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SPHS508 - Current Topics in Exercise Science and Human Performance

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
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you 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: Discussions will be an integral part of weekly interaction between class members. Posts will involve analyzing readings, such as peer-reviewed articles, and identifying themes, theories and practices related to contemporary issues in exercise science. Posts will be graded for accuracy of interpretation, rigor of argument, and writing clarity, format and mechanics. Your initial post must be 500 or more words in length. Developing conversations with at least TWO of your classmates is required as part of your grade for each question. The responses should be at least 250 words in length. Additionally, you will be required to respond to any direct questions posed by the instructor to you initial posts. Initial posts should be made by Thursday of each week. Your responses to classmates and posts answering questions posed to your initial post are due by midnight on Sunday of the week following the DF assignment. All forum posts must be submitted as text directly into the textbox and NOT as an attachment.

Responses and posts should abide by the University Netiquette policy. The purpose of the Forum activities is to expand your learning opportunities by engaging in academic and thought-provoking asynchronous conversation with your classmates and instructor. The instructor’s role is to facilitate the learning process by participating in the discussions and moving conversations by promoting an advanced level of inquiry.

Homework Assignments: Four homework assignments will be completed during the course. These assignments will be graded based on the rubric provided for each assignment. Text and citation formatting must adhere to APA format. All assignments must be submitted as an attachment in the appropriate format (.doc or compatible) and NOT as text directly into the textbox.

Research Papers: Two research papers will be completed during the course. The first will involve an evaluation and review of the literature examining a current issue related to your professional field of practice. The second research paper will be a systematic review of literature with re-evaluation and expansion of the research in the same area. Specific requirements can be found in the assignments section of the course.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Assignments 25.00 %
WK 1 Assignment - Topic Selection and Justification 8.33 %
WK 2 Assignment - Article Abstract and Summary Critique 8.33 %
WK 6 Assignment - PEDro Scale 8.33 %
Research Paper 45.00 %
Wk 4: Research Paper _Literature Review 22.50 %
WK 8 Final Research Paper 22.50 %

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:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.