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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.

BBSR 4001 Qualitative Research Methods in Biobehavioral Sciences

The course provides students with techniques and strategies for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data from a qualitative perspective. Students will be able to consider various research issues when working with different populations in various contexts, such as schools, clinical settings, health contexts, families, communities, or other organizations.

BBSR 4002 Visual Methods and Education

This seminar-style course has been designed to help students develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the theory, methodology, and foundation ofqualitative visual research methods in an applied context.

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: $100.

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 4080 Teaching in Physical Education

Constructivist pedagogies in Physical Education

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: $100.

BBSR 4161 Motor learning laboratory

An introduction to qualitative and quantitative analysis of movement and action during acquisition of functional skills. Course fee $100. Corequisite: BBSR 4060.

BBSR 4700 Student teaching in physical education

Student teaching in both elementary and secondary schools for a full semester. Includes a required seminar.

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 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 5040 Curriculum designs in physical education

Review of existing curriculum designs, traditional and new. Systematic development of curriculum plans.

BBSR 5041 Analysis of teaching in physical education

An analysis of the decisions and actions of teachers in relation to their role as director of learning. Includes experiences in executing and analyzing teaching skills.

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 5096 Advanced Exercise and Physical Activity Prescription for Health

This blended online and in-person course will review the scientific literature on exercise prescription for physical activity and exercise in people with chronic diseases, conditions such as pregnancy, and in special populations such as older adults and people with disabilities. Through readings and discussion of recent scientific and clinical literature, students will become familiar with the current recommendations for exercise prescription and the application of these recommendations to individuals with complex conditions. The translation of the science to practice will be a focus of this course.

BBSR 5101 Scientific Basis of Exercise for Weight Management

Obesity is a problem of energy balance: caloric intake versus expenditure. In this introductory course, students will learn the fundamentals of the role of exercise and physical activity in weight management. This course will discuss the practice and science of using exercise and physical activity for the purpose of managing and maintaining body weight, particularly as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary program. Sometimes, gaining weight is needed (or desired); therefore, there will be some emphasis on gaining lean mass. It is also important to note that exercise is extremely beneficial for health, even when no weight is lost.

BBSR 5120 Critical Issues in Physical Culture

This course broadly looks at socio-historical and educational issues of social justice in sports, exercise, fitness, and physical education. It offers a sociological, pedagogical, and critical inquiry into the study of human movement.

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. Course fee $175

BBSR 5543 Seminar in Physical Education

Examination of current issues in curriculum and teaching in physical education relative to diverse student populations and associations with other disciplines.

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 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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