Program Goals and Learning Outcomes
Program Goals & Outcomes:
Consistent with the CAAHEP requirement, the primary academic objectives of the program are to prepare competent entry-level Exercise Science professionals in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (abilities) learning domains. Furthermore, as stated on our departmental webpage, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Kinesiology Major utilizes a strong scientific base and experiential learning component for students interested in Kinesiology, the science of human movement. The Exercise and Fitness Emphasis prepares students to work with healthy adults and stable patient populations to guide their fitness regimes.
Another area of education includes teaching our students about potential opportunities for graduate study in exercise science and related allied health fields. Further, we provide skill and practical experience (i.e. externships and practicums) to better prepare graduates for careers in Exercise Science.
Exercise and Fitness Learning Outcomes include:
• Knowledge of group leadership methods and the skills to demonstrate the components of an exercise session. Ability to adjust a group exercise class for participants of all ages.
• Ability to design an exercise program for an individual based on health history and physical fitness assessments or to direct this same individual to appropriate programs in the community. Ability to recommend appropriate intensity, duration, frequency, and type of activity for the client’s goals.
• Ability to obtain a full health history and risk appraisal and correct use of that information to design a training program.
• Skill to implement a full fitness test including aspects of the major areas of health related fitness. Ability to interpret these results to apply to healthy participants and those with stable disease.
• Knowledge of the differences in submaximal and maximal cardiovascular fitness tests and ability to determine the appropriate test for a client. Skill in determining the appropriate reasons for discontinuing a cardiovascular fitness test. Understanding of the differences in results of these tests in conditioned and unconditioned individuals.
• Knowledge of the various careers in the health and fitness industry.