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SPHE490 - Senior Seminar in Sports and Health Science

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE490 Course ID: 3360 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This senior capstone class is the final course in the degree sequence for students majoring in Sports and Health Sciences. In this dynamic and interactive course, learners will review, assess and then apply many of the concepts they have researched during undergraduate studies through the creation of a customized graduation portfolio. This portfolio can be used for future career or academic goals and serve as a tangible job aid that houses previously acquired knowledge. Real life, hands on tools for career advancement will be examined and then applied, including the creation of a professional resume. An investigation of the job market in the field of sports and health will also take place through case study analysis and lively, career focused discussions. Alternative career paths for sports and health sciences degree holders will also be explored. (Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 105 hours towards your program)

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

SPHE 490 – Senior Seminar in Sports and Health Sciences provides the student with a capstone experience at the conclusion of core and required courses in the degree path. The course project will include contemporary issues and emerging concepts in the Sports and Health Sciences field of study. Students will concentrate on their specific sub-discipline (Sports Management, Exercise Science, Coaching Studies, or Pre-Sports Medicine) and create a customized e-learning portfolio and Senior Capstone Project .

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Present a working version of your final graduation portfolio, in which key components, such as the introductory essay(s), learning experiences, etc.
  2. Develop multiple ways of presenting your value, and qualities, as a potential colleague your chosen field(s)
  3. Prepare a strategy to complete the full transition from university to the workplace.
  4. Apply knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health, and kinesiology to applications in sports and fitness.
  5. Discuss the various careers in the disciplines of sport coaching, sport management, or health and fitness management.
  6. Apply the management principles, concepts, and practices associated with the operations and maintenance of sports and recreation facilities
  7. Assess learning experience during undergraduate studies.
  8. Explore and apply tools that can be used in the sports and health sciences field for future career goals.

The primary purpose of SPHE 490 is to allow the student to explore in greater depth a particular topic of interest in Sports and Health Sciences within the broad thematic topics addressed in the course through a collaborative effort with other class members and the course instructor. Application of knowledge learned during the degree program will be synthesized for career and educational purposes.

Required Course Textbook:

Book Number


Book Title

Publication Info



Heitzman, W

Careers for Sports Nuts and Other Athletic Types



New York


Please visit and search by the course number (ex: LITR210) to access your required resources.

Heitzmann, W. (2004). Careers for Sports Nuts and Other Athletic Types. New York: McGraw-Hill

Required Readings:

See Course Weekly LESSONS

Additional Resources:

In the Course Materials folder there are additional course articles, and up to date APA handouts.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

North American Society of Sports Management

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Careers for Sports Nuts & Other Athletic Types, 3rd Ed-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Lib
Unit Cost:$34.91

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.