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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 096 (GHA) Independent Study in Physical Activity (.5-3 per semester) This course is designed to meet the needs of students to expand Kinesiology experiences beyond the designed course curriculum.

KINES 096 Independent Study in Physical Activity (1-3 per semester)

Students enroll in KINES 096 to take advantage of a unique movement experience in which they plan to participate. They enroll in KINES 096 by an application process. Students who feel that they would like to fulfill their Health Science and Physical

Activity (GHA) requirement by pursuing a movement form outside of the normal curricular offerings apply to the department of Kinesiology. Applications will be screened to see that they fulfill the tenants of the GHA requirement.

The topics for this course vary widely from student to student. A student may be working on a personal contract that has been designed to report the progress of experiences from hiking excursions in Nepal to a mountain biking course in Crested Butte, Colorado, to walking a mile in 15 minutes after major knee surgery. Therefore, many common topics are an exception rather than a rule during any given semester. Each student completes a proposal form that requires that they describe their need for this course. They are also asked to describe the experience that they have identified in detail and also a preliminary program and implementation plan for the detailed program. This proposal is then approved or denied by the faculty member facilitating the independent study program. After the proposal has been approved or denied the student will receive a letter notifying them of their status in the course. If they have received an approval letter they are instructed in the letter to meet one-on-one with the class instructor. At the initial meeting, the proposal is discussed and when there is an agreement with the student and instructor concerning the requirements for the student to complete the course successfully a contract is written and signed by both the instructor and the student. Weekly contact, at a minimum, with the instructor is required.

Student evaluation techniques shall include but not be limited to objective testing, individual projects, presentations, journals and subjective evaluation of effort involved in meeting the stated goals and objectives for the course.

There are no special facilities for this course. The department plans to offer this course every fall and spring semesters, with an enrollment of up to 25 students each semester.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2006

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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