2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University


Exercise Science Courses (EXS)

Exercise Science includes the knowledge of anatomy, biology, chemistry, physics and physiology as it applies to human movement and exercise.  Students will be equipped for a number of careers following graduation, while many pursue related graduate degrees.  The Undergraduate Exercise Science Program will prepare students for advanced study and career pursuits in: Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Strength & Conditioning Professional, Physician Assistant, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, Chiropractor, Exercise Physiologist, Athletic Trainer, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Fitness Manager, Sport Coach, Lifestyle Coach. This major does not lead to teacher certification.

The Department of Sport Science also offers three minors for students to choose from: Athletic Training, Nutrition, Strength & Conditioning

Athletic Training (ATL)

ATL 1990-4990. Independent Studies (1-3). Courses designed with a professor for independent study purposes.

ATL 1895-4895. Special Topics (1-3). Special Topics or pilot courses.

ATL 2350. Prevention and Treatment of Injury (3).Designed to help students recognize and control injury risk factors through an introduction to the public health approach to injury prevention. Additionally, it includes skills training for certification in CPR, AED, and first aid to provide immediate and temporary care in the event of an injury or sudden illness. There will be a fee for this course to cover certification cards.

ATL 3100. Principles of Sport Training (3).This course focuses on biomechanics of sport, training fundamentals, energy systems, body composition, strength and conditioning and periodization of training as it relates to sport and athletic conditioning.

ATL 3260. Sport Psychology (3). Prerequisite PSY 1200. The course examines various topics in sport psychology including the learning of athletic skills, principles of motivation, goal setting and reinforcement. Emotional aspects of athletic competition and various strategies for mental preparation for competition (such as relaxation, concentration, and visualization) will be discussed.

ATL 3350. Principles of Coaching (3).This is a foundational course that examines philosophy and management, methods of training, energy systems, motication, behaviors, and critical aspects involved in the overall process and profession of coaching individual and team sports.

ATL 3750. Sport Medicine I (3). Prerequisite: BIO 2230. The course consists of providing the student with the knowledge and technical skills to work with the prevention, management and rehabilitation of athletic and sports injuries.

ATL 3800. Sport Medicine II (3).  Prerequisite: ATH 3750. This course is a complimentary course to ATH 3750, Sport Medicine I. Advanced athletic training techniques are taught along with practical experience in recognizing and treating sports injuries. 

ATL 3850. Therapeutic Modalities (3).This course consists of an advanced and in-depth study of the use of hydrotherapeutic, manual, and electrotherapeutic modalities in the rehabilitation of athletic injuries.

ATL 4050. Practicum in Athletic Training (3). Directed practicum in the professions of athletic training and sports medicine under the supervision of licensed and / or  National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification Certified Athletic Trainers.
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (I - Internships, Clinicals, Practicum).

ATL 4240. Organization and Administration in Athletics (3). This course consists of an overview of legal topics, emergency considerations, compliance issues, information management and financial tasks in coaching. Along with game and competition management, students will acquire skills in public relations and human resource tasks required by a coach.

ATL 4350. Skills and Field Experience in Coaching (3). Students will be assigned a coaching site supervisor as a part of the fieldwork experience. The student will be learning communication skills, mental and motivational aspects of coaching. Evaluation methods to be discussed include: individual, staff, and team. Along with daily mentoring by the supervising head coach, the student will gain hands-on experience with athlete and competition selection, motivation and performance, competitive tactics and strategies through skill sessions, practices and play preparation.

ATL 3870. Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries (3). The course will be an elective for the athletic training minor. The course consists of the principles of planning and implementation of rehabilitation programs for injured athletes. An emphasis is placed on the application of contemporary therapeutic exercise techniques.

ATL 4010. Clinical Rotation in Sports Medicine (1).The senior-level course is designed for the student to work in a variety of sports medicine laboratory settings. The student will observe an arthroscopic surgery, in addition to spending clinical hours with medical professionals and nationally-certified athletic trainers.

Exercise Science (EXS)

EXS 1895-4895. Special Topics (1-3). Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Special Topics or pilot courses.

EXS 1990-4990. Independent Studies in Exercise Science (1-3). Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. This course will consist of a project agreed upon by the student and supervising professor.

EXS 2000. Kinesiology (3). This course will address the structure and function of the human body as it applies to movement, exercise, and sport.

EXS 3000. Electrocardiography (3). This course will discuss cardiovascular physiology and the theory and practice of electrocardiogram interpretation as it relates to fitness and clinical programs.

EXS 3010. Exercise Physiology (3). This course deals with the functional physiological changes in the human body brought about by acute and chronic exercise. Energy systems of exercise, physiological support systems, and methods of physical training are addressed.

EXS 3120. Laboratory Methods in Exercise Science (3). This course will introduce the rationale, procedures, and interpretation of health/fitness assessments with particular attention given to practical application appropriate for these assessments.

EXS 4210. Exercise Prescription (3).This course will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for the development and implentation of an exercise prescription according to guidelines established by the American College of Sports Medicine.

EXS 4400. Program Planning and Implementation In Exercise Science (3). This course will involve program planning in the exercise science / health promotion, including needs assessment, missions, goals and field objectives of health promotion programs. It will also include program implementation and evaluation in several health promotion settings.

EXS 4500. Internship in Exercise Science I (3). This course is designed to give students practical work experience in an Exercise Science related field. The internship will culminate with a final report summarizing the quality of the experience. (Pass / Fail)
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (I – Internships, Clinicals, Practica).

EXS 4510. Internship in Exercise Science II (3). Prerequisite: EXS 4500.This course is designed to give students additional practical work experience in an Exercise Science related field beyone EXS 4500. The internship will culminate with a final report summarizing the quality of the experience. (Pass / Fail)

EXS 4600. Seminar in Exercise Science (3). This is a senior level course that will focus on reading and understanding the research pertinent to Exercise Science, preparation for certification exams, job seeking skills and current events in Exercise Science.

Health Courses (HTH)

HTH 1990-4990. Independent Studies (1-3). Courses designed with a professor for independent study purposes.

HTH 1895-4895. Special Topics (1-3). Special Topics or pilot courses.

HTH 2220. Community Health (3). A study is made of various health problems which affect the community with emphasis on agencies working to solve these problems. The student is introduced to various career opportunities in the health field.
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (S – Service Learning).

HTH 3000. School Health Education (3). (Req. for Elem. Ed. students.) This course focuses on various health problems which affect the school and community in which schools exist. Some of the topics covered are: the well child, illness affecting children and adults in school, disease prevention and control, home and school safety, first aid including CPR and treatment for choking, personal health, nutrition and drugs.

HTH 3030. Personal Health (3). The students study problems affecting their personal health, such as diseases, aging and the use of drugs.

HTH 3040. Effective Living (3). This course includes a study of mental health, family relations, community relations and consumer health.

HTH 3240. Life Guarding and Water Safety (3). Prerequisite: HTH 3000 or consent of instructor. Lifesaving skills are taught and the student is prepared to become an instructor in Red Cross Water Safety.

HTH 3260. Safety Education (3). This course is designed to acquaint the student with accident causes and prevention, methods and materials for teaching safety education in the school and community.

HTH 3270. Teaching First Aid (3). Prerequisite: HTH 3000. This course is designed to prepare students to be instructors in American Red Cross First Aid. The appropriate Red Cross certification is awarded those who satisfactorily complete the course.

HTH 4000. Methods, Materials, and Standards for Health Instruction (3). Students in this course will learn to design curriculum, teaching units, and lesson plans for teaching various health topics, with special emphasis on methods and teaching aids. Topics covered will include family life and sexuality, mental health, disease prevention and control, substance use and abuse, environmental and community health, and consumer health.

HTH 4600. Teaching Health (3). The curriculum for this area of study includes developing lesson plans, demonstration of teaching abilities / skills, assessment / evaluation, classroom management, various methods and techniques in teaching, discussion and field work experience.

HTH 4700. Environmental Health (3). This course will provide an explanation of the cycles of life and explore the impact of human behavior on the environment, as well as the resulting impact of environmental degradation on human health.

HTH 4900. Practicum in Health (3). Supervised field-based experience in health. Students will complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised work in a health setting.
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (I – Internships, Clinicals, Practica).

Nutrition Courses (NTR)

NTR 2230. Principles of Nutrition (3). The study of the nutritive value of foods, the effect of food on the overall health of the individual, and nutritional needs throughout the life span. The course will explore how the body fuels itself, and the effects of diet on performance, health and well-being.

NTR 3430. Community Nutrition (3). Prerequisite: NTR 2230. The study of identifying nutrition resources and meeting the nutritional needs of individuals in the community. The course includes planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs for individuals throughout the life cycle. Field experiences include observing, developing, and presenting community nutrition education classes.

NTR 3440. Nutrition for Physical Activity (3). Prerequisite: NTR 2230. Application of nutrition principles to health promotion such as weight management, sports nutrition, eating disorders, and disease prevention. The course includes program development, assessment, and evaluation. An emphasis on methods of teaching, principles of effective communication, and motivation are covered. 

NTR 4100. Advanced Nutrition (3). Prerequisite: NTR 2230.Physiological aspects of nutrition including digestion, absorption, and metabolism of carbohydrates, protiens, and fats. Nutritional assessment, lab value interpretation, and vitamins and minerals are covered.

NTR 4120. Diet and Disease (3). Prerequisite: NTR 2230. Therapeutic nutrition based on modifications of the nutrients in a normal diet for prevention and treatment of various diseases. Case studies are used to apply the dietary modifications for specific diseases.

NTR 4800. Internship in Nutrition (3).Supervised fieldwork in an institution or agency that has an estabilshed program to provide nutrition related services to individuals. The student will be allowed to select an area of interest to complete the hours required for the field experience.

Physical Education Courses (PED)

PED 1010. Foundations of Sport Science (3). This course will enable students to discover the variety of topics, fields of study, and community opportunities as it pertains to exercise science, health and physical education, and sport. Students will be involved in assessing career paths through experiential learning.

PED 1500. Lifetime Fitness (1). Each student will design a personal fitness program. A study will be made of nutrition, weight control, and general lifetime fitness.

PED 1600. Health and Fitness Concepts (2). This course is a health-based, lecture-oriented class that provides an in-depth study of fitness and wellness issues.

PED 1990-4990. Independent Studies (1-3). Courses designed with a professor for independent study purposes.

PED 1895-4895. Special Topics (1-3). Special Topics or pilot courses.

PED 2000-2044. Physical Education Activities (1). These varied activity courses are designed to develop cognitive and lifetime performance skills in individual and dual sports.  Letter grades are awarded in these courses. ($0.00 - $100.00 course fee)

PED 2110. Activities Block I (4).This course is designed to provide an overview of effective teaching strategies and behaviors for prospective physical education teachers. Students will be provided the necessary building blocks to support Tennessee Curriculum Standards. Sections covered will include Rhythmic Activities, Educational Gymnastics, and Lead-Up Games. Rhythmic Activities will consist of fundamental knowledge and methods of teaching dance. Educational Gymnastics will provide an introduction to basic mechanical principles of locomotor and non-locomotor movement with required public school experiences. The practical assignments of the course include the performance of both isolated movement skills (stunts) and the development of "movement sequences." Lead-Up Games will be comprised of knowledge and skills related to instructing the basic fundamentals of team sports through elementary games.

PED 2120. Activities Block II (4). This course is designed to provide an overview of effective teaching strategies and behaviors for prospective physical education teachers. Students will be provided the necessary building blocks to support Tennessee Curriculum Standards. Sections covered will include Individual and Dual Sports, Team Sports, and Recreational/Outdoor Pursuits. Individual, Dual, and Team Sports is designed to develop teaching skills for the physical educator as it pertains to knowledge of game offense, performance, rules, strategies, and game play. Recreational/Outdoor Pursuits will emphasize experiential learning of selected outdoor leisure time pursuits, applying environmental instruction for the purpose of application in school settings.

PED 2220. Baseball Coaching (2). This course is designed to acquaint the student with methods and techniques of coaching baseball.

PED 2230. Basketball Coaching (2). This course is designed to acquaint the student with methods and techniques of coaching basketball.

PED 2300. Sailboating in the Bahamas (2). Counts as two activities courses. See instructor for details.

PED 2430. Adapted Physical Education (1). This is a beginning course in fundamentals in adapted physical education. Special emphasis is placed on the handicapped student.

PED 2510. Teaching Dance and Gymnastics (2). A study of a variety of dance forms and rhythmical activities suitable for teaching in the school setting will be explored. Gymnastics will introduce basic principles of the body management skills, spatial awareness and sequencing skills. Students are required to perform movement patterns which have gymnastic qualities throughout the course. Appropriate methods of classroom management, teaching techniques, and procedures will be discussed.

PED 2520. Teaching Games in Physical Education (2). Activities suitable for the needs, abilities, and interests of children and youth throughout the stages of their growth and development will be explored. Students will be required to participate in daily activities pertaining to these games.

PED 3210. Sports Officiating (2). This course teaches officiating theory and mechanics. Students are given officiating experience through the university intramural program.

PED 3230. Physical Education in the Elementary School (3). This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of the pedagogical knowledge and teaching techniques required for an effective elementary physical education program. This course will provide practical guidelines for curriculum development, lesson plans, and assessment strategies in Elementary Physical Education. Developmentally appropriate physical education content and the movement framework serve as a basis for the curricular content of this course.

PED 3250. Promoting Intramural Activities (2). This course gives instruction and experience in conducting intramural activities.

PED 3630. Teaching Sport Skills (2). This course is designed to provide majors with the abilities to define, describe, and demonstrate a range of teaching skills to support Tennessee Teacher Standards. These skills will include tactics and procedures for teaching individual, dual, team, and lifetime sports.

PED 3650. Motor Learning (3). This course explores the study of motor activities by discussing the development of motor patterns and how children learn to move under various circumstances. Students will become familiar with the concepts, terms, techniques, and activities that will lead to a better understanding of motor control.

PED 4230. Tests and Measurements in Physical Education (3). Pre-testing programs are set up to determine the needs, to fit the needs, and to evaluate the results.

PED 4420. Technology Applications in Health and Physical Education (2). This class will be based on technology as it applies to teaching in the following areas: 1) various types of software applicable to health and physical education; 2) video analysis of synthesis; 3) electronic portfolios; 4) creating a web site which encompasses all previous practicum work, field work, and class experiences. In addition, this class will meet the senior capstone requirement in the bell core.

PED 4970. Seminar in Physical Education and Health (3).This course is taken during the senior year. Current physical education and health topics are presented and discussed; job hunting techniques are presented; problemsand experiences of students in the gymnasium and the classroom are discussed. The Coordinated School Health Assessment tools are explored.

PED 4980. Professional Growth and Participation (0) (Pass/Fail). Students will complete a Professional Growth and Participation Checklist of Sport Science-related activities, certifications, and positions. Completion requires a minimum of fifty (50) points as determined by the Sport Science faculty, spread over five areas of development. Required to be completed by all majors in Exercise Science and Physical Education / Health before graduation. The student must be signed up for the course by the beginning of their last semester.

Strength & Conditioning (STR)

STR 3010. Scientific Principles of Strength & Conditioning (3). The purpose of this course is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge of the muscular, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, endocrine, and respiratory systems as they relate to strength and conditioning. Furthermore, nutritional factors, performance enhancing substances, and key concepts of sport psychology will be discussed.

STR 3020. Strength & Conditioning Technique, Program Design, and Exercise Prescription (3). The purpose of this course is to provide sound knowledge of exercise technique, program design, and testing and evaluation as it relates to strength and conditioning. Additionally, organization and administration will be covered to include facility organization and risk management, and also develop policies and procedures as it relates to facility management.

STR 4010. Exercise for Special Populations (3).  This course will address exercise as it relates to special populations. Anatomical and physiological considerations as well as safe and effective exercise prescriptions, and health and fitness recommendations for a variety of special populations (obese, cardiovascular, metabolic, and respiratory related illnesses) will be covered.

STR 4020. Advanced Topics in Strength & Conditioning (3). This senior level course will focus on reading and critically evaluating research pertinent to Strength & Conditioning. Peer-reviewing journal articles from NSCA's Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Strength & Conditioning Journal will be utilized.

STR 4110. Optimizing Human Performance (3). The purpose of this course is to provide practical knowledge to develop mobility, enhanced movement, posture, and recovery between training sessions, while improving human performance and quality of life.

STR 4120. Principles of Movement (3). This course will enable students to concentrate on body weight exercises as it relates to conditioning and fitness. Students will also understand authentic movement, and how the brain and body create and learn movement patterns. Students will also learn how to assess and develop strategies to correct movement deficiencies.

STR 4510 / 4520 Practicum in Strength & Conditioning I and II (3), (3). This course is designed to give students practical work experience in a strength and conditioning setting. The student is to augment classroom instruction with practical application of theory and concepts.