Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies

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OBJECTIVES

  1. Students will be able to apply principles of exercise science to identify, assess, and analyze human movement.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate, interpret, and integrate information from the scientific literature in the discipline.
  3. Students will demonstrate the knowledge needed to conduct and interpret assessments of health and fitness, as well as to determine safe and effective exercise programs to achieve desired outcomes and goals.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply discipline-related knowledge and skill to real-world problems through internships.

DEGREE OFFERED

Sport Science and Fitness Management – Bachelor of Science (Curriculum Guide)

DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

There are three options in the Sport Science and Fitness Management (SSFM) degree program: Business Administration (BA), Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT) and Leisure Studies (LSS). Students are required to select one of the three options.

Students in the Business Administration or Leisure Studies option must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.3 grade point average (GPA), while students in the Pre-Physical Therapy option must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.8 GPA. In addition, students must receive a minimum grade of a “C” in all major core courses.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Career opportunities for all Sport Science and Fitness Management majors include, but are not limited to, personal training, strength and conditioning coaching, fitness instruction, wellness coaching, fitness specialists in cardiac rehabilitation facilities, and sales representatives in pharmaceuticals and medical and fitness supplies. Students in the Business Administration option take additional courses in management and marketing and have employment opportunities as health and fitness club managers, corporate wellness managers, and fitness, personal training, and wellness directors. Students in the Leisure Studies option take additional courses in recreation, and have employment opportunities in Parks and Recreation, youth leadership, YMCAs, and convention and business bureaus. Students in the Pre-PT option take additional courses in preparation for future graduate study in physical therapy. These courses include chemistry, physics, statistics, psychology, and medical terminology. (Courses in this option may not meet all the required prerequisites for a particular physical therapy program).

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR ALL SPORT SCIENCE AND FITNESS MANAGEMENT MAJORS

SSFM 130. Introduction to Kinesiology Credit 3(3-0)
This course explores the discipline of kinesiology, including current issues, trends, and various career opportunities. Basic American College of Sports Medicine principles are also introduced. Prerequisite: SSFM majors only. (F;S;SS)

SSFM 201. Principles of Strength and Conditioning Credit 3(2-2)
This course provides students with scientific principles and practical skills to develop safe and effective cardiovascular and resistance training programs for apparently healthy populations. The knowledge, skills, and abilities learned are based upon American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association principles. SSFM majors only. (F)

SSFM 202. Advanced Principles of Strength and Conditioning Credit 3(1-3)
This course is an advanced study in the practical application of fitness training principles and theory. Prerequisites: SSFM 201 or consent of instructor and SSFM majors only. (S)

SSFM 220. Psychosocial Interactions of Human Movement Credit 3(3-0)
This course is a study of current psychological and sociological theories and research as they affect human movement. It focuses on the psychology of the learner, participation, group processes, cultural diversity, aggression, motivation, self-perception and psychosocial growth and development. SSFM majors only. (F)

SSFM 225. Fitness Leadership Credit 3(3-0)
This course is a study of theory professional practice and design of group and individual exercise leadership, and modification of exercise techniques. A field experience is required. Prerequisite: SSFM majors only. (F;S;SS)

SSFM 226. Personal  Approach to Health
This course is designed to introduce research-based knowledge about personal health and how individual wellness impacts society as a whole. It emphasizes the acquisition of health knowledge and skills that include the biological and social aspects of healthful living as well as the dispositions needed to engage in a healthy lifestyle. (F;S;SS)

SSFM 272. Fitness and Aging Credit 3(3-0)
This course will examine the relationship between physical activity and the aging process; it will also focus on the impact of physical activity on the physiological, psychological and social well-being of aging adults. Prerequisite: SSFM majors only. (S)

SSFM 300. Fitness Facilities and Management Credit 3(3-0)
This course is a study of the planning, design, use and maintenance of the facilities and equipment related to physical fitness and wellness. A field experience is required. Prerequisite: SSFM majors only. (F)

SSFM 303. Nutrition for Sport and Fitness Credit 3(3-0)
This course is designed to study the impact of nutrition on health, fitness and sports performance. Emphasis will be on basic nutrition, diet analysis, weight control, special diets, eating disorders, and the use of ergogenic aids in sport and fitness. Prerequisite: SSFM 261 or BIOL 350; SSFM majors only. (S)

SSFM 333. Introduction to Sports Medicine Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on the basic principles in the prevention, care, and rehabilitation of human performance-related injuries. The topics include common medical problems and drugs in sport. Prerequisite: SSFM 261 or BIOL 350; SSFM majors only. (S)

SSFM 340. Introduction to Sport Management Credit 3(3-0)
This course addresses topics and practical skill development related to planning, administrative knowledge and skills needed to make a positive impact on the success of any sport organization, including organizations that focus on sport activities, sport products or sport services. Prerequisites: Junior standing and SSFM majors only. (F;S)

HPED 342. First Aid and Safety Credit 3(2-2)
This course is designed to study emergency first aid leading to American Red Cross certification in Standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. It also identifies practices and behaviors that promote safety in home, school and community. (F;S;SS)

HPED 345. Applied Anatomy Credit 3(2-2)
This course is a scientific study of the mechanics and analysis of human movement, incorporating principles from the fields of physical education, anatomy, physiology and physics. Prerequisites: SSFM 261 or BIOL 350; SSFM majors only. (F)

HPED 370. Exercise Physiology Credit 3(3-0)
This course provides theoretical and practical experience in studying physiological concepts as they apply to acute and chronic effects of exercise on humans. Prerequisites: SSFM 261 or BIOL 350;  SSFM majors only. (S)

HPED 375. Motor Learning and Control Credit 3(3-0)
This course is a study of the theoretical and application-based constructs related to human motor behavior in terms of motor learning, control, skill acquisition and performance. The behavioral, cognitive and psycho-physiological approaches are examined. Prerequisites: SSFM majors only. (S)

SSFM 469. Measurement and Evaluation for Kinesiology Research Credit 3(3-0)
This course is an introduction to the methods of research, measurement, and applications of assessment in the health/fitness and sport fields. Emphasis is placed on test selection, development and administration, calculation and interpretation of basic statistics, and practical application of measurement/assessment principles. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing; SSFM majors only. (F)

SSFM 471. Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on the development of advanced skills in exercise testing, data interpretation, and prescription for health-related fitness. Prerequisites: HPED 370 and SSFM majors only. (F)

SSFM 472. Exercise Programming in Special Populations Credit 3(3-0)
This course focuses on the concepts and procedures necessary to assess, develop, and prescribe exercise for populations across the lifespan with various health conditions including, but not limited to, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. Compliance, risk of injury and other specific programming issues will also be addressed. Case studies will aid in the application of the information. A field experience is required. Prerequisites: HPED 370 and SSFM majors only. (F)

SSFM 490. Independent Study Credit 3(3-0)
This course is an independent study in the area of Human Performance and Leisure Studies. Content is determined by the student and the course instructor. Prerequisite: SSFM majors only; Consent of the academic advisor, course instructor, and department chair. (F;S;SS)

SSFM 498. Internship Credit 6(0-6)
The internship is designed to be the culminating experience in the SSFM program and provides professional experience to support academic preparation in the SSFM program. Prerequisite: SSFM Majors only with all major courses completed. (F;S;SS)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPORT SCIENCE AND FITNESS MANAGEMENT
(Business Administration Option)

SSFM 202. Advanced Principles of Strength and Conditioning Credit 3(1-3)
This course is an advanced study of the scientific principles and practical skills necessary to develop safe and effective exercise programs with an emphasis on athletic performance. The concepts of periodization, plyometrics, and aerobic endurance training programs are introduced. Prerequisites: SSFM 201; SSFM majors only. (S)

SSFM 220. Psychosocial Interactions of Human Movement Credit 3(3-0)
This course is a study of current psychological and sociological theories and research as they affect human movement. It focuses on the psychology of the learner, participation, group processes, cultural diversity, aggression, motivation, self-perception and psychosocial growth and development. SSFM majors only. (F)

SSFM 261. Anatomy and Physiology for Kinesiology Credit 4(2-4)
The course explores the biological structure and function of the human body in a system-based approach, with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Primary emphasis is placed on the muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems, with added coverage of the metabolic, endocrine, integumentary and immune systems related to exercise. This course is designed to emphasize selected concepts necessary to study sport, exercise and physical activity in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: BIOL 100; SSFM majors only. (F;S;SS)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SPORT SCIENCE AND FITNESS MANAGEMENT
(Leisure Studies Option)

LSS 160. Introduction to Recreation Credit 3(3-0)
This course is designed to study the foundations of recreation including the basic concepts underlying the organization of leisure and recreation activity. (F;S)

LSS 246. Camp Administration Credit 3(3-0)
This course examines the organization and administration of camp activities. Students will also program camping activities that will apply to all ages and both sexes. (S)

LSS 260. Community Recreation Credit 3(3-0)
This course is a study of city, state, and national organizations. Practice in the general principles and techniques in the organization and promotion of leisure activities for home, school, and community will be included. Field experience will include observations, service as aides and assistants. (F)

LSS 363. Principles and Practices of Outdoor Recreation Credit 3(2-2)
This course examines the philosophy, organization administration and laboratory experiences in outdoor recreation. (S)

LSS 364. Group Leadership Credit 3(3-0)
This course examines the techniques of group dynamics and methods of developing group leadership capabilities. (F)

LSS 365. Program Planning Recreation Credit 3(3-0)
This course includes analysis of recreation programs. Emphasis is placed on program objectives, personnel and facilities. (S)

SSFM 261. Anatomy and Physiology for Kinesiology Credit 4(2-4)
The course explores the biological structure and function of the human body in a system-based approach, with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Primary emphasis is placed on the muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems, with added coverage of the metabolic, endocrine, integumentary and immune systems related to exercise. This course is designed to emphasize selected concepts necessary to study sport, exercise and physical activity in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: BIOL 100 and SSFM majors only. (F;S;SS)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR ELECTIVE COURSES IN  SPORT SCIENCE AND FITNESS MANAGEMENT

HPED 104. Weight Training Credit 1(0-2)
This course introduces the student to weight training with emphasis on principles, techniques and development of individual programs.**

HPED 105. Beginning Swimming Credit 1(0-2)
This course teaches students the beginning skills in swimming necessary to meet American Red Cross Level Three standards.**

HPED 106. Swimming for Nonswimmers Credit 1(0-2)
This course includes orientation to the water along with the development of survival skills.  Instruction in the basic strokes, safety and rescue skills is a part of the curriculum. The course is designed for non-swimmers and those who are not comfortable in deep water. (F;S;SS)

HPED 107. Racquetball Credit 1(0-2)
This course is designed to offer the student an opportunity to develop performance skills, an understanding of rules and strategies, and an appreciation for racquetball which can be enjoyed as a lifetime activity.**

HPED 108. Beginning Springboard Diving Credit 1(0-2)
This course introduces the student to the basic skills, knowledge and mechanics of springboard diving.**

HPED 109. Fundamentals of Team Sports Credit 1(0-2)
This course seeks to develop an understanding of the values and the logic behind exercise and sports activity and regular habits of exercise, to determine the physical fitness needs of the student with the nature, basic rules, techniques and skills of a wide variety of popular American sports, and guide students into activities which will be of the most interest and benefit now and in the future.**

HPED 110. Aerobic Training Credit 1(0-2)
This course emphasizes the improvement of cardiovascular fitness through various forms of aerobic activity.**

HPED 111. Fundamentals of Gymnastics Credit 1(0-2)
In this course, students will develop an understanding of the basic skills and knowledge in the Olympic-gymnastic events through a performance oriented experience. Students will perform on the vault, balance beam, parallel bars, horizontal bar, side horse, rings and floor exercise. The course provides a performance oriented gymnastic experience.**

HPED 112. Fundamentals of Dance Credit 1(0-2)
In this course, students will develop an understanding of the following concepts: kinesthetic awareness of how body movement is controlled, and the elimination of muscular tension.**

HPED 113. Beginning Tennis Credit 1(0-2)
This course is a study of the basic skills and knowledge of tennis.**

HPED 114. Beginning Golf Credit 1(0-2)
This course is a study of the basic skills and knowledge of golf.**

HPED 115. Beginning Bowling Credit 1(0-2)
This course is a study of the basic skills and knowledge of bowling.**

HPED 116. Adapted Physical Activity Credit 1(0-2)
This course includes special activities for those students whose physical examination shows that they are unable to participate in the regular physical education program.**

HPED 117. Beginning Badminton Credit 1(0-2)
This course is a study of the basic skills and knowledge of badminton.**

HPED 118. Water Aerobics Credit 1(0-2)
This course is a physical fitness course designed to develop cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility via exercises in the swimming pool. Swimming skills are not required.**

HPED 119. Fitness Walking Credit 1(0-2)
This course is designed to instruct students in the benefits of walking as part of an overall fitness program. Instruction about equipment, walking techniques, nutrition and the prevention and care of injuries is included. (F;S;SS)

HPED 120. Beginning Sailing Credit 1(0-2)
This course is designed to teach students the basic skills of dinghy sailing as outlined by United States Sailing and the American Red Cross.**

HPED 121. Beginning Tae Kwon Do Credit 1(0-2)
This course is designed to provide students through active participation fundamental skills; cultural etiquette, values and terminology as well as historical and scientific information pertaining to Tae Kwon Do.** (F;S;SS)

HPED 122. Beginning Self Defense Credit 1(0-2)
This course introduces the student to basic self-defense principles and values. Active class participation is a requirement in order to proficiently demonstrate application of these concepts at the end of the course.** (F;S;SS)

HPED 123. Volleyball Credit 1(0-2)
This course is designed to introduce and instruct students in basic volleyball techniques, rules and strategies.** (F;S;SS)

HPED 124. Dance Aerobics Credit 1(0-2)
This course is designed to provide the student with beginning level knowledge and skill in dance/rhythmic aerobic fitness.** (F;S;SS) 

HPED 125. Yoga/Pilates Credit  1(0-2)
This course is designed to study the basic techniques associated with various types of Yoga and Pilates. The class uses a holistic approach to target mental and physical practices that lead to the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.** (F;S;SS)

HPED 126. Intermediate Basketball Credit 1(0-2)
This course will integrate the fundamentals of basketball skills with the history and rules associated with the sport. Students will learn advanced basketball techniques and implement these in drills and game play. Prerequisite: Permission from the Instructor required.** (F;S;SS)

HPED 200. Personal Health Credit 2(2-0)
This course is designed to study personal health needs and problems. It emphasizes the acquisition of health knowledge and skills needed to critically analyze and evaluate health practices. (F;S;SS)

HPED 203. Weight Management Credit 2(2-0)
This course is a study of the principles and applications of proper weight management. It includes assessment, physiological and psychological aspects of weight control, and activities related to weight management. (S)

HPED 205. Intermediate Swimming Credit 1(0-2)
This course teaches the student intermediate/advanced swimming skills necessary to meet American Red Cross Level Five standards. Prerequisite: HPED 105 or consent of instructor.** (F;S;SS)

HPED 207. Intermediate Racquetball Credit 1(0-2)
This course teaches the student intermediate level racquetball skills, techniques and strategies. Prerequisite: HPED 107 or consent of instructor.**

HPED 213. Intermediate Tennis Credit 1(0-2)
This course teaches intermediate level tennis skills, techniques and strategies. Prerequisite: HPED 113 or consent of instructor.**

HPED 214. Intermediate Golf Credit 1(0-2)
This course teaches intermediate level golf skills, techniques and strategies. Prerequisite: HPED 114 or consent of instructor.**

HPED 215. Intermediate Bowling Credit 1(0-2)
This course teaches intermediate level bowling skills, techniques and strategies. Prerequisite: HPED 115 or consent of instructor.**

HPED 219. Human Sexuality Credit 3(3-0)
This course introduces students to the biology of human sexuality, the anatomy and physiology involved in the human sexual response, and the emotional and cultural perspectives of human sexuality. (F;S)

HPED 222. Health and Wellness in the 21st Century Credit 3(3-0)
This course explores the impact of globalization and its associated issues on the health and wellness of humanity. Such phenomena are examined from the perspectives of culture, religion, politics, history, economics and technology. These issues are also analyzed and addressed within the context of developing and developed countries and synthesized from a global perspective. (F;S;SS)

HPED 229. Movement and Dance Credit 1(0-2)
This course is designed to study basic locomotor and axial movements in dance. It includes group problem solving utilizing the elements of time, space and force to create dance works.**

HPED 231. Developmental Movement and Dance Credit 2(1-3)
This course is designed to study basic locomotor and axial movements. It includes elements of time, space and force to create dance works. Students will also study folk, square, social and aerobic dance. (Majors only) (F;S)

HPED 237. Group Games and Outdoor Leisure Credit 1(0-2)
This course is designed to study the basic skills and knowledge of group games and outdoor leisure pursuits. It includes group games suitable for the gym, playground and camps, and outdoor leisure pursuits such as camping, backpacking, frisbee, orienteering and canoeing.**

HPED 246. Tennis and Golf Credit 1(0-2)
This course is designed to study the basic skills and knowledge of tennis and golf. It includes the history, terminology, skill techniques, strategies and knowledge of rules.**

HPED 251. Soccer and Volleyball Credit 1(0-2)
This course is designed to study the basic skills and knowledge of soccer and knowledge of soccer and volleyball. It includes the history, terminology, skill techniques, strategies and knowledge of rules and officiating.**

HPED 263. Rhythms Credit 1(0-2)
This course examines suitable types of rhythmical activities for students including fundamental movements, folk, tap, social dance and singing games.**

HPED 398. Field Experience Credit 3(0-3)
This course will provide an introductory practical experience in applying theoretical knowledge and skills through assisting professionals in physical fitness/wellness programs. Prerequisites: Junior standing in the Fitness Management Program and SSFM majors only. (F;S;SS)

HPED 458. Lifeguard Training Credit 2(1-2)
This course provides students with aquatic skills and knowledge to meet American Red Cross Lifeguard Training. It includes American Red Cross certification in Standard First Aid.**

HPED 459. Water Safety Instructor Credit 2(1-2)
This course provides students with skills and knowledge to meet American Red Cross standards for Water Safety Instructor. It includes American Red Cross certification in Health Services Education.**

HPED 492. Diversity Seminar Credit 3(3-0)
This course is designed to introduce diversity and cultural competency skills relevant to the professions of leisure and recreation, sports science and fitness management, youth, and human services. It will specifically explore diversity and culturally sensitive recreation practice in various leisure settings, such as community recreation, schools, nonprofit recreation organizations, youth and human service organizations, parks, private/commercial recreation facilities, outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation and tourism agencies.**

SSFM 226. Personal Approach to Health
This course is designed to introduce research-based knowledge about personal health and how individual wellness impacts society as a whole. It emphasizes the acquisition of health knowledge and skills that include the biological and social aspects of healthful living as well as the dispositions needed to engage in a healthy lifestyle. (F;S;SS)

DIRECTORY OF FACULTY

Phoebe B. Ajibade
Associate Professor
B.S., Radford University; M.S., Old Dominion University; Ed.D., The George Washington University

Paul K. Ankomah
Professor
B.A., University of Ghana, Legon; M.S., Wilfrid Laurier University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Marc Cook
Assistant Professor
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois-Champaign

Teresa Dail
Associate Professor
B.S., Wake Forest University; M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Gloria Elliott
Assistant Professor
B.S., Fayetteville State University; M.A., The University of Connecticut; Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Dwedor W. Ford
Assistant Professor
B.S., Tennessee State University; M.S., Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University

Tiffany Fuller
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Julie Hampton
Lecturer
B.S., Belhaven University; M.S., Lenoir-Rhyne

Shawn Hendrix
Lecturer
B.S., High Point University; M.S. North Carolina A&T State University

Robert T. Larson
Associate Professor
B.S., M.S., Brigham Young University; Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Carlos Lassiter
Lecturer
B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University

Minyong Lee
Assistant Professor
B.S., Chosun University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Diana Melton
Associate Professor
B.S., Springfield College; M.S., Ed.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Trina L. Pratt
Lecturer
B.S., North Carolina A&T State University; M.S., Temple University

Jerono P. Rotich
Professor
B.S., Kenyatta University; M.S., State University of New York; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Thomas H. Waddell
Lecturer
B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University

Cedric Walthaw
Lecturer
B.S., University of Southern Mississippi; M.S., Middle Tennessee State University

Richard Watkins
Instructor
B.S., High Point College; M.S., North Carolina A&T State University

Daniel Webb
Associate Professor
B.S., Coppin State University; M.S., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., The Ohio State University