Undergraduate Program Goals

Kinesiology offers a comprehensive program of study in the scientific, social, and cultural understandings of human movement and is designed for students who want to prepare for professions involving physical activity and for graduate study in related areas. The Department of Kinesiology at University Park offers a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Movement Science Option) and Athletic Training. A core curriculum provides students in each of the areas with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary knowledge of physical activity.

Kinesiology and Athletic Training Majors: Student Learning Objectives

The core curriculum (Kines 141, 180, 202, 321, 345, 350, 360, and 384) required of all kinesiology majors stresses the following learning outcomes:

  1. Understand human movement from scientific and socio-cultural perspectives.

  2. Understand and critically evaluate scientific theories and methods.

  3. Produce independent work as well as work efficiently in a group or team.

  4. Analyze quantitative information.

  5. Demonstrate ability to think critically.

  6. Demonstrate competency for planning and implementing kinesiology-related health and behavior change interventions and programs.

  7. Demonstrate proficiency in identifying major bones, boney landmarks, joints, ligaments, and muscles on diagrams, skeletons, models, and/or people.

  8. Understand physiological and neurological systems involved in movement and exercise.

  9. Identify mechanical principles and describe how these principles apply to human movement.

  10. Perform assessments of physical activity, injury, and diagnosis.

  11. Demonstrate personal, professional, and ethical competency.

  12. Demonstrate prerequisite competency and proficiencies for certification examinations in fitness, wellness, and athletic training.

  13. Demonstrate ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Baccalaureate Program Assessment of Student Learning Report 2014-2015

2014-2015 Enrollment and Graduation Data

Enrollment:

  • 854 full-time students were enrolled in the Kinesiology Major, of these:
    • 516 were in the Movement Science Option
    • 241 were in the Fitness Studies Option
    • 29 were in the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Option (PHETE)
  • We also had 67 full-time students in the Athletic Training Major

Graduation:

  • A total of 288 students graduated from Kinesiology:
    • 174 in Movement Science
    • 83 in Fitness Studies
    • 12 in Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Option (PHETE)
    • 19 with an Athletic Training major
  • Among the students graduating from the Athletic Training major, 100% passed their Board of Certification Examination on the first attempt
  • An additional 37 students graduated with a Kinesiology minor

2014-2015 Assessment of Student Learning

In 2014-2015 the Department of Kinesiology used internship supervisor evaluations, student internship knowledge and skill evaluations, and student exit surveys to evaluate the following student learning outcomes:

  • Understand human movement from scientific and socio-cultural perspectives
  • Produce independent work as well as work efficiently in a group or team
  • Demonstrate personal, professional, and ethical competency
  • Demonstrate ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Analyze quantitative information
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically

We also used the following measures to assess whether we are meeting our program goals:

  • job placement data
  • board of certification examination outcomes
  • student ratings of teaching effectiveness
  • alumni feedback
  • senior student “exit” surveys
  • internship student and supervisor evaluations
  • pre/post-testing of learning outcomes in courses

Summary of the key lessons learned:

  • For internship supervisor evaluations, we met our benchmark of 90% of supervisors evaluating our students as “excellent” or “good” on 93% of the personal and professional skills (e.g., decision making, persistence to complete tasks, demonstrate ability to synthesize information and communicate it effectively, interacts well with staff and clientele)

  • For student internship knowledge and skill evaluations, we met our benchmark of 90% of students providing evaluations as “excellent” or “good” on 93% of the knowledge and skill items (e.g., understand and apply ethical principles in professional practice, complete internship learning objectives)

  • For student internship placement evaluations, we met our benchmark of 90% of students providing evaluations as “excellent” or “good” on 100% of the items (e.g., internship was a valuable resource for learning support and guidance, internship was helpful in teaching knowledge of the profession)

  • From the student exit surveys, 50-85% of students described themselves as “excellent” or “good” at developing knowledge about specific areas of Kinesiology (e.g., types of joints in the body; understand the fundamentals of exercise metabolism, adaptations to exercise and effects on heath and disease; apply psychological skills to modify human behavior and/or performance) as well as other skills and abilities (e.g., work independently, understand human movement from scientific, socio-cultural, and philosophical perspectives, write and speak effectively) as a result of the Kinesiology program