University of Southern Indiana

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Exercise Science

Program Broad Based Goals

Students in the BS/BA Exercise Science program within the Department of Kinesiology and Sport will obtain a depth of knowledge specifically related to skills and abilities used in the allied health industry; apply this understanding in academic and professional settings.

  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities related to health and fitness assessment.
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities related to exercise prescription and implementation.
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities related to counseling and behavioral strategies.
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities related to legal standards and management techniques.
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities related to performance physiology, techniques, testing and training.
  • Complete multiple discipline specific practicum experiences.
  • Complete prerequisite requirements for further academic preparation.

Program – Level Student Learning Outcomes

All of the student learning outcomes are based upon the Performance Domains and Associated Job Tasks according to the Job Task Analysis (JTA) matrix. From these JTA domains more precise learning outcomes are established based upon the following.

  • Implement assessment protocols and preparations health screening procedures to maximize participant safety and minimize risk.
  • Determine participant’s readiness to take part in a health-related physical fitness assessment and exercise program.
  • Select prepare physical fitness assessments for healthy participants and those with controlled disease.
  • conduct and interpret cardiorespiratory fitness assessments.
  • Conduct assessments of muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.
  • Conduct anthropometric and body composition assessments
  • Review preparticipation health screening including self-guided health questionnaires and appraisals, exercise history and fitness assessments.
  • Determine safe and effective exercise programs to achieve desired outcomes and goals.
  • Implement cardiorespiratory exercise prescriptions using the FITT principles (frequency, intensity, time, and type) for apparently healthy participants based on current health status, fitness goals and availability of time.
  • Implement exercise prescription using the FITT principle (frequency, intensity, time, and type) for flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance for apparently healthy participants based on current health status, fitness goals and availability of time.
  • Establish exercise progression guidelines for resistance, aerobic and flexibility activity to achieve the goals of apparently healthy participants.
  • Implement a weight management program as indicated by personal goals that are supported by prepartipation health screening, health history, and body composition/anthropometrics.
  • Prescribe and implement exercise programs for participants with controlled cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic disease and other clinical populations.
  • Prescribe and implement exercise programs for healthy special populations (i.e., older adults, youth, pregnant women).
  • Modify exercise prescription based on environmental conditions.
  • Optimize adoption and adherence to exercise programs and other healthy behaviors by applying effective communication techniques.
  • Optimize adoption of and adherence to exercise programs and other healthy behaviors by applying effective behavioral and motivational strategies.
  • Provide educational resources to support clients in the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • Provide support within the scope of practice of a Health Fitness Specialist and refer to other health professionals as indicated.
  • Create and disseminate risk management guidelines for a health/fitness facility, department or organization to reduce member, employee and business risk.
  • Create an effective injury prevention program and ensure that emergency policies and procedures are in place.
  • Manage human resources in accordance with leadership, organization, and management techniques.
  • Manage fiscal resources in accordance with leadership, organization, and management techniques.
  • Establish policies and procedures for the management of health fitness facilities based on accepted safety and legal guidelines, standards and regulations.
  • Develop and execute a marketing plan to promote programs, services and facilities.
  • Use effective communication techniques to develop professional relationships with other allied health professionals (e.g. nutritionists, physical therapists, physicians, nurses).

For more information on the Exercise Science program click here: https://www.usi.edu/science/kinesiology-and-sport/programs/

Sport Management Undergraduate Program

Cosma accreditation logoThe Sport Management degree program(s) at the University of Southern Indiana has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

The Sport Management programs in the following degrees are accredited by COSMA:

  • Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management with concentrations in Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreational Sports, Sport Communication, and Sport & Business Studies.

Program Broad Based Goals

Students in the BS/BA Sport Management program within the Department of Kinesiology and Sport will obtain a breadth of understanding in sport within and across diverse populations and apply this understanding in academic and professional settings.

  • Provide a core curriculum that allows students to acquire knowledge, skills and dispositions specific to sport management.
  • Facilitate the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills throughout the curriculum.
  • Facilitate the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both verbally and in writing, in leadership roles in various professional settings and work effectively with diverse groups and organizations
  • Display an understanding of the role and impact of growing and changing technologies on sport experiences of individual and communities and on sport management service delivery.
  • Develop an appreciation of how sport can promote equity and social justice at the global, national, regional, state and local levels.

Program –Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students have knowledge and skills related to COSMA Common Professional Component (CPC) content areas: (a) Social, Psychological and international foundations of sport, (b) Ethics in Sport Management, (c) Sport Marketing & Communication, (d) Finance & Accounting/Economics, (e) Legal Aspects of Sport, and (f) Integrative Experience .
  • Students have developed critical thinking and problem solving skills throughout the curriculum.
  • Students are able to communicate effectively.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to select and engage technologies appropriate for use in the sport industry.
  • Students have a familiarity of issues related to diversity (race, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability).

 For more information on the Sport Management Undergraduate Program click here: http://www.usi.edu/science/kinesiology-and-sport/programs/sport-management/

Sport Management Graduate Program

Program Broad Based Goals

Students in the MS Sport Management program within the Department of Kinesiology and Sport will obtain a breadth of understanding in sport within and across diverse populations and apply this understanding in academic and professional settings.

  • Provide a core curriculum that allows students to acquire knowledge, skills and dispositions specific to sport management.
  • Facilitate the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills throughout the curriculum.
  • Facilitate the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both verbally and in writing, in leadership roles in various professional settings and work effectively with diverse groups and organizations.
  • Develop an appreciation of how sport can promote equity and social justice at the global, national, regional, state and local levels.

Program –Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students can apply knowledge and skills related to COSMA Common Professional Component (CPC) content areas: (a) Social, Psychological and international foundations of sport, (b) Ethics in Sport Management, (c) Sport Marketing & Communication, (d) Finance & Accounting/Economics, (e) Legal Aspects of Sport, and (f) Integrative Experience relevant to those seeking to advance careers in sport.
  • Students can apply advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills throughout the curriculum, aimed at a.
  • Students can apply advanced written and oral communication skills efficiently.
  • Students can demonstrate knowledge of critical issues related to diversity and the related managerial impacts (race, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability).
  • Students can apply and demonstrate an understanding of effective research and research methods in sport management.   

For more information on the Sport Management Graduate Program click here: http://www.usi.edu/science/kinesiology-and-sport/programs/master-of-science-in-sport-management/

Kinesiology Undergraduate

Program Board Based Goals

  • Recruit and retain new and existing students.
  • Increase diversity of faculty, staff, and students within the department.
  • Expand community outreach and engagement programs/initiatives and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Increase access to education through alternative methods of program delivery.
  • Expand, revise, and improve academic programs.

Program –Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities related to initial client consultation and assessment.
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities related to exercise programming and implementation.
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities related to leadership and education implementation.
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and abilities related to legal, professional, business, and marketing

For more information on the Kinesiology Undergraduate Program click here: https://www.usi.edu/science/kinesiology-and-sport/programs/

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