Academic Program Approval


This form is a routing document for the approval of new and revised academic programs.Proposing department should complete this form.  For more information, call the Faculty Senate Office at 831-2921.



Submitted by: ___Christopher A Knight_______________phone number___6175__________


Department:Kinesiology and Applied Physiologyemail address__caknight@udel.edu____


Date:   ___November 5, 2010__________________________________


Action:___Revise Exercise Science Major & Concentration___________


Effective term________11F_________________________________________________________


Current degree_____BS___________________________________________________


Proposed change leads to the degree of: _____BS_______________________________



Proposed name:_____NA_______________________________________________________


Revising or Deleting:


Undergraduate major / Concentration:

Exercise Science / Biomechanics &Motor Control


Undergraduate minor:____________________________________________________

                        (Example:  African Studies,  Business Administration,  English, Leadership, etc.)                       


Graduate Program Policy statement change:_________________________________

(Must attach your Graduate Program Policy Statement)


            Graduate Program of Study:______________________________________________

                        (Example:  Animal Science: MS  Animal Science:  PHD  Economics: MA Economics: PHD)



                Graduate minor / concentration:___________________________________________



List new courses required for the new or revised curriculum. How do they support the overall program objectives of the major/minor/concentrations)?

 (Be aware that approval of the curriculum is dependent upon these courses successfully passing through the Course Challenge list. If there are no new courses enter “None”)


1.       KAAP417 “Introduction to LabView” will be proposed for this concentration.  This course will be a pre-requisite for KAAP427 (Bioemchanics II: Measurement of Human Motion) and will prepare students to work with biomechanical data from motion capture systems.  The significant volume of data that must be managed when conducting a biomechanical analysis of human motion (ie. Walking) requires using either a commercial software package or the ability of the student to write their own analysis code.  Since the purpose of the KAAP427 course is to teach students the details of conducting a 3D kinematic/kinetic analysis, the commercial software packages function like a black box, obscuring the finer points that are critical to understanding the analysis.  LabView is a graphical programming language, and students can become very proficient in reading data, manipulating data, and graphing results in a very short time, typically in 10-14 weeks.  Pre-requisite skills in this language will enable students to work with the details of human motion analysis, and specifically, 3D kinematics and kinetics, as they are applied to measures typically captured in clinical/research motion analysis settings.


2.       KAAP200 “Statistics in Health Sciences” will provide statistical training in methods that are specific to the health sciences using highly relevant examples.



Explain, when appropriate, how this new/revisedcurriculum supports the 10 goals of undergraduate education:


Goal 1 is addressed by the addition of KAAP417 “Introduction to LabView” which will prepare students for quantitative reasoning and the use of information technology.


Goal 2: By offering a content specific statistics course (KAAP200) we will improve the manner in which we address goal number 2 (critical thinking).  Students will be better equipped to understand and therefore contemplate meaningful examples from within the Health Sciences.  This will likely cause the students to approach problem solving with greater enthusiasm, resulting in better outcomes and retention.


Identify other units affected by the proposed changes:



Describe the rationale for the proposed program change(s):

(Explain your reasons for creating, revising, or deleting the curriculum or program.)


Background: Following a department split, the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences became the Departments of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology (KAAP) and Behavioral Health and Nutrition (BHAN). KAAP retains the name “Exercise Science” for one of its majors.  We are taking this opportunity to improve the mechanics of thismajor, its three concentrations (Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics & Motor Control, Medical Scholars) and our two minors (Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning) by renumbering some classes, consolidating some 3-credit courses with their 1-credit lab sections, and revising the Biomechanics and Motor Control concentration.  All of these program revisions are related to some extent.


In this proposal:


1.       KAAP205 will be renumbered to KAAP105.  Freshman Seminar in Exercise Science is being renumbered to from 205 to 105 to match placement of this of this course within the first year program of study.


2.       We propose concentration requirements that allow PHYS201/202 or PHYS207/208 and this standardizes the requirement across all three concentrations in the Exercise Science Major.  Accordingly, these physics courses will be moved from concentration requirements to major requirements.


3.       KAAP428/429 are the 3 credit Motor Control & Learning course and its co-requisite lab section.  429 will be deactivated and the lab will become part of 428, elevating it from 3 credits to 4.*


4.       KAAP430/431 are the 3 credit Exercise Physiology course and its co-requisite lab section.  431 will be deactivated and the lab will become part of 430, elevating it from 3 credits to 4.*


*The above revision offers these two courses to students in the same manner as the parallel course KAAP426 (4 credits Biomechanics with lab).


5.       KAAP375 “Neuromechanical Basis of Human Movement” is proposed to be removed from major requirements.  With the successful expansion of KAAP310 to KAAP309&310 (Pre-clinical Anatomy and Physiology I and II) in prior years and the creation and refinement of KAAP428, this course material is being covered elsewhere.  This represents an improvement because the fundamental neurophysiology of movement is delivered early in the program of study (in 309) to support multiple courses while the more specific applications of this knowledge are examined first hand in laboratory (428).


6.       The revised 4-credit KAAP428 will move from the Biomechanics and Motor Control concentration requirement to an Exercise Science major requirement.  Our Exercise Science major seeks balance across the subdisciplines of Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Motor Control & Learning.  The existing major requirements currently include Exercise Physiology with lab (430), and Biomechanics with lab (426) but not Motor Control and Learning with Lab (428).  Moving this course addresses the desire to have balanced undergraduate training in each of these three subdisciplines.


7.       A vast majority (>90%) of students in the Biomechanics and Motor Control concentration advance to professional degree programs to become physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician’s assistants, and medical doctors.  The current concentration requirements in biomechanics and motor control were designed primarily for those students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in biomechanics or motor control.  While an understanding of biomechanics and motor control provides an optimal foundation for students planning on pursuing a professional degree, especially for those entering physical therapy, occupational therapy and orthopedics, there is widespread reluctance among these students to choose a concentration that requires several higher level mathematics courses and two engineering courses.  The proposed changes to the concentration represent an effort to provide a focus in biomechanics and motor control that is tailored to their professional goals.  Students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in biomechanics or motor control can complete the current concentration requirements by selecting the current required courses as electives.  Consequently, MATH 242,MATH 341/349, CISC108, MEEG112 and MEEG 211 have been removed from the concentration, and PHYS201 and PHYS202 have been added as options for PHYS207 and PHYS208.  In addition, KAAP417 “Introduction to LabView” will replace CISC108.


8.       With the recent initiation of University Breadth Requirements, we have re-categorized courses that satisfy the University requirements (PSYC100, NTDT200).


9.       KAAP200 “Statistics in Health Sciences” is added as an alternate to STAT200 in major requirements.  This will offer statistical training in methods that are specific to the health sciences using highly relevant examples.


10.  HESC 430 was incorrectly named as “Physiology of Activity” in the previous catalog.  The proposal includes a revision with the correct name “Exercise Physiology”.




Program Requirements: 

(Show the new or revised curriculum as it should appear in the Course Catalog.  If this is a revision, be sure to indicate the changes being made to the current curriculum and include a side-by-side comparison of the credit distribution before and after the proposed change.)








CURRICULUM                                                CREDITS



ENGL 110 Critical Reading and Writing                   3

(minimum grade C-)                                                

First Year Experience (FYE)                                    0-4

Breadth Requirement                                                12

Discovery Learning Experience (DLE)                    3

Multi-cultural Courses                                              3



Humanities and Communication Skills                      9


Social Sciences

PSYC 100 General Psychology                                3

PSYC 325 Child Psychology                                   


PSYC 334 Abnormal Psychology                             3


Natural/Biological Sciences and Mathematics

CHEM 103 General Chemistry                                 4

CHEM 104 General Chemistry                                 4

MATH 115 Pre-Calculus and MATH 221 Calculus I               


MATH 241 Analytic Geometry and Calculus A        4-6

NTDT 200  Nutrition Concepts                               3

BISC 207   Introductory Biology I                           4

BISC 208   Introductory Biology II                          4


MAJOR REQUIREMENTS(minimum grade C- in each)

STAT 200                                                               Basic Statistical Practice                                                                                 3

HESC 180 Introduction to Exercise Science             3

HESC 205 Freshman Seminar in Exercise Science    1

HESC 309 Pre-Clinical Anatomy and Physiology I 4

HESC 310 Pre-Clinical Anatomy and Physiology II                 4

HESC 353 Pre-Professional Seminar                        1

HESC 375 NeuromechanicalBasis of Human Movements         3

HESC 400 Research Methods                                   3

HESC 426 Biomechanics I                                       4             

HESC 430 Physiology of Activity                           3

HESC 431 Physiology of Activity Lab                     1


CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (minimum grade C- in each)

CISC  108 Computer Science                                    3

HESC 427 Biomechanics II                                      3             

HESC 428 Motor Control and Learning                   3

HESC 429 Motor Control and Learning Lab            1

PHYS 207 Physics I                                                 4

PHYS 208 Physics II                                               4

MATH 242 Calculus B                                             4

MATH 341 Diff Eq & Linear Algebra                      3


MATH 349 Linear Algebra                                      3

MEEG 112 Statics                                                    3

MEEG 211 Dynamics                                              3


ELECTIVES After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credits required for the degree.


CREDITS TO TOTAL A MINIMUM OF                120






CURRICULUM                                                      CREDITS




ENGL 110 Critical Reading and Writing                        3

(minimum grade C-)                                                     

First Year Experience (FYE)                                         0-4

 Satisfied by KAAP105 in Major Requirements

Discovery Learning Experience (DLE)                          3

Can be satisfied by KAAP400 in Major Requirements

Multi-cultural Course                                                     3



(minimum grade of C-)


Creative Arts and Humanities                                        3

History & Cultural Change                                            3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

PSYC100General Psychology                                        3

Math, Natural Sciences&Technology

NTDT200 Nutrition Concepts                                      3



(minimum grade of C-)


KAAP 105 Freshman Seminar in Exercise Science         1

KAAP 180 Introduction to Exercise Science                 3

CHEM 103 General Chemistry                                      4

CHEM 104 General Chemistry                                      4

BISC 207   Introductory Biology I                                 4

BISC 208   Introductory Biology II                               4

MATH 221 Calculus I                                                  


MATH 241 Analytic Geometry and Calculus A             3/4

MEDT 200 The Language of Medicine                         3

PHYS 201 or 207 Physics I                                           4

PHYS 202 or 208 Physics II                                         4

STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice                             
KAAP 200 Statistics in Health Sciences                        3

PSYC 325 Child Psychology                                        


PSYC 334 Abnormal Psychology                                  3

KAAP 309 Pre-Clinical Anatomy and Physiology I      4

KAAP 310 Pre-Clinical Anatomy and Physiology II     4

KAAP 353 Pre-Professional Seminar                            1

KAAP 400 Research Methods                                       3

KAAP 426 Biomechanics I                                            4       

KAAP 428 Motor Control & Learning                          4

KAAP 430 Exercise Physiology                                    4



(minimum grade C-)

KAAP 417Introduction to LabView                              3

KAAP 427Biomechanics II: Meas of Human Motion    3

KAAP 301 Motor Development                                   3        


ELECTIVES After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credits required for the degree.


CREDITS TO TOTAL A MINIMUM OF                     120



ROUTING AND AUTHORIZATION:(Please do not remove supporting documentation.)


Department Chairperson                                                                                                        Date                                       


Dean of College                                                                                                                       Date                                       


Chairperson, College Curriculum Committee___________________________________Date_____________________


Chairperson, Senate Com. on UG or GR Studies                                                                   Date                                       


Chairperson, Senate Coordinating Com.                                                                 Date                                       


Secretary, Faculty Senate                                                                                                       Date                                       


Date of Senate Resolution                                                                                                      Date to be Effective               


Registrar                                                                  Program Code                                         Date                                       


Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & International Programs                                               Date                                       


Provost                                                                                                                                   Date                                       


Board of Trustee Notification                                                                                                                Date                                       


Revised 02/09/2009   /khs



Supporting Email from Medical Technology Chair


Hello Todd,


To confirm our discussion, the Department of Medical Technology welcomes the addition of students from the Athletic Training major and the Exercise Science major in our course MEDT 200 Language of Medicine.  The addition of 150-175 of your students per year can be accommodated, if divided between the fall and spring semesters.


I look forward to hearing if your faculty approve this curriculum revision.



Anna Ciulla

Chair and Associate Professor

Department of Medical Technology

Willard Hall Education Building, Room 305

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716

302-831-2849 (Office)

302-831-4180 (Fax)