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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - APK6406

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-10-12
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Apprd by GC 5/18/09 - pending concur In re-review for concurrence from psyc, PH, and Aging Studies. 3/11/11; emailed 6/23/11. Recd. GC apprd 7/19/11. to USF Systm 7/19/11. to SCNS 7/27/11. Subm as PET 6083, approved APK 6406. Eff 10/1/11. posted banner

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2154 2009-04-01
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Physical Education and Exercise Science ED 173200
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Marcus Kilpatrick 9748127

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    APK 6406 Psychology of Exercise

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Psychology of Exercise
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    Covers selected topics regarding the psychological aspects of exercise. Topics to be covered include: stress, anxiety, depression, mood, pain, exertion, and body image. Research methodology will be an important consideration throughout.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The field of exercise science is evolving rapidly and the understanding of psychological principles as they relate to physical activity is becoming increasingly important for practitioners. This course provides important content that can be used to facili

    B. 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?

    It is expected that this course would enroll approximately 15-20 students each time it is delivered using a two year rotation. Registration for this course or an existing Sport Psychology course is required for program completion. This course is currently listed as an elective for the graduate Physical Education program in our department. Additionally, this course may be attractive as an elective for graduate students in Psychology, Public Health, and Aging Studies.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes. This course was delivered to 15 students in the Fall of 2007 and is currently ongoing for Spring 2009 with 10 students.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    In addition to the terminal degree, a qualified instructor for this course should have taken graduate level courses in the area of exercise psychology and should have a background of research in one or more areas covered in the course.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    6.1 Ability to locate, read, and interpret exercise psychology research.

    6.2 Ability to prepare a high-quality research proposal with the following components: abstract, hypotheses, literature review, and methodology.

    6.3 Knowledge of the psychophysiological nature of stress, depression, sleep, anxiety, exertion, mood, and arousal, with special attention on the impact of physical activity.

    6.4 Knowledge of the acute and chronic psychological benefits of physical activity.

    6.5 Knowledge of the impact of physical activity on self-esteem and body image.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Examination Performance: 50 points

    * composed exclusively of essay questions

    Research Proposal: 30 points

    * final product will be a mock thesis/research proposal

    Participation: 20 points

    * based on attendance, oral participation in class, online discussion on Blackboard, and content presentation in class

    C. Major Topics

    Foundations/History , Research Methods, Stress Reactivity, Anxiety, Depression, Mood/Affect, Perceived Exertion, Pain Perception, Exercise Addiction, Self-Esteem, and Body Image (all within the context of Exercise Psychology)

    D. Textbooks

    Title: Exercise Psychology

    Authors: Janet Buckworth, Rod Dishman

    Publisher: Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL

    Year: 2005

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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