Mon & Wed: 10:00 – 1:50 AM (Lecture)
Tues: 9:30 – 10:50 AM (Lab A); 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM (Lab B)
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
6. Develop basic laboratory skills as it relates to exercise physiology
See grading section.
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 3 unit exams worth 50 points each. Unit exams will be in multiple choice format. Students are required to bring a ScanTron sheet in order to sit for the exam. Including handing out of exams and any announcements, you will have the 50 minutes of the class period, minus any time needed to hand out exams and deal with announcements, to complete examinations 1 & 2. Please return exams promptly when time is called. Students who give prior notification for a university excused absence will be allowed to complete an alternate version of the exam outside of class. Students who miss an exam for what would not be considered a university excused absence or who do not give prior notification of excused absences will not be allowed to take the exam at an alternate time. Exams 1 & 2 will be given during normal class times and exam 3 will be given during our final exam period.
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.
Students will one week to return exams to me following my handing them back (except exam 3 because of finals week). All students are encouraged to check the answer key to be sure that their exams are graded correctly. 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. Students who do not turn in their exams to me within two class days 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. For the unit 3 exam, office hours will be held so that students can evaluate their score and look at the answer key. Once those office hours are over unit 3 exam grades will be set and 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.
Following assessment of question reliability, on each unit exam, a curve will be applied which consists of ½ of the difference between the class mean’s percent grade and 100%. For example, if the class mean for exam one is 50%, I will add points until the class mean equals 75%. If the class mean for exam two is 60%, I will add points until he class mean equals 80%. Regardless of class mean prior to application of a curve or the magnitude of curve applied, no student will be given a curve to the point that any exam or semester grade is over 100%. Any student who misses the exam without a university excused absence will not receive any curve that may be given to the remainder of the class.
LAB ASSIGNMENTS AND ACTIVITIES:
For each week of lab, a corresponding lab assignment will be given. There will be a total of 13 lab sessions and assignments. Each lab assignment is due at the beginning of class (not the end, not one hour later because you forgot to bring it, etc.). For my rules on late assignments, see the course policies above.
Each lab assignment will be completed individually and will be work 5 points each. Attendance will be taken at the beginning (not the middle, or the end) of each lab session. Each student who is in their seat at the beginning of the lab session will earn 1 point for that day. As such, on-time attendance to the lab will be worth a good portion of your class grade. Students who are not more than 5 minutes late will not earn a point for attendance but are still eligible to participate in the lab and may turn in an assignment the following week. Students who are more than 5 minutes late to a given lab session may not participate in that day’s activities and may not turn in an assignment the following week. Thus, they will lose both the 1 point for attendance that day and the 5 points for the assignment given in that session. In addition, students who do not attend a particular lab session assignment for that lab and will lose the 5 points for that week.
Each lab will have Graduate Assistant as an instructor. I will provide supervision and oversight; however, they will do much of the instruction on a day to day basis. There will also be other Graduate Assistants in the room to assist the primary instructor for that day. Graduate Assistants are to be treated with the same respect and courtesy you would show to any instructor and the proper form of address to them is: Mr., Miss, Mrs., or Ms. as is appropriate for their particular situation. They will introduce themselves in this manner at the beginning of the lab session in week 2 and they should be referred to in this manner throughout the duration of the course.
POINTS POSSIBLE BREAKDOWN:
3 Unit Exams * 50 pts. each = 150 Points
13 Lab Assignments * 5 pts. each = 65 Points
13 On time to Lab Credit * 1 pt. each = 13 Points
Total Points = 228
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 % = C
60 – 69.99 % = D
< 60 % = F
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. Students are encouraged to come and look at their grade on proposals and presentations prior to submission of final course grades. Office hours will be announced in order to facilitate that process. After 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.
ü Late assignments will not be accepted for any reason barring the guidelines described in the attendance policy.
ü 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.
ü When contacting the instructor in reference to class issues via e-mail (email@example.com) or other method (for example a note in my mail box or on my office door), if you do not receive confirmation that I have received your message, project, etc., within a reasonable time period (2 work days), then I did not get it! In other words, if you do not hear back from me, please follow up to make sure we are communicating effectively!
ü I do not check or respond to my work e-mail on weekends, holidays, or past the close of business during the week. In other words, if you write me an e-mail on Friday night, don’t expect to hear back until sometime on Monday or Tuesday.
ü Please check Blackboard and your MWSU e-mail account prior to coming to class. If I am ill or there is a change in the class location, materials required, or meeting time, I will send an e-mail out via Blackboard to all of your student accounts.
ü Students are strongly encouraged to ask, and respond to, questions in class, because this identifies problem areas for the instructor.
ü It is also recommended that every day after class you go through and review and organize the notes you have taken, rectifying the material with what you have read in the text. Preparation immediately before the examinations is greatly facilitated by this process.
ü Please return exams promptly when time is called.
ü Students are always encouraged to come to office hours in order to ask additional questions on the material or to gain a better understanding of grades on exams or assignments.
ü Turn your cell phones off prior to the start of class.
ü Please understand that slides are an outline and do not represent all of the information which will be covered in class. If we talk about topics in class, unless I specify otherwise, they are fair game for exam material. If there is something that comes up in class discussion which you do not understand, please be sure to let me know so that I can slow down and help you get it right.
ü Student employment does not take priority over academic obligations. This includes graduate assistantships. I recognize that many students need to work in order to meet expenses, however, there are distinct guidelines for students in terms of the number of credit hours which should be attempted based on how many hours per week a student has outside employment. If you have questions about this, please see your student handbook.
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.