416 Control of Human Movement
Movement is central to our nature. This course offers students a broad overview
of the neural contributions to motor control. For example, students will learn how
the human mind has been likened to a computer, suggesting that we too are
information processors. Internal models will explain why most of us cannot tickle
ourselves. The notion of two visual systems will be introduced; one responsible
for perception, the other for action. The discovery of the mirror neuron system and
how it has changed the study of motor control will also be explored. Finally, the
phenomenon of neuroplasticity (the notion that the brain can reorganize itself) will
be considered. Three credits and lab.
425 Child Growth and Development
This course covers the physical growth, maturation, and development in children
and adolescents. The implications of changes in structure and function as they
relate to physical education, physical activity, and physical fitness will be discussed.
Three credits and lab. Service learning option.
426 Health Education
This course introduces the basic concepts and topics associated with physical,
and mental health with specific application to children and adolescents. Emphasis
will be placed upon the application of these concepts to the promotion of health
in the school system and more broadly in the community. Service learning option.
431 Sport and Identity
This course explores the intersection of sport with social identities. Using seminars,
lectures, readings, and films, students will explore how various social identities
have been and continue to be shaped through the sport institution, are reinforced
by sport participants, and affect the shape of sport itself. Through the lens of sport,
students will also explore the historical foundation of social categories of identity,
as well as the ways they intersect to produce unique sporting experiences. Three credits.
433 Introduction to Policy for Health Interdisciplinary Strategies
Designed to create an interdisciplinary learning experience for nursing, human
nutrition and human kinetics students, this seminar course is an introduction to
public policy change for health. The objective is to develop a basic understanding of
healthy public policy development, analysis, and change from interdisciplinary and
social justice perspectives. Issues such as healthy public policy, social determinants
of health, social justice, health equity, and interdisciplinary/cross-sectoral and
citizen lead policy action are explored. This course would be beneficial for students
pursuing professions in the health care field. Cross-listed as NURS 433 and
HNU 433. Three credits.
437 Designing Interventions for Population Health
This advanced course focuses on the creative process behind the implementation
of evidence-based health promotion interventions for individuals and populations
at-risk for adverse health outcomes. Subject matter will encourage students to
apply their knowledge in new and tangible ways through evidence-based practice.
Topics include pediatric rehabilitation, vulnerable population health, accessibility,
community-engaged scholarship and knowledge translation. This course includes
a mandatory service learning component. Three credits.
443 Modern Olympic Games
This advanced seminar course is designed to provide opportunities for students
to critically examine the Olympic Games and the modern Olympic Movement.
Students will examine the Olympic Games from a sociocultural interdisciplinary
approach. Restricted to third and fourth year HKIN students. Three credits.
445 Instructional Strategies in Human Kinetics
Students become familiar with both traditional and alternative teaching and learning
strategies before applying this theoretical knowledge while teaching physical activity
classes to diverse learners. Students will practice various instructional strategies in
order to foster different levels of decision making and accommodate for individual
differences and learning objectives. Three credits and practical experience.
455 Games, Life & Leadership
Embracing the existential quest for meaning and significance, this course serves as
a philosophical inquiry into the human condition. The elucidation of life as a game
we are playing represents a central feature of the curriculum. Topics include the
meaning of life, human nature, the ideal of existence, servant leadership, and the
games Utopians play. Restricted to upper year students.
456 Fitness Assessment and Exercise
This course is designed to provide the theory and practical experience in a wide
range of exercise science-related laboratory techniques and exercise training
principles. Components of this course are intended to provide students with the
necessary background information to pursue personal trainer certification through
the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. Three credits and lab.
466 Clinical Exercise Physiology
This course examines several chronic diseases prevalent in our society, which are
positively influenced by regular exercise or physical activity, and include: obesity,
osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, certain cancers and
depression. The nature of the disease, methods of assessment, the role of exercise
in the possible prevention, treatment and/or rehabilitation of these diseases are
considered. Restricted to fourth-year students. Three credits and lab.
474 Applied Biomechanics
This course will further the student’s understanding of the qualitative approach
to biomechanics, and provide the necessary skills for conducting a quantitative
biomechanical analysis of human motion. Students will be introduced to several
techniques used in biomechanics research. Emphasis will be placed on the
collection and analysis of biomechanical data. Concepts will be illustrated with
examples taken from areas of sport and exercise with a special focus on the practical
applications to golf. Three credits and lab.
492 Exercise Metabolism
An in-depth study of the metabolic adaptations (acute and chronic) by the human
body to disruptions to homeostasis caused by muscular activity. Three credits.