Courses may be offered in alternate semesters. Additional courses will be offered during the summer (see the summer sessions catalog). Other courses are offered only on demand.
665-51200 Psychological Perspectives of Sport
Focuses on personal factors and theoretical perspectives important to the understanding and subsequent improvement of sport performance. Topics include anxiety, arousal, attention, team building, motivation, leadership, communication, and peak performance training. 3 credits.
665-51300 Psychological Applications to Sport Performance
Emphasizes a variety of psychological concepts related to the enhancement of sport performance. The course is conducted as a seminar emphasizing participant interaction. Small group and cooperative learning formats are used in developing performance workshops and a mental training program for application when working with and consulting student-athletes. 3 credits.
663-51400 Counseling Student-Athletes
Introduces the student to the many areas of study within the sport consulting and counseling fields. Concepts of an applied nature focus on skills currently used in counseling student-athletes. The basics for applying appropriate counseling strategies to various student-athlete populations are developed through lecture, role playing, and modeling formats. 3 credits.
665-51500 Effective Team Building
Focuses on an understanding of people and the interpersonal communications and leadership skills necessary for effective and cohesive team development. Stages of group development, barriers to change, and conflict resolution are discussed. 1 credit. (Summer)
665-51600 Motivation for Superior Performance
Focuses on an understanding of motivation and its importance to performance. Various motivational approaches are discussed, with emphasis on influencing others toward goal adherence and attainment. 2 credits. (Summer)
665-51700 Stress Management
An overview of the nature and physiology of stress and the various approaches commonly used to manage stress. These approaches include relaxation techniques, yoga, meditation, cognitive restructuring, assertiveness training, conflict resolution, social engineering, communication skills, leisure counseling, biofeedback, values clarification, and time management techniques. This course also presents guidelines for developing stress management programs in the workplace. 3 credits.
665-54000 Physiological Mechanisms of Exercise: Cellular Aspects
Focuses on metabolic and muscular aspects of exercise, primarily addressing cellular mechanisms that explain physiological responses and adaptations occurring with exercise. Discussion of related endocrinological issues and performance enhancing agents augments presentation of basic cellular material. Data collection using key pieces of laboratory equipment is selectively integrated. Prerequisites: Undergraduate exercise physiology course. 3 credits.
665-54200 Physiological Mechanisms of Exercise: Systemic Aspects
Focuses on cardiovascular, pulmonary, thermoregulatory, immunological, and renal aspects of exercise, primarily addressing the physiological responses and adaptations these systems undergo with exercise. Data collection using key pieces of laboratory equipment is integrated into the course. Prerequisites: Undergraduate exercise physiology course. 3 credits.
665-54400 Multidimensional Assessment of Physical Function
Team-taught survey of the physical functions that affect performance, physical abilities, and activities of daily living (ADL) in various populations. Musculoskeletal function, coordination and motor skills behavior, and body composition are examined as they influence performance decrements, physical dysfunction, pain, and the ability to perform ADLs. Also examined are evaluations of physical function and alternative approaches to movement training so as to enable appropriate recommendation or referral. Prerequisites: Undergraduate exercise physiology and biomechanics or kinesiology. 3 credits.
665-54600 Graded Exercise Testing and Exercise Prescription
Techniques for evaluating exercise capacity and prescribing exercise using a variety of ergometers for improvement of cardiovascular health and fitness. Normal and abnormal electrocardiographic responses to exercise are discussed in detail. Completion of both written and practical requirements assists in preparation for certification by the American College of Sports Medicine. 3 credits.
665-54800 Exercise for Disease Intervention and the Older Adult
Focuses on the usefulness of exercise in disease prevention and rehabilitation and as an effective intervention in the aging process. Cardiac, pulmonary, and renal pathologies are discussed along with diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and other disorders. Details for evaluating functional status and prescribing exercise programs for those conditions are discussed. 3 credits. (Summer)
665-55000 Contemporary Issues
In-depth reading focused on critical thinking with regard to controversial issues in sport, education, and athletics. Emphasis is on the recognition, discussion, and systematic analysis of issues of particular interest to the class members. Required for non-thesis plan. 3 credits.
665-61000 Survey of Statistical Methods
Survey of modern statistical techniques. Descriptive statistics: use of scales, measures of central tendency and dispersion, organization of data, and correlations. Inferential statistics: parametric and nonparametric methods. Prerequisites: 665-7100 or permission of instructor. Required. 3 credits.
665-61100 Research Methods
Introduction to the research process. Consideration and analysis of each type of research (e.g., philosophical-historical, descriptive, and experimental). Development of library and writing skills, use of research tools for data collection and analysis, and interpretation of data. Required. 3 credits.
665-62000 Thesis I
Open only to qualified and preapproved students who are preparing a proposal for an original scholarly thesis. Conducted on a conference basis with the thesis adviser, the course culminates in a thesis proposal. The thesis proposal must gain approval of the thesis adviser, thesis committee, and the graduate chair. Guidelines are available from the office of the graduate chair. The completed thesis must gain departmental and graduate office approval. Required for thesis plan. 3 credits.
665-62100 Thesis II
Open only to qualified and preapproved students who are continuing to complete a scholarly thesis. Conducted on a conference basis with the thesis adviser. Guidelines are available from the office of the graduate chair. The completed thesis must gain approval of the thesis adviser, graduate chair, and the graduate dean. Graded pass/fail only. Required for thesis plan. Prerequisites: Thesis I and approval of thesis adviser and graduate chair. This includes 1-3 credits repeated for a required total of 3 credits of Thesis II (665-62100).
665-63000 Independent Research
Student works in close cooperation with a graduate faculty in a self-directed study, problem-solving, or research investigation. Topic, proposal, and a design statement must be approved in advance by the sponsoring professor and graduate chair. This includes 1-3 credits per course that may be repeated for a total of no more than 6 credits of independent study courses (665-63000 and 665-63100).
665-63100 Independent Reading
Reading in the field, arranged between the student and a sponsoring graduate faculty. Topic, proposal, and a design statement must be approved in advance by the sponsoring professor and graduate chair. This includes 1-3 credits per course that may be repeated for a total of no more than 6 credits of independent study courses (665-63000 and 665-63100).
Supervised work experience in an agency related to the student's concentration in the master's degree program. Approval and support of a graduate faculty sponsor and the graduate chair are required, and prerequisite coursework may be needed. This includes 1-3 credits for a total of 3 credits.
665-69900 Selected Seminars
In-depth seminars on particular topics associated with academic concentrations offered in the exercise and sports sciences programs. Students together with instructors explore and critically examine current readings, philosophies, theories, and/or practices associated with a given topic and discuss potential applications of these concepts to actual or simulated situations. Students are encouraged to repeat the Selected Seminars course, but must select a different seminar each time. Elective. 1-3 credits.
665-71000 Computer Applications in Exercise and Sport Sciences
Acquaints students with applications in three computer environments: the IBM PC, the VAX, and the Macintosh. Students complete assignments in word processing, statistical analysis, and special applications in each environment. Other assignments cover website development, graphics, spreadsheets, and databases. Class discussions also include computer interfaces with laboratory equipment, innovative computer applications, and computer ethics. Required. 3 credits.
665-74200 Advanced Techniques of Athletic Training
Consideration of the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Essential concepts include anatomical basis of common injuries, injury assessment, and principles of therapeutic exercise for areas often injured. Laboratory time is included. Prerequisites: 663-24700 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.