TENTATIVE Course Descriptions

ESSS 111 Introduction to Exercise and Health Science (4)

In this course, students will be introduced to the exercise science discipline. Students will  examine a wide range of exercise science topics, including professionalism, ethics, certification and licensure, employment opportunities, evidence-based practice, and foundational concepts of the various subdisciplines. Fall and Spring.

ESSS 203 Coaching Methods (2)

In this course, students will learn best practices for coaching and teaching sport skills, as well as creating effective practice plans. Students will practice analyzing exercise and sport techniques, identifying errors, and providing effective feedback. Students enrolled in this course will actively participate in coaching sessions with peers. A-F grading only. Fall and Spring.

ESSS 204 Sport Nutrition (2)

In this course, students will discuss and apply the role of various nutrients in sport performance and body composition for athletes. Issues related to drug and supplement use as well as their legality and effects on performance will also be addressed. A-F grading only. Fall and Spring.

ESSS 210 Functional Human Anatomy (2)

In this course, students will develop an understanding of the macroscopic structure and function of bones, joints, and muscles, and how these structures contribute to human movement. Fall.

ESSS 230 Sports Injury Management I (2)

In the context of preparing students to become effective, athlete-centered athletic coaches, part one of the two course sequence provides a foundation for best practices in preparation for,  prevention, recognition, and care of, sport related emergency situations. The skills taught in this course do not replace professional medical help but offer guidelines and techniques for recognizing and managing emergency conditions until advanced medical help arrives. Fall and Spring. A-F grading only.

ESSS 231 Sports Injury Management II (2)

In the context of preparing students to become effective, athlete-centered athletic coaches, part two of the course sequence provides a foundation for best practices in the prevention, recognition, and care of sport related bone, muscle, and joint injuries, including the role of the coach in designing and implementing conditioning programs to help prevent athletic injuries. The skills taught in this course do not replace professional medical help but offer guidelines and techniques for recognizing and managing bone, muscle, and joint injuries until advanced medical care is provided. Prerequisite: ESSS 230. Spring. A-F grading only.

ESSS 271 Independent study (1-4)

Supervised reading or research at the lower-division level. Approval of department chair required. Not available to first-year students.

ESSS 299 Research Practicum (1-4)

The student will work jointly with a faculty member in conducting a faculty-designed research project. The course is repeatable for a maximum of four total credits in the department.

ESSS 301 Research Methods in Exercise Science (4)

This course emphasizes the search for truth and the ways in which this search is conducted. Students will be introduced to the wide continuum of research methodologies and experimental designs used in the fields of exercise science and health. Students will study each step of the scientific process with emphasis on the elements leading up to data collection, including identifying relevant background literature, critical reading of scholarly literature, developing a research question, and creating ethical and appropriate research methods. The course includes a detailed examination of different research methods, and basic descriptive and inferential statistics. Research ethics and the role of the Institutional Review Board in protecting the rights of human subjects will also be discussed. Prerequisites: ESSS 111 and [MATH 124 or PSYC 221]. Fall and Spring.

ESSS 302 Clinical Healthcare: Theory and Application (4)

In this course, students will learn and apply theoretical and practical concepts relative to the clinical examination and management of common athletic injuries and conditions. Students will use evidence-based decision-making skills to select appropriate examination techniques; critical thinking skills to identify the severity, irritability, nature, and stage of the condition; and problem-solving skills to identify appropriate management strategies based on the condition and situational context. Students will also practice effective communication skills in conducting clinical examinations and writing SOAP note reports. In the laboratory portion of the course, students will integrate and apply course concepts, focusing on functional human anatomy and the use of special tests to augment the clinical examination. Professional ethics will be discussed and applied throughout the course. Prerequisites: ESSS 210 or ESSS 258 or BIOL 325. Spring.

ESSS 303 Exercise Epidemiology (4)

Exercise Epidemiology explores associations between exercise which is planned physical activity, physical activity, inactivity, health, and disease in a population. This course will primarily examine the relationships between exercise, physical activity and inactivity and various chronic diseases, subjective and objective methods used to assess physical activity and inactivity, associations between physical activity and health outcomes, and intervention efforts to increase exercise and physical activity at the individual and population levels. Students in this course will also study basic epidemiological research design including methods and issues relative to the study of physical activity and exercise. The laboratory portion of this course will focus on measurement of exercise and physical activity, various health behaviors, and biomarkers of health. Prerequisites: ESSS 111 and [ESSS 258 or BIOL 216 or BIOL 325]. Fall.

ESSS 306 Kinesiology (4)

In this course students will integrate and apply fundamental anatomical, physiological and biomechanical concepts to understand and describe human movement. Students will use analytical skills to evaluate human movement, including complex movements such as walking. The laboratory component of the course will emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the qualitative and quantitative assessment of human movement. Prerequisites: ESSS 301 and [ESSS 210 or ESSS 258 or BIOL 325]. Recommended: PHYS 105 or 191. Fall.

ESSS 308 Exercise Physiology (4)

In this course students will advance their understanding of the human body's physiological response to exercise. Topics include acute responses and chronic adaptations of the muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and bioenergetics systems to exercise induced stress. Environmental influences on performance and sex differences will also be explored. In the laboratory portion of the course, students will practice the scientific method by assessing physiological capacities using the laboratory assessment methods. Prerequisites: ESSS 301 and [ESSS 210 or ESSS 258 or BIOL 325]. Spring.

ESSS 310 Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning (4)

Students will develop a functional understanding of exercise science as it applies to strength training and conditioning. Exercise science concepts and principles will be applied to assess human performance, and to design evidence-based exercise programs. In the laboratory portion of the course, students will develop a practical understanding of the principles of test selection and administration, and the principles used to effectively instruct physically active individuals in safe and effective exercise technique. Prerequisites: ESSS 111 and (ESSS 258 or [BIOL 216 and ESSS 210] or BIOL 325). Spring.

ESSS 323 Sport in a Diverse Society (4) [Janna]

Students will examine how sport serves as a lens that reflects and defines cultural and gender-related beliefs and values. Historical, political and economic views will be studied along with GLBTQI issues, Title IX, and feminist perspectives as they intersect with all levels of sport. Students will learn about their own personal culture, sub-cultures and in-depth information about the Somali culture. Intercultural communication, questions related to justice, and personal bias regarding others will also be explored.

This course has a 20-hour service-learning requirement that will be fulfilled throughout the entire semester. Course carries the Culture & Social Difference: Systems designation. Prerequisite: ESSS 111 and completion of the Culture and Social Difference: Identity Integrations Curriculum requirement. A-F grading only. Fall.

ESSS 324 Sport and Exercise Psychology (4)

In this course, students will examine psychological theories and concepts as they apply to exercise and sport participation and performance. Students will use critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making skills to examine issues and solve problems related to sport and exercise psychology. Students will also discuss professional and ethical issues and apply ethical decision-making skills to the practice of sport psychology. Prerequisite: ESSS 111. Fall.

ESSS 371 Independent study (1-4)

Supervised reading or research at the upper-division level. Approval of department chair and completion and/or concurrent registration of 12 credits within the department required. Not available to first year students.

ESSS 390 Sport Ethics (4)

This course introduces students to a variety of theories of moral reasoning, ethical and unethical behavior in sport, and the development of moral education through sport. Students will engage in learning about how they should act in order to support the moral foundation necessary for sport to function effectively, while examining actions that would be considered just or unjust. Students will wrestle with questions such as "how should I act?" or "what type of an athlete, coach, official, manager, fan or parent should I be?" through readings and discussions. Decision-making models based on moral reasoning theory and other principles of strategic reasoning will be employed as students navigate case studies and issues related to sport. This course has a required 20-hour service-learning component. Integrations Curriculum: Course carries the Human Experience Ways of Thinking designation with a Justice theme. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status. Spring.

ESSS 394 Research Design in Exercise and Health Science (2)

This course assists the students in designing and completing their proposal for an independent or group research project in exercise and health science. Students will integrate theoretical concepts from previous exercise and health science coursework to formulate a research question, conduct a background literature review, and develop appropriate and ethical methods for data collection. Students will complete and present the full proposal within the context of the course. Offered for A-F grading only. Prerequisites: ESSS 301 and [ESSS 306 or ESSS 308]. Spring.

ESSS 395 Research Seminar I (1)

Students in this course will continue the work they began in ESSS 394 Research Design in Exercise and Health Science, including finalizing research proposals and applying for Institutional Review Board , if necessary. Students will pilot their procedures and begin data collections for their research projects. Students will communicate their ideas, challenges, and progress to class colleagues throughout the semester. Throughout the research process, students will be asked to reflect upon the process, on how their project has integrated their previous coursework, and how performing research has changed their perspectives on health and human performance. Offered for A-F grading only. Prerequisites: ESSS 394 Fall

ESSS 396 Research Seminar II (1)

Students in this course will continue the data collection process for research projects started in ESSS 395. Students will communicate their ideas and progress to class colleagues. After data collections, students will analyze data and interpret the results. Conclusions will be drawn from the results and the final projects will be presented on or off campus. Throughout the research process students will be asked to reflect upon the process,  how their project has integrated their previous coursework, and how performing research has changed their perspectives on health and human performance. Prerequisites: ESSS 395 Note: Students must take 395 and 396 for EXP designation. EXP remains on 396. A-F grading only. Spring.

ESSS 397 Internship (1-4)

Internship in an approved setting. Work experience in a health, sport, or exercise related field supervised by agency personnel and faculty moderator. All internships need to be planned with the CSB/SJU internship office one semester prior to work experience. Offered with standard grading. Fall and Spring.

ESSS XXXA Assessment of Student Learning (0)

This course is designed to assess the students' experiences associated with the Exercise Science and Sport Studies minor and to assist in the assessment of the overall program. The assessment methods will include, but is not limited to, a survey regarding the quality of the program. This course is to be completed in the student's final semester prior to graduation. S/U grading only. Fall and Spring.