Graduate Catalog 2022-2023

School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/krs

Paula Upright, (Interim) Director
Smith Stadium East 1004
(270) 745-3347
krs@wku.edu

Faculty

Professor

Raymond A. Poff PhD (Leisure Behavior), Indiana University-Bloomington, 2001

Ronald D. Ramsing PhD (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism), University of Utah, 2005

Associate Professor

Scott W. Arnett PhD (Exercise Science), University of Georgia, 2007

Kenneth J. Crandall PhD (Exercise and Sport Science), University of Utah, 2004

Keri A. Esslinger PhD (Kinesiology), University of Arkansas Main Campus, 2010

Tricia A. Jordan PhD (Educational Leadership & Organizational Development), University of Louisville, 2009

Evelyn M. Oregon PhD (Kinesiology), Michigan State University, 2013

Mark A. Schafer PhD (Health and Physical Activity, Exercise Physio Clin Res Trac), University of Pitts Pittsburgh Camp, 2007

Tammie L. Stenger-Ramsey EdD (Applied Educational Studies), Oklahoma State University Main Campus, 2001

Thomas B. Stinnett PhD (Educational Leadership and Organizational Development), University of Louisville, 2013

Rachel A. Tinius PhD (Movement Science), Washington University, 2015

Paula A. Upright PhD (Educational Leadership & Organizational Development), University of Louisville, 2009

Assistant Professor

William A. Czekanski PhD (Physical Activity and Education Services), The Ohio State University Main Campus, 2012

Stacey A. Forsythe EdD (Educational Leadership), Western Kentucky University, 2015

Eric G. Knackmuhs PhD (Leisure Behavior), Indiana University-Bloomington, 2017

Allie E. McCreary PhD (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism), North Carolina State University, 2017

Brian S. Myers PhD (PHYS ED: SPECIAL PHYS EDUCATION), Eastern Michigan University, 2019

Whitley J. Stone PhD (Health Sciences), Middle Tennessee State University, 2017

Danilo V. Tolusso PhD (Human Performance), The University of Alabama, 2019

Kaylee Woodard PhD (Kinesiology), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2020

Kinesiology Courses

KIN 501    Research Methods in Kinesiology    3 Hours

An examination of the methods, materials, techniques, and planning of research studies used and conducted in the various disciplines of kinesiology. (To be taken in the first term of enrollment.)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

KIN 503    Advanced Motor Learning and Control    3 Hours

Theories and principles of learning as they apply to the acquisition of gross motor skills. Emphasizes the interpretation and practical application of experimental data.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

KIN 504    Advanced Exercise Physiology    3 Hours

A comprehensive study of the acute responses and chronic adaptations resulting from exercise or other stressors on the physiological function of the human body. Particular attention will be given to applied learning, as well as to review and critique current research.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

KIN 505    Foundations of Curriculum Construction    3 Hours

Principles, procedures, and criteria for curriculum construction and revision, course building, and lesson planning.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020

KIN 508    Adaptive Physical Education    3 Hours

In-depth study of instruction of disabled children in mainstream and/or special physical education classes. Knowledge and skills necessary to assess, plan intervention, and instruct mild, moderate, severely/profoundly disabled children in physical education.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020

KIN 509    Sport in Multicultural Society    3 Hours

An examination/understanding of the role of sport in America, its impact on the social structure and the leadership behaviors needed to ensure that the societal impact of sport is congruent with traditional American values.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

KIN 512    Advanced Strength & Conditioning    3 Hours

Designed to develop advanced knowledge of strength and conditioning principles and practices. The aim of the course is to understand the process behind development, implementation, and evaluation of strength and conditioning programs for elite, collegiate, high school, and/or recreational athletic populations. The course will include professional writing and a hands-on learning component with professionals in the field of strength & conditioning.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

KIN 513    Coaching Theory    3 Hours

The theory and analysis of leadership behavior in interscholastic athletics with an emphasis on developing leadership knowledge, personal behavior qualities and job related skills applicable in diverse interscholastic athletic settings.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

KIN 514    Lab Methods in Exercise Physiology    3 Hours

Theory and application of laboratory techniques germane to research in Exercise Physiology. Includes musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, metabolic, and human performance testing.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

KIN 515    Advanced Measurement and Evaluation    3 Hours

Study and application of assessment tools and statistical techniques commonly used in kinesiology research. Includes regression modeling, single and multi-factor analysis of variance, and repeated measures designs.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

KIN 516    Administrative Practice in KRS    3 Hours

Provide useful information and techniques related to the administration of physical education programs in both school and other settings. Students will focus on leadership that enhances the organization, management, planning and implanting programs and facilities.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

KIN 518    Advanced Statistics in Kinesiology    3 Hours

Study and application of statistical techniques commonly used in kinesiology research. Includes regression modeling, single and multifactor analysis of variance, and repeated measures designs.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Kinesiology (0454)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

KIN 520    Teaching Strategies in Physical Education    3 Hours

Study and application of teaching strategies utilized in the elementary and secondary physical education setting.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020

KIN 521    Analysis and Criticism of Professional Literature in Physical Education    3 Hours

Analysis and critical evaluation of professional literature in the field of physical education and exercise science.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

KIN 522    Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription    3 Hours

Focuses on the use of exercise in the treatment and diagnosis of various major disease states. Provides the student with an advanced understanding of electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring, interpretation, graded exercise testing, blood pressure measurement, interviewing skills, screening, risk stratification, and pharmacology. Emphasizes exercise prescription for clinical populations, such as those with endocrinological/metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and neuromuscular disorders.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

KIN 523    Seminar in Exercise Physiology    3 Hours

Advanced study of contemporary knowledge and current professional research centering on various selected topics to the field of exercise science.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

KIN 524    Applied Biomechanics    3 Hours

Advanced study of the mechanical, neuromuscular, and anatomical bases of human movement.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

KIN 525    Fitness Management    3 Hours

The course will provide content addressing the current industry standards and guidelines for operating private, corporate and clinical fitness facilities and fitness management scenarios and case studies will be used to apply the course content to the field setting.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Kinesiology (0454)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

KIN 528    Dynamics of Injury Management    3 Hours

Integrates the knowledge, skills and values that Certified Athletic Trainers must possess to evaluate and treat athletic injuries and refer to appropriate medical personnel.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Recreation and Sport Admin (095)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

KIN 530    Independent Investigation in Kinesiology    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Research problems or projects in the scientific, organizational, administrative, or supervisory areas of kinesiology.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2021; fall 2022

KIN 596    Internship in Exercise Physiology    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Work and/or laboratory experience in Exercise Physiology practical settings in progression towards completion of the graduate program. Liability insurance is required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

KIN 598    Capstone Research Experience in Exercise Physiology    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Designed for non-thesis students in the master's program in kinesiology to gain appropriate research experience prior to completing the program. Taken in the final semester of the program.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Kinesiology (0454)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

KIN 599    Thesis Research/Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

The master's thesis is to be directed by a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department. (Each semester)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

KIN 600    Maintain Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2021; spring 2022

Recreation Courses

REC 404G    Recreation Facility Management    3 Hours

A practical orientation to management for a variety of recreation facilities.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

REC 420G    Commercial Recreation Tourism    3 Hours

Commercial recreation and tourism, including the establishment, supervision, and operation of areas and facilities.

Prerequisite(s): REC 200 and REC 302 and REC 306

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020

REC 424G    Camp and Conference Center Administration    3 Hours

Organization and administration of camp and conference center programs and facilities including history, trends, staffing, client needs, finance, marketing, and legal issues.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

REC 426G    Facility Planning and Design    3 Hours

Facility planning and design process with emphasis on the unique features on many different areas and types of facilities. Field experiences required. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to off campus meetings. University transportation provided when possible.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

REC 428G    Community Centers and Playgrounds    3 Hours

An intensive investigation of playground and community center operations.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

REC 430G    Recreation Resource Management    3 Hours

Multi-use natural resource management concepts, issues in resource management and the synthesis of concept and practical knowledge into real and simulated applications of land use and environmental problems related to the leisure service industry. Field trips required. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to off campus meetings. University transportation provided when possible.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

REC 434G    Environmental Interpretation    3 Hours

Environmental interpretation in leisure and educational settings. Includes interpretive design of exhibits and facilities. Emphasizes the development of presentation and program skills.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

REC 435G    Outdoor Expedition Planning    3 Hours

Principles and techniques for planning, designing, implementing and evaluating extended outdoor expedition programs. Overnight field trips required. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to off campus meetings. University transportation provided when possible.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

REC 437G    Outdoor Leadership Expedition    3 Hours

Outdoor Leadership capstone course involving a backcountry expedition, leadership development, and teaching techniques. Successful students will receive the Wilderness Education Association Outdoor Leader Certification. Overnight, extended field-trips required. Field experiences required. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to off campus meetings. University transportation provided when possible.

Prerequisite(s): REC 435G (may be taken concurrently) or permission of instructor

Course Fee: $500

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

REC 482G    Recreation Workshop    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Workshops are designed to study special areas relating to the recreation profession. Workshops may be experiential in nature or may follow a traditional class format. Field experiences and/or study at regional campus locations are usually required. Note: Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus meetings. University transportation provided when possible.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; fall 2021

Recreation and Sport Administration Courses

RSA 501    Research Methods in Recreation and Sport    3 Hours

Research terminology, design, methods, data analysis, and manuscript preparation in recreation and sport.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

RSA 513    Recreation and Sport Administration    3 Hours

Leadership and management of recreation and sport agencies with emphases on strategic planning, policy, human resources, programming, governance, and organizational behavior and culture.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

RSA 515    Recreation and Sport Facility Development    3 Hours

Facility development process with emphasis on the unique features of many different types of facilities. Field experiences required. Students are responsible for their own transportation to off campus meetings. University transportation provided when possible.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

RSA 517    Legal Issues in Recreation and Sport    3 Hours

Legal systems, legal concepts, and landmark cases influencing the recreation and sport industry.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

RSA 519    Fiscal Practices in Recreation and Sport    3 Hours

Financial principles and practices relevant in recreation settings. Topics include economic principles, financial management and organization, income sources, fundraising, pricing, and budgeting.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

RSA 521    Public Relations in Recreation and Sport    3 Hours

Specialized application of effective communication techniques for building relationships with internal and external constituencies that support marketing from the general practice of public relations.

Equivalent(s): PR 521

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

RSA 523    Theoretical Foundations of Recreation and Sport    3 Hours

Philosophy, theory, and ethics of recreation and sport, including current professional trends in the field.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022

RSA 530    Advanced Studies in Recreation and Sport    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Specific and detailed analysis of issues in recreation and sport incorporating individualized instruction between student and faculty.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RSA 532    Environmental Education Resources    3 Hours

Experiential learning with environmental education resources. Emphasis is placed on Kentucky based interpretation of the natural environment. Field experiences required and students are required to provide their own means of transportation to field sites.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RSA 534    Facility Management    3 Hours

This course integrates the various management functions of public assembly facilities. Students focus on advanced management principles, practices and methods.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

RSA 536    Event Management    3 Hours

This course integrates the various management functions associated with conducting successful events. Students focus on advanced management principles, practices and methods.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

RSA 538    Facility and Event Security Management    3 Hours

Emphasis on efficient methods of security management in the recreation and sport (facility and event) industry, with a focus on an interagency approach.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

RSA 542    Investigation of Current Interscholastic Athletics Issues    3 Hours

A capstone experience for the concentration in IAA that will involve an in depth investigation of the various issues addressed throughout this program of study. Does not count toward certification of rank change in Kentucky.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; spring 2022

RSA 543    Sports Medicine Administration for Interscholastic Athletics    3 Hours

An in-depth study of the many issues administrators and coaches face in supporting and developing an interscholastic sports medicine program within a school or school district. Does not count towards certification or rank change in Kentucky.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

RSA 544    Practicum in Interscholastic Sport    3 Hours

Cooperative field experiences in approved interscholastic sport settings where students obtain professional administrative and/or programming experiences with agency and university supervision.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RSA 546    Leadership and Ethics in Sports Health Care    3 Hours

Provides knowledge and skills related to leadership and ethical behavior and decision making in a variety of athletic training employment settings.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Recreation and Sport Admin (095)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RSA 554    Student-Athlete Development    3 Hours

Develop an understanding of the historical and contemporary issues faced by student-athletes at colleges and universities. Content includes support services guidelines in the areas of academics, personal issues, and career preparation/planning.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

RSA 556    Governance in Intercollegiate Athletics    3 Hours

Provides for a thorough examination of intercollegiate athletics governing bodies (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, NAAC, NJCAA). Emphasis placed upon governing hierarchy, responsibilities of individual institutions, conference affiliations, and membership requirements.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

RSA 558    Compliance in Intercollegiate Athletics    3 Hours

Provides an in-depth analysis of NCAA rules and regulations relating to intercollegiate athletics. Topics include ethical conduct, employment issues, amateurism, recruiting, eligibility (academic and general requirements), financial aid, awards and benefits, playing and practice schedules, and enforcement.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

RSA 560    Issues in Nonprofit Administration    3 Hours

Historical, philosophical, and theoretical examination of the nonprofit sector, voluntary action, and philanthropy. Including the comparative perspectives, scope, and significance of the sector. Critical issues related to nonprofit governance, leadership, and board/committee development.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

RSA 565    Nonprofit Grant Writing and Fundraising    3 Hours

Principles, practices, techniques, and ethics of nonprofit grant writing and fundraising. Philanthropy, relationship building, and comprehensive fund development processes. Special emphasis placed on writing grants and developing fundraising strategies.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

RSA 570    Fiscal Administration in the Nonprofit Sector    3 Hours

Financial management, accountability, stewardship, planning, and transparency for nonprofit organizations. Financial literacy with emphasis placed on planning and reporting processes requisite for establishing and maintaining federal nonprofit status.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022

RSA 585    Nonprofit Practicum    3 Hours

Capstone supervised professional experience in approved nonprofit settings where students obtain professional nonprofit experience with agency and faculty supervision.

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2020; fall 2020; summer 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022

RSA 590    Practicum in Recreation and Sport    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Cooperative field experiences in approved recreation and sport settings where students obtain professional administrative and/or programming experience with agency and faculty supervision. This course requires off campus travel. Students are responsible for their own transportation to off campus meetings.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

RSA 598    Master's Project in Recreation and Sport    3 Hours

Directed investigation of a faculty approved topic in recreation and sport culminating with the submission of a paper for publication.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RSA 599    Thesis Research/Writing    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

The master's thesis is to be directed by a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Department. (Each semester)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RSA 600    Maintain Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Continued enrollment for thesis completion.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None