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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
 
    
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Kinesiology Major, MS


Kinesiology is an academic discipline that involves the study of human movement, especially the role of physical activity and its impact on health, human performance, society, and quality of life. Three concentrations are offered at the master’s level: (1) exercise physiology, (2) biomechanics, and (3) sport psychology and motor behavior. The study of kinesiology can lead to a variety of careers in teaching, research, and delivery of services. These careers are usually related to physical activity, fitness, health promotion, rehabilitation, sports medicine, athletic training, coaching, and sport psychology consulting. Positions are found in a variety of settings including schools, colleges and universities, public and private agencies, clinical environments, government, business and the military. A description of each program along with application for each follows.

The biomechanics concentration (Master of Science) focuses on the mechanisms, prevention, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. The primary emphasis is on biomechanical considerations related to exercise and rehabilitation. Master’s students may elect to do a 6-credit thesis, which is recommended for those intending to pursue a doctorate in the field. Graduate students work with biomechanics faculty to pursue research in the areas of biomechanics of lower extremity function, footwear biomechanics, and the biomechanics of injury mechanisms and injury prevention.

The exercise physiology concentration (Master of Science) involves the study of the acute and chronic effects of exercise on the human body. Master’s students may elect to do a 6-credit thesis, which is recommended for those intending to pursue a doctorate in the field. Students may elect to do internships in cardiac rehabilitation at several area hospitals and are encouraged to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Specialist exam upon graduation. Graduate students collaborate with an exercise physiology faculty member to perform research in the areas of physical activity assessment, metabolism, the health benefits of exercise, and body composition assessment.

The sport psychology and motor behavior concentration (Master of Science) involves the study of psychological theory relevant to the performance of sport and movement skills, systematic research of both a quantitative and qualitative nature, the application of psychological concepts to the performance and learning of physical activities in a variety of settings. Students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to critically examine the literature in sport psychology and motor behavior, provide psychological assistance for sport performers in a variety of forms (e.g., mental training, injury rehabilitation, skill refinement, stress management, etc.), and design evidence-based approaches for teaching movement skills. The majority of graduates of the sport psychology and motor behavior master’s concentration obtain positions in teaching, coaching, athletic training, and strength and conditioning when they finish their degrees. The remaining studentsapply for PhD programs after completing master’s degree requirements and aspire to careers as faculty members at the university level.

 

Biomechanics Concentration (MS) - Required courses:
All master’s students in Biomechanics must complete the following courses during their 30-credit hour program of study:
KNS 508 - Research Methods  (3)
KNS 513 - Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury  (3)
KNS 515 - Qualitative Analysis of Movement in Sport and Exercise  (3)
KNS 531 - Biomechanics  (3)
KNS 634 - Advanced Methods and Instrumentation in Biomechanics  (3)
Kinesiology elective - one additional 3 hour Kinesiology course

Recommended Electives:
KNS 500 - Thesis  (6)**
KNS 501 - Special Project  (3)
KNS 521 - Physical Activity Epidemiology Methods  (3)
KNS 532 - Exercise Physiology  (3)
KNS 533 - Psychology of Sport  (3)
KNS 534 - Motor Behavior and Skill Acquisition  (3)
KNS 535 - Health and Exercise Psychology  (3)
KNS 536 - Expert Performance in Sports  (3)
KNS 543 - Women, Sport and Culture  (3)
KNS 567 - Exercise Testing and Prescription  (3)
KNS 569 - Clinical Exercise Physiology  (3)
KNS 593 - Independent Study  (1 - 3)
KNS 622 - Directed Independent Research  (3 - 6)
KNS 635 - Physical Activity and Positive Health  (3)
KNS 662 - Seminar in Biomechanics  (1-3)
KNS 664 - Research Participation in Kinesiology  (1 - 6)
KNS 693 - Independent Study  (1-3)
BME 529 - Application of Linear Algebra in Engineering Systems  (3)
BME 531 - Advanced Biomechanics I  (3)
BME 538 - Ultrasonic Methods and Bioinstrumentation  (3)
BME 631 - Advanced Biomechanics II  (3)
BME 632 - Biomechanics Design  (3)
STAT 531 - Survey of Statistical Methods I  (3)
STAT 532 - Survey of Statistical Methods II  (3)

**NOTE: If you select the Thesis option you must take a statistics course approved by your advisor.

 

Exercise Physiology Concentration (MS) - Required courses: 
All Master’s students in Exercise Physiology must complete the following courses during their 30-credit hour program of study:
KNS 508 - Research Methods  (3)
KNS 532 - Exercise Physiology  (3)
KNS 565 - Advanced Physiology of Exercise  (3)
KNS 567 - Exercise Testing and Prescription  (3)
KNS 635 - Physical Activity and Positive Health  (3)
Kinesiology elective- one additional 3 hour Kinesiology course

Recommended Electives:
KNS 500 - Thesis  (6)**
KNS 501 - Special Project  (3)
KNS 513 - Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury  (3)
KNS 515 - Qualitative Analysis of Movement in Sport and Exercise  (3)
KNS 521 - Physical Activity Epidemiology Methods  (3)
KNS 531 - Biomechanics  (3)
KNS 533 - Psychology of Sport  (3) STAT 531 
KNS 535 - Health and Exercise Psychology  (3)
KNS 543 - Women, Sport and Culture  (3)
KNS 569 - Clinical Exercise Physiology  (3)*
KNS 570 - Cardiac Rehabilitation Practicum  (1-3)*
KNS 593 - Independent Study  (1 - 3 hours, can be repeated)
KNS 622 - Directed Independent Research  (3-6)
KNS 623 - Advanced Topics in Obesity  (1-4 credit seminar)
KNS 664 - Research Participation in Kinesiology  (1 - 6)
KNS 693 - Independent Study  (1-3)
NURS 505 - Advanced Clinical Pharmacology  (3)*
SOWK 605 - Analysis of Social Work Data I  (3)
SOWK 606 - Analysis of Social Work Data II  (3)
STAT 531 - Survey of Statistical Methods I  (3)
STAT 532 - Survey of Statistical Methods II  (3)

*highly recommended for students interested in cardiac rehabilitation
** NOTE: If you select the Thesis option you must take a statistics course approved by your advisor (SOWK 605  or STAT 531  are recommended).

 

Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior Concentration (MS) - Required courses:
The master’s degree concentration in sport psychology and motor behavior has a great deal of flexibility that allows students to take courses that best suit their individual professional goals and interests. Students are required to take 30 hours, with at least 20 of those hours comprised of 500 or 600 level courses. The following courses are required:

KNS 533 - Psychology of Sport  (3)
KNS 534 - Motor Behavior and Skill Acquisition  (3)
KNS 535 - Health and Exercise Psychology  (3)
KNS 538 - Professional Practice Issues in Kinesiology  (3)

In addition, 3 hours must be selected from the following:
KNS 490 - Psychology of Coaching  (3) (must be taken for graduate credit)
KNS 536 - Expert Performance in Sports  (3)
KNS 543 - Women, Sport and Culture  (3)
KNS 633 - Advanced Sport Psychology  (3)

Additional courses may be selected from either kinesiology or other departments, with the advisor’s approval. In addition, if a student takes any 400-level classes in the graduate catalog, the student must consult with the instructor regarding the additional class requirements needed to earn graduate credit. The non-thesis option, which consists of 30 hours and a written comprehensive exam, is designed for graduates seeking positions as practitioners (e.g., teachers, coaches, athletic trainers, etc.). The thesis option, which consists of 24 hours of course work and a 6-hour thesis (KNS 500), is recommended for students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. degree after graduating and is available only upon consultation with and approval by the student’s advisor.