Kinesiology  
 

Degrees / Courses

 

The department offers a physical education teaching major with K-12 certification, a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, a major in Exercise Science and a major Business Administration/ Sport Management. The department also offers a teaching minor in secondary physical education and health, and non-teaching minors in Allied Health and Sports Science, Athletic Coaching and Exercise Science. Eligibility requirements for directed teaching or internship may be obtained from the department's coordinator of each program. At least 18 hours in the major and 9 hours in the minor must be taken at Aquinas College. With the exception of the Athletic Training majors, students are required to maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. in their major with a minimum requirement of CEH291(or C for education majors) in any required course in the major. Specific grade requirements are listed on the advising sheet for the Athletic Training major courses. No more than three (3) courses in the major and two (2) courses in the minor may be taken as independent study. Upon successful completion of requirements, students receive a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree.

 
Majors
 
Minors - Teaching
 
Minors - Non-Teaching
 

Course Descriptions:

 
KN110 Special Topics/Activity (1)
 
KN143 Intercollegiate Athletics (1)
Credit awarded to varsity athletes who participate in intercollegiate athletics.
 
KN144 Intercollegiate Athletics (1)
Prerequisite: KN143
 
KN146 Nutrition, Exercise, Stress (3)
Study of nutrition, exercise, and stress. Activities will include personal fitness assessment, active participation, and lecture and discussion. This course involves both lecture and participation in exercises.
 
KN149 Clinical Experience I (1)
The practical application of skills of taping and bandaging techniques for athletic injury. Open to students in the Athletic Training Program only. Prerequisites: KN158 and KN350 both passed with a “B” or better  or permission from the Program Director. Offered fall semester only.
 
KN157 Health Education - Community (3)
This course will involve pertinent health information for targeted populations and analysis of that information. It also will involve critical analysis of digital health sites for appropriate and research-supported information as well as analyzing personal health information in order to produce a personal behavior plan and researching critical current health issues and produce a written analysis of the issue. Accessing and appropriately utilizing state and county health resources will also be covered. Offered spring semester only.
 
KN158 Health Education - First Aid (3)
Introduction to theory and methods of first aid including CPR and other emergency techniques and procedures. The American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response and Responding to Emergencies courses are both offered. Athletic training majors should choose the Emergency Medical Response section of the course.
 
KN159 Introduction to Kinesiology Studies (3)
Philosophy, history, and theories of physical education and exercise; professional preparation for the areas of teaching (K-12), exercise, sport management, and health. Additional fees for conference attendance.
 
KN182 Pilates/Activity (1)
 
KN183 Fencing/Activity (1)
Class meets off campus after the first meeting
 

KN185 Tennis I/Activity (1)

Class meets off campus after the first meeting. Offered fall semester only.
 
KN189 Gymnastics Activity (1)
Class meets off campus after the first meeting. Offered spring semester
 
KN 200 Surface Anatomy (2)

This course is designed to introduce prospective allied health professionals to the bones and landmarks, joints and movements, and the muscles of the human body. Offered fall semester only.

Prerequisite: None

 
KN 220 Teaching Health Concepts I: Nutrition and Physical Activity (3)

This course explores the social and personal factors influencing nutrition and physical activity among adolescents including the problem of obesity. Special emphasis is placed on selecting useful resource materials and applying the behavior change mode to teaching adolescents healthy approaches to health enhancing physical activity, nutrition and weight management. In addition students will practice teaching lessons to their peers. Offered spring semester, even years. Prerequisites: KN 146 and KN 157

 
KN 222 Teaching Health Concepts II: Human Sexuality and STD Prevention (3)
This course explores the basic health content as apply to sexual health and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. In addition the class will examine the law and its requirements relates to providing sex education in Michigan public schools. This will include analyzing the roles and responsibilities of the state required sex education advisory board and the process for developing the sex education program, and achieving consensus on sex education content. Offered fall semester, even years. Prerequisites: KN 146 and KN 157
 
KN242 Sports Techniques and Research (3)
Designed to provide prospective physical education and recreation educators with instruction, practice, and participation in the fundamental rules, skills, terminology, and strategies of the sports most often taught in physical education classes K through 12. Special emphasis is placed on the research process needed to become knowledgeable and able to instruct unfamiliar sports. Observation/teaching hours required.
Prerequisite: EN201 or permission of instructor. Offered fall semester only
 
KN245 Sports Officiating (1)
Techniques and methods of officiating basketball, football, track and field, baseball and softball, soccer or volleyball; study of rules and strategies of officiating; Michigan certification available. These courses will be offered on a rotating basis.
 
KN249 Clinical Experience II (1)
Practical application of skills and clinical evaluation of upper extremity conditions. Open to students in the Athletic Training Program only. Prerequisites: KN354 - “B” or better  or permission of the instructor. Offered spring semester only.
 
KN250 Physiology of Exercise (4)
Study of the physiological responses to exercise and sport. Emphasis on neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory systems and their adaptation to training. Lab required. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160. Offered fall semester only.
 
KN 251 Nutrition for Sports Performance (3)
An introduction to the basic principles of nutrition with an emphasis on the role that nutrition plays in the physiological response to exercise in sport. This includes the composition of pre, during and post physical activity meals, the role that nutrients play in performance, disordered eating, and food as an ergogenic aid. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: None
 
KN256 Anatomical/Biochemical Kinesiology (4)
Study of skeletal, joint, and muscular systems in the human body; analysis of muscular-skeletal movement applied to exercise, sports, and dance skills. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: BY150 or BY155/156 or BY160.
 
KN 257 Therapeutic Exercise (2)
This course is designed to educate students in the role that therapeutic exercise plays in the successful return of athletes to sports. Prerequisite: KN 350. Offered spring semester only.
 
KN260 Theory of Coaching (3)
This course is designed to introduce and develop skills needed to become a successful coach. It is intended to provide the foundation for those who coach sports at any level. Through a series of videotaped presentations, readings, Internet activities and discussions, the learners will gain insight into the many intangibles of coaching that, until now, could only be learned through the trial and error of experience. The course addresses the differences in levels of competitive sports, the personal roles that coaches should exhibit, the professional roles expected and the organizational influences on the world of a coach. Offered fall semester only.
 
KN 279 Great Lakes Sailing/Activity (1)
Additional fees required.
 
KN280 Weight Training/Activity (1)
 
KN281 Aerobic Fitness/Activity (1)
 
KN282 Beginning Yoga/Activity (1)
 
KN 283 Tai Chi I/Activity (1)
 
KN284 Folk and Square Dance/Methodology (2)
Offered spring semester only.
 

KN285 Soccer/Activity (1)

Offered fall semester odd years

 

KN286 Softball/Activity (1)

Offered fall semester even years only

 

KN287 Volleyball/Activity (1)

Offered fall semester odd years

 

KN288 Basketball/Activity (1)

Offered spring semester odd years only

 
KN289 Teaching Gymnastics (2)
Class meets off campus after the first meeting. Offered fall semester only
 
KN290 Golf/Activity (1)
Class meets off campus after the first meeting. Additional fees required. Offered fall semester only
 
KN292 Bowling/Activity (1)
Class meets off campus after the first meeting. Additional fees required. Offered spring semester only.
 
KN294 Conditioning I (2)
 
KN295 Conditioning II: Designing Programs (2)
Prerequisite: KN294.
 
KN310 Special Topics (3)
 
KN312 Teaching Health Concepts III - Substance Abuse, Violence and Suicide (3)
This course is designed to help students understand the basic health content and demonstrate skills needed for individual health character education and substance abuse, violence and suicide prevention. This course will examine and apply methods of teaching these concepts to secondary age students. In addition the students will investigate the social and personal factors influencing the health behaviors of adolescents as they relate to these content areas. Offered spring odd years.
 
KN 320 Planning the Coordinated School Health Program (3)
This course will identify and examine the role of the health education teacher's as an advocate, role model, consultant, liaison, collaborator, and parent educator in the promotion of comprehensive school health education and the coordinated school health program at the school district level. Students will also explore the theories of behavior change as well as investigate local policies and laws of the State of Michigan related to child health. The course will also address the competencies needed to promote and foster a nurturing and healthy school climate. Offered fall semester, odd years. Prerequisites: KN 146, KN 157
 
KN332 Promoting and Funding Sport and Exercise (3)
Administrative theory and philosophy, financial management and business procedures, facility planning and management and public relations, other aspects related to administration of exercise, athletic training, and sport management programs. Prerequisite: KN159. Offered spring semester only.
 
KN349A Clinical Education III (1)
Practical application of skills and clinical evaluation of lower extremity conditions. Only open to students in the Athletic Training Program. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: KN365 - “B” or better  or permission of the instructor. Offered spring semester only.
 
KN349B Clinical Education III (1)
Practical application of skills and clinical evaluation of upper extremity conditions. Only open to students in the Athletic Training Program. Offered fall semester only. KN366 - “B” or better or permission of the instructor. Offered fall semester only.
 
KN350 Medical Aspects of Athletics/Physical Education (3)
Organized principles involved in theories of conditioning, prevention of injuries and procedures for handling emergency situations. Includes basic taping, injury recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation techniques. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: BY150 for non-Athletic Training majors. Additional fees may be required.
 
KN352 Practicum I (2)
Work in Athletic Training room situation; experience with daily treatments and taping of athletic injuries. Work may involve outside assignments. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status.
 
KN354 Advanced Athletic Training (3)
Advanced study of athletic injuries with emphasis on pathologies of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. This course will also look at various surgical techniques and emergency skills. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN366 (grade of B or better), permission of Program Director.
 
KN356 Therapeutic Modalities (2)
This course is designed to educate students in the role that therapeutic modalities play in successful return of athletes to sports. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisite: KN350 or permission of instructor.
 
KN357 Integrated Rehabilitation (2)
The goal of this course is to educate students in rehabilitation techniques so that they are able to design treatment plans utilizing both therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercises for all sports injuries. Offered spring semester only.
Prerequisite: KN257, KN 356, all with a "B" or better or permission of Program Director.
 
KN358 Physical Education in the Elementary School (3)
Characteristics of children (K-6), implications for physical activity; lesson planning, organization of simple games, rhythmic activities, curricular development, skill themes, movement concepts, lead-up games to sport activities. Grade K-6 observation/teaching hours required. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisite: KN242, EN201 or permission of instructor.
 
KN359 Outdoor Recreation (3)
Techniques of camp counseling, program organization; outdoor leadership skills, and marketing of outdoor programs. Additional fees may be required. Offered fall semester even years only. Prerequisite: KN159.
 
KN360 Pharmacology and General Medical Conditions (2)
Course covers the general principles of pharmacology as they relate to the practice of Athletic Training and exercise. Also included are discussions on medical conditions and the effects of exercise on various common medical problems. Offered spring semester odd years only. Prerequisite: KN 350 ("B" or better) or permission of instructor.
 
KN361 Group Exercise Leadership (2)
A leadership course for students interested in teaching group exercise classes in a fitness setting. Course includes instruction on choosing exercise modalities, cueing, transitions, and music selection and tempo. Preparation for certification is included. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: KN281.
 
KN362 Administration of Sport and Recreation (3)
Administrative theory and philosophy, budgeting and business procedures, facility planning and logistics, risk management, inventory management, other aspects related to administration of recreation and sport. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: KN159 and KN332 for non-AT/exercise science majors, KN350 for exercise science and AT majors.
 
KN364 Motor Learning and Motor Development (3)
Designed to provide prospective physical educators, exercise science majors, and athletic trainers with the knowledge and understanding of human growth and development, and motor learning needed to be successful in their professions. Emphasis is placed on the stages of development from birth through early adulthood. Emphasis is also placed on the theories of motor learning and how they relate to skill acquisition and refinement. We will also discuss motor learning as it pertains to recovery from sports injuries. Offered spring semester, odd years. Prerequisite: KN242.
 
KN365 Evaluation Procedures I (3)
Lower extremity muscle and joint testing for evaluation of athletic injuries. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisite: KN350 - "B" or better or permission from the Program Director.
 
KN366 Evaluation Procedures II (3)
Upper extremity muscle and joint testing for evaluation of athletic injuries. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: KN365 - "B" or better or permission from the Program Director.
 
KN397 Internship (Variable)
Prerequisites for Exercise Science: KN158, KN159, KN 250, KN295 Junior or senior status. Prerequisites for Sport Management: BS201, BS202, KN158, KN159. Junior or senior status.
 
KN398 Readings in Kinesiology (Variable 1–4)
Individually negotiated program of readings on selected topic established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
 
KN399 Independent Project (Variable 1–4)
Individually negotiated project of defined nature established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
 
KN402 Ethics and the Law in Sport Management (3)
An examination of ethical and legal principles in sport that lead to situations, problem solving and decision making in sport management. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: KN159.
 
KN 420 Teaching Skills and Methods in Health Education (3)
This course will examine best practices in health education instruction. Students will have the opportunity to observe and practice these methods and skills in a 16-hour field experience. Course content will include selecting teaching methods and strategies to maximize student achievement. Strategies and methods for building positive relationships with and among students will be taught and modeled. Students will analyze and be able to demonstrate how to apply the theory of multiple intelligences along with accommodating student's learning preferences for teaching health education concepts in the classroom setting. Professional growth and development will be addressed through the examination of participation in professional organizations and options for professional development. Offered spring semester, even years. Prerequisites: KN 146, 157
 
KN 422 Assessment and Evaluation in Health Education (3)
The class explores the use and selection of data and data gathering instruments to obtain valid and reliable sources of health-related information for the effective assessment and evaluation of health education activities, strategies, and curricula. Students will practice developing authentic
assessments and practical evaluation plans for health education instruction and associated elements of the coordinated school health program. In addition, students will practice analyzing and interpreting the data from student assessments and program evaluations and making recommendations for future program and instructional planning. Offered fall semester, even years Prerequisites: KN 220, 222, 312.
 
KN 440 Senior Clinical Experience (6-12)

Practical application of the clinical proficiencies and competencies introduced in the program and applied in a real-world clinic setting. The SCE is to include an equipment -intensive setting. Only open to students in the Athletic Training program.

Prerequisite: Completion of KN 357, 354.

 
KN449 Clinical Experience IV (1)
Practical application and clinical evaluation of skills introduced in the program core courses (KN357). Only open to students in the Athletic Training program. Offered fall semester only.
 
KN450 Methods/Measurement in Secondary Physical Education (4)
Theory and practice in teaching health education and physical education: lesson planning, curricular development, grading, measurement, and evaluation techniques used in secondary schools. Junior status required. Grades 7–12 observation/ teaching hours required. Offered spring semester only.
Prerequisite: KN159, KN242, EN201 or permission of instructor.
 
KN452 Physical Activities for Special Populations (3)
Games, rhythmic activities, developmental movement, perceptual motor activities for children with handicapped conditions; focus on theory and practice of mainstreaming. Offered spring semester even years only.
Prerequisite: KN159, or permission of instructor.
 
KN460 Athletic Training Capstone (2)
Course is open to Athletic Training majors in their last semester of the Athletic Training program. All topics will be covered in a culminating experience in preparation for a career in Athletic Training. Prerequisites: Completion of all other courses in the Athletic Training major.
 
KN495 Elementary Directed Teaching (6)
Completion of major, minor and teacher education sequence (Department Advisor’s Approval)
 
KN498 Secondary Directed Teaching (6)
Completion of major, minor and teacher education sequence (Department Advisor’s Approval)