

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