Health Sciences Core Curriculum (12 Credit Hours)
HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)
Introduction to general research principles and research ethics. The student will be introduced to the following topics in the research process: problem statement, question formulation, principles of measurement, basic design and methodological features, issues of reliability and validity, and fundamentals of conducting a literature review. Quantitative article critiques will be conducted in class and outside of class. The class format will include lecture, small group discussion, and practice.
HS 506 Data and Decision-Making (3 credits)
This course will focus on the use and application of statistics commonly found in the field of exercise science. Topical areas include but are not limited to determining appropriate statistical tests to perform, interpreting results and determining appropriate follow-up tests as needed. Emphasis is on design of experiments and appropriate statistical test usage, and interpretation of results.
HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
This course is designed to prepare health care professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to make independent judgments about the validity, results, and application of clinical research and to implement evidence-based clinical practice in their careers. This course will focus on the concepts of evidence-based practice with emphasis on forming answerable clinical questions and effective literature search strategies.
HS 602 Applications of Education Practice (3 credits)
This course will explore best practices of the application of educational instruction and delivery for individuals working in a variety of employment settings with diverse populations including clients, patients, students and community learners. This course will include topics associated with generational learning, learning styles, learning design for groups and individuals along with various styles of delivery.
Sports Performance (15 Credit Hours)
HS 509 Integrated Biomechanics (3 credits)
In this course, students will develop an understanding of the concepts of movement integration and assessment to possess a general appreciation of biomechanical relationships. The body as an interconnected unit will serve as the foundational framework for learning and application. Students will recognize and apply treatment restoration to enhance movement quality for various client/patient populations. This course will emphasize the need for continual study and sourcing of various biomechanical information.
HS 630 Motor Control & Movement Analysis (3 credits)
Discussion and analysis of scientific principles related to the mechanical understanding of motor control and the human body in motion. Review of related literature and research in motor learning and control. The focus of this course will be on qualitative analysis of motor assessment as related to musculoskeletal assessment and corrective exercise interventions.
SP 522 Applications of Strength & Conditioning (3 credits)
In Sports Performance, This course will focus on the foundational nature of strength and conditioning. Topics will include exercise physiology, biochemistry, anatomy and biomechanics. Special consideration will be placed on how principles of strength and conditioning relate to various areas.
SP 615 Advanced Sports Performance Technology (3 credits)
This course will focus on technologies that have been developed to reach human interests or goals related to a particular sports. It will focus on the types, and appropriate selection and use of technology by which sports performance coaches attempt to improve training and competitive surroundings and enhance overall athletic performance. The course will provide knowledge and application of using specialised equipment and the latest modern technologies to perform tasks more efficiently, such as equipment, athletic sports gear (clothing and footwear), advanced computer stimulations and motion capture.
SP 620 Program Design for Sports Performance (3 credits)
This course will examine the outcomes associated with differential resistance training regimens. Emphasis is placed on training principles centered around periodization, variation, and progression of the acute program variables of frequency, intensity, volume, and rest across cycles of training to prevent overtraining and promote optimization of performance in various areas. This course also requires that the student participates in a practicum/internship based on the application of program design.