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Physical Education (2003-2004)

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Department Chairperson: Donna Phillips
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Charles Spencer
Telephone: 309/298-1524
Department Office: Brophy Hall 211
Department Telephone: 309/298-1981 Fax: 309/298-2981
WWW Address: www.wiu.edu/users/mipe/
Location of Program Offering: Macomb, Quad Cities

Graduate Faculty

  • Professors
    • Cheryl J. Cohen, Ph.D., University of Illinois
    • Laura M. Finch, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Greensboro
    • James D. Karabetsos, Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado
    • Donna Phillips, Ph.D., Ohio State University
    • Miriam N. Satern, Ed.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • Charles A. Spencer, Ed.D., University of South Dakota
    • Candace A. Winters-March, M.F.A., Arizona State University
  • Associate Professors
    • Loran Erdmann, Ed.D., University of Northern Iowa
    • Randy Hyllegard, Ph.D., Oregon State University
    • Darlene S. Young, Ed.D., Temple University
  • Assistant Professors
    • Ralph E. Graham, Ph.D., University of Georgia
    • Cynthia K. Piletic, Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University
    • Steven J. Radlo, Ph.D., University of Florida

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professors
    • Loleta G. Foutch, Ed.D., Indiana University
    • Ritchie Gabbei, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
    • Kevin Sperry, Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • Instructor
    • Judy A. Yeast, M.S., Western Illinois University

Program Description

The Department of Physical Education offers the Master of Science degree in physical education and the Master of Science degree in physical education/sport management option. The broad mission of the degree program is to assist students to develop conceptual and theoretical understandings and to obtain knowledge and skills which will prepare them as master teachers, researchers/scholars, practitioners, or administrators in their respective areas.

Whether students elect to earn a Master of Science degree in physical education or pursue the Sport Management Option, both lead to a wide variety of career choices. Graduates of the physical education degree program qualify for careers in cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness, as university or public school teachers/coaches, adapted specialists, and sport psychology consultants. Sport management graduates work in school, university and college settings, as sport complex directors, public relations/marketing directors, or in the professional sports areas.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the graduate program in physical education and physical education/sport management must have a 3.0 overall for four years or a 3.20 GPA for the last two years. Any student failing to meet the minimum requirement can be admitted on probation with a GPA of 2.75-2.99; and all others will be denied regular admission.

Degree Requirements

The Department of Physical Education offers work leading to the Master of Science degree in physical education or a Master of Science degree in physical education/sport management. Within the physical education program, students may select to pursue in-depth study in the following areas:

  • Exercise science
  • Wellness promotion and fitness management
  • Pedagogy (includes adapted physical education)
  • Sport and exercise psychology

For specific course recommendations in each area, students should consult with the graduate coordinator. The sport management program requires courses offered by the Department of Physical Education and the Department of Accountancy. The sport management degree is accredited by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Capstone Options - All students will complete one of the following options as a requirement for graduation:

  1. Thesis
  2. Comphrehnsive exam
  3. Synthesis paper of internship experience

The candidate who completes all degree requirements will earn the Master of Science degree in physical education or a Master of Science degree in physical education/sport management. The following requirements must be completed:

Master of Science Degree in Physical Education

  • Thesis
    • PE 511 Measurement and Statistical Analysis: 3 s.h.
    • PE 512 Research Methods in Physical Education: 3 s.h.
    • PE 601 Thesis: 4 s.h.
    • Physical Education Electives: 19 s.h.
    • Electives from other departments: 3 s.h.
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 32 s.h.
  • Non-Thesis
    • PE 511 Measurement and Statistical Analysis: 3 s.h.
    • PE 512 Research Methods in Physical Education: 3 s.h.
    • PE 602 Comprehensive Exam: 0 s.h.
    • Physical Education Electives: 29 s.h.
    • Electives from other departments: 3 s.h.
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 38 s.h.

Students selecting the M.S. degree in Physical Education are required to have completed undergraduate cousework for four of the five following areas or the equivalent: anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, and motor behavior. Students admitted to the graduate program who have not yet completed these undergraduate courses must fulfill this requirement prior to degree completion.

Master of Science Degree in Physical Education/Sport Management

  • Thesis
    • PE 511 Measurement and Statistical Analysis: 3 s.h.
    • PE 512 Research Methods in Physical Education: 3 s.h.
    • PE 548 Sociology of Sport: 3 s.h.
    • PE 545 Facility: 3 s.h.
    • PE 555 Sport Marketing: 3 s.h.
    • PE 558 Sport Management: 3 s.h.
    • PE 560 Internship in Sport Management: 4 s.h.
    • PE 561 Public Relations for Physical Education and Sport: 3 s.h.
    • PE 565 Computer Application: 3 s.h.
    • PE 564 The Law and Sport: 3 s.h.
    • PE 601 Thesis: 4 s.h.
    • ACCT 513 Accounting for Athletic Administration: 3 s.h.
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 38 s.h.
  • Non-Thesis
    • PE 511 Measurement and Statistical Analysis: 3 s.h.
    • PE 512 Research Methods in Physical Education: 3 s.h.
    • PE 545 Facilities: 3 s.h.
    • PE 548 Sociology of Sport: 3 s.h.
    • PE 555 Sport Marketing: 3 s.h.
    • PE 558 Sport Management: 3 s.h.
    • PE 560 Internship in Sport Management: 4 s.h.
    • PE 561 Public Relations for Physical Education and Sport: 3 s.h.
    • PE 564 The Law and Sport: 3 s.h.
    • PE 565 Computer Application: 3 s.h.
    • ACCT 513 Accounting for Athletic Administration: 3 s.h.
    • Electives: 8 s.h.
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 42 s.h.

Graduate students may transfer in nine semester hours of credit.

Course Descriptions

439G Methods and Materials in Physical Education. (3) Content designed to analyze the instructional techniques and materials useful to the physical education teacher in grades 9-12. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

450G Special Problems in Physical Education and Athletics. (Credit Arranged) Workshops, institutes, or clinics in physical education, or athletics, not specifically covered in other courses listed. Credit will depend upon nature of project undertaken and length of time involved. Course may be repeated.

511 Measurement and Statistical Analysis. (3) Introduction to statistics and experimental designs that are necessary to evaluate data collected from measurement commonly obtained in health, physical education, and recreation.

512 Research Methods in Physical Education. (3) Research techniques employed in graduate work. Methods used in solving problems common to health education, physical education, recreation, and evaluating research projects in these fields.

539 Analysis of Teaching in Physical Education. (3) Students will use systematic observation systems to quantify and analyze aspects of their instruction in physical education classes. Students will analyze videotapes of their own instruction. Specific areas of analysis will be content development, use of time, management, task presentations, task structures, and student assessment strategies. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

540 Wellness and Risk Reduction Concepts. (3) A study of the rationale and guidelines for developing wellness and risk reduction programs, with an emphasis on cardiovascular disease. The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of health risk appraisal techniques, health behavior models, and wellness and risk reduction program objectives and strategies specific for cardiovascular disease prevention and intervention. Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology, or permission of instructor.

541 Qualitative Analysis of Human Movement. (3) Integration of content form the sub-disciplines of biomechanics, motor learning, motor development, and pedagogy and application to the qualitative analysis of human motor skills for the purpose of developing skillful movers in physical education, athletics, and clinical settings. Prerequisites: Undergraduate course in at least two of the following: biomechanics, motor learning, motor development OR one area plus a current valid teaching certificate.

542 Curriculum Organization and Development in Physical Education. (3) A comprehensive survey of the principles underlying the curriculum in physical education in grades K-12. Problems in techniques of administering and supervising physical education programs in the schools.

543 Strength and Conditioning Enhancement. (2) Examine exercise science concepts and current practices in the development of strength and conditioning programs for wellness/fitness and sports enhancement. Review requisite knowledge and skills for national professional organization certification exams (ACSM, NSCA). Survey issues related to ergogenics and body composition. Examine current strength and conditioning research. Prerequisites: PE 553, and undergraduate Principles of Weight Training or permission of instructor.

544 Organization and Management of Exercise Programs. (3) A study of organizational and management strategies for exercise program development in fitness facilities. Issues include participant screening, exercise testing and prescription, safety and emergency planning, staff selection and development, equipment and space utilization, facility operation, budgeting, and specialized programs.

545 Planning and Managing Facilities. (3) A review, analysis, and critical study of the principles, terminology, and standards for planning, construction, use, and maintenance of the facilities for the various programs in physical education and related disciplines. Standard authoritative references are studied and critically evaluated.

548 Sociology of Sport. (3) The social phenomena connected with sport and with social functions of sport will be investigated. Various aspects governing the development of sport and the influence of social factors which enhance or restrict this development will be identified and examined.

549 Comprehensive Stress Management. (2) Background study of stress; in-depth study and application of stress management components. Prerequisites: An undergraduate course in some form of relaxation technique or graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

550 Professional Workshop. (1–3)

551 Biomechanics of Physical Activity. (3) The application of mechanical principles to the development of motor skills. Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics or permission of the instructor.

552 Wellness Program Development and Administration. (3) A study of organizational and administrative concepts related to the implementation and operation of wellness programs in corporate, commercial, community, clinical, and school settings. This course is designed to prepare students for certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at the level of health/fitness director. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

553 Physiology of Exercise. (3) A multidimensional study of exercise physiology, including theoretical foundations and practical applications, with scientific information drawn from the related disciplines of physical education, physiology, biochemistry, and others. Prerequisites: Undergraduate Chemistry, Physiology of Exercise; or permission of the instructor.

554 Exercise Stress Testing and Electrocardiogram Evaluation. (3) A study of the administration and interpretation of graded exercise treadmill tests with 12-lead electrocardiography, with application to exercise prescription for normal and diseased populations. Prerequisite: PE 553.

555 Sport Marketing. (3) This course is designed to give sport management students an overview of marketing principles and procedures from a managerial perspective. The course is designed to help students develop an awareness of the terminology, concepts, and techniques which are part of the work of sport marketing. The course relies upon lectures, class and group projects and discussions, and resource personnel to facilitate the learning process. Prerequisite: Open to physical education/sport management or physical education majors only.

556 Motor Learning and Human Performance. (3) Nature of motor learning, factors affecting motor learning, problems of motor learning, instruction and guidance of motor learning.

557 Adapted Physical Education. (2) An overview of exceptionality with reference to special problems in programming and the initiation and conduct of programs for the disabled in physical education and sport with special attention to federal legislation.

558 Sport Management. (3) Organizational and administrative concepts relating to secondary, college, and professional sport are examined.

559 Sport Psychology. (3) A survey of the theories and research related to sport psychology. Includes the study of individual differences, motivation, and social influence processes in sport, exercise, and physical education settings.

560 Internship in Sport Management. (4–6, repeatable to 6) Supervised experiences in the various aspects of sport management involving secondary or college athletic directors, or professional sports organizations. Prerequisite: Completion of 27 hours of course work, including the core in the sport management sequence and instructor permission.

561 Public Relations for Sport Organizations. (3) A comprehensive study of the principles, problems, and promotions for planning and implementing public relations programs in sport organizations.

562 Internship in Physical Education. (4–6) Designed to provide an internship-based experience for the student desiring an emphasis in physical education. The internship is to be tailored to the student's potential professional interests. Prerequisite: Completion of 27 hours of course work, including core courses and undergraduate deficiencies, and permission of the instructor.

564 The Law and Sport. (3) This course is designed to provide the student with a general understanding of the function of the legal system, as well as potential legal problems and possible solutions faced by those involved with sport and physical education.

565 Computer Applications in Sport and Physical Education. (3) Application of microcomputers in physical education and sport, including applications in exercise physiology, sport management, coaching, and teaching physical education. Prerequisites: Introductory microcomputer course or permission of the instructor.

566 Cardiorespiratory Physiology. (3) A study of cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory physiology and their relationship to disease and disease prevention. Identification of the various risk factors and strategies for disease intervention. This course is designed to prepare students for certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at the level of exercise test technologist or exercise specialist. Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology, undergraduate Physiology of Exercise.

567 Assessment and Evaluation Techniques of the Disabled. (2) A course designed for specific assessment, screening, and evaluation techniques in relation to specific disabilities and within the context of P.L. 94-142.

569 Applied Sport Psychology. (3) Examines the application and effectiveness of sport psychology interventions for enhancing performance in sport, exercise, and physical education settings. Prerequisite: PE 599 or permission of instructor.

570 Mastery in Teaching Physical Education. (3) Current issues and trends in Physical Education will be investigated to keep professionals in the field updated. Theoretical constructs will be integrated with field-based applications in physical education teacher education. Assessment of student learning will be critically examined. Prerequisites: PE 539, PE 542, or permission of the instructor.

571 The Development of Expert Performance. (3) An examination of theoretical and applied research on the factors that contribute to acquisition of expert performance in the psychomotor, cognitive, and creative domains. Prerequisites: PE 512.

577 Sports for the Disabled. (2) A course designed to acquaint the student with the type of sports currently available to the disabled, their relationship to able-bodied sports, modifications to existing rules and facilities, coaching considerations, classification systems, and major sports medicine considerations.

579 Research and Professional Issues in Sport Psychology. (1) A survey of current research and professional issues in sport and exercise psychology. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or previous completion of PE 559, or permission of instructor.

587 Methods of Teaching Adapted Physical Education. (3) A course specifically designed to acquaint the student with teaching techniques for service delivery of physical education to students with disabilities as prescribed by both federal and state law, and that of the adapted physical education national standards.

589 Sport Psychology Intervention Techniques. (1, repeatable to 3) Supervised experience in the organization, administration, and evaluation of applied sport psychology programs. Consideration of professional issues in educational sport psychology including ethics and marketing. Features role-play, case study, videotaping, and supervised interventions. Prerequisites: PE 559, PE 579, and concurrent enrollment in or completion of PE 569.

598 Independent Study in Physical Education. (1–3, repeatable to 6) An investigation of independent projects/directed readings related to the student’s area of study. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate coordinator required. Graduate students must have taken 15 hours of graduate work.

599 Research in Physical Education. (1–3) Independent research study of an approved problem. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate coordinator. Graduate students must have taken 15 hours of graduate work.

600 Seminar in Physical Education. (1–3) Course content in response to needs and approved programs of graduate students. Utilization of specialists, consultants, and visiting professors. Course may be repeated with permission, up to six hours.

601 Thesis. (4) Graded S/U.

602 Comprehensive Examination. (0) The Department of Physical Education instituted the written comprehensive exam as one of the capstone assessment options. The student will complete a written comprehensive exam consisting of selected questions that assess knowledge acquired via the graduate degree plan. The exam will be graded S/U and will be administered once each semester, plus the last Saturday in the summer session. The student may take the examination a maximum of three times. Prerequisites: Student must have completed 27 hours of course work; approval of Graduate Coordinator.

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