- Body Stewardship
A critical examination of physical wellness within the context of a Christian commitment to the biblical principle of body stewardship and being made in the image of God. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing a Christian perspective on the stewardship of the human body. (2 credits) (NWCore option under Physical Wellness)
- First Aid
(1 credit) An intensive course in first aid, including lectures, demonstrations and practice in accident prevention and treatment of injuries. American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED certification will be secured upon successful completion of this course. Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis.
- Personalized Physical Fitness
Prerequisite: KIN101(1 credit)
- Volleyball Activity
- Basketball Activity
- Aerobic Running
- Ultimate Frisbee Activity
- Soccer Activity
- Aerobic Activity
- Weight Training
- Outdoor Adventure
- Emergency Care
An intensive course in basic life support including lectures, demonstrations, and practice in accident prevention and treatment of injuries and illnesses. BLS for the Healthcare Provider and Heartsaver First Aid certification will be secured upon successful completion of this course. This course is required for athletic training majors. Prerequisite or concurrent: KIN180. (2 credits)
- Introduction to Kinesiology
Introduction to the field of kinesiology including aims, objectives, history, philosophy, programs, principles, basic concepts of organization and administration, professional organizations, and the relationship of Christian commitment to the field.(3 credits)
- Introduction to Sport Management
This course introduces students to the sport and fitness industry, the wide range of career opportunities involving sport, and the social and economic impact of sports on our culture. The course content includes theoretical and applied foundations of sport management. Topics include history of the profession, the need for management and organizational skills, current trends, and future issues. (2 credits)
- Organization and Administration of Physical Education
A study of philosophy, objectives, curricular development, and organization and administration of programs of instruction used in physical education.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
- Teaching of Sports
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Knowledge of and skill development in individual, dual and team sports with emphasis on unit plan formulation and teaching methods for various grade levels.Prerequisite or concurrent: KIN202.
- Personal and Community Health
A foundational course designed for students to become informed about health as well as becoming responsible and active participants in the maintenance of their personal health and affecting the health of their community. The course is intended to provide a comprehensive coverage of health promotion, mental health, stress management, afflictions and diseases, aging, dying and death, safety and accident prevention, environmental health, consumerism and health care and promotion. Prerequisite: KIN101. (2 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- Principles of Personal Training
(3 credits)(Alternate years; consult department) Introductory knowledge and practice in the area of personal fitness training, focusing on the principles of client consultation, goal-setting, screening and risk-stratification, education-based client training, exercise program development, facility management, and liability. Prerequisites: KIN 115 and 180.
- Leadership in Sport Management
This course introduces students to the management and leadership opportunities and skills required in the sport and fitness industry. The applied skills of organizational planning, human resource management, problem solving, communication and motivation in a sport leadership context are the primary focus in this course. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- Physiological Adaptations to Exercise
The study of the physiological effects of exercise on the human body. Prerequisite: BIO102 or 115. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- Anatomical Kinesiology
The study of human movement based on anatomical and mechanical principles. Emphasis is placed on the application of these principles in the analysis of human sports performance. Prerequisite: BIO102, 115, 121 or permission of the instructor. (3 credits)
- Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
(3 credits) An introduction to athletic injury prevention, recognition, evaluation, care and rehabilitation: including basic wrapping and taping techniques. Adult first aid certification will be secured upon successful completion of the course. Note: Includes one lab period per week. Prerequisite: BIO 102, 115, 121 or permission of instructor.
- Nutrition for Life
The study of principles of nutrition and the application of these principles to a healthy lifestyle. (2 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- Substance Abuse
The study of the history, composition and use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, including their reactions relative to therapeutic values, their known and potentially injurious effects on the human body, and methods for prevention, intervention and rehabilitation of those who would use, or have used, these substances. (2 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- Topics in Kinesiology
A topical and selective study of issues and/or trends in kinesiology.(3 credits, non-yearly, consult department)
- Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology I
Provides exposure to a variety of careers related to fitness, therapy, or sport management. Prerequisite: KIN180 or 182. (1 credit)
- Techniques in Resistance Training
Prerequisite or concurrent: KIN233.
- Coaching Endorsement
(4 credits) This course meets the Iowa Department of Education requirements for three of the four coaching authorization areas: Child Development (15 instructional hours), Anatomy and Physiology for Coaches (15 instructional hours) and the Care and Prevention of Injuries (30 instructional hours). Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of educationally sound strategies for caring for the needs of youth involved in sport. American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and Adult CPR certification will be secured upon successful completion of this course. Note: Course includes one 45-minute lab per week. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
- Practicum in Strength and Conditioning I
Introductory experience to the practices and methods of Strength and Conditioning. Students will gain knowledge and experience in the philosophies of Strength and Conditioning while gaining hands-on experience in teaching, evaluating, and coaching others in the techniques of Strength and Conditioning. Note: There is a 50-hour Strength and Conditioning observation requirement in conjunction with this class. Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Prerequisites: BIO121 and 122 or CHE101 and 102, KIN241, and permission of the program director. (2 credits)
- Coaching Methods
A study of organization skills, interpersonal relations and psychological approaches to coaching athletes and teams in contemporary society.(2 credits)
- Coaching Topics
This course examines the fundamental techniques and strategies in coaching specific sports. The sport to be studied will vary each semester. Practice and contest skills and strategies for coaching will be emphasized for the appropriate sport. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing. (2 credits)
- Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health
The methods of teaching elementary physical education and health including: program planning and implementation, emphasizing effective instructional procedures through the use of educational movement, fundamental and specialized motor skills. Prerequisite: junior class standing. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- Methods of Secondary Physical Education and Health
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) The methods of teaching physical education and health at the secondary level, emphasizing curriculum theory, instructional pedagogy, and practical applications. This course requires a 30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking an endorsement in this content area. Notes: Students must earn a "C" or better in the special methods course in order to fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure. Prerequisites: KIN202 and KIN206.
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) (Writing intensive) This course presents legal and ethical issues in sport through a topical approach. The course will provide an overview of the American legal system and provide future sport managers with relevant examples of sport law. Prerequisite: KIN 182.
- Physiology of Exercise
(4 credits)(Writing intensive) The study of the physiological effect of exercise on the human body. Emphasis will be given to metabolism, neuromuscular physiology, cardiopulmonary physiology, and the integration of all physiology systems. Note: Course includes one 90-minute laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: BIO121 and 122 or BIO221 and 222, CHE101 and 102 or CHE111 and 112, or permission of instructor.
- Exercise Testing and Prescription
Provides knowledge and practical experience in physical fitness assessments, interpretation of assessment results, and exercise prescription. Emphasis is placed on assessments within a clinical or research setting.Prerequisite: KIN325 or permission of instructor.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
Mechanical principles and concepts governing human movement are examined, with an emphasis on analyzing sport skills. Prerequisite: KIN233. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)
- Adapted Physical Education
Developing increased knowledge and understanding of the uniqueness of individuals with special needs, acquiring the ability to select and modify tasks and experiences for selected populations, and to adjust learning opportunities to meet varied needs. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department) (Writing Intensive)
- Directed Field Experience in Kinesiology II
Provides practical work experience in fitness, therapy, or sport management settings. Prerequisite: KIN241. (1 credit)
- Therapeutic Interventions
Knowledge and skills to develop a comprehensive and holistic plan of rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, and pharmacological interventions needed to improve a patent's participation and health-related quality of life. Prerequisites: KIN234 and 243. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department) Note: Includes one 90-minute laboratory period per week.
- Outdoor Recreation
Knowledge and skill in outdoor recreation activities including backpacking, camping, climbing, hiking and orienteering. Safety rules, survival and compass/ map reading are emphasized. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing. (2 credits; non-yearly, consult department)
- Psychosocial Aspects of Sport for Health Care Professionals
This course will introduce those entering into a health care profession how to cope with various psychosocial aspects of injury, psychology of injury, and counseling techniques. Students will also learn various mechanisms to cope with psychosocial issues among those they are caring for as well as themselves. Prerequisites: KIN234, PSY100SS or permission of instructor.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
- Sport in Societies
(4 credits)(NWCore option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) A cross-cultural comparison of the relationship between sport and society. The primary emphasis will be the comparison of sport in the United States with sport in selected cultures, while attempting to develop a Christian worldview of sport. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing.
- Human Nutrition for Health Care Professions
The study of the fundamental principles of normal nutrition and the importance of nutrition in promoting growth and health. Emphasis will be given to the basic food constituents and their physiological relationships within the body. Consideration will also be given to family and community needs across the lifespan. Prerequisites: CHE101SN/102, CHE108SN or CHE111/112, BIO121/122 or BIO221/222.(3 credits)
- Sports Nutrition
- Practicum in Strength and Conditioning II
- Advanced Topics in Strength and Conditioning
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) Advanced study of the scientific principles and theories related to strength and conditioning. Discussions related to applications and concepts in the exercise sciences, testing and evaluation, program design, and strength and conditioning administration and facility organization will be emphasized. Prerequisite: KIN250.
- Assessment in Physical Education
Introduction to measurement theory and basic statistical analysis, and practical experience in measuring physical fitness, motor skills, social development, knowledge and test construction.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
- Motor Learning
Understanding of theoretical constructs of learning and knowledge of motor learning principles relating to response mechanisms, feedback, motivation, stress anxiety factors, and the influence of psycho-social elements in the acquisition of complex movements. (3 credits)
- Seminar in Sport Management
This course is intended as a capstone integrative experience for the sport management majors and minor students. Topics discussed will provide a comprehensive analysis of the sport management field. (2 credits; alternate years, consult department)
(4 credits may apply toward the major)
- Moving Forward: Seminar in Kinesiology
A capstone course to the entirety of your Northwestern education and the Northwestern Kinesiology programs. In this course you will integrate the various components of your college experience by evaluating your success in meeting the Northwestern Core goals and synthesizing your curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular learning experiences. You will connect the whole of your undergraduate education to life after college by identifying your personal commitments and articulating your sense of vocation. This reflection and projection will be accomplished by reflecting on assigned readings, class discussion, formal and informal writing assignments, and oral presentations. Prerequisites: Senior standing, a student in a kinesiology department major, or permission of instructor. (2 credits)
- Practicum in Strength and Conditioning III
3 credits) Students will add to previously gained knowledge and experience in the area of Strength and Conditioning by gaining hands-on experience in the areas of program design and implementation. Students direct Strength and Conditioning program of a sport with supervised independence. Note: There is an 80-hour (minimum) Strength and Conditioning observation requirement in conjunction with this class. Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Prerequisite: KIN381 and KIN417.