Course Descriptions

Sport and Exercise Science Graduate Programs

Sport and Exercise Science Graduate Programs Course Descriptions All Sport and Exercise Science courses carry the prefix SES.

You will find course descriptions for all graduate courses in Sport and Exercise Sciences listed below. To determine which courses you are required to complete and which are recommended for your program, see your major of study curriculum page. All Sport and Exercise Science courses carry the prefix SES.

511 Coaching Techniques for Disabled Athletes (2)
Provides an introduction to the various sports organizations specific to athletes with disabilities and an emphasis on coaching techniques aimed at those athletes who compete in competitions provided by each of these groups. This course partially fulfills the requirements for the endorsement in Adapted Physical Education.

520   Biomechanics (3)
This course provides students the opportunity to study advanced techniques in the analysis of mechanical factors related to human movement. Specific areas of human movement include: sport, aquatics, ergonomics, rehabilitation, disability sport, exercise/fitness, and gait. Students must also complete a comprehensive investigation project. Prerequisite: SES 320 or the equivalent.

530   Managing the Sport Enterprise (3)
Provides a broad overview of various sport management enterprises with emphasis on sources of industry information and practical uses of such information. Analyzes internal and external environmental factors that impact on short and long term operations in the sport enterprise. Addresses the management specifics of how to plan, organize, control, and direct a sport enterprise as well as decision-making and communication skills necessary to be a successful manager.

531   Media Relations and Sport (3)
Study of the interaction between professional and collegiate sports and the media. Knowledge of studio equipment is helpful but not required. (Same as COM 531.)

532   Facility and Event Planning (3)
An in-depth study of the principles, guidelines and recommendations for facility planning, management and operations as well as a foundation for event planning and production.

533   Sport Marketing Management (3)
Presents a comprehensive examination of basic marketing functions and concepts as applied to sport-related enterprise, including school/college athletic programs, fitness centers, etc. Helps the student analyze and make recommendations about sport business problems that involve the creation, distribution, and sale of sporting goods and services. Emphasizes the resolution of sport marketing problems, demand analysis, consumer analysis and market analysis.

535   Managing Professional Sport (3)
Discusses and analyzes major issues facing managers of a professional sports franchise. Focuses on topics such as corporate structure, finance, player negotiations, contracts, press relations, auxiliary enterprises, and community impact.

537   Sport Psychology (3)
Provides an in-depth focus on the conceptual elements of contemporary psychoanalytic, cognitive, social, existential and systematic theories of personality and behavior change as applied to sport. Includes selected readings, lectures, and student discussion. Seeks to develop an appreciation for the psychology of optimal performance, as well as other psychological issues involved in the evaluation and future directions of contemporary sport. Critically examines the gender, class, and culture adequacy of sport psychology theory.

541   Clinical Exercise Physiology (3)
Pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary and metabolic diseases with emphasis on the physiological and technical basis of clinical exercise tolerance tests and exercise prescription, and exercise leadership for the cardiopulmonary, diabetic, obese or elderly patient. Graduate students must complete a comprehensive research paper. 3-hr lecture weekly. Prerequisite: SES 361 or equivalent.

541L Clinical Exercise Physiology Lab (1)
Practical applications to clinical exercise tolerance tests and exercise prescription for the cardiopulmonary, diabetic, obese and elderly patient. Health screening, risk stratification, basic ECG and blood pressure measures, developing and implementing exercise test protocols, and emergency procedures will be emphasized. Graduate students must complete a comprehensive written report based on a cardiac rehabilitation site observation. 2-hr laboratory weekly. Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: SES 361 or equivalent. Corequisite: SES 541.

544   Financial Applications to Sport (3)
Applies financial principles to various professional collegiate or high school level sport programs as well as exercise-related settings. The course will provide the student with a practical background regarding the principles of financial management and financial statements for the purposes of planning, administering, reporting and evaluating the financial performance of sport-related entities. Prerequisites: MAT 152, ACC 201, ECO 201, FIN 319, or equivalents.

545   Manual Therapy in Sports Medicine (3)
A course for athletic trainers on advanced manual techniques in sports medicine: proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, joint mobilization, cross-friction massage, eastern and western massage methods, myofascial manipulation, and stretching. Prerequisite: Courses in therapeutic exercise and therapeutic modalities or the equivalent.

546   Qualitative Analysis in Biomechanics (3)
The study of the fundamentals of qualitative analysis of human movement: application of mechanical concepts, use of observational techniques, and development of skills useful for teaching and enhancing human performance in a practical environment. Prerequisite: SES 320 or equivalent.

547   Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injuries (3)
The study of the laws and mechanical principles governing the force characteristics, mechanisms of injury, and healing rate of tissues in the human musculoskeletal system. Prerequisite: SES 520

551   Fitness Assessment and Program Development (3)
Considers principles and procedures used to administer lab and field tests of cardiovascular endurance, body composition, joint flexibility and muscular strength, power, and endurance. Explores principles and procedures used to develop conditioning programs to improve these parameters. Focuses on the low-risk individual in non-clinical settings. Prerequisites: SES 360 or 361, or equivalent.

561   Advanced Exercise Physiology (3)
Comprehensive analysis of skeletal muscle, metabolic and cardiorespiratory responses to exercise. Topics include performance and adaptations in the athlete, aging, growth and development, and thermoregulation during exercise. Prerequisite: SES 361 or equivalent.

563   Applied Physiology of Strength and Conditioning (3)
Study and critical evaluation of strength and conditioning concepts, and the biomechanical and physiological analyses of various sport movements as they apply to strength and power exercises for sport training. Students are prepared to attempt the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s certification exam. Students are given opportunities to work with Barry University athletes in strength and conditioning programs. Prerequisites: SES 361 or equivalent.

SES 565 Laboratoy Techniques in Exercise Physiology (3)
This course provides in-depth experience in tests and measurements used in an exercise physiology laboratory for purposes of clinical, health and fitness, and sport performance research. Measurements include oxygen uptake, blood lactate, ECG, spirometry, air plethysmography, hydrostatic weighing and DEXA. Laboratory techniques are applied to exercise tests and body composition analyses with the purpose of evaluating the physiological responses to exercise. $50 laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: SES 361 or equivalent, and SES 561 or taken concurrently.

585   The Law in Sport and Exercise Science (3)
Provides an understanding of the American legal system with an emphasis on the resolution of sport business legal disputes by means of civil litigation, mediation, arbitration, and trial procedures. Examines the traditional areas of contract law and tort law as they relate to problems confronting the exercise leader, athletic director, teacher/coach, or sport manager. Scrutinizes the legal structure of sport and focuses on special topics of television and media, trademark law, sex discrimination, facility safety, handicap access, professional sport, drug testing, antitrust laws, gambling and tax laws.

590   Gross Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System (3)
Study designed to expose the student to the macroscopic aspects of human morphology. Cadaver prosections will be correlated with surface anatomy, radiology and other clinical information. This course focuses on musculoskeletal gross anatomy of the spine and extremities

616   Research Methodology in Sport and Exercise Science (3)
Examines research methods and designs used in a variety of exercise and sport-related settings. Emphasizes the development of research techniques, including the ability to define research problems, write hypotheses, review and interpret literature, apply research designs, organize, analyze, and present data. Studies basic descriptive statistics for measurement and research (statistical notation, measures of central tendency and variability, probability and sampling techniques, linear regression and correlation and an introduction to statistical inference).

618   Fitness and Wellness Promotion (3)
Examines health promotion programs in a variety of settings including program components, assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation. Discusses case studies from health-related programs to assist students in developing wellness and health promotion philosophy and strategies.

621   Ethical Issues in Sport and Exercise Sciences (3)
A seminar style course which reviews and discuss current issues impacting the sport and exercise professional in the fields of sport management, exercise physiology, athletic training, biomechanics and sport and exercise psychology. Includes an analysis of the processes and values that create, sustain and transform sport in today’s society. Emphasis is placed on practicing and promoting ethics and human values while managing and operating professionally within any sport and exercise enterprise.

624   Advanced Statistics for Sport & Exercise Sciences (3)
Examines advanced competencies to conceptualize, design, analyze, report and publish quantitative research that delivers new and useful knowledge. Emphasis is placed on a variety of common statistical procedures in the Sport and Exercise Sciences and the assumptions and criteria for selection that underlies each. The ethical issues associated with design, data collection, data analysis, and data reporting are also emphasized. This course balances its presentation of research theory and computer-based tools with application to problems in Sport and Exercise Science. Prerequisite: SES 616

625   Motor Learning and Control (3)
A course of study for graduate movement science students in the study of the principles of coordination and control of movement. Emphasis is on the neurophysiological mechanisms that apply to the processes of voluntary movement. Prerequisites: BIO 230, BIO 240.

626   Mechanical Analysis of Human Performance
This is a course for graduate movement science students in the advanced study of physical laws and mechanical concepts, with an emphasis on those relevant for the analysis of human movement. Includes mathematical computation and application to selected activities in sport and disability sport, gait, industry, and orthopedics. Prerequisites: SES 520, MAT 211, PHY 201.

627   Laboratory Instrumentation in Biomechanics (3)
A course for graduate movement science students in the study of instrumentation utilized in the collection of motion data in the area of Biomechanics. Emphasis is placed on the technical and analytical aspects of motion analysis, force measurement, and electromyography. Prerequisite: SES 320 or equivalent.

630 Qualitative Research in SES (3)
This course examines advanced qualitative research methods and designs used in a variety of exercise and sport-related settings. It is designed to familiarize graduate students with the qualitative research process from the formation of the research question to the submission of a manuscript for editorial review. The course emphasizes the development of qualitative research techniques, including the ability to define research problems, understanding philosophical groundings, develop research question(s), review and interpret literature and methodologies, apply research designs, organize, analyze and present data.

634   Sport Governance (3)
General principles of administration and governance structures in amateur sport will be the focus of the course. Emphasis will be placed on the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and the National Governing Bodies; the Special Olympics; the National Collegiate Athletic Association; High School Leagues; and various other amateur sport organizations.

652   Labor Relations in Sport (3)
An in depth analysis of employment and labor relations encountered in the contemporary practice and business of sport, the course will allow students to gain expertise in contract, employment, labor, and antitrust. Civil rights, and federal and state statutes will also be addressed.

660   Performance Enhancement Psychology (3)
A course for graduate movement science students in the advanced study of psychological theories and intervention in sport and exercise psychology as well as other performance domains. Prerequisite: SES 537.

662   Exercise Psychology (3)
A course of study for graduate movement science students that examines the reciprocal relations among physical activity, exercise behavior, and biochemical and physiological adaptation. Further, this course provides an in-depth exploration of psychosocial determinants and effects associated with adopting and maintaining an exercise program. Topics include theories of behavior change, exercise psychology interventions, and the relationship between exercise and mental health. Prerequisite: SES 537.

663   Risk Management in Sport and Exercise Science (3)
An introduction to risk management and its application to sport and physical activity, the course will enable students to identify, evaluate, and control loss to personal and real property, clients and students, employees, and the public. Losses may result in injury, death, destruction of property, financial failure, or harm to reputation. Students will become familiar with systems used in assessing risks in the sport industry.

664   Motor Development (3)
This course examines human motor development from conception throughout the life span. Through current research and practices, the course examines biological, psychological, sociological and physiological factors that effect such diverse areas as reflexes, reactions and postural control, and voluntary and skilled movements. The content includes understanding methodological, measurement, and evaluation issues related to motor development. Prerequisite: SES 625.

672   Exercise and Energy Metabolism (3)
This course builds on previous knowledge of exercise physiology and research methodology. It includes an in-depth analysis of the biochemical pathways involving nutrients with emphasis on exercise fuel metabolism and the metabolic adaptations to exercise training. Additional emphasis is placed on the application of theory and knowledge of exercise and energy metabolism to weight control and obesity, aging and sport performance. Prerequisite: SES 461 or 561 or equivalent, and SES 616.

673 Professional Ethics in Sport (3)
This course examines ethical and legal issues related to sport, exercise, and performance psychology (SEPP) professional conduct. The course includes topics such as ethical reasoning, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) ethical principles, rules of conduct, confidentiality, releases, records, and the duty to warn. The course addresses ethical issues in areas such as assessment, research, service delivery and supervisory relationships.

677   Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Service Delivery (3)
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the current professional practices in sport and exercise psychology service delivery that utilize both psychological and educational interventions. Emphasis will be placed on advanced applied theories and practice systems of behavior change in sport and exercise. The new knowledge will build on the student growing expertise acquired in a number of previous courses and will be directly applied in an actual athletic setting, exercise setting, or both. Both individual and group (team) interventions will be supervised.

678   Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional Practice (3)
This course provides an intense examination of the critical components of successful and ethical professional practice and career building in sport and exercise psychology in conjunction with intensive provision of sport and exercise psychology services. The entire body of sport and exercise psychology theoretical and applied knowledge as well as the skills that the students have acquired will be intensely used. Additionally, rigorous self-reflective activities and ethical decision-making will aim at intensifying the student professional and personal growth as directly related to the effectiveness in the sport and exercise psychology practice. Emphasis will be placed on diversifying and integrating theoretical knowledge and applied strategies and skills while simultaneously engaged in supervised independent work in real life sport and exercise settings.

679   Internship/Project (3-6)
Designed in close consultation with one’s Graduate Committee and the industry sponsoring organization or site. Intended to develop greater breadth and depth of understanding of a respective discipline through a full immersion experience in a real life setting outside the classroom. Requires a written project to be submitted to a graduate faculty committee for evaluation. Concludes as the student presents orally the findings related to his/her project and defends conclusions against questions raised by the faculty review committee. Prerequisite: Passing grade on written comprehensive exam and Graduate Committee approval. Sport & Ex. Psych. students pursuing the “applied” option are only required to enroll in three (3) cr. hrs. All other graduate students must enroll in a total of six (6) cr. hrs., which can be split across two consecutive terms at three (3) cr. hrs. per term, subject to prior approval from one’s Graduate Committee.

686   Advanced Practicum in ______________ (1-3)
An intensive field or laboratory experience in athletic training, exercise physiology, exercise leadership, sport management, biomechanics, or sport and exercise psychology. Emphasis will be on independent work and research experience, and assignments may include assisting with research projects, collecting pilot study data for the thesis or internship project, or completing a requisite number of clinical hours in order to pursue professional certification.

689/690 Thesis I-II (3-6)
Provides the initiation, implementation and evaluation of a scholarly investigation. Requires students to submit a written research proposal for approval by a thesis/project committee and present an oral proposal to that committee. Culminates with an approved written report in thesis form. Prerequisite: SES 616, passing grade on written comprehensive exam, and Graduate Committee approval. Enrollment may be split across two consecutive terms SES 689 Thesis I followed by SES 690 Thesis II at three (3) cr. hrs. per term, subject to prior approval from one’s Graduate Committee.

600   Advanced Studies in _______________ (2-4)
Opportunity for further study and research in areas of special interest. Prerequisite: Graduate Committee approval.

699   Continuous Registration (1)
Satisfies research in residence or continuous enrollment. Credit/No Credit

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