MSU Billings Course Descriptions

KIN - Kinesiology

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KIN 105 Foundations of Exercise Science

[formerly HHP 100 Foundations of Exercise Science]

3 cr. Corequisite: KIN 106. (F, Sp, Su)  Extends and applies understanding to the use of life science in promoting healthy lifestyles to students’ lives.  The exercise sciences of physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, and motor learning are integrated through didactic and laboratory instruction that focuses students on the fundamental importance of exercise science in healthy living.


KIN 106 Foundations of Exercise Science Lab

[formerly HHP 102 Foundations of Exercise Science Lab]

1 cr. Corequisite: KIN 105.  Provides laboratory experiences in exercise science to complement student learning in the classroom.  By its nature, exercise science involves lab activities dependent upon physical activity.


KIN 202 Personal Fitness

[formerly HHP 174 Personal Fitness]

1 cr. (F, Sp)  Offers an individualized approach to fitness at any level.  It is designed to teach principles of cardiovascular fitness, endurance, strength and flexibility, and back strengthening exercises through participation with a basic weight training program, use of stretch bands, handweights, and a run walk program.


KIN 205 Foundations in HHP

[formerly HHP 260 Foundations and Scientific Fundamentals in Health and Human Performance]

3 cr. (F)  Introduces fundamentals of scientific basics in human movement.  Included areas of study are basic human bone and muscle anatomy, principles of biomechanical movement, and basic principles of exercise physiology.  The relationship between Health/Physical Education and Education is introduced as well as historical background facts, discipline interrelationships, career opportunities, elementary principles of fitness and nutrition, and professional challenges.


KIN 320 Exercise Physiology

[formerly HHP 430 Exercise Physiology]

3 cr. (3 lec/wk) Prerequisite: KIN 105. Corequisite: KIN 321. (F, Sp)  Provides the physiological fundamentals needed to understand skilled movement.  The course focuses on the responses of the human body during exercise with emphasis on professional interventions in various education, health promotion, and human performance settings.  Various body systems (i.e., cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, musculo-skeletal, endocrine) are studied to understand the adaptations associated with physical fitness, sport, and healthy lifestyle activities.


KIN 321 Exercise Physiology Lab

[formerly HHP 431 Exercise Physiology Lab]

1 cr. (1.5 lab/wk) Corequisite: KIN 320. (F, Sp)  Complements topics presented in exercise physiology lecture.  Labs involve physical activity, investigation, and application of clinical assessment skills.  Research teams investigate, collect, and analyze data, and present results in oral and written formats.


KIN 322 Kinesiology

3 cr. Corequisite: KIN 323. (F)  Provides an in-depth exploration into musculoskeletal anatomy and functional movement patterns as they apply to human performance.


KIN 323 Anatomical Kinesiology Lab

1 cr. Corequisite: KIN 322. (F)  Examines the anatomical structures and mechanical aspects of human motion.  Laboratory exercises concentrate on the role of muscle and joint action during basic movements and the adaptations that can result from pathologic conditions.  Students will be required to apply their knowledge of anatomy towards understanding individual joint function as well as the integrated function of several joints during complex activities such as normal human locomotion.


KIN 325 Biomechanics

3 cr. Corequisite: KIN 328. (Sp)  Emphasizes the effects of structure, motion, and forces, and their effects on and within the human body using both qualitative and quantitative analyses.  Additional emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking skills associated with biomechanics-related research and interpretation.


KIN 327 Kinesiology and Biomechanics

[formerly HHP 463 Kinesiology and Biomechanics]

3 cr. Prerequisite: KIN 105. Corequisite: KIN 328. (F, Sp)  Examines the anatomy and mechanics of human motion with the goal of improving efficiency in sport, dance, and exercise.


KIN 328 Biomechanics Lab

[formerly HHP 464 Kinesiology and Biomechanics Lab]

1 cr. Corequisite: KIN 325. (F, Sp)  Examines the mechanical aspects of human motion.  Laboratory exercises focus on the effects of structure, motion, and force related to exercise, sport, and physical activity.


KIN 330 Motor Learning and Control

[formerly HHP 300 Motor Learning and Control]

3 cr. Prerequisite: KIN 105. Corequisite: KIN 331. (F, Sp)  Focuses on the basic principles of motor control and learning, examining the mechanisms by which the nervous system plans, initiates, and executes movements (both involuntary and voluntary) as well as accomplished sensory-motor integration and the means for maximizing the learning and performance of movement skills including how to design practice conditions and how to optimize arousal, attention, motivation, feedback, and transfer so to optimize skilled motor performance.


KIN 331 Motor Learning and Control Lab

[formerly HHP 301 Motor Learning and Control Lab]

1 cr. Corequisite: KIN 330. (F, Sp)  Includes laboratory exercises in motor control fundamentals of nervous system functions, sensory-motor integration, and methods for maximizing the learning and performance of movement skills.


KIN 364 Research Methods in Health and Human Performance

[formerly HHP 364 Research Methods in Health and Human Performance]

3 cr. (F, Sp)  Provides students with experience and knowledge which will allow them to critically analyze and evaluate completed research in health and human performance.  Examines methods of assessment, prescription, and evaluation in health and human performance activities.


KIN 415 Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription (crosslisted with HHP 545)

[formerly HHP 445 Exercise Testing and Prescription]

3 cr. Prerequisite: KIN 320. (F, Sp)  Explores basic techniques in the assessment of physical fitness, prescription of exercise for healthy and unhealthy adults, and promotion of physical activity within communities.


KIN 462 Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment

3 cr. Prerequisite: Admission to Human Performance Program. (F, Sp)  Provides the foundation for evidence-based practice in exercise science by establishing scientific evidence as the basis for clinical decision making.  Clinical practices are questioned and evaluated for alignment with evidence-based decision making.  Commonly accepted hierarchies of evidence are used to evaluate the level of scientific support for both assessment and treatment techniques used in exercise science.  Objective outcome measures that determine level of success in individual client scenarios in a wide array of exercise applications are used to provide evidence of intervention effects.