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CHAIR: Harry Meeuwsen
PROFESSOR: Meeuwsen
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EMERITUS: Garland O’Quinn
ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: King, Smith
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Dorgo, Vella
CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Pederson

The Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology is directed toward students who wish to: (a) increase their knowledge and competency as professional physical educators, (b) complete a master's degree in preparation for continuing their education in a doctoral program, (c) enhance their knowledge in the various exercise science areas, or (d) prepare for higher level jobs in the many professions that deal with human movement and physical activity.


Admission Requirements

For admission into the master’s program in Kinesiology, students must present:

1. An undergraduate degree in Kinesiology or a related field from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

2.   Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and upper level undergraduate and graduate coursework.

3.   TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper based; 213 computer based; 80 internet based) for those students for whom English is a foreign language. Score of at least 600/250/100 required for TA positions.

4.   Written Statement of Purpose for pursuing graduate degree

5.   Other evidence of background and experience that may be available.

 

For conditional admission into the master’s program in Kinesiology, students must present:

1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.

2.   At least 12 hours of undergraduate Kinesiology core courses approved by the program graduate advisor.

3.   Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and upper level undergraduate and graduate coursework.

4.   TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper based; 213 computer based; 80 internet based) for those students for whom English is a foreign language. Score of at least 600/250/100 required for TA positions.

5.   Written Statement of Purpose for pursuing graduate degree

6.   Other evidence of background and experience that may be available.

 

Grade Requirements for the MS in Kinesiology

The following applies to fully admitted students. Any grade of “D” or “F” will result in a referral to the full Kinesiology Graduate Faculty for review. Barring extenuating circumstances, this will result in a recommendation to the Graduate School for dismissal from the Kinesiology Graduate Program. A grade of “C” is not considered acceptable graduate level work. One grade of “C” is permitted so long as the overall GPA does not fall below 3.0. A second “C” will result in a referral to the full Kinesiology Graduate Faculty for review. Barring extenuating circumstances, this will result in a recommendation to the Graduate School for dismissal from the Kinesiology Graduate Program.

 

Degree Requirements for the MS in Kinesiology

A total of 36 hours, distributed as follows:

 

Core Courses Required of All Students (15 hours)

Kinesiology

KIN         5361      Biomechanical Basis of Sport

KIN         5372      Advanced Exercise Physiology

KIN         5373      Motor Learning and Control

Statistics-Choose one course from the following list:

KINO      6370      Introduction to Statistics (offered online)

PSYC    5310      Statistics I: Applied Correlation and Regression

EDRS    5340      Advanced Statistics

SOCI      5312      Seminar in Advanced Measurement and Inference

STAT     5328      Introduction to Statistical Analyses

Research Methods-Choose one course from the following list:

DRSC    5389      Research in Health Science

KINO      6372      Research Methods (offered online)

EDRS    5305      Educational Research and Statistics

EDRS    5306      Qualitative Research

HSCI      5352      Evaluation in Health Promotion/Education

PSYC    5311      Statistics II: Experimental Design

The graduate advisor may approve other statistics and /or research methods courses.

 

Students will choose to concentrate in either Exercise Science or Pedagogy of Physical Activities.

 

Exercise Science Concentration

The Exercise Science concentration will supplement students’ knowledge about laboratory practice and prepare them for careers in fitness, clinical and research settings. Although taking online courses can satisfy some of the requirements, a student must take the required traditional laboratory courses to complete this concentration. The 36-hour program will include the common core (15 hours) plus the following courses.

Exercise Science Courses:

KIN         5371      Measurement Techniques in Exercise Physiology

KIN         5374      Measurement Techniques in Biomechanics

Electives:

9 hours from Kinesiology or related area

All elective hours are subject to approval by graduate advisor.

*Project Option:

KIN         5397      Graduate Project

3 hours from Kinesiology or related area

or

*Thesis Option:

KIN         5398      Graduate Thesis I

KIN         5399      Graduate Thesis II

*The project or thesis will relate to an exercise science topic

 

Pedagogy of Physical Activity Concentration

The Pedagogy of Physical Activity concentration will supplement students’ knowledge about teaching and/or coaching settings. A student can fulfill the requirements for this option completely online or by combining traditional and online courses. The 36-hour program will include the common core (15 hours) plus the following courses:

Pedagogy of Physical Activity Courses:

KIN         5365      Programs of Physical Activity or

KIN         5369      Physical Activities for Young Children (offered online)

KIN         5367      Effective Instruction in Physical Education or

KINO      6352      Analysis of Teaching and Coaching Behavior (offered online)

Electives:

9 hours from Kinesiology or related area

All elective hours are subject to approval by graduate advisor.

*Project Option:

KIN         5397      Graduate Project

3 hours from Kinesiology or related area

or

*Thesis Option:

KIN         5398      Graduate Thesis I

KIN         5399      Graduate Thesis II

* The project or thesis will relate to a pedagogy topic

 

Online Master’s Degree

UTEP collaborates with five other UT System universities to offer the courses necessary to earn the Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pedagogy of Physical Activities completely online through the UT System TeleCampus. Although this degree was designed to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend traditional classes, the courses can also be used to supplement the course work taken by traditional students enrolled in the graduate program at UTEP.

The online program has the same admission and the degree requirements as the traditional program. Online courses offered by the other UT System universities can count toward the UTEP degree.

For more information regarding the Online Degree, students can visit the UT TeleCampus Kinesiology web page http://www.telecampus.utsystem.edu/catalog/programs/programinfo/kinesiology.aspx or contact Dr. Darla R. Smith (darsmith@utep.edu) or Dr. George A. King, Graduate Coordinator (gking@utep.edu)

 

Kinesiology (KIN)

 

5361   Biomechanical Basis of Sport (3-0)

Advanced level kinesiological, mechanical, and physiological aspects as a basis for physical education. Prerequisite: KIN 4313 or instructor approval. Course fee required.

 

5362   Administration and Supervision of Physical Education Programs (3-0)

The application of administration and supervisory techniques in physical activity programs.

 

5363   Sociological Foundations of Physical Activity and Sports (3-0)

Socio-psychological processes, principles, and factors affecting the behavior of humans in physical activity and sport. Investigation of current socio-psychological problems with implications for physical education and athletic coaching.

 

5364   Advanced Topics in Kinesiology (3-0)

Course focuses on advanced topics and/or current issues in Kinesiology. May be repeated for credit.

 

5365   Programs of Physical Activity (3-0)

Factors affecting the selection of physical activity participation in various settings and cultural environments.

 

5367   Effective Instruction in Physical Education (3-0)

This course focuses on effective teaching and learning strategies in physical education. Students gain experience in a range of teaching styles as well as skills in systematic observation techniques for analyzing and improving teaching. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5368   Coronary Intervention (2-3-0)

The primary focus of this course is in electrocardiographic interpretation and exercise stress testing of at risk populations. Additional discussion topics include the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, electrophysiology, pathology of cardiovascular disease, risk factor analysis, prevention programs, and cardiac rehabilitation programs. Prerequisite: Department approval. Laboratory fee required.

 

5369   Physical Activities for Young Children (3-0)

A study of the various physical activities pursued by young children ages four to eleven along with the contribution made by each to physical development.

 

5370   Practicum in Exercise Science (0-0-6)

Assignment to professionals in the field of exercise or therapy in the community for a minimum of 90 clock hours. A daily log of experience will be required.

 

5371   Measurement Techniques in Exercise Physiology (3-0)

Techniques and equipment used in assessing strength, cardiorespiratory efficiency, and other components of physical fitness. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Course fee required.

 

5372   Advanced Exercise Physiology (3-0)

Advanced study of the physiological adaptations that occur in response to acute and chronic exercise. Examination of these changes as they affect training, performance, and health. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Course fee required.

 

5373   Motor Learning and Control (3-0)

Current theories and concepts involved in the processes of motor skill acquisition and performance from a behavioral perspective. Major topics include the methodology of studying motor performance, information processing, sensory and central contributions to motor control, coordination, individual differences, conditions of practice, feedback, retention and transfer and the learning process. Practical application of principles is emphasized. Prerequisite: KIN 2332 and department approval.

 

5374   Measurement Techniques in Biomechanical Analysis (3-0)

An in-depth study of the methods used in the Biomechanics Laboratory. Topics include techniques related to cinematography, video analysis, force transducers, data filtering, and collection of human body characteristics. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Course fee required.

 

5375      Advanced Scientific Principles in Strength Training and Conditioning (3-0)

Advanced concepts and theory related to maximizing human performance. Analysis of the conceptual, theoretical, and technical considerations of assessing, designing, and implementing strength training and conditioning programs with particular focus on analyzing and applying contemporary periodization concepts. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5377   Graduate Seminar in Current Issues (3-0)

Discussion and presentation of pertinent and current issues in the areas of physical education, exercise science, and sport. May not be taken more than one time.

 

5178   Directed Individual Studies (0-0-1)

5378   Directed Individual Studies (0-0-3)

Individual investigation of specific topics of interest. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Instructor approval and program director approval.

 

5379   Graduate Research (0-0-3)

Department approved research in special areas of student or faculty interest. Prerequisites: Instructor approval and program director approval.

 

5380   Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement (3-0)

An integrated approach to qualitative analysis of human movement: students will improve their ability to observe movement, detect errors, and diagnose individual situations to help students, athletes, clients, or patients move more effectively, efficiently, and safely. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5397   Graduate Projects (0-0-3)

Individual research or development of a project/proposal under the direct supervision of a graduate faculty member. Requires satisfactory completion of the course, including a written report and oral presentation. Prerequisite: Permission of advisor.

 

5398   Thesis (0-0-3)

Initial work on the thesis. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

 

5399   Thesis (0-0-3)

Continuous enrollment required while work on the thesis continues. Prerequisite: KIN 5398.

 

Kinesiology Online Courses (KINO)

 

6310   Exercise Physiology (UT Permian Basin/UT Tyler)

This course provides a comprehensive survey of exercise physiology, examining muscular, metabolic, and cardio respiratory adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. Emphasis is on the major concepts in terms of normal responses to exercise. This course is a prerequisite for KINO 5312, Training and Conditioning Methods.

 

6312      Training and Conditioning Methods (UT Arlington/UT Permian Basin/UT Tyler)

This course involves the study of training and conditioning methods used to improve and sustain athletic performance. Students will study methods and programs used with athletes to develop aerobic endurance, muscular strength, and anaerobic power, as well as the underlying physiological bases of the training effects. Prerequisite: KINO 6310, Exercise Physiology or the equivalent.

 

6316   Applied Biomechanics (UT El Paso – KIN 5361)

Students will investigate the application of biomechanical principles to human motor skill performance in sport and exercise settings. Emphasis will be placed on the teaching and learning of motor skills, characteristics of skilled performance, and safety-related considerations.

 

6320   Sport Psychology (UT Permian Basin/UT San Antonio/UT Tyler)

Students will investigate psychological and social-psychological theories and current research pertaining to the study of sport and physical activity. Topics covered will include personality, anxiety, arousal, causal attribution, motivation, attention, self-confidence and exercise psychology. This course is a prerequisite for KINO 6322, Applied Psychology.

 

6322   Applied Sport Psychology (UT Permian Basin/UT San Antonio)

Students will develop an array of mental training techniques that have been used successfully by athletes and coaches to improve sport performance. How to use each technique as an athlete and teach it as a coach will be the primary objectives. This course takes an educational approach toward performance enhancement, not a clinical one. The mental training techniques include imagery, arousal regulation, somatic and cognitive stress management, concentration and attention control, positive self-talk, and goal setting. Prerequisite: KINO 6320 - Sport Psychology or equivalent.

 

6323   Exercise Psychology (UT Permian Basin)

Students will study the theoretical models and research related to the determinates of exercise adoption and adherence. Research related to the effects of exercise on mental health is also reviewed. Students are encouraged to apply their study of theory and research to the design of wellness, fitness, and health promotion programs in various settings of professional interest-education, corporate, and commercial.

 

6326   Motor Learning and Control (UT El Paso – KIN 5373)

Current theories and concepts involved in the processes of motor skill acquisition and performance from a behavioral perspective. Major topics include the methodology of studying motor performance, information processing, sensory and central contributions to motor control, coordination, individual differences, conditions of practice, feedback, retention and transfer and the learning process. Practical application of principles is emphasized.

 

6330   Sport and Society (UT Permian Basin)

This course, a critical examination of sport will be made. Students will examine opposing points of view related to the role of sport in various American institutions (political, economic, educational, religious) and by diverse sociocultural groups within these institutions. The impact of sport upon individuals and society will also be scrutinized (racism, sexism, elitism).

 

6340   History and Philosophy (UT Pan American)

Students will examine the historical development of kinesiology, physical education and sport from primitive to modern day times. Emphasis is placed on the role sport and physical education plays as part of the total educational system and how educational philosophy influences modern sport and physical education. Major philosophies will be investigated and applied to assist the student in developing her or his individual philosophy.

 

6342   Ethics in Health and Kinesiology (UT Tyler)

Students will examine ethical considerations encountered in professional areas related to health, exercise and sport. The students will learn to develop and evaluate ethical viewpoints based on theory and fundamental principles.

 

6346   Contemporary Issues in Health and Kinesiology (UT Tyler)

This course engages students in an analysis of selected contemporary controversial problems in the areas of health and human movement. Students will learn general principles and procedures related to rational development and evaluation of viewpoints, and will learn to apply these principles and procedures to specific controversies relevant to the professional interests and goals of the students in the class.

 

6348   US Health System (UT Tyler)

In this course students will better understand the extremely complex and rapidly changing U.S. health system. Though it is important for you as a student to appreciate the value of understanding our current healthcare system, healthcare systems are not holy and I believe they should be viewed with a degree of scholarly irreverence and skepticism. Students will be expected to cultivate a habit of demanding evidence as they peer into our diversified institutions and the minds of Americans who have created such perplexing systems for doing things.

 

6350   Curricular Innovations (UT Arlington/UT Permian Basin)

Students will examine current trends and issues in physical education curriculum development. The course content includes examples of program innovations, as well as current international, national (e.g., NASPE national standards), and local (e.g., TEKS in Texas) curriculum initiatives. Individually or as members of a small group, students will design physical education curricula to be implemented in their own schools.

 

6352   Analysis of Teaching & Coaching Behavior (UT Permian Basin)

Students will survey a variety of instructional models available to teachers and coaches. They will learn to match the variety of behavioral assessment tools to the instructional model and the task-at-hand. They will apply behavioral assessment tools in learning to observe, describe, code, and analyze the behaviors that they are observing in physical education students, teachers, student athletes, coaches, spectators, or officials of an activity.

 

6354   Early Childhood Physical Activity (UT El Paso – KIN 5369)

A study of physical activity in early childhood and its influence on child development to include types of physical activity and its relationship to emotions, health, social and physical growth and development.

 

6356   Issues in Adapted Physical Activity (UT Arlington/UT Pan American)

This course is specifically designed to expand the roles and responsibilities of the teacher/coach in the current and the future inclusion settings. Students will analyze and evaluate issues, trends and research findings pertinent to adapted physical activity for students with disabilities.

 

6360   Administration of Physical Education and Athletic Programs (UT Permian Basin) Students will investigate and apply administrative theories related to the administration of sport and physical education programs. Additionally, students will establish their program philosophy, perform budgeting and expenditure of funds, assignments, and examine legal issues associated with the administration of sport and physical education programs.

 

6370   Introduction to Statistics (UT Permian Basin)

This course is designed for graduate students who require a basic understanding of statistics but have not previously had a statistics course. The course covers basic descriptive statistics, elementary probability, one- and two-population mean and variance comparisons, and an introduction to ANOVA, simple linear regression, and correlation. Graduate standing and an undergraduate course in mathematics at the level of college algebra or higher are assumed.

 

6372      Research Methods (UT Pan American/UT Permian Basin/UT San Antonio)

The students will explore various types of research used in Kinesiology. The students will then develop a research question, formulate methodology and related statistical and measurement concepts, and write a research report. Prerequisites: None; a statistics course (KINO 6370) is highly recommended.

 

6380   Nutrition, Health, and Disease (UT Tyler)

Study of basic nutrients, diets across the life cycle, and therapeutic diets for selected disease states.

 

6381   Sports Nutrition (UT Tyler)

Study of nutrition as it relates to optimal training and performance of sports activities. Prerequisite: Graduate or upper-division undergraduate general nutrition course.