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SPHE421 - Kinesiology

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE421 Course ID: 3335 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Kinesiology develops a practical understanding of the neuromotor system in relation to anatomical structures responsible for human movement along with their respective functions. Students will learn how to analyze movement and determine specific muscles responsible for a particular movement along with the associated joint action and neural control mechanisms. Students will contrast movements and exercises to determine their appropriateness and fit for specific and common goals in real world settings. Additionally, students will discuss Kinesiology principles and critical concepts as they relate to athletics, rehabilitation, and recreational exercise. The course will also explore how to improve human performance through effective exercise and training program design. Students learn concepts in this course which apply in coaching, athletics, rehabilitation, and fitness settings. (Prerequisite: BIOL251)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

CO 1 Categorize the major muscles of the human body.

CO 2 Analyze joint actions and the associated muscle actions.

CO 3 Examine the motor unit and its role in production of movement.

CO 4 Evaluate contemporary peer reviewed research for use in applied settings.

CO 5 Explain how to develop exercise programs that can be applied in fitness, rehabilitation, physical education, strength & conditioning, and athletic training settings.

CO 6 Compare and contrast common exercises based on muscle action to determine their suitability for specific exercise program design.

Reading Assignments:

As upper division students I anticipate that you will all read the required text reading weekly. Text reading will be covered in forums and exams.

Supplemental Readings:

During our course you may be asked to read material outside of your text. This may include original research articles, review articles, or some other website source. These readings will covered in a variety of places, including forums, assignments, and exams.


Each week students must engage in forums. Please see the weekly rubric for expectations and grading.


Seven exams will be used to evaluate your overall performance in the classroom. These exams will be multiple choice, true and false, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer questions that will cover the text book reading material.

There will also be a final exam of multiple choice questions reviewing all eight weeks of work.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum #1 2.50 %
Forum #2 2.50 %
Forum #3 2.50 %
Forum #4 2.50 %
Forum #5 2.50 %
Forum #6 2.50 %
Forum #7 2.50 %
Forum #8 2.50 %
Weekly Exams 60.00 %
Week 1 Exam- Structures 8.57 %
Week 6 Exam- Foot and Ankle 8.57 %
Week 7 Exam- Posture and Gait 8.57 %
Week 5 Exam- Hip and knee 8.57 %
Week 4 Exam- Neck, Trunk, and Pelvis 8.57 %
Week 3 Exam- Upper Extremity 8.57 %
Week 2 Exam- Muscles and Biomechanics 8.57 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Week -Final Exam. 20.00 %

Required Course Textbook:

Book Number


Book Title

Publication Info



Lippert, Lynn

Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy (5th ed)

FA Davis

*** please note that this text is available online!***

Additional Web Resources:

In addition to the required course text, the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources. Note that Web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

American Council on Exercise

National Strength and Conditioning Association

Book Title:Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy, 5th ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library and in the course eReserve
Publication Info:F.A. Davis Lib
Author:Lippert, Lynn
Unit Cost:$54.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.