Courses

MPK4000Y Introduction to Professional Kinesiology (1.0 FCE)

This course will assist students in developing an advanced understanding of how Kinesiology can be applied in a professional context to enhance the health, wellness, and functional capacity of clients. Students will learn how fundamentals of movement science, current research, business and ethics are integrated to provide the highest level of practice. Students will draw on their previous knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning and control, exercise physiology, behavioral sciences and ethics in developing a client centred approach to movement adaptation, with integrated assessments, interventions, and ongoing management and advocacy for of health and performance. They will be able to apply safety techniques and procedures (universal precautions, emergency procedures, work place standards. A mixture of lecture, laboratory and practical sessions will be used to aid in development of knowledge and skills related to movement science practice. This compressed course will include 10 hours classroom activity and 10 hours of afternoon laboratories, tutorials and service learning and/or fieldtrips per week.
Course duration:
4 weeks
Total course time: 80 hours

MPK4001Y Clinical Aspects of Assessment and Intervention (1.0 FCE)

Clinical practice refers to the delivery of health services based upon the interaction between practitioners and clients, rather than theory or basic science alone. Quality of clinical practice is achieved through patient interaction, involving various processes within the clinical paradigm of the practitioner, client and services. These interactions allow for thoughtful clinical reasoning and decision-making to guide patient care across the health continuum, including assessment, intervention, and the long-term management of health. In this course, students will explore the nature of the clinical paradigm and develop clinical reasoning skills related to the delivery of kinesiology assessment and intervention.

This course will assist in developing the critical thinking skills required for effective decision making, while considering the needs of the client in the broad paradigm of clinical management. A mixture of lecture, problem and case-based learning sessions, laboratories, and assignments will be used to aid in development of knowledge and skills related to clinical assessments and intervention.
Course duration:
16 weeks: 2 hours of lecture/2 hour lab/tutorial per week
Total course time: 64 hours

MPK4002Y Biophysical Assessment and Intervention (1.0 FCE)

Kinesiology assessment and intervention techniques should be selected and adapted to accommodate environmental, individual, and task factors. In this course, students will learn how to appropriately design, select and administer a range of general and population-specific kinesiology assessments and interventions that relate to biological and physical performance for clients across the health-to-performance continuum. Lectures will stress the consideration of how anatomy, physiology, injury and pathology affect decisions regarding client screening, assessment, and intervention approaches. Emphasis will be placed on the demonstration of critical thinking, evidence-based decision-making, and applied skills within case-based learning sessions and laboratories. 2 hours of lecture/2 hour lab/tutorial per week.
Course duration:
16 weeks
Total course time: 64 hours

MPK4003Y Behavioral Assessment and Intervention (1.0 FCE)

Supporting and adapting behaviours towards improved health are central to the role of kinesiologists in delivering client care. The complex interaction of clients’ perceptions, goals, experiences, objectives, barriers and facilitators around health behaviours, must be considered for the appropriate development healthy lifestyle planning. In this course, students will enhance their understanding of the principles and application of theory-driven health behaviour assessment and intervention techniques for the prevention, treatment, or management of health and performance. Skill development will focus on critical appraisal of assessment instruments, individualized interviewing and counseling techniques, strategies to accommodate varying degrees of health literacy, and dynamic approaches to establishing and monitoring chronic health behaviour change. Students will engage in case-based learning, partner/small-group role-playing, and lectures to develop a rich understanding of behaviour change theory and its application.
Course duration:
16 weeks: 2 hours of lecture/2 hour lab/tutorial per week
Total course time: 64 hours

MPK4004Y Physical Culture, Health and Social Environments (1.0 FCE)

A comprehensive examination of the cultural, social and ecological effects environments that help shape health environments and behaviours provides important information and direction for health promoting strategies. Accordingly, understanding and respecting the beliefs, backgrounds, and broader social influences on health (and cultural understandings of health practices) and how they impact the client are essential to creation of optimal kinesiology services. In this course, students will learn about the interactions between society, environments, culture, social justice and physical health and how to apply these understandings in the development of health promoting programming. Furthermore, students will develop their ability to conceptualize and critically analyze the complicated institutional relationships between personal health, health care service and practice, and broader-scale structural determinants for effective, responsible, interdisciplinary client care. A mixture of lecture, problem and case based learning sessions, and assignments will be used to aid in development of knowledge and skills.
Course duration:
16 weeks: 2 hours of lecture/2 hour tutorial alternate weeks
Total course time: 64 hours

MPK4005H Delivery and Development of Kinesiology Practice 1 (0.5 FCE)

The purpose of this course is to develop theoretic knowledge and understanding in models of service program delivery and development. Special attention will be paid to kinesiology service delivery strategies across populations at the client and programmatic level, the influence of varying program and practitioner approaches on client outcomes, learning and training opportunities for professional development, and leadership across practice settings. This will support students in examining and sharing their experiences in delivering kinesiology services to clients. Students will reflect and examine professional issues and experiences across kinesiology service models and will integrate knowledge from their experiences in MPK 8001 and knowledge and theory from the set of concurrent courses (MPK4001, 4002, 4003, 4004).
Course Duration:
22 Weeks (Sept to March)
Total course time: 44 hours

MPK4006H Interprofessional Practice (0.5 FCE)

Kinesiologists practice among an extensive team of practitioners to provide comprehensive and coordinated services for clients. Students in this course will develop an understanding of the principles and concepts of interdisciplinary teamwork in a healthcare and health promotion context. A focus of the course will be placed on strategies that facilitate appropriate coordination of service delivery, appropriate referral pathways, collaborative interprofessional communication, and practicing within the limits of professional scope of practice. Guest lecturers from across the healthcare disciplines and related groups will contribute to the learning experience. Students will participate in IPE sessions throughout the year with health care students from other programs.
Course duration:
8 weeks core course. Additional events will be coordinated with the Centre for IPE.
Total course time: 20 hours

MPK4007Y Practice Setting Considerations (1.0 FCE)

Kinesiologists have the expertise to work with a range of populations in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to hospitals, rehabilitation centres, workplace environments, and sport. Models of service delivery in kinesiology are guided with consideration for the professional, physical, social and economic environments in which they operate. Through the course, student will learn to critically appraise the facilitators and barriers to programmatic development and delivery. Professional environments that align with Faculty practice and research strength will serve as cases for students to apply creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills. A mixture of lecture, case-based learning, and field trips will be integrated to facilitate the learning experience.
Course duration:
8 weeks: 3 hours of lecture/2 hour lab/tutorial per week
Total course time: 40 hours


MPK4008Y Evidence Supported Practice (1.0 FCE)

Evidence supported practice refers to the integration of available scientific evidence into decision-making processes that guide the delivery of health services. Critical appraisal of research methodology and interpretation is an essential skill that ensures current best-practice approaches are maintained. In this course, students will enhance their understanding of research design and methodology, practice guidelines, and knowledge translation strategies to clients and colleagues. An emphasis of this course is to develop advanced skills in primary research retrieval and evaluation, synthesis of research findings across studies towards evidence-based decision-making, strategies for rigorous programmatic evaluation, and application of research findings in professional practice.

Students will have opportunities to practice discussing research and knowledge with various audiences (researchers, practitioners, clients and the public) through various media. Concepts and frameworks from implementation science and knowledge translation will be used. A mixture of lecture, problem and case-based learning sessions, and assignments will be used to aid in development of knowledge and skills.
Course duration:
Course duration: 12 weeks - 2 hours of lecture/2 hour lab/tutorial per week.
Total course time: 48 hours

MPK4009H The Business of Kinesiology and Entrepreneurship (0.5 FCE)

There is a growing demand for health promotion and support services creating opportunities for innovation in professional kinesiology services and/or products. Successful kinesiology-related ventures in a competitive climate require a foundation of business and management skills that are framed within the health industry and professional standards. In this course, students will learn about kinesiology as a business, project management, and entrepreneurial strategy. Business models and strategies will be discussed within the context of kinesiology professional standards with an emphasis on relevant codes and regulations. This course will be delivered in lectures, facilitated by partner and group activities using problem and case-based learning approaches.
Course duration:
Course duration: 4 weeks - 3 hours of lecture/4 hour lab/tutorial per week.
Total course time: 28 hours

MPK4010H Professional Practice 2 (0.5 FCE)

This is a credit/no credit course. This course supports the learning environment throughout Placement 2 (MPK 8002) with routine meetings and peer-facilitated discussions about professional experiences to encourage the development of reflective practitioners. Issues related to the intersection of theory and practice will be explored. Electronic video conferencing will be used for weekly discussions to reduce travel by students from dispersed clinical sites.
Course duration:
1 hour/ week on-line with class/self- reflective journal/blog
Two 2-hour class meetings in person every 4 weeks
Total course time: 12 hours

MPK4011H Professional Practice 3 (0.5 FCE)

This is a credit/no credit course. This course supports the learning environment throughout Placement 3 (MPK 8003) with routine meetings and peer-facilitated discussions about professional experiences to encourage the development of reflective practitioners. Issues related to the intersection of theory and practice will be explored. Electronic video conferencing will be used for weekly discussions to reduce travel by students from dispersed clinical sites.
Course duration:
1 hour/ week on-line with class/self-reflective journal/blog
Two 2-hour class meetings in person every 4 weeks
Total course time: 12 hours

MPK4012Y Capstone Project – Improving Kinesiology Practice (1.0 FCE)

In this capstone project, students will draw upon a mixture of research, assessment, intervention, analysis and communication skills acquired throughout the program to develop a plan to improve kinesiology practice. This may take the form of a plan for a new area of practice, a new approach for an established area or improved implementation of known best practices. Students will present their findings in a conference-style atmosphere.
Course Duration:
Workshop/tutorials 2 hrs/month plus final conference day. 12 hours total.

MPK8001

Over 120 practice hours, students are exposed to the practice of kinesiology and gain hands-on kinesiology experience working directly with clients in one of the areas of sport, chronic disease and mental health, children and youth, and musculoskeletal and concussion. This course will be evaluated as pass/fail.

MPK8002

Over 240 practice hours, this placement provides the opportunity for students to gain practical kinesiology experience in a real-world work environment. Possible settings include, hospitals, clinics, sport institutes, and community organizations. This course will be evaluated as pass/fail.

MPK8003

Over 240 practice hours, this placement provides the opportunity for students to gain practical kinesiology experience in a real-world work environment. Possible settings include, hospitals, clinics, sport institutes, and community organizations. This course will be evaluated as pass/fail.