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.
Regular Applicants: Regular applicants have graduated from a secondary school or equivalent, or are currently enrolled in Grade 12.
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
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.
ENGL 100-3-3University WritingThis course is for students who have demonstrated secondary-school-level competence in the reading and essay writing skills required by most university disciplines. Reading and writing assignments will concentrate on non-fictional prose, and will emphasize the processes of reading, analysis, reasoning, documentation and the stages of the writing process. Students with credit for ENGL 199 may not take ENGL 100 for further credit. (3,0,0)
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HKIN 103-3-4Active HealthThis course is designed to facilitate lifelong physical activity. Students will learn how to design basic fitness programs and develop fitness leadership skills. Students will experience a basic fitness appraisal and participate in a variety of exercise methods. The benefits of health-related fitness and the use of an exercise prescription will be explored. (2,2,0)
HKIN 161-3-3Physical Activity in Canadian SocietyThis course is designed to unravel myths and stereotypes associated with physical activity. Students will use critical thinking to examine the impact of sport, recreation and fitness on our local and global communities, and will engage in discussion of current social issues. Historical, political, economic and sociological perspectives on physical activity in Canada will be introduced. (3,0,0)
HKIN 230-3-4Motor Learning and ControlThis course will introduce students to the study of human motor behaviour. It will examine factors that influence a person's ability to initiate and control a movement pattern. Students will learn how to create successful practice environments and provide effective feedback to enhance human performance. This course requires students to participate in moderate physical activity. (3,1,0)
HKIN 231-3-3Sport and Exercise PsychologyThis course is based on the study of psychology as it applies to sport and exercise. Students will learn how to create productive sport and exercise environments that will enhance psychological growth and development. A variety of mental skills training techniques will be explored to improve sport performance, personal well-being and adherence to exercise programs. (3,0,0)
HKIN 275-3-4Exercise PhysiologyHow does the human body respond to the demands of exercise and sport performance? This lecture and laboratory course will examine the acute and chronic effects of exercise on the human body. Study will focus on the cardiovascular, respiratory and neuromuscular systems. This course requires vigorous physical activity. (3,1,0)
HKIN 284-3-3Growth and Motor DevelopmentThis course develops fundamental knowledge of physical growth and motor development from a life span perspective. The student will apply this knowledge by examining the effects of physical activity on growth, development and health. Students will be challenged to develop strategies to foster optimal motor development in every individual and to promote physical activity throughout the life span. (3,0,0)
HKIN 173-3-4Biodynamics of Strength and ConditioningThis course is designed to introduce students to biomechanical principles and qualitative analysis. Students will learn functional anatomy while exploring the movement capabilities of the human body. Active learning will involve observation and demonstration of a variety of common resistance training exercises, with a focus on proper technique and safety. This course will develop the competencies required for BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) Weight Training I registration. This course will require students to engage in vigorous physical activity. (2,2,0)
HKIN 121-3-4BiomechanicsThis course focuses on the development of forces within muscles and their effect on initiating and controlling human movement. Students will use a problem-solving approach as they analyze human movement patterns. Elementary principles of physics and mathematics will be reviewed and numeracy skills will be developed. (3,1,0)
HKIN 152-3-3Personal Wellness and Community HealthThis course will critically examine contemporary health issues and health information. Students will study the determinants of health and wellness. Discussion will focus on changing human behaviours to build healthy lifestyles and prevent disease. The inter-relationship of individual, social and environmental factors will be explored in order to enhance personal wellness and community health. (3,0,0)
HKIN 261-3-3Health, Policy and Canadian SocietyThis course analyzes the concept of health in relation to specific policies that address the consequences of illness and inactivity on the quality of life and well-being of Canadians. The evolution of health care and health care policy in Canada will be examined. Health promotion and social determinants of health will be discussed via the critical comparison of medical and social models of health. (3,0,0)
BIOL 131-3-6Human Anatomy and Physiology Iformerly BIOL 113This course is an introduction to human structures and functions emphasizing basic physiological principles plus cell and tissue structure. Laboratory work will include gross and microscopic human anatomy and will demonstrate underlying physiological processes. (3,3,0)
BIOL 133-3-6Human Anatomy and Physiology IIformerly BIOL 123The continuation and completion of the comprehensive survey of human structures and functions started in BIOL 131. (3,3,0)
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.
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.
HKIN 273-3-4Fitness Testing and Exercise PrescriptionThis course is designed to provide core knowledge and applied skills necessary to become a personal trainer. The focus is on health-related counselling strategies, fitness appraisal and exercise prescription for apparently healthy adults. Students will discuss issues related to professionalism, liability and business practice. This course incorporates competency requirements for BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) registration, and is based on Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Canadian Physical Activity, Fitness and Lifestyle Approach (CSEP - CPAFLA). This course requires students to participate in vigorous physical activity. (2,2,0)
HKIN 241-3-4Introduction to Athletic InjuriesThis course provides students with the knowledge and practical skills to reduce the risk of athletic injury. Students will learn about the field of athletic therapy and about sport safety. Common sports injuries will be studied along with the practical skills in wrapping and taping associated with the care of these injuries. At the completion of this course, students may be eligible for Sports Aid certification through the Sports Medicine Council of British Columbia. (2,2,0)
HKIN 111-3-3Health and Human NutritionThis course provides an introduction to scientific concepts in human nutrition. Students will learn about the function of nutrients and the effects of eating habits on health. The focus will be on helping students to make healthy food choices based on critical evaluation of scientific evidence. Students will have an opportunity to complete a personal dietary analysis. (3,0,0)
HKIN 291-3-4Applied Methods: Gymnastics and DanceThis course provides students with the knowledge and experience necessary to teach developmental gymnastics and dance lessons in the K-12 education system. Students will learn to analyze, plan, lead, and perform gymnastics and dance activities. This course requires students to participate in vigorous physical activity. (1,3,0)
HKIN 295-3-4Applied Methods: Basketball and SoccerThis course provides students with the knowledge and experience necessary to teach basketball and soccer lessons in the K - 12 education system. Students will learn to analyze, plan, lead, and perform basketball and soccer activities. This course requires students to participate in vigorous physical activity. (1,3,0)
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