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Department Head: Professor Matthew Curtner-Smith, Office: 106 Moore Hall
The Department of Kinesiology offers the master of arts degree in Human Performance Studies with these specializations: sport management, exercise science, human performance, and sport pedagogy. The latter three programs are available under Plan I (thesis) and Plan II (nonthesis). The sport management program involves completing a “capstone experience” project.  In addition, there is a sport management program that leads to Class A certification. There is also an alternative master’s program in sport pedagogy which leads to Class A certification for those with an undergraduate degree in a non-teaching field. The degree with an emphasis in sport pedagogy leads to Class A certification, unless the student prefers a nonteaching degree. Programs leading to the doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in human performance with emphases in sport pedagogy and exercise science are also offered.

There are admission requirements specific to the department in addition to those in the Graduate Catalogs on Admission Criteria.  Please pay special  attention to the Degree Requirements section of this catalog for important information on transfer of course work, time limits, plan of study, admission to candidacy, etc.


For the College of Education, note the sections on General Admission, Master’s, Professional Certification, and Doctoral earlier in this catalog. 


Course Descriptions

KIN 500 Sociology of Sport. Three hours.
Examines the institution of sport from a sociological perspective. Provides an opportunity to critically analyze the assumptions surrounding the social significance of sport through a process of reflective thought.

KIN 506 Techniques of Research. Three hours.
Designed to acquaint the student with the types of research and the methods and materials necessary for scientific inquiry. Includes the development of a research proposal, with emphasis on form and style.

KIN 507 Laboratory Techniques. Three hours.
Theoretical and practical understanding of physiological instrumentation and measurement in physical education, including practical laboratory experiences, as preparation for graduate research or other research opportunities.

KIN 508 Perceptual-Motor Development. Three hours.
Perceptual-motor development of infants and young children. Current philosophies, theories, and methods; laboratory work in movement exploration. A clinical experience is required.

KIN 510 Teaching and Supervising Elementary School Physical Education. Three hours.
Open to elementary education and physical education majors. Reviews the essential concepts for successfully teaching grades 1–6; learning, function, and duties of consultant.

KIN 512 Physical Education Curriculum. Three hours.
Program content and curriculum planning in grades 1–12 and higher education; includes developing curriculum plan applicable to one's need.

KIN 538 Advanced Adapted Physical Education.
Three hours.
Pertinent information concerning legislation, mainstreaming, the physical education IEP, and movement problems of individuals who deviate from the norm. A clinical experience is required.

KIN 551 Sport Management Internship. Three hours.

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain applied, practical experience in a suitable sport management related setting.


KIN 552 Legal Issues in Sport. Three hours.

An overview of legal issues that frequently arise in the context of sport and physical activity. Emphasis will be placed on how sport managers should respond to specific situations based on the law.


KIN 553 Sport Facility Event Manage. Three hours.

Provides students with an understanding of the factors involved in planning, designing, equipping, and managing sport facilities and event logistics.

KIN 555 Sport Finance.  Three hours.
An overview of the budgeting process, sources of revenue, types of expenditures, issued and innovations in financing for sport management.

KIN 562 Administration of Athletics. Three hours.
Problems and issues in organizing and administering secondary and college athletic programs.

KIN 566 Evaluation in Physical Education.
Three hours.
Covers practical aspects of measurements and evaluation in schools and colleges to measure clients, patients, and students. A practical measurement/evaluation on project is completed.

KIN 585 Laboratory and Field Experience.
One to six hours each.
Provides for teaching laboratory, internship, and/or practicum experiences, according to individual needs and goals.

KIN 588 Sport Marketing and the Media.
Three hours.
This course examines the various components of sport marketing and consumer culture. Particular emphasis is given to the influence of the media in promoting sporting goods and products.

KIN 590 Sports/Dance Workshop. One to six hours.
In-depth study of physical education subject matters (gymnastics, dance, fitness, aquatics, track and field, and sports/games) focusing on content, theoretical frameworks, and educational perspectives. Students enroll in 1-credit-hour workshops according to individual needs and certification requirements.

KIN 592 Physiology of Exercise. Three hours.
Designed to be an overview of the human physiological response to exercise.

KIN 593 Organization and Implementation of Adult Fitness Programs. Three hours.
Designed to provide practical experience in organizing and implementing adult fitness programs.

KIN 595 Workshop in Physical Education. One to three hours.
This course is designed to help students improve their ability to teach elementary, secondary, and/or college physical education and understand theory and research as it is applied in each setting.

KIN 596 Independent Study in Physical Education. One to three hours.
Designed to provide the opportunity for independent study in a specific area of physical education.

KIN 598 Nonthesis Research. Three hours.
Experimental or analytical investigation of problems in physical education.

KIN 599 Thesis Research. Three hours.
Research in a selected area of physical education.

KIN 602 Readings in Physical Education. Three hours.
An independent readings course for doctoral students.

KIN 603 Special Projects in Physical Education. Three hours.
Experimental or analytical investigations of problems in physical education, arranged on an independent basis for doctoral students.

KIN 604 Seminar in Physical Education. Three hours.
Critical issues in athletics, curriculum, instruction, evaluation, research, fitness, individual differences, and financial support.

KIN 612 Research in Physical Education/Teacher Education.
Three hours.
An examination of the development, design, and application of research in physical education/teacher education.

KIN 622 Analysis of Research on Teaching in Physical Education. Three hours.
A thorough analysis of published research on teaching in physical education.

KIN 632 Systematic Observation in Physical Education.
Three hours.
An examination of analytical techniques used to collect and evaluate data related to teacher and student behaviors. Instruction in the development and use of systematic observation instruments is provided.

KIN 642 Instructional Design in Physical Education in Higher Education.
Three hours.
An examination of methods, applications, and current research related to instructional design.

KIN 685 Fieldwork and Laboratory Experience. One to six hours each.
Arranged on an independent basis for doctoral students. Participation and research in schools and agencies.

KIN 690 Exercise in Health and Disease. Three hours.
Prerequisite: KIN 592.
Designed to acquaint the student with the health benefits of regular physical activity and exercise. The most recent research literature is critically analyzed.

KIN 691 Research Studies in Sociology of Human Performance.
Three hours.
Provides students with an in-depth understanding of the literature on the occupational socialization of physical education teachers.

KIN 692 Seminar in Exercise Physiology. Three hours.
Prerequisite: KIN 592.
Provides an opportunity to study in depth the scientific literature related to various exercise physiology topics. May be taken more than once.

KIN 698 Nondissertation Research. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Doctoral student standing.
Experimental or analytical investigation of problems in kinesiology.

KIN 699 Dissertation Research. Three to twelve hours.
Design, research, and/or analytical investigation of a problem in the field of kinesiology to satisfy the dissertation requirement for the doctoral degree.



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