Course Outline / Syllabus
This document contains a reflective statement and sample syllabus for an upper-level kinesiology class, Exercise Technique for Resistance Training. In this course, students will explore a variety of exercises relating to the development of muscular strength, endurance, and power using a variety of equipment, including free weights and resistance machines. Emphasis will be placed on the practical and appropriate application, instruction, and supervision of resistance exercise lifting and spotting techniques to accommodate a variety of clients and patients. Content is consistent with skills necessary to prepare students as health and fitness professionals required by the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals.
The actions I took in developing this course were as team leader, coordinating with department colleagues who have experience and expertise within the field of strength and conditioning. Through this process, my colleagues and I met as a group and individually discussing the developed course curriculum, such as outlining student learning objectives, calendar outlines with the focus of safety and exercise progression, and standardized assignments.
Using a similar course from the California State University Fullerton-Kinesiology Department, a past syllabus from Dr. Lee Brown’s course, Exercise Techniques for Strength Training, was used as a skeleton template for our class.
Exercise Technique for Resistance Training class holds an intrarelationship to other new courses being offered in the quarter to semester 2020 transition: Principal of Human Movement and Principles of Strength and Conditioning. Principal of Human Movement and Principles of Strength and Conditioning classes specifically prepare students for field related certification exams, National Strength and Conditioning Association-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and/or National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer. Exercise Technique for Resistance Training class will aid students with exposure to evidence-based exercise technique section knowledge needed for these certification exams.
A unique facet to this course is student physical activity application and the development and understanding of skilled exercise movement and its transferability from a resistance training setting to a sport-specific field setting. Finding a textbook that fulfilled this need was challenging and took the most time throughout this process. Luckily, the Human Kinetic Publication team assisted with this to a satisfactory end.
Van Wye, Cameron, "Approaches to Teaching in Kinesiology" (2020). Q2S Enhancing Pedagogy. 94.