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Course Details

Course Code: SPHS508 Course ID: 4240 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Contemporary research related to wide variety of areas related exercise science and human performance are discussed and explored in this course. Students discuss relevant issues facing society regarding exercise, fitness, athletic performance, kinematic movement, motor development, and biomechanical analysis. The course challenges students to analyze and synthesize current and relevant topics and offer solutions to benefit exercise science research and related industries. (Prerequisites: SPHS501 and SPHS503)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

This course includes the following Learning Objectives (LO). Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the goals and focus areas of current research related to the advancement of human performance through principles of exercise physiology.
  2. Synthesize findings related to sports nutrition and supplementation into recommendations for professional practice.
  3. Evaluate the use of statistical procedures in research in various disciplines of exercise science.
  4. Evaluate research related to controversial issues in various disciplines within exercise science and formulate informed positions as a member of the professional community.
  5. Conduct a systematic literature review on topics of importance within the field of exercise science.
  6. Analyze research from various exercise science disciplines and relate it to current professional practice.

Reading Assignments: A major component of this course will involve reading professional peer-reviewed journal articles as well as information from professional websites. You will be evaluated on these readings through weekly assignments, forums, and project papers.

Discussion Forum Assignments: You will be required to post an initial response to the discussion question (DQ) being asked on or before Day 3 (Wednesday) of the course week. Your initial post must be a minimum of 300 words. You are then required to respond to at least two other students by Day 7 of the course week (Sunday), with a word minimum of 150 words (for each of the two required responses). NO DISCUSSION BOARD POSTS will be accepted for grading purposes after that week has concluded. One exception is for the first week of class where the initial post has an extended deadline of Day 7 (Sunday).

NameGrade %
Forums 35.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.38 %
Week 2 Forum 4.38 %
Week 3 Forum 4.38 %
Week 4 Forum 4.38 %
Week 5 Forum 4.38 %
Week 6 Forum 4.38 %
Week 7 Forum 4.38 %
Week 8 Forum 4.38 %
Paper 20.00 %
Week 3 Paper: Identification of Trend in Exercise Science 20.00 %
Worksheets (in Tests & Quizzes tab) 20.00 %
Report Card Worksheet 10.00 %
Evaluation of Trend in Exercise Science Worksheet 10.00 %
Final Presentation 25.00 %
Week 8: Final Presentation: Recommendations regarding Trend in Exercise Science 25.00 %

Required Course Textbooks: No specific course textbook is required for this course though you will be expected to utilize any materials you have utilized throughout previous courses within this Master’s degree program.

Required Readings: Readings utilized in this course will include peer-reviewed and professional literature in a number of disciplines within the exercise science domain.

Additional Resources: A variety of sources of professional information will be utilized including professional forums in exercise science and discussions with practicing professionals in the student’s area of interest.


This course will make use of a plethora of internet sources to develop understanding of current issues that are important within the domains of exercise science. The following public domain Websites are examples of useful resources. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

American College of Sports Medicine

Exercise Prescription on the Net

Biomechanics Listserv

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
Author:No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.