Exercise, Sport and Health Education 390

ESHE 390: Kinesiology

Prerequisite: BIOL 322 or BIOL 310 or BIOL 311

Credit Hours: (3) Two hours lecture; two hours laboratory

Explores the study and analysis of human motion.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The course is designed to give the students the knowledge of the anatomical foundations of human motion, mechanics of skilled movement, and underlying principles of basic motor skills. The course includes a study of fundamental movement concepts, structure and function of joints, the muscular system and neuromuscular function as related to movement. Skilled movement topics such as principles of motion, principles of force, center of gravity, angle of rebound and spin, and projectiles are covered. Basic motor skills topics such as anatomical analyses and mechanical considerations of walking, running, jumping, throwing, catching, and striking are covered.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The class is primarily lecture based with considerable use of transparencies. Discussion is encouraged. The lab component utilizes small group discussion with hands-on skeleton use and numerous experiences with exercise equipment, film analysis, student presentations, role playing and practical work.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. The student shall demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental planes and axes.
2. The student shall demonstrate knowledge of the major joints and their movement (shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, foot).
3. The student shall demonstrate knowledge of factors contributing to joint stability and range of motion.(ROM)
4. The student shall demonstrate the ability to measure a joint's range of motion and give examples of exercises to increase ROM.
5. The student shall name several major muscles at each major joint and describe their function.
6. The student shall describe three types of muscle contraction and give examples during common exercises.
7. The student shall name and describe three classes of levers in the body and give examples during common exercises.
8. The student shall describe the effect ball spin has on flight path and rebound angle.
9. The student shall describe a chosen movement skill in terms of muscle use, leverage factors, and joint analysis.
10. The student shall analyze several weight training exercises for muscle actions and joint involvement.


Assessment Measures

Evaluation techniques include three exams and five to seven quizzes. A paper is also written for 10% credit and attendance is credited for 10% of the grade.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

September 2001 Reviewed Gib Darden

May, 2011