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Introduction to Exercise Science
Course: EXS101

First Term: 2016 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load


Description: Introductory course that will provide the student with a general overview of the disciplines, professions and research areas associated with the field of Exercise Science. Basic history, philosophy, theory, educational pathways and career options will be examined.



MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe evidence-based practice, the characteristics of research and the scientific method. (I)
2. Differentiate between popular and scholarly evidence and evaluate the value of a given scholarly work. (I)
3. Identify, locate and utilize key resources in the library to access journals in the field and interpret articles from these journals. (II)
4. Identify and define the disciplines, professions, organizations and research areas that are encompassed by the field of exercise science. (III)
5. Compare and contrast the basic theories, concepts and historical perspectives that drive each discipline within the field of exercise science. (III)
6. Identify the various career and professional opportunities associated with each field. (III)
7. Describe and demonstrate the professional behaviors and communication style appropriate to the field. (IV)
8. Compose an educational plan or course of study in the field of exercise science. (V)
 
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Evidence-Based Practice and Scientific Research
       A. Evidence-based practice
       B. Categories of evidence and the credibility and value of each
       C. The scientific method

II. Using the Library and Technology to Access Resources
       A. Using academic resources
       B. Interpreting the literature

III. Sub-disciplines of Exercise Science
       A. Physiology of exercise
           1. Historical perspectives, research, careers and professional organizations
           2. General overview of foundational concepts and theories
                a. Energy systems and exercise metabolism
                b. The neuromuscular system
                c. Neuroendocrine and cardiorespiratory responses to exercise
                d. Common assessments
                e. Physiological adaptations to training
       B. Exercise and Health Psychology
           1. Historical perspectives, research, careers and professional organizations
           2. General overview of foundational concepts and theories
                a. Exercise and mental health
                b. Motivation
                c. Determinants of physical activity behavior
                d. Behavior change
       C. Motor Behavior
           1. Historical perspectives, research, careers and professional organizations
           2. General overview of foundational concepts and theories
                a. Motor control
                b. Motor development
                c. Motor learning
       D. Biomechanics
           1. Historical perspectives, research, careers and professional organizations
           2. General overview of foundational concepts and theories
                a. Kinematics and kinetics
                b. Planes and axes of movement
                c. Muscle and joint action
                d. Muscular force and torque
                e. Energy, work, power and efficiency
                f. Stability

IV. Professionalism and Communication
       A. Professional behaviors and scope of practice
       B. Effective verbal and written communication

V. Choosing an Area of Specialization
       A. Career options
       B. Critical academic milestones
       C. Personal academic planning
 
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 26, 2016

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