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Movement Science and Education

Movement Science and Education

Department of Biobehavioral Sciences

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BBS 5060 Neuromuscular responses and adaptation to exercise

A review of the physiology of muscle contraction in addition to in-depth discussion of topics related to the field which include: the relationship between muscle activation and respiration during exercise, muscle fatigue, eccentric versus concentric contractions and adaptation to strength training.

BBS 5068 Brain and behavior I: Communication in the nervous system

An introduction to communication within the nervous system and functional brain neuroanatomy. Examination of chemical circuits in the brain and associated pathologies, such as Parkinson's disease, Tourettes, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.

BBS 5069 Brain and behavior II: Perception, emotion, memory and cognition

An introduction to brain processes associated with perception, emotion, memory and cognition. Consequences of damage to these neurobehavioral processes are examined through reading and discussion of clinical case studies.

BBSR 4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics

Topics include: gross anatomy and function of human skeletal and muscular systems, mechanics of human movement, and analysis of skills in dance and physical education. Designed primarily for students without a prior course in anatomy or biomechanics. Students will be expected to participate in a laboratory offered immediately preceding the scheduled class time. Lab fee: $50.

BBSR 4050 Biomechanical analysis of human movement

Permission required. Covers the principles and techniques required to analyze human movement, which can be used to develop practical research questions. Quantitative and qualitative techniques for analysis of movement are discussed in relation to the study of learning, motor control, motor development, and motor impairments. Lab fee: $50.

BBSR 4060 Motor learning

Study of factors relating to the acquisition and performance of motor skills. Includes review and analysis of appropriate research findings.

BBSR 4070 Introduction to the psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the psychological and social processes in exercise, sport, and physical activity. The focus is on the key theoretical psychosocial principles that are well known to govern exercise and sport behavior, including the physical, affective, and cognitive aspects. The course explores theoretical, methodological, and applied approaches to a variety of topics including stress, cognition, mood, emotion, perceptions of the self, mental illness, exercise adherence, drug use and addiction, self-regulation and self-control, motivation, goal setting, arousal and performance, group dynamics, coaching, and burnout.

BBSR 4090 Physical fitness, weight control, and relaxation

Contributions of exercise to human well-being throughout life. Classroom, gymnasium, and laboratory experiences included. Designed for teachers, counselors, and others who desire an introduction to basic concepts of physical fitness.

BBSR 4095 Applied physiology I

Prerequisite: a course in human physiology. Physiological bases of exercise. Lectures concerning the effects of exercise on the major physiological systems (cellular, cardiovascular, thermoregulatory, pulmonary, renal, body fluids, hormonal).

BBSR 4151 Laboratory methods in biomechanics

Permission required. Enrollment limited. Prerequisite: BBSR 4050. Students develop technical skills in the application of biomechanics to the study of movement behavior including video-based data collection and computer-based kinematic analysis. Students design and conduct a pilot research study using biomechanical analysis of a functional movement. Special fee: $75.

BBSR 4161 Motor learning laboratory

An introduction to qualitative and quantitative analysis of movement and action during acquisition of functional skills. Corequisite: BBSR 4060.

BBSR 4861 Workshop in motor learning and control

Students carry out a case study of skill acquisition in a functional movement task and integrate qualitative and quantitative findings in a final essay, characterizing the learning process.

BBSR 4900 Research and independent study in movement science and education

Permission required. Master's degree students undertake research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member.

BBSR 5028 Motor development across the lifespan

Review and analysis of theoretical models and experimental research related to development and performance of motor skills throughout the lifespan.

BBSR 5050 Neurophysiology of motor control and electromyography

Review and analysis of theoretical models and experimental research related to development and performance of motor skills throughout the lifespan. Advanced topics dealing with the experimental and clinical use of electromyography. Topics will be integrated with the kinematics of movements being observed. A laboratory project using EMG will be required. Lab fee: $50.

BBSR 5055 Bases of motor control systems

Study of control processes subserving the coordination of movement.

BBSR 5095 Exercise and health

The role of exercise in diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, obesity, and stress. Scientific evidence from both epidemiological and applied practice perspectives are emphasized.

BBSR 5151 Introduction to the analysis of biomechanical signals

Introduction to MATLAB programming with a focus on variables, conditional statements, loops, data visualization, basic algorithm development, and Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). Concepts and techniques used in the analysis of biomechanical/biological signals will be applied to kinematic/physiological data (e.g., electromyographic, kinetic, accelerometer, heart rate data, etc.) using MATLAB. Applications of MATLAB extend to the analysis of all types of quantitative data. Thus, students with data from other sources are welcome to use their own data for course assignments. Interactive lectures and weekly labs are intended for students across disciplines to develop the skills required to use MATLAB in their own research.

BBSR 5194 Applied physiology laboratory II

The discussion and practice of techniques for collection and analysis of physiologic data (strength testing, electromyography, computerized data acquisition). Lab fee: $100.

BBSR 5195 Advanced applied physiology laboratory

Prerequisite: BBSR 5194. Introduction of advanced physiologic measurement techniques and concepts. Included are indirect calorimetry, spectrophotometry, vascular volume dynamics, autonomic reflexes, thermoregulation, noninvasive cardiac output, computer data plethysmography, tonometry, acquisition, and post-acquisition analyses. Lab fee: $100.

BBSR 5200 Fieldwork in movement science and education

Permission required. For advanced students prepared to investigate problems.

BBSR 5251 Fieldwork seminar in motor learning and motor control

Applications of theory/research to therapeutic or educational practice for students in field-based settings.

BBSR 5504 Research training in motor learning

Permission required. A competency-based approach to the preparation of researchers in the areas of neuromotor control and perceptual-motor processes. Several learning experiences are offered each semester, involving lectures, laboratory practica, seminars and individual research advisement.

BBSR 5582 Research design in movement science and education

Basic concepts of research design and statistical analysis. Students learn to interpret articles and design projects.

BBSR 5595 Research seminar in applied physiology

M.A. students carrying out research-culminating projects enroll in this course near the end of their course of study to discuss and present their projects. Ed.M. and doctoral students enroll at least once in connection with each research project they complete.

BBSR 6201 Supervision of educational or clinical practice in the movement sciences

Permission required. Corequisite: Actual supervisory experience during that semester. For doctoral students in the movement sciences. Field-based experiences in the guidance of therapists or educators engaged in applying the movement sciences to clinical practice.

BBSR 6563 Neuromotor processes seminar

Offered in conjunction with review and analysis of research related to conference topic.

BBSR 6564 Advanced topics in neuromotor processes

Topic changes annually.

BBSR 6900 Supervised independent research in movement science and education

Permission required. For advanced students who wish to conduct research under faculty guidance.

BBSR 7500 Dissertation seminar in movement science and education

Permission required. Candidate develops proposal for doctoral dissertation in consultation with advisor. Seminar convenes only on days when candidates present proposals for approval.

BBSR 8900 Dissertation advisement in movement science and education

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees. 

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