Sport & Exercise Science Course Descriptions

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SPES 115 Lifetime Fitness & Recreational Activities  — .5 credit hour
  This course provides instruction and the opportunity for participation in a variety of lifetime sports and physical fitness activities. Skills, strategies, rules, and personal wellness goals are included as appropriate. Each activity receives .5 Credit Hours and lasts one half of the semester, meeting twice a week for one hour. Activities may include: tennis, golf, bowling, weight training, handball, racquet ball, soccer, archery, badminton, volleyball, softball, basketball, cycling, jogging, aerobic dance, swimming, advanced conditioning, and varsity sports. Adaptive programs are available. No activity may be repeated more than once. (No more than 4 Credit Hours may be counted toward graduation.)  Varsity sport credit (SPES115O) is listed as follows:  A – Football; B – Men’s Basketball; C- Volleyball; D – Cross Country; E- Soccer; F- Track & Field; G- Baseball; H – Golf; I – Softball; J – Cheer/Dance; K – Women’s Basketball; L – Women’s Tennis; M – Men’s Tennis.
SPES 117* Concepts of Wellness — 2 Credit Hours
  This course includes a study and application of the underlying concepts of and reasons for developing a lifestyle which embraces wellness, a personal physical fitness program, use of internet sources and healthy lifestyle choices. How to develop and practice a lifetime of fitness will be stressed.
SPES 120* Personal & Community Health — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is a study of the contemporary health problems facing the college student and today’s society. Areas to be covered include emotional and mental health, personal and dental hygiene, AIDS, school objectives, basic body chemistry, sexually transmitted diseases, drug and alcohol usage, environmental issues, nutritional concerns, communicable diseases, consumer health knowledge, safety education, physical and mental exceptionalities, human sexuality, parenting, and the overall health and well-being of the body’s systems.
SPES 125 Pharmacology in Athletic Training — 2 Credit Hours
  This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of major drug groups and interactions among these groups. The course will emphasize mechanisms of action and side effects of drugs, as well as factors which influence the activity of drugs. 
SPES 145 Introduction to Recreation & Leisure — 3 Credit Hours
  This course includes a study of the philosophy, leadership, organization, and administration of recreation and leisure services. It provides a survey of program content options. Field experience is required.
SPES 148 First Aid & CPR — 1 Credit Hour 
  The primary purpose of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to call for help, to sustain life, to reduce pain, and to minimize consequences of injury or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives. The course may be offered with the following subtitle: Community First Aid & CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Participants will be eligible for certification in Infant, Child, and Adult CPR and First Aid.
SPES 150 Foundations for Health, Physical Education & Recreation
  --3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed as an introduction to the foundations of health, physical education, and recreation. The course will include the principles, aims, and objectives of SPES and their relationship to other disciplines which provide a scientific foundation.
SPES/NURS 153* Nutrition — 3 Credit Hours
  A study of nutrients, including functions, factors affecting utilization, food sources, dietary allowances, food habits, special needs in the life cycle and current issues in nutrition.
SPES 200 Physical Education Activities for Elementary & Middle School Children — 2 Credit Hours
  This course is designed for prospective elementary classroom teachers and elementary physical education teachers. The course covers theory and techniques used for teaching games, sports, dance, and gymnastics at the elementary and middle school levels. It has been designed to integrate theory and concept learning with practical laboratory experiences. Observation is required. 
SPES 225 Philosophy of Coaching — 2 Credit Hours
  This course is designed for the prospective coach. It will introduce the general philosophy, pedagogy, psychology, and sociology of coaching sports. Additional topics related to coaching such as sport medicine, sport and facility management, and sport law will be considered. The ASEP program, text, and films will be included in this study.
SPES/BSHS 232 Human Sexuality — 3 Credit Hours
  Emphasis is given to the interplay of the biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of sexuality. Emphasis will be given to sexually transmitted diseases, their treatments and prevention.
SPES 256 Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed for prospective athletic coaches, athletic trainers, and physical education teachers. It covers in detail the care and prevention of common injuries found in physical education and athletic programs
SPES 258 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience   — 2 Credit Hours
  (60 Clinical Hours Required)
  This course is designed for sophomore level athletic training students in the athletic training educational program. This class involves instruction in first aid, taping, wrapping, splinting, bracing, ambulatory techniques, protective equipment, record keeping, environmental concerns, proper communication, nutrition, general medical recognition, documentation, and physical assessments. This class also allows the athletic training students to observe and assist the team physician, general medical practitioners, and athletic trainers in field experience. 
SPES 260 Rhythmic Activities & Dance — 1 Credit Hour
  Designed for the professional and for the certified teacher, this course places special emphasis on perceptual motor skills integrated with dance and rhythmic activities that are both age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate. It also includes an introduction to round, folk, square, aerobic, and ballroom dancing.
SPES 286 Special Topics— Variable Credit
SPES 290 Independent Study— Variable Credit
SPES 315 Adaptive Physical Education — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed for the physical education major, the special education major and the student desiring teacher certification.  The class will teach students how to enhance the lives of infants, toddlers, youngsters, teenagers, young adults, and adults with disabilities by improving their ability to participate in play, games, leisure, recreation, sports, and physical fitness activities.  It will include program planning and special method techniques for teaching individuals with disabilities.  Field experience is required.
SPES 320-328 Theory of Teaching & Coaching Team Sports 
  — 1 Credit Hour
  These courses are designed for the prospective professional, athletic trainer, physical education teacher and/or coach. They include a study of the rules, skills, strategy, teaching procedures, officiating, and coaching techniques employed for the respective sport (as listed below) at the elementary, middle school, and secondary levels.
  SPES 320 Football
  SPES 321 Softball & Baseball
  SPES 323 Soccer
  SPES 324 Gymnastics & Wrestling
  SPES 325 Volleyball
  SPES 326 Track & Field & Cross Country
  SPES 327 Basketball
  SPES 328 Swimming
SPES 332 Theory of Teaching & Coaching Individual & Dual Sports -- 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed for the prospective coach, physical education and/or recreation professional. It is a study of the basic theories, methods, and techniques for teaching and coaching individual and dual sports. It includes an emphasis on rules, skill techniques, and teaching progression for archery, badminton, bowling, golf, handball/racquet ball, tennis, and selected recreational sports.
SPES 335 Theory of Teaching Team Sports — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed for the prospective coach, physical education and/or recreation professional. It is a study of the basic theories, methods, and techniques for teaching and coaching team sports. It includes an emphasis on rules, skill techniques, and teaching progressions for selected team activities.
SPES 341 Introduction to Motor Behavior — 3 Credit Hours
  Designed for the professional, the physical education teacher, and/or the athletic trainer, this course includes an introduction to motor behavior—motor control, motor learning, and motor development.
SPES 345 Organization & Administration in P.E., Recreation & Athletic Training — 3 Credit Hours
  Designed for the professional, this course includes a study of the management of sport, health, fitness, physical education, and recreation programs. Opportunities to administer intramural and athletic activities are included. Field experience is required.
SPES 350 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience -- 2 Credit Hours
  (100 Clinical Hours Required) This course is designed for sophomore level athletic training students in the athletic training education program to observe and assist the team physician, general medical practitioners, and athletic trainers in field experience.  This class allows athletic training students to apply certain clinical proficiencies that they have learned through previous course work.  Certain clinical proficiencies will be evaluated in this class in the areas of first aid, taping and wrapping, splinting, protective equipment, record keeping, environmental concerns, proper communication, nutrition, general medical recognition, and physical assessments. Prerequisites: Accepted into the ATEP, BIOL 221, SPES 256, SPES 258, SPES 443, or instructor permission
SPES 356 Athletic Training Therapeutic Modalities — 3 Credit Hours
  This course focuses on the theory and operation of various therapeutic modalities which are selected and used in the treatment of injuries to the physically active.  Specific modalities included, but not limited to hydrotherapy, cryotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy, therapeutic massage, and other manual or mechanical techniques.  Prerequisites: Accepted into the ATEP BIOL 221,222, SPES 256,SPES 258, SPES 350, SPES 380, SPES 443, SPES 456, or instructor permission
SPES 357 Athletic Training Therapeutic Exercise — 3 Credit Hours
  This course focuses on the theories and operations of various methods of therapeutic exercise in the rehabilitation of injuries to the physically active. This class incorporates the use of active and passive ranges of motion as determined for functional progression and/or return to physical activity. 
SPES 358 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience — 2 Credit Hours
  This course is designed for the junior level athletic training students in the athletic training education program to observe and assist the team physician, physical therapist, strength and conditioning specialists, general medical practitioners and athletic trainers in field experience, in the areas of therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise. This class allows athletic training students to apply certain clinical proficiencies that they have learned through previous course work. Certain clinical proficiencies will be evaluated in the areas of therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise.  Prerequisites:  Accepted into the ATEP, BIOL 221, 222, SPES 256, SPES258, SPES350, SPES356, SPES357, SPES380, SPES443, SPES450, SPES456, or instructor permission.
SPES 359 Exercise Leadership – 3 Credit Hours
  This course will emphasize the necessary leadership qualities and skills expected for leading individual and group exercise activities.  The student will develop professional competencies through classroom instruction as well as observational and practical experiences.
SPES 376 Measurement & Assessment in Health &  Physical Education --3 Credit Hours 
  This course is twofold: one segment is concerned with the test and measurement procedures and methods appropriate for use in health and physical education classes, including physical fitness assessment; the other seeks to ensure competencies in the sports, dance, and physical fitness skills of departmental majors through the administration of performance-based proficiency examinations. It is strongly recommended that this course be completed prior to student teaching or internships.
SPES 380 Physiology of Exercise — 3 Credit Hours
  This physiology course offers a study of the physical changes the body undergoes while in training for athletics. It covers all the main systems of the human body, both male and female, and some study of the effect of exercise on aging. This is applied physiology. Where possible, community facilities will be used as a laboratory. A good background in anatomy and physiology is needed.
SPES 390* Adventure Leadership — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is designed to give students a broad theoretical background in teaching and learning experientially.  Concepts presented, experienced, and discussed in this course include an introduction to the historical, psychological, social, and philosophical foundations of Adventure Education.  In addition, the course will look closely at the principles related to the facilitation of adventure-based programs.  Field experience is required. Attendance at a conference is required with $50 fee.
SPES 400 Athletic Training Field Experience — 3 Credit Hours
  (150 Clinical Hours Required) This class is designed for the senior athletic training student to help them prepare for the BOC exam and/or state licensure. This class includes weekly written tests.  This class also involves the athletic training student observing and assisting the team physician, physical therapist, general medical practitioners and athletic trainers in field experience.  This class allows athletic training students to apply certain clinical proficiencies that they have learned through previous course work.  Certain clinical proficiencies will be evaluated in this class in the areas of first aid, taping and wrapping, splinting, protective equipment, record keeping, environmental concerns, proper communication, general medical recognition, physical assessments and evaluation of athletic injuries, therapeutic modalities, and therapeutic exercise.  Prerequisites: Accepted into the ATEP, BIOL 221,222, SPES 256, SPES 258, SPES 350, SPES 356, SPES 357, SPES 358 SPES 380, SPES 443, SPES 450, SPES 456, SPES 460, or instructor permission
SPES 410 Special Topics in Athletic Training — 3 Credit Hours
  Students will learn about the planning of Facilities for Health, Sport, Recreation, and Physical Activity.  Students will learn about the development of master plans, site selection, and the developmental phases.  They will also get the opportunity to gain hands on experience by creating a 3D model of some facility/venue for health, fitness, physical activity, recreation, or sport.  This course will be a capstone course for Sport Management Majors.  The prerequisites:  BUSA225 and SPES345.
EDUC/SPES 420 Methods for Teaching Health & Physical Education — 3 Credit Hours
  This course offers a study of the basic methods and techniques used for teaching health and physical education at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels. It includes methods and modalities for teaching human sexuality, especially focusing on sexually transmitted diseases and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
SPES 443 Kinesiology — 3 Credit Hours
  This course will introduce students to fundamental human movement concepts; it also includes a complete study of the human skeletal and muscular systems as they relate to human movement and a study of the fundamentals of biomechanics. The student will develop the ability to analyze specific movements involved in motor skills and to apply principles of kinesiology to improve student performance.
SPES 450 Athletic Training Clinical Field Experience -- 2 Credit Hours 
  This course is designed for the junior level athletic training students in the athletic training Education program to observe and assist the team physician, general medical practitioners and athletic trainers in field experience, in the areas of assessment and evaluation of injuries and illnesses.  This class allows athletic training students to apply certain clinical proficiencies that they have learned through previous course work.  Certain clinical proficiencies will be evaluated in the areas of assessment and evaluation of athletic injuries and illnesses. Prerequisites: Accepted into the ATEP, BIOL 221,222, SPES 256, SPES 258, SPES 350, SPES 380, SPES 443, SPES 456, or instructor permission.
SPES 456 Advanced Care & Prevention of Injuries—3 Credit Hours
  This course provides an in-depth study of the techniques, fundamentals, and methods involved in the evaluation and management of athletic injuries. This is a follow-up course for SPES 256 Care and Prevention of Injuries. 
  Prerequisites:  Admitted into the ATEP, BIOL 221, SPES256, SPES258, SPES443, or instructor permission
SPES 460 Internship in Athletic Training or SPES – Variable Credit
  (50 Hours of Field Experience per Credit Hour Required)
  This course is designed for the senior level athletic training students in the athletic training Education program to observe and assist the team physician, physical therapist, general medical practitioners and athletic trainers in field experience. This class allows athletic training students to apply certain clinical proficiencies that they have learned through previous course work.  Certain clinical proficiencies will be evaluated in this class in the areas of first aid, taping and wrapping, splinting, protective equipment, record keeping, environmental concerns, proper communication, general medical recognition, and physical assessments and evaluation of athletic injuries, therapeutic modalities, and therapeutic exercise.  Prerequisites: Accepted into the ATEP, BIOL 221,222, SPES 256, SPES 258, SPES 350, SPES 356, SPES 357, SPES 358 SPES 380, SPES 443, SPES 450, SPES 456, or instructor permission
SPES 470 SPES Senior Seminar — 1 Credit Hour
  This is a capstone course for senior majors in the SPES Department, to be taken their last semester. Current professional issues are studied. In addition, the student will complete the following assignments: a comprehensive knowledge examination, position papers on current professional issues, a physical education philosophy, a formal personal resume, file all credentials with the KWU Placement Bureau, investigate jobs and graduate school opportunities, and do an exit interview with the SPES faculty.
SPES 485 Special Topics — Variable Credit
  A focused investigation into a selected area(s) of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletic Training.
SPES 490 Independent Study — Variable Credit
  Independent Study consists of research, reading, or other scholarly investigation or creative work. See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description.
SPES 440 Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription — 3 Credit Hours
  This class is designed for exercise science students and practitioners to bridge the gap between the theory and practice.  Build around physical fitness components, this course will show the proper techniques and procedures of assessment of each component and then how to design exercise programs based on the assessments.  The concepts and theories from physiology kinesiology, measurement, psychology, and nutrition will help provide a clear defined approach to physical fitness testing and the design of individualized exercise programs.  The course will not only use field tests to evaluate physical fitness, but also laboratory assessment techniques.
SPMT 365 Sports Law — 3 Credit Hours
  This course is a study of the legal implication of tort and liability law that affects the athletic competition both on and off the field of athletics. The course is an introduction to sports law in intercollegiate and professional sports, discussing areas such as drug testing, Title IX, antitrust and labor laws, collective bargaining, salary caps, free agency, and issues of race and violence. Course emphasis is on fundamental legal principles applicable to sports and entertainment business, including law of contracts. Specific sport cases and issues are analyzed.