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Introduction to Exercise Science
Course: EXS101

First Term: 2019 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load


Description: Introductory course that will provide the student with a general overview of the key theories and concepts, professions, and research areas associated with the field of Exercise Science. Educational pathways and career options will also be examined.



MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe evidence based practice and its importance to practitioners in the field. (I)
2. Evaluate scientific evidence of the discipline. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
3. Create an educational plan to prepare for entry into the field. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
4. Demonstrate the professional behaviors and communication style appropriate to the field. (I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
5. Determine the basic physiological responses and adaptations to a given exercise task. (II)
6. Using a fundamental understanding of biomechanics, analyze human movement. (III, IV)
7. Identify the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying movement and the variables that affect motor behavior. (II, V)
8. Describe the changes in motor behavior over the lifespan. (V)
9. Apply theories of motivation and behavior change to solve basic exercise adoption and adherence problems. (VI)
10. Explain the role of exercise in mental health. (VI)
 
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Professional behaviors
   A. Evidence based practice
   B. Communication
   C. Ethics
II. Introduction to key concepts and theories in exercise physiology
   A. The careers, professions and scope of practice in which one applies this knowledge
   B. Energy systems and exercise metabolism
   C. The neuromuscular system
   D. Neuroendocrine and cardiorespiratory responses to exercise
   E. Common assessments
   F. Physiological adaptations to training
III. Introduction to fundamentals of functional anatomy
   A. The careers, professions and scope of practice in which one applies this knowledge
   B. Anatomical and directional terminology
   C. Muscle and joint actions
   D. Planes and axes of movement
   E. Major muscle groups and skeletal structures
IV. Introduction to key concepts and theories of biomechanics
   A. The careers, professions and scope of practice in which one applies this knowledge
   B. Kinematics and kinetics
   C. Factors that influence muscular force and torque
   D. Energy, work, power, and efficiency
   E. Stability
V. Introduction to key concepts and theories of motor behavior
   A. The careers, professions, and scope of practice in which one applies this knowledge
   B. Motor control
   C. Motor development
   D. Motor learning
VI. Introduction to key concepts and theories of exercise and health psychology
   A. The careers, professions, and scope of practice in which one applies this knowledge
   B. Exercise and mental health
   C. Determinants of physical activity behavior
   D. Behavior change theories and models
   E. Motivational theories
 
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 25, 2019

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