2015-16 Calendar

Human Kinetics Diploma

The Human Kinetics program provides students with a two-year, four-semester program of study. The program is based on a core of university transfer courses that allow students the option of transferring into Bachelor degree programs in Physical Education, Kinesiology or Human Kinetics at other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and elsewhere.

The program includes a solid foundation of introductory study in the art and science of human movement. Students will learn principles, theories and practices in the areas of health and wellness, sport sociology, sport psychology, motor learning, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor development, and human anatomy and physiology. The curriculum will reflect a growing need in society for practitioners skilled at supporting healthy lifestyle choices and/or leading quality sport programs for children and youth.

Integrated throughout the program, students will develop skills for general employability and academic success including information literacy, written and oral communication, numeracy and computer skills, critical and creative thinking, leadership and interpersonal skills, and professional skills.

To complete the program in two years, students will enrol in fifteen (15) credits for each of four semesters. Students may also choose to pursue part-time studies and complete the program over a longer period of time. Students will plan course selections based on their area of interest and future goals and will register for courses individually. Three streams are outlined below: Health and Fitness; Health and Physical Education; and, Kinesiology and Health Science.

At the completion of the program outlined for the Health and Fitness stream, students will be eligible to apply for industry credentials as a British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) Registered Personal Trainer and/or a Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Certified Personal Trainer. This will prepare students to lead fitness activities and provide fitness and lifestyle counselling services to apparently health individuals. Please note that students must apply to external agencies to obtain these industry credentials. External agencies may require students to complete additional written examinations and/or practical competency evaluations and pay additional fees.

Admission Requirements

Regular Applicants: Regular applicants have graduated from a secondary school or equivalent, or are currently enrolled in Grade 12.

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent.
  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.
  • Chemistry 11 or an equivalent Advanced Level ABE Chemistry.
  • One of Biology 11, Biology 12, BIOL 122 or BIOL 124 or equivalent (Biology 12 or BIOL 122 is strongly recommended) or equivalent Advanced or Provincial Level ABE courses are acceptable.

Math requirement:

  • A minimum of 50% in any of:
    • Pre-calculus Grade 11
    • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 011
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
    • Adult Basic Education IALG 011

Mature Applicants: Applicants who do not have secondary school graduation may apply as a mature student provided that they are at least 19 years of age and have not attended secondary school on a full-time basis for a minimum period of one year. Mature applicants will be subject to the same course entrance requirements that apply to regular applicants. The above courses may be taken through Okanagan College's Adult Basic Education program, the Ministry of Education Correspondence Branch, or a secondary school studies program.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • All applicants must submit an Okanagan College Human Kinetics Verification of Experience Form documenting a minimum of one season of competitive sport participation or 50 hours of participation in regular physical activity, within the last 5 years.
  • All applicants must submit an Okanagan College Human Kinetics Medical Clearance Form, documenting medical clearance for participation in unrestricted physical activity or for participation in progressive physical activity with specific limitations or exclusions.

Applicants are advised that students in this program engage in vigorous physical activity as part of their laboratory practice and applied methods courses. Students will act both as physical activity leaders and participants. Students are expected to develop and maintain a good level of physical fitness throughout the program.

Students may be required to travel to off-campus fitness and recreation facilities in the local area, and will require appropriate transportation.

Several computer-based assignments are included throughout the program. It is recommended that students have basic computer skills before entering the program. Students who do not have personal computers will have access to computers in the college computer laboratories and the library.

Graduation Requirements

The Human Kinetics Diploma is granted upon completion of sixty (60) credits of prescribed study with a minimum grade average of 60 percent for all courses counting towards the diploma. The diploma course requirements are outlined below:
Three (3) 100-level English credits:
ENGL 100 University Writing
Twenty-four (24) Human Kinetics credits:
HKIN 103 Active Health
HKIN 161 Physical Activity in Canadian Society
HKIN 230 Motor Learning and Control
HKIN 231 Sport and Exercise Psychology
HKIN 275 Exercise Physiology
HKIN 284 Growth and Motor Development
One of:
HKIN 173 Biodynamics of Strength and Conditioning
or:
HKIN 121 Biomechanics
One of:
HKIN 152 Personal Wellness and Community Health
or:
HKIN 261 Health, Policy and Canadian Society
Six (6) Biology credits:
BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 133 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Twenty-seven (27) credits of Human Kinetics, Business Administration, Arts or Science electives.

Program Outline

As a means of satisfying all the prescribed graduation requirements for a Human Kinetics Diploma, students may choose course selections in one of the 3 streams outlined below.

  • The Health and Fitness Stream is designed for students who are interested in employment in the health and fitness industry. Students choosing this stream may become eligible to make application for industry credentials as a Personal Trainer with the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) and/or the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).
  • The Health and Physical Education Stream is designed for students who are interested in university transfer to complete a degree with an emphasis in health and physical education, and, for those who are considering a career in an instructional setting for sport and physical activity, such as a school teacher.
  • The Kinesiology and Health Science Stream is designed for students who are interested in university transfer to complete a degree with an emphasis in kinesiology and health science, and, for those who are interested in a career as a kinesiologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, physician or chiropractor.

Students interested in university transfer may also choose to design their own program of study and select courses to meet their own needs. All students will register for courses individually and should consider consulting with an educational advisor or program faculty if they have any questions. Students will find that not all receiving institutions require the recommended courses as outlined below. Students designing their own program of study are advised that not all Human Kinetics courses will be offered in all semesters.

Health and Fitness Stream
Year One - Fall
ENGL 100 University Writing
BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HKIN 103 Active Health
HKIN 161 Physical Activity in Canadian Society
3 credits of electives
Year One - Winter
BIOL 133 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HKIN 230 Motor Learning and Control
HKIN 173 Biodynamics of Strength and Conditioning
HKIN 152 Personal Wellness and Community Health
3 credits of electives
Year Two - Fall
HKIN 231 Sport and Exercise Psychology
HKIN 275 Exercise Physiology
HKIN 273 Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription
6 credits of electives
Year Two - Winter
HKIN 284 Growth and Motor Development
HKIN 241 Introduction to Athletic Injuries
HKIN 111 Health and Human Nutrition
6 credits of electives
Health and Physical Education Stream
Year One - Fall
ENGL 100 University Writing
BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HKIN 103 Active Health
HKIN 161 Physical Activity in Canadian Society
3 credits of electives
Year One - Winter
BIOL 133 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HKIN 230 Motor Learning and Control
One of:
HKIN 121 Biomechanics
or:
HKIN 261 Health, Policy and Canadian Society
Year Two - Fall
HKIN 231 Sport and Exercise Psychology
HKIN 275 Exercise Physiology
9 credits of electives
Year Two - Winter
HKIN 284 Growth and Motor Development
One of:
HKIN 121 Biomechanics
or:
HKIN 261 Health, Policy and Canadian Society
9 credits of electives
Students must take at least six (6) credits of Human Kinetics applied methods courses from the following list:
HKIN 291 Applied Methods: Gymnastics and Dance
HKIN 295 Applied Methods: Basketball and Soccer
Note: Applied methods courses may be offered in alternating years. Please see Classfinder for details of this year's course offerings.
Kinesiology and Health Science Stream
Year One - Fall
ENGL 100 University Writing
BIOL 131 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HKIN 103 Active Health
HKIN 161 Physical Activity in Canadian Society
3 credits of electives
Year One - Winter
BIOL 133 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HKIN 230 Motor Learning and Control
One of:
HKIN 121 Biomechanics
or:
HKIN 261 Health, Policy and Canadian Society
6 credits of electives
Year Two - Fall
HKIN 231 Sport and Exercise Psychology
HKIN 275 Exercise Physiology
9 credits of electives
Year Two - Winter
HKIN 284 Growth and Motor Development
One of:
HKIN 121 Biomechanics
or:
HKIN 261 Health, Policy and Canadian Society
Students must take at least twelve (12) credits of transferable courses in at least two (2) of the following four (4) areas: 100-level Biology (not 131 or 133) 100-level Chemistry, 100-level Physics, 100-level Mathematics or Statistics

Program Area:

Health and Social Development

Campus (Intake):

  • Penticton (Sep)
    Full program

Credential:

Diploma

Delivery:

  • Full-Time

Cost:

2015-16: $4,309.40

  • Fees listed are for first year (two semesters) for a typical, full-time student taking 5 courses per semester (2 lecture-based courses and 3 courses with lab components). Depending on the courses selected fees may vary.  
  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 08/04/2015