Wed: 6:00 – 8:50 PM
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Obtain a workable theoretical knowledge relative to the human's physiologic responses to and capacity for exercise
2. Apply the principles of exercise physiology to help themselves and others achieve optimum work performance
3. Provide intelligent and factual answers related to the effects of work on the human body
4. Attain knowledge toward understanding current topics in the practice of exercise physiology
5. Demonstrate the ability critically review current research and link findings with those discussed in the lab/seminars performed in other courses.
The material for this class will be presented in lecture/discussion format. All class lectures will be available in PDF format, and may be found on BLACKBOARD. Assessment for this course will include 2 examinations and class participation
As time allows in class and depending on class progress in each unit, a review may be offered before each exam. At that time, students can ask any content question that they would like. Students are not required to participate in the review, and can participate or leave as they choose. If there are no questions related to the content of the unit, the review session will be ended. Whether or not a review is conducted in class depends of class progress through the material for each unit and class participation in previous reviews. If there is no time to have a formal review or, if review sessions are not being utilized, students will need to come to office hours to address any questions on class material.
There will be 2 exams (mid-term and final). Exams will be in written and short answer format and will be related to content covered in class, assigned readings, and the relevant chapters in the textbook. The mid-term exam will be given during normal class time and the final exam will be given during finals week at our allotted time. Following the handing out of exams and any announcements, etc., students will have the remainder of 2 hours and 50 minutes to sit for the mid-term exam; and the remainder of 2 hours to sit for the final exam. The mid-term exam will cover units 1 – 3, and the final exam will cover units 4 & 5. For both exams, in addition to class notes, information from readings and the textbook will be included. Accuracy of information, ability to utilize information for a practical purpose, clarity of writing, and proper grammar will all be graded aspects of both exams. In addition, information which is added by the student which is not directly related to the topic at hand, and is incorrect, will count against the grade for that particular question.
For privacy reason, students are not allowed to pick up exams or assignments for other students without my having prior written permission from the student who’s exam is being collected. If you have extenuating circumstances and wish to e-mail me permission prior to handing back materials, I will be more than happy to allow the person designated in your letter to pick up your work.
After exams are handed back to the class, I will announce a time when students must return them to me. Students who do not turn in their exams to me within this time will suffer a 15% grade reduction off of their total points for each day the exam is late unless the student has a university excused absence. Weekends count! For the final exam, office hours will be held so that students can evaluate their score and ask questions. Once those office hours are over final exam grades will not be altered.
EXAM QUESTION RELIABILITY:
Once I receive exams back from students and all grade disputes have been discussed and resolved, I will run statistical reliability tests on every question, for each unit exam. If any questions is found to be unreliable in the top 33% of the class by percentage grade, that question will be removed from grade calculation and all students who missed that particular question will be credited for those points. Students who got the question correct will not be credited any additional points. Students who need to take an alternate version of the exam will not have their exam questions tested for reliability due to small sample size.
Students will be evaluated on their participation throughout the semester. There will be multiple days where we have in class discussion on readings which were assigned. Students should be prepared at all times to lead the discussion, answer questions about readings, etc. Students who are unprepared for in-class discussions or who have not done the readings will be assessed a severe penalty on their participation grade.
POINTS POSSIBLE BREAKDOWN:
Mid-Term Exam = 150 points
Final Exam = 100 points
Participation = 50 points
Total = 300 points
Student’s letter grade is based on the individual point score converted into a percentage grade. Based upon the student’s class performance the following letter grades will be assigned:
90 – 100 % = A
80 – 89.99 % = B
70 – 79.99 % = C1
60 – 69.99 % = D1, 2
< 60 % = F
1. Grades of C or less may affect your standing in the graduate program
2. D grades do not earn graduate credit at Midwestern State University. Please see the graduate catalog for details of grading policies for graduate students.
Students who feel there is a grading error or who wish to gain greater knowledge as to why a particular grade was earned have 1 week following the date exams or papers are handed back to the class to express their concerns. Following this period, all grades are set and will not be altered. Any student who feels that a question could have been answered differently is encouraged to let me know so that we can talk about it. If the student can make a compelling case for why a particular question could have more than one correct answer, additional points may be awarded on a case by case and student by student basis. Office hours will be announced in order to facilitate that process. After final grade submission is complete, no grade alterations will be made so please come by during office hours or make an appointment to see me at another time if you have concerns.
NO STUDENT WILL BE THOUGHT OF ANY DIFFERENTLY OR PUNISHED IN ANY WAY FOR BRINGING A POTENTIAL GRADE CONCERN TO MY ATTENTION AS LONG AS THINGS ARE HANDLED IN A RESPECTFUL MANNER. I want all students to walk away with an understanding of why you earned the grade that you did. In addition, I want to make sure that any potential mistakes in grading on my part are taken care of immediately. I encourage ALL students to take advantage of opportunities to discuss their grades with me throughout the semester. I cannot treat you 100% fairly if you do not let me know about problems as they arise. Please keep me in the loop and I will make every effort to return the favor. However, please understand that if you bring a grade concern to my attention and I make a decision, further arguing about the question/topic will not change my mind. Once I have made a decision, please respect it as final.
Late assignments will not be accepted for any reason barring the guidelines described in the attendance policy.
Attendance is not required (for the lecture), however it is imperative for success in this class. The student is responsible for any information presented, discussed and assigned in class regardless of whether or not the student was present. Make-up tests, quizzes, assignments, or other grades will be granted for excused absences only:
· serious illness (doctor’s note required)
· official university excused absences (with proper documentation and prior notification)
· extenuating AND unusual circumstances (PRIOR approval should be obtained or direct contact made with the instructor within 24 hours of the event). Whether or not specific circumstances quality as both extenuating AND unusual is at the discretion of the instructor on a case by case basis. Note: minor illness (cold, flu, etc.) is neither extenuating or unusual.
· Documentation of the reason for any absence must be provided to the instructor.
· In emergencies where advance notification is not possible, the student must contact the Dean of Students to initiate an official request for an excused absence (940-397-4291).
· Please be aware that any student who does not attend the lecture during the initial drop/add phase and has not communicated with me is subject to being administratively dropped from the roster. Roll will be taken up until the last day to add a class only (in the lecture) per university policy. Roll will be taken for the entire semester in the labs.
Assumption of risk:
As with any activity there is an assumed risk while participating. We will do all we can to provide a safe environment; however, you are ultimately responsible for your well-being. The university will not be held liable for any injuries that occur.
Any student who has a documented medical condition, (e.g. Asthma, Hypertension, Cardiac Condition, etc.), or any injury that may preclude participation in a specific activity should inform the instructor immediately.
Arrangements will be made with an alternate activity for your participation.
ADA Policy Statement:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities, including a requirement that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Students who have special needs as a result of a disability and require accommodations, must contact the Disability Services Office at 940-397-4140 and notify the instructor as soon as possible.
Students are also encouraged to seek assistance as needed from the Midwestern State University Counseling Center at 940-397-4618.
As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one’s own the ideas, words, writings, etc. that belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have the permission of that person. Plagiarism is one of the worst academic sins, for the plagiarist destroys the trust among colleagues without which research and academic discourse cannot be safely conducted.
Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed through the regular institutional procedures as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an "F" in the course. As noted above, plagiarism detection software will be used throughout this course.
Student Honor Creed
As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."
As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.
Midwestern State University seeks to provide a safe, healthy, pleasant environment for its faculty, staff, and students. To this end, the use of tobacco products, including smoke and smokeless tobacco, and the advertising, sale, free distribution, and discarding of tobacco products shall be prohibited in all indoor and outdoor facilities and in all university vehicles. The policy extends to faculty, staff, students, vendors, guests, and visitors.
Anyone using tobacco products in class will be asked to leave. If it is a lab session or other in class project, the student in question will lose points for the lab for that day along with the one possible point for attendance. If it is an exam day the student in question will not be allowed to sit for the exam.
Additional information on the MSU tobacco policy may be found here: http://students.mwsu.edu/recsports/tobacco.asp
If a student does not understand an assignment, what is expected of him/her, or is having difficulty mastering the material/skills covered as a part of this class, I am available to help! I have an “open door” policy and students are always encouraged to call or e-mail me for an appointment, or to just come by my office at any time. I will be more than happy to assist any student whom is having difficulty and requests help, or who just wants to dig deeper into the class material. Please let me know if you are having any difficulty at all and do not wait until you are past the point of no return to seek help. Many students in the past could have had better grades had they come and talked with me earlier rather than later upon recognition that there was a problem. I can’t help you if I don’t know there is a problem!
The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the course syllabus and/or schedule at any time. Students will always be informed of any changes made.