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Course Details

Course Code: SPHS511 Course ID: 4889 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Critical Thinking in the Sports and Health Industries course will prepare both Sports Management and Sports and Health Science graduate student to address issues associated with critical thinking in these major areas of study. Students will be afforded the opportunity to begin to compile artifacts and signature assignments related to their field of study of Sports Management or Sports and Health Sciences. The course is intended to provide a foundation from which the student may use the knowledge and practices gained in this course throughout the rest of their graduate program.

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
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

  1. Evaluate the elements of critical thinking (evidence, reasoning, fallacy).
  2. Utilize technology to access and organize information in support of research for critical thinking.
  3. Differentiate primary and secondary sources.
  4. Justify arguments and information required to solve real-world problems.
  5. Critique current research articles looking for concerns with errors in reasoning and insufficient evidence.
  6. Learn and apply graduate-writing fundamentals.
  7. Distinguish between deductive and inductive reasoning.
  8. Illustrate an example of each research type.
  9. Develop a central qualitative question, a quantitative research question and/or hypothesis, and a research question used in a mixed methods study.
  10. Construct a scholarly paper integrating each section generated in this class
  11. Explain ethical considerations in research

Reading Assignments: Will be evaluated as demonstrated in forum discussions, and written assignments.

Supplemental Readings: Are found in the “lessons” tab in the online classroom.

Forum Assignments: All forums require an initial post of at least 300 words due by Wednesday 11:59 PM EST of the assigned week and at least 2 responses to classmates of at least 150 words by Sunday 11:59 PM EST of the assigned week. Please see forum description for rubric.

Assignments: Assignment directions are found in the “Assignments” tab of the online classroom. All assignments are due no later than 11:55pm EST each Sunday of the corresponding week. All written submissions should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable and neat. It is recommended that students try to adhere to a consistent format, which is described below.

Evaluation Procedures

Graded Items

Percent of Grade





Final Assignment: Research Paper




NameGrade %
Assignments 40.00 %
Week 1: Library Hide and Seek 6.67 %
Week 2*: Annotated Bibliography, Scientific Evidence Critical for the Topic 6.67 %
Week 3*: Literature Review, Critically Evaluating the Literature 6.67 %
Week 4*: Introducing the Topic 6.67 %
Week 5*: Survey Questions: Survey Creation 6.67 %
Week 7*: Methods and Results Sections 6.67 %
Forums 40.00 %
Forum 1a 2.86 %
Forum 1b 2.86 %
Forum 1c 2.86 %
Forum 2a 2.86 %
Forum 2b 2.86 %
Forum 3a 2.86 %
Forum 3c 2.86 %
Forum 4a 2.86 %
Forum 4b 2.86 %
Forum 5b 2.86 %
Forum 6a 2.86 %
Forum 6c 2.86 %
Forum 8a 2.86 %
Forum 8b 2.86 %
Final Assignment 20.00 %
Week 8*: Final Paper 20.00 %

Required Course Textbook:

This course does not have a textbook, it uses original content and research articles as well as websites and other free resources.

Reading and Resources for each week of the course. Simply click on this link to access the Required Readings and Resources, from which you will find a clickable link to each week’s list of readings and resources.

Required Readings: See note above, the weekly outline, and the Lessons area for each week in the classroom.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. 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

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage


North American Society of Sports Management


Additional Resources: In the Course Materials folder there are additional course articles and up to date APA handouts.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.