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Masters in Exercise and Sport Sciences

Suggested Progression of Courses: MA HPS Emphasis Sport Administration

Suggested Progression of Courses: MA HPS Emphasis Teacher Education

 

Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences
Joe Schmalfeldt
Department Chair
Wilson Physical Education Complex, Room 234
505-454-3490
FAX: 505-454-3001
E-MAIL: jschmal@nmhu.edu

Mission Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences
The mission of the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences is to improve the quality of life related to the many aspects of human movement. We concentrate on a full spectrum of human potential, from young to old, fit to unfit, recreational to highly athletic, healthy to diseased, and able bodied to disabled. Our programs are related to the study of exercise physiology, health, teaching, athletic injuries, recreation, sport administration, and coaching.


Faculty

William Hayward, Ph.D. (Exercise Science) 

Kathy Jenkins, Ph.D. (Exercise Science) 

Yongseek Kim, Ph.D. (Recreation and Sport Management) 

Jay Lee, Ph.D. (Exercise Physiology) 

Joe Schmalfeldt, Ph.D. (Physical Education) 


Master of Arts in Human Performance and Sport (MA)
This program continues the undergraduate program’s emphasis on physical education, health, wellness, and sport. The program is flexible in offering a number of course options for school applications; social, legal, and ethical dimensions; advanced exercise physiology; health; and specialized topics such as sports psychology and special physical education. 

Students in the master’s program also receive a foundation in inquiring skills including research methods and assessment as preparation for a comprehensive study. Students may select either a thesis, field project or non-thesis option. A total of 36 credit hours are required. 


Master of Arts in Human Performance and Sport (MA)
Teacher Education and Sports Administration Concentration
This program presents an opportunity to focus on careers in teaching in the public or private sector, national or international market, or in the sports and fitness industry. Students may select an area of study that best meets their specific interest in the fields of teacher education and sports administration. The following emphasis areas are flexible and inclusive: teacher education and sports administration with advisement, students may select an interdisciplinary approach that best satisfies their specific needs. Students may select a thesis, field project, or comprehensive exam option. A total of 36 credit hours are required. 


Master of Arts in Human Performance and Sport (MA)
Required courses: 6 credit hours
HPS 620 Research Methods in HPLS (3)
HPS 670 Assessment & Evaluation in HPLS (3)

Electives: 24 (30 if you choose the Comprehensive Exam Option) 

Choose at least 24 credits from the following: 

HLTH 521 Epidemiology (3)
HLTH 535 Selected Topic in Health (3)
HLTH 569 Public Health & Wellness (3)
HLTH 574 Stress Management (3)
HLTH 589 Fitness/Wellness Program Leadership (3)
HLTH 590 Independent Study (1–4)
HPS 508 Principles, Ethics, & Problems of Athletic Coach (3)
HPS 515 Women in Sport (3)
HPS 516 Aquatic Management (3)
HPS 521 Designs for Fitness (3)
HPS 528 Nutrition & Supplements for Sport (3)
HPS 530 ACSM Health Fitness Instructor Review (3)
HPS 532 NSCA Strength Coach Review (3)
HPS5/634 Practicum in HPS (1-4)
HPS 5/635 Selected Topic in HPS (1-4)
HPS 536 Pediatric Exercise Physiology (3)
HPS 538 Physical Activity & Aging (3)
HPS 561 Sport Marketing & Promotion (3)
HPS 565 Planning Areas & Facilities (3)
HPS 568 P.E. for Special Populations (3)
HPS 572 Biomechanics of Sport (3)
HPS 576 Stress Testing (3)
HPS 578 Psychology of Coaching (3)
HPS 5/690 Independent Study (1-4)
HPS 604 Curriculum Design (3)
HPS 612 Sport in Society (3)
HPS 613 P.E., Athletics & Law (3)
HPS 641 Issues in HPLS (3)
HPS 650 Seminar (1)
HPS 651 Administration of Athletics (3)
HPS 660 History & Philosophy of P.E. & Sport (3)
HPS 682 Physiological Basis of Sport Performance & Conditioning Programs (3)
HPS 692 Independent Research (1-4)
Students must choose one of the following:
HPS 697 Field Project (6)
OR
HPS 699 Thesis* (6)

*Students register for at least one credit hour of Thesis until completed; thesis credits hours may exceed the required minimum of six.

OR 

Comprehensive Exam Option: Students must complete six more credits of approved electives. In addition, students must pass a comprehensive examination over the graduate program. This examination may not be taken until after midterms in the last semester of coursework.

Program Total: 36 credit hours 


Master of Arts in Human Performance and Sport (MA):
Teacher Education and Sports Administration Concentration

Required in either concentration:
Research Methodology: 6 credit hours

GNED 610 Educational Research Interpretation (3)
OR
HPS 620 Research Methods HPLS (3)
OR
MGMT 604 Business Research Methods (3)
AND
HPS 670 Assessment & Evaluation (3)
Required core: 12 credit hours
HPS 612 Sport in Society (3)
HPS 613 P.E., Athletics, & Law (3)
HPS 641 Issues in HPLS (3)
HPS 604 Curriculum Design (3) (Education Students Only)
OR
HPS 651 Administration of Athletics (3) (Sports Administration Students Only)
Core Total: 18 credit hours 

Concentration in Teacher Education

Select 12 credits from the following (18 credits if you are selecting the comprehensive exam option). 

HLTH 574 Stress Management (3) 

HPS 508 Principles, Ethics, & Problems of Athletic Coach (3) 

HPS 515 Women in Sport (3) 

HPS 516 Aquatic Management (3) 

HPS 521 Designs for Fitness (3) 

HPS 528 Nutrition & Supplements for Sport (3) 

HPS 530 ACSM Health Fitness Instructor Review (3) 

HPS 532 NSCA Strength Coach Review (3) 

HPS 5/635 Selected Topic in HPS (1-4) 

HPS 536 Pediatric Exercise Physiology (3) 

HPS 538 Physical Act & Aging (3) 

HPS 5/650 Seminar in HPS (1-4) 

HPS 561 Sport Marketing & Promotion (3) 

HPS 568 P.E. for Special Pop (3) 

HPS 572 Biomechanics of Sport (3) 

HPS 576 Stress Testing (3) 

HPS 578 Psychology of Coaching (3) 

HPS 5/690 Independent Study (3) 

HPS 660 History & Philosophy of P.E. & Sport (3) 

EDLD 673 Public School Administration (3) 

HPS 682 Physiology Basis of Sport Performance & Conditioning (3) 
Concentration Total: 12-18 credit hours

Students must choose one of the following:
HPS 697 Field Project (6)
OR
HPS 699 Thesis* (6)
*Students register for at least one credit hour of Thesis until completed; thesis credits hours may exceed the required minimum of six. 
OR

Comprehensive Exam Option: Students must complete six more credits of approved electives. In addition, the students must pass a comprehensive examination over the graduate program. This examination may not be taken until after midterms in the last semester of coursework.
Program Total: 36 credit hours

Concentration in Sports Administration

Select 12 credits from the following (18 credits if you are selecting the comprehensive exam option): 

EDLD 673 Public School Administration (3) 

ACCT 606 Managerial Accounting (3) 

FIN 607 Financial Management (3) 

MGMT 664 Organizational Behavior (3) 

MIS 525 Information Systems: Management Issues & Tech (3) 

MKTG 511 Marketing Res (3) 

HPS 508 Principles, Ethics, & Problems of Athletic Coach (3) 

HPS 515 Women in Sport (3) 

HPS 516 Aquatic Management (3) 

HPS 5/634 HPS Practicum (1-4) 

HPS 5/635 Selected Topics in HPS (1-4) 

HPS 5/650 Seminar in HPS (1-4) 

HPS 509 Economics & Finance in Sport (3) 

HPS 512 Public Relations in Sport (3) 

HPS 561 Sport Marketing & Promotion (3) 

HPS 565 Planning Areas & Facilities (3) 

HPS 572 Biomechanics of Sport (3) 

HPS 578 Psychology of Coaching (3) 

HPS 5/690 Independent Study (1-4) 

HPS 604 Curriculum Design (3) 

HPS 660 History & Philosophy of Sport & P.E. (3) 

HPS 5/698 Internship (1-9) 

(See additional licensure requirements for New Mexico’s State certification.) 
Concentration Total: 12-18 credit hours

Students must choose one of the following:
HPS 697 Field Project (6)
OR
HPS 699 Thesis* (6)
*Students register for at least one credit hour of Thesis until completed; thesis credits hours may exceed the required minimum of six. 
OR
Comprehensive Exam Option: Students must complete six more credits of approved electives. In addition, the students must pass a comprehensive examination over the graduate program. This examination may not be taken until after midterms in the last semester of coursework.

Program Total: 36 credit hours

This degree is under the College of Arts and Sciences


Health (HLTH), Courses in

HLTH 515. Health, Culture & Diversity (3); Fa
This course examines what is meant by culture, the ways in which culture intersects with health issues, how public health efforts can benefit by understanding and working with cultural processes, and an overview of conceptual tools and research methods that are useful in identifying relationships between culture and health.

HLTH 521. Epidemiology (3); Sp
Epidemiology, the study of “all around,” is the science behind public health statistics. Epidemiological concepts and skills involving interpretation and use of health related data in populations or groups are studied. The course enables the understanding of causes and transmission of disease, tracking community health problems, and identifying trends related to public health problems. Critical judgment in assessing health related data is developed. Prerequisite: HLTH 321 or the equivalent.

HLTH 535. Selected Topic in Health (3); Var
Course in topic or topics in health. May be repeated with change of content.

HLTH 569. Public Health and Wellness (3); Sp
This course includes advanced public health concepts and development of critical thinking about the role of public health in the community. With interactive discussions, the course reviews community health promotion objectives and epidemiologically derived statistical information. Comprehensive focus is on three major areas: community health promotion, environmental health protection, and health resources and services. Prerequisite: HLTH 321 or the equivalent.

HLTH 574. Stress Management (3); Sp
This course includes an overview of the body of literature available on the topic of stress and the techniques required to manage stress effectively. With interactive discussions, the course reviews health promotion objectives as they relate to stress. Course modules include; a) the nature of stress; b) the mind and soul; c) coping strategies; d) relaxation techniques. Comprehensive focus is on strategies designed to help one cope with the stressors of life.

HLTH 589. Fitness/Wellness Program Leadership (3); Sp
Practical field experience and supportive lecture in the fitness and wellness program management aspects of health promotion. Leadership skills include administration, health education, nutrition strategy, and applied exercise science/technology. Students assist in the operation of the New Mexico Highlands University Wellness (HU-Wellness) Program. Students may want to choose another work site to gain valuable field experience upon approval from the professor.

HLTH 590. Independent Study (1 – 4 VC); Fa, Sp, Su
Individual, directed study arranged with an instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Human Performance and Sport (HPS), Courses in 

HPS 505. Body Composition (3); 2, 2 Fa
Theory and practice of body composition assessment and right management programs will be presented. Laboratories will include skinfolds, bio-impedance, and hydrostatic weighing techniques.

HPS 508. Principles, Ethics, and Problems of Athletic Coaching (3); Fa
Seminar approach to non-technical, “off-field” aspects of athletic coaching, including education implications, equipment, financing, liability, and coach-athlete rapport. Prerequisite: Human performance major/minor, coaching minor, athletic training minor, or permission of instructor.

HPS 509. Economics and Finance of Sport (3); 3, 0 Su
This course will explore the principles of financial management and economics of the sport industry. Budgeting practices, fundraising methods, economic impact analyses, methods of financing, and computer applications in financial management will be analyzed in the context of sport.

HPS 512. Public Relations in Sport (3); 3, 0 Su
This course will provide both theoretical and practical applications of public relations with regard to the sport industry. Specific managerial functions relating to effective communication with various publics will be analyzed, including employee relations, community relations, media relations, customer relations, and image enhancement.

HPS 515. Women in Sport (3); Sp
This course discusses the past, present, and future of women in sport. Information includes the historical and cultural foundation of women’s sport from ancient to modern times, biomedical considerations specific to women, and the psychosocial dimensions of women’s sport.

HPS 516. Aquatic Management (3); Fa
This course is designed to provide guidelines for safe operation and efficient management of swimming pools and other related aquatic facilities. Students will take the Certified Pool Operator certification examination the end of the course.  A score of 75% or above certifies the student as a Certified Pool Operator for five years.

HPS 521. Designs for Fitness (3); 3, 0 Sp
This course teaches the comprehensive approaches to writing exercise prescriptions for cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, and weight management programs. Additionally, graduate students must analyze current exercise prescription research.

HPS 528. Nutrition and Supplements for Sports (3); Sp
Various sports supplements used as ergogenic aids will be discussed, as to their use, safety, and validity.

HPS 530. ACSM Health Fitness Instructor Review (3); Fa
This course will help prepare students for the certification in Health/Fitness Instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine.

HPS 532. NSCA Strength Coach Review (3); Sp
A course designed to help students prepare for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. The course will focus on NSCA terminology and training philosophy, helping to integrate the student’s knowledge of personal training, exercise physiology, and kinesiology.

HPS 534 – 634. Practicum in Human Performance and Sport (1 – 4 VC); Fa, Sp, Su
Field experience work placement with specific responsibility over a sustained period of time. Includes on-campus seminars with supervisor. Credit hours for each experience are approved separately by program area. May be repeated for a maximum of four credit hours. Practicum areas may be offered in aquatics, adapted physical education, athletic coaching, athletic training, health education, and physical education. Prerequisite: Pre-approval by petition and permission of instructor.

HPS 535 – 635. Selected Topics in Human Performance and Sport (1 – 4 VC); Var
Course in topic or topics in human performance and sport. May be repeated with change of content.

HPS 536. Pediatric Exercise Physiology (3); Su
The physiological aspects of exercise in children will be discussed. Differences between the physiology of adults and children will be compared to enhance the understanding of this special population.

HPS 538. Physical Activity and Aging (3); Su
The Biological aspects of aging and their relationship to physical fitness and assessment are discussed.

HPS 540. Experiential Activities (3); Var
Developing a repertoire of activities to promote self-esteem, improve communication skills, promote group cohesion and trust among individuals, and to expand problem-solving skills.

HPS 550. Seminar in Human Performance and Sport (1 – 4 VC); Var
Seminar investigations in physical education and/or the related areas of health education, recreation, and athletics.

HPS 561. Sport Marketing and Promotion (3); 3, 0 Fa
Course will cover elements and salient issues in management of sport marketing and promotion including segmentation and targeting, marketing mix, research, and analysis.

HPS 565. Planning Areas and Facilities (3); Fa
Planning, financing, and managing physical education and athletic grounds and facilities, health and fitness centers, private and commercial facilities, and campsites–course is designed for professional personnel.

HPS 568. Physical Education for Special Populations (3); Sp
Investigations of the historical aspects and current issues of providing adapted/special physical education programs for special populations. The course covers implications of federal legislation, practice in preparing Individual Education Programs (IEPs), and program assessment, planning, and evaluation.

HPS 572. Biomechanics of Sport (3); Sp
An examination of the musculoskeletal system and how it related to human movement. This will include analysis of human movement and sport techniques, using principles of biomechanics.

HPS 576. Stress Testing (3); 2, 2 Fa
Theory and practice of graded exercise testing for analysis of safe functional capacity and for prescription of exercise training programs. Students will learn to read EKG’s and monitor blood pressure during testing. Prerequisites: HPS 370 and HPS 376. Special lab fee.

HPS 578. Psychology of Coaching (3); Sp
This course is a practical survey of sport psychology that is grounded in science. Attitudes, feelings, and behaviors that affect athletic performance and coaching effectiveness are dealt with from the standpoint of description, explanation, and prediction. Students develop the ability to interpret research results. Major topical areas include review of psychological needs of athletes and coaches, and development of mental skills and control with applied techniques.

HPS 590 – 690. Independent Study (1 – 4 VC); Fa
Individual, directed study arranged with an instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

HPS 598 – 698. Internship (1 – 9 VC); As needed
External work placement with substantial responsibilities. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Pre-arrangement and permission of instructor.

HPS 604. Curriculum Design (3); Su
A critical evaluation of curricula patterns in exercise and sport sciences (past and present). Topics include: National and State Standards for your ESS area of interest, development of a sports handbook or curriculum guide for your ESS area of interest, and development of an advocacy plan for your ESS area on interest.

HPS 612. Sport in Society (3); Su
An investigation of the influence sports have had in American society, including Little League, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional sports. The course will include a critical analysis of such trends as violence in sports.

HPS 613. Physical Education, Athletics, and the Law (3); Sp
A study of the areas of negligence, supervision, and administrative issues related to school settings.

HPS 620. Research Methods in Human Performance, Leisure, and Sport (3); Fa
Topics include descriptive methods, experimental design, and historical research; formal writing procedures; measurements; the research process; and library techniques. The composition of a manuscript is a major part of the course.

HPS 641. Issues in Human Performance, Leisure, and Sport (3); Sp
A seminar on issues in the human performance, leisure, sport fields studied, analyzed, written formally, and presented orally. The composition of a manuscript comprises a prominent portion of the course.

HPS 650. Seminar in Human Performance and Sport (1); As needed
The development and exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research in physical education. The exchange of ideas may involve written papers and critiques as well as oral presentations.

HPS 651. The Administration of Athletics (3); Fa
The relationship of interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics to education; implementation of athletic programs for men and women; eligibility; finance; trends, development in management; and public relations.

HPS 660. History and Philosophy of Physical Education and Sport (3); Fa
A seminar approach to the historical and contemporary foundations, philosophies, future of physical education, and sport.

HPS 670. Assessment and Evaluation in Human Performance, Leisure, and Sport (3); Sp
An interpretation of practical statistical data utilized in the assessment and evaluation of athletic and physical education performance.

HPS 682. Physiological Basis of Sport Performance and Conditioning Programs (3); As needed
Review of current scientific literature on the functioning of body systems during training and competition, with specific emphasis on the development of strength, power, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, agility, and speed. Factors affecting performance such as nutrition, altitude, and thermal stress will also be covered.

HPS 692. Independent Research (1 – 4 VC); Var
Independent research arranged with an instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

HPS 697. Field Project (1 – 6 VC); Fa, Sp, Su
Individual field research and writing in preparation of a graduate field project (equivalent to a thesis). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

HPS 698. Internship in Human Performance and Sport (???); Var
External work placement with substantial responsibilities. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Pre-arrangement and permission of instructor.

699. Thesis (1 – 6 VC); Fa, Sp, Su
Individual research and writing in preparation of a graduate thesis. Prerequisites: HPS 620, HPS 670 and permission of instructor.