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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHT5184
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2004-03-24
  2. Department: Physical Therapy
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 614000020
  5. Contact Person: Martha Clendenin
  6. Phone: 9749863
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHT
  9. Number: 5184
  10. Full Title: Movement Science I
  11. Credit Hours: 2
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Movement Science I
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: N/A
  23. Corequisites: N/A
  24. Course Description: A basic introduction to movement science and its foundational principles from four different perspectives: biomechanics; kinesiology; exercise physiology; and motor control, learning and development. Restricted to majors.

    Repeatable for 2 cr.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: New Degree Program – DPT
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Part of required sequence in major.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Licensed physical therapist with advanced degree in discipline.
  29. Objectives: 1. Quantify human movement according to Cartesian coordinate systems in different

    frames of reference including the anatomic position.

    2. Define rigid body kinematics: translation, angular motion and curvilinear motion.

    3. Identify three types of lever systems and relate levers to human joint function.

    4. Categorize the stability and mobility functions of muscle including:

    a. concentric, eccentric and isometric muscle actions

    b. functions of the agonist, antagonist and synergists

    c. active and passive insufficiency

    5. Explain muscle length-tension and velocity-force relationships and force-rate of

    contraction relationships.

    6. Discuss basic kinetic and kinematic terms and their measurement units including:

    displacement, velocity, acceleration, mass, weight, force, moment, and torque.

    7. Explain:

    a. the influence of initial fitness level, frequency, intensity, duration, mode, volume and gender on training response

    b. the mechanism(s) of overtraining and the concept of exercise/activity periodization.

    c. muscular synergists, agonists, antagonists

    d. the principles of physical conditioning programs including Overload, Specificity, Individual Differences (Somatotypes), Progression, Reversibility

    e. the normal developmental sequence and changes in motor milestones across the lifespan.

    8. Compare normal versus impaired movement across the life span.

    9. Discuss the general organization of sensory and motor systems, the functional

    organization of motor units, and patterns of motor unit recruitment.

    10. Develop operational definitions for muscle tone and movement disorders. (e.g.,

    spasticity, rigidity, tremor, ataxia, athetoid movements).

    11. Discuss theories of normal and abnormal motor control; motor development; motor

    learning, sensation, perception, arousal/attention/cognition, cranial nerve integrity,

    and muscle performance across the lifespan.

    12. Define basic terminology related to spatial and temporal parameters of gait.

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, learners will be able to apply basic movement science principles to normal human movement and identify common movement disorders.
  31. Major Topics: Basic kinesiological principles

    Basic biomechanical principles

    Basic exercise physiology principles

    Basic motor control, motor learning and motor development principles

    Tissue biomechanics, structure, and function

    Normal v. abnormal movement and development

    Basic Components of normal gait

  32. Textbooks: Specific required and recommended readings will be posted to the “Assignments” sections of the Blackboard web page for this course at least one week in advance of their due dates. Links to required and recommended readings from online resources will be posted to the “Web Links” section of the BlackBoard course page.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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