400 Level

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.

Three credits.


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.