Sport Science

Code Course Description
SPSC 1103

Conditioning for Sport and Physical Activity

This course provides an overview of the concepts of physical fitness. The topic areas include physical fitness assessment, the principle of health-related and skill-related fitness and the effects of exercise. Students will perform a variety of conditioning methods as well as experience the design and application of exercise programs.

SPSC 1105

Introduction to the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society

This course introduces the study of sport and leisure in society. Students will develop critical thinking skills while considering the social, cultural, political and economic structures of sport in contemporary society.

SPSC 1151

Biomechanics

This course applies elementary principles of mechanics and math to analyze human movement. Students explore the development of forces within muscles and their effect on initiating and controlling human movement. These concepts are applied to understand the causes of injuries.

SPSC 1164

Motor Skill Acquisition

This course will provide students with knowledge of motor skill acquisition, the variables which influence the learning and performance of motor skills, and the relationship between motor skill acquisition, motor control and motor performance.

SPSC 1180

Introduction to Sport Safety

In this course, the basic principles of sports safety will be examined from theoretical and practical viewpoints. Students will learn guidelines for implementing a safe sport environment and preventing injury. Common sport injuries will be studied along with the principles of taping associated with the care of these injuries. This is an introductory course in sports injuries.

SPSC 1192

Topics in Human Nutrition

This course will provide students with knowledge of the basic principles of human nutrition with respect to essential food intake. Understanding of nutrients and their values in foods and their effect on human physiology will be covered. Assessment of personal nutritional needs and those of various populations will be investigated.

SPSC 1195

Physical Growth and Motor Development

The student will develop a basic working knowledge of physical growth and motor development from a life span perspective. Students will be challenged to apply this knowledge to integrate their learning and develop strategies to foster optimal motor development in every individual.

SPSC 1311

Performance Analysis: Tennis & Badminton

This course will provide students with a knowledge of the theory and practice of tennis and badminton. Emphasis will be upon the student demonstrating both performance skills and strategies and understanding how to analyze the biomechanical, physiological, technical and tactical aspects of both sports.

SPSC 1312

Performance Analysis: Gymnastics & Dance

This course will provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical application of skills, gymnastics and dance. Emphasis will be upon the student demonstrating performance skills, strategies and understanding how to analyze the biomechanical, physiological, psychological, technical and tactical aspects of both sports.

SPSC 1313

Performance Analysis: Athletics and Swimming

In this course, the sports of track and field and swimming will be analyzed from theoretical and practical points of view. The essential nature of each sport will be studied, along with critical performance factors. Topics include the analysis of each sport, the study of the respective techniques, strategies of the two sports, and pedagogical principles. [Note: For safety reasons, students must be able to swim 25m freestyle with confidence to be eligible for this course.]

SPSC 1314

Performance Analysis: Wrestling and Judo

In this course, the combatant sports of wrestling and judo will be analyzed from theoretical and practical points of view. Emphasis will be upon students demonstrating knowledge of the nature, performance and strategies of each sport and to correctly apply appropriate methods of analysis and instruction of the biomechanical, physiological, technical and tactical aspects of both sports.

SPSC 1315

Performance Analysis: Triathlon

In this course, the endurance sport of triathlon will be analyzed from a practical point of view. The essential nature of each sport involved (swimming, biking, and running) will be studied along with nature of transitions among the three sports. Topics include the analysis of each sport, as well as the study of the history of triathlon, strategies of the three sports, and pedagogical principles of triathlon.

SPSC 1316

Applied Methods: Movement Education

Using movement education theory and resources, this course will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to plan and teach movement education across contexts. This course requires organizing, teaching and learning around movement concepts, categories and elements. Through a student-experience framework, students will analyze, plan, lead and perform movement education. This course satisfies the Movement Education Applied Methods BPEC graduation requirement.

SPSC 1317

Applied Methods: Dance in Schools and Communities

This course will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to plan and teach lessons in dance in educational and community settings. Students will gain practical experience in planning, leading, and evaluating lessons in dance. Experience in dance is not a pre-requisite for this course. Students will be introduced to a variety of dance styles. This course may be used as elective credit for the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching.

SPSC 1318

Summer Outdoor & Alternative Environment Physical Education

In this applied course, students participate in, plan and implement a variety of aquatic and land activities appropriate for elementary and high school students during late spring, summer, and early fall. Topics include risk assessment and management, organizational factors, environmental ethics, outdoor aquatic and land-based activities, and use of different pedagogical strategies. The students will utilize experiential education processes to link alternative environments to other curricular areas. An overnight trip is planned for this class. This course satisfies the Alternative Environment Applied Methods BPEC graduation requirement.

SPSC 1319

Winter Outdoor & Alternative Environment Physical Education

In this applied course, students participate in, plan and implement a variety of aquatic and land activities appropriate for elementary and high school students during late spring, summer, and early fall. Topics include risk assessment and management, organizational factors, environmental ethics, outdoor aquatic and land-based activities, and use of different pedagogical strategies. The students will utilize experiential education processes to link alternative environments to other curricular areas. An overnight trip is planned for this class. This course satisfies the Alternative Environment Applied Methods BPEC graduation requirement.

SPSC 1320

Applied Methods: Curling & Golf

Using the sports of curling and golf, the affective, psychomotor, and cognitive elements needed in becoming a competent teacher as well as the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological elements needed in becoming a competent coach for each game will be analyzed and developed. Topics include the study of selected performance components, an examination and application of observation, analysis, and feedback methods and procedures and utilization of different pedagogical strategies in the delivery of selected skills and tactics.

SPSC 1321

Applied Methods: Fencing and European Handball

Students will study fencing and European handball from teaching, coaching, and performance perspectives. Topics include the study of selected performance components; an examination and application of observation, analysis and feedback methods and procedures, and utilization of different pedagogical strategies in the delivery of selected skills and tactics.

SPSC 1322

Applied Methods: Individual Activities and Games

Using mastery and inquiry-based teaching practices, students will learn how to couple motivational teaching practices with physical competence development across a mixture of individual activities and games. Event sports (track and field), mat-related and water-based activities will be combined to provide a broad range of activities to apply transferable concepts of qualitative biomechanics and physical literacy development. This course satisfies the Individual Activities and Games Applied Methods BPEC graduation requirement.

SPSC 2101

Fieldwork I

This course provides opportunities for students to translate classroom knowledge and theory into practice. Under the supervision of a Site Supervisor, students will practice career-specific skills and gain career-specific knowledge. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal, and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.

SPSC 2205

Socio-cultural Aspects of Health and the Body

This course explores health and the body from a socio-cultural perspective. Social, economic, political and cultural conditions are examined for ways they impact interconnected health dimensions. Particular attention is given to social determinants of health, Canada's health care system, and social constructions of health and the body. Hands-on opportunities to conduct qualitative research within the context of health and society will be provided. Students will explore the social context of their own health experiences as well as constructions of health within the context of sport, exercise, and physical activity.

SPSC 2210

Foundations in Physical Education, Recreation, & Coaching

This course presents a number of key concepts, issues, and topics related to the fields of physical education, recreation, and coaching. Topics include: the role of physical education, recreation, and coaching in today’s society; the delivery of physical education, recreation, and coaching services; and the issues, trends, and practices related to physical education, recreation, and coaching.

SPSC 2211

Portfolio Introduction

In this course students will gain an understanding of various types of portfolio design. They will develop the necessary skills to enable them to successfully assemble a portfolio that is representative of their educational and professional experience while at Douglas College.

SPSC 2231

Sport and Exercise Psychology

This course provides an introduction to the field of applied sport and exercise psychology. Students will demonstrate their knowledge by applying mental skills and strategies to real world sport and exercise settings. They will also use their developing knowledge of mental skills and strategies from the course to inform reflections and decisions about their mental strengths and areas to work on. Students will devise a mental skills plan for their personal growth and enhanced performance in a sport and/or exercise setting.

SPSC 2252

Contemporary Health Issues

This course will provide students with knowledge of the current concepts in health. Students will learn how to promote healthy behaviour, build healthy lifestyles and prevent disease. Assessment of personal health status and looking at how to maintain a healthy balance with respect to body image, physical activity and avoidance of harmful habits will be investigated.

SPSC 2275

Physiology of Exercise and Training

This course will cover the scientific training principles and concepts associated with the effects of exercise on human movement and performance. Topics include an examination of the relationship between physical activity and the cardio-respiratory and neuromuscular systems of the body.

SPSC 2281

Sociological Aspects of Sport

A critical introduction to social and cultural dimensions of sport in western industrial societies. Central emphasis is the distinctiveness of the sociological perspective as a way of understanding the nature of sport in social and cultural life.

SPSC 2292

Introduction to the Administration and Management of Sport, Recreation and Leisure Services

This course will provide students with an introduction to concepts and practices in the administration and management of sport, recreation and leisure services. Students will apply these concepts and practices to a variety of settings including public, private, non-profit and educational. Course material will guide students through common issues faced by administrators and managers in today’s sport, recreation and leisure landscape. As part of this course, students will learn how to design a sport, recreation or leisure program plan from idea conceptualization to delivery. This course will also serve as an opportunity for students to reflect on both their personal and professional development in sport, recreation and leisure careers.

SPSC 2322

Applied Methods: Rugby & Soccer

This course will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to teach or coach rugby and soccer lessons. Students will learn to analyze, plan, lead, and perform rugby and soccer activities using a tactical games approach that emphasizes the transfer of understanding across similar game forms.

SPSC 2323

Performance Analysis: Lacrosse and Wheelchair Basketball

In this course, the sports of lacrosse (box lacrosse and inter-lacrosse) and wheelchair basketball will be analyzed from theoretical and practical points of view. The essential nature of each sport will be studied, along with critical performance factors. Topics include the qualitative and quantitative analysis of each sport, the study of the respective techniques, tactics and strategies of the two sports and pedagogical principles.

SPSC 2324

Applied Methods: Field Hockey & Basketball

This course will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to teach or coach field hockey and basketball lessons. Students will learn to analyze, plan, lead, and perform field hockey and basketball activities using a tactical games approach that emphasizes the transfer of understanding across similar game forms.

SPSC 2325

Applied Methods: Softball & Volleyball

This course will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to teach or coach softball and volleyball lessons. Students will learn to analyse, plan, lead, and perform softball and volleyball activities using a Sport Education approach.

SPSC 2381

The Rise of Modern Sport and Physical Education

This course examines factors affecting the development of sport and physical education in modern times. Consideration is given to the relationship between sport and physical education development and selected societal features (leisure, education, race, gender, and politics). Particular attention is paid to the rise of sport and physical education in Canada, Europe and the United States.

SPSC 2399

Applied Methods: Game-Centered Approaches

In this course, students will experience Game-Centered Approaches across all game categories (target, net/wall, striking/fielding, and invasion/territorial). The Game-Centered Approaches to be used are Teaching Games for Understanding (and its derivatives) and Sport Education instructional models. The students will use a small-sided games approach to develop pedagogical content knowledge of the game categories. This knowledge can then be used to create and deliver developmentally appropriate games within various educational, recreational, and coaching environments. This course satisfies the Game-Centred Approaches Applied Methods BPEC graduation requirement.

SPSC 3101

Fieldwork II

This course provides opportunities for students to translate classroom knowledge and theory into practice. Under the supervision of a Site Supervisor, students will practice career-specific skills and gain career-specific knowledge. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal, and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.

SPSC 3154

Integrated Movement Analysis

This course involves using comprehensive and observational qualitative diagnostic models to evaluate human movement. Using inquiry-based approaches, this course integrates and applies principles from kinesiology sub-disciplines. Four tasks of qualitative movement diagnosis will be completed using data acquisition technologies to evaluate human movement across all fields of human movement studies.

SPSC 3158

Inclusive Physical Activity

In this course students will examine historical and contemporary theories and models for inclusive physical activity and consider the implications for practice. They will learn to assess, plan, and implement a physical activity program designed to meet the individual interests, abilities, and needs of all participants. Through this process, students will learn to assess and respond to context-related, person-related, and task-related factors of activity and to modify their teaching and coaching practice effectively to promote inclusive physical activities. Students will explore collaborative perspectives to employ successful strategies and practice in order to include all individuals in meaningful physical activity experiences throughout their lifetime.

SPSC 3201

Fieldwork III

This course provides opportunities for students to translate classroom knowledge and theory into practice. Under the supervision of a Site Supervisor, students will practice career-specific skills and gain career-specific knowledge. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.

SPSC 3203

Health Promotion

Health promotion and education are primarily concerned with answering the question: “How are individuals and groups motivated to change health-related behaviours for the better?” To shed light on this, principles of health promotion and behaviour change will be studied within the contexts of school and community settings. Analysis of specific health promotion and education initiatives relating to current individual and community health concerns will provide insight into contemporary health issues and the means by which governments and non-profit agencies are attempting to address those issues.

SPSC 3240

Leadership in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching

In this course students will study leadership concepts in relation to sport, physical education and coaching. Students will examine the role of the leader and the responsibility which comes with becoming a leader. Topics such as personal management, relationship management and conflict management will be covered. Students will apply leadership concepts within the microcosm of the classroom and gymnasium.

SPSC 3256

Research Methods in Sport Science, Physical Education, and Recreation

This course provides students with an introduction to the topic of research design and methodologies in the fields of sport science, physical education and recreation. Students will learn to read and interpret existing research articles, select appropriate methodologies for a researchable question, and conduct a literature review on a topic of interest. This course will also be an introduction to preparing a research proposal including selecting research methods appropriate to meet the desired outcomes of a study.

SPSC 3275

Advanced Physiology of Exercise and Training

Throughout this course students will gain an understanding of how the human body physiologically responds to acute and chronic exercise. Specifically, this course will address how the metabolic, respiratory, cardiovascular and neuromuscular systems regulate homeostasis during acute exercise and environmental stress. Additionally, this course will address how these systems adapt to exercise training and environmental stress.

SPSC 3276

Athletic Injury Assessment and Management

This course will cover advanced principles and concepts associated with the prevention, recognition and management of common athletic injuries. Students will be asked to demonstrate basic prophylactic and support taping, basic injury assessment techniques including soft tissue stress testing, and make recommendations for appropriate referral and sport re-entry.

SPSC 3399

Games Approach to Teaching and Coaching Sport

The games approach to teaching and coaching sports involves the use of game related activities to stimulate and motivate learning. The twin goals of improvement and personal satisfaction are emphasized jointly throughout the course. Students will learn creative, innovative and exciting ways to teach and coach, and will be able to design and implement learning activities that are enjoyable, challenging, inspiring and cognitively and physically demanding.

SPSC 3991

Directed Studies in Sport Science

Directed Studies in Sport Science provides students with an opportunity to pursue a specific project of interest within the field of Sport Science. Projects may involve: (1) a research study, (2) a review and analysis of current research/theories, (3) a health promotion initiative, or (4) a historical review. Projects are approved, supported and evaluated by a Sport Science faculty supervisor. This course is offered as a guided studies. Please contact the department chair for registration.

SPSC 4101

Fieldwork IV

This course provides opportunities for students to translate classroom knowledge and theory into practice. Under the supervision of a Site Supervisor, students will practice career-specific skills and gain career-specific knowledge. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.

SPSC 4161

Fitness Assessment & Prescription

This course will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to develop fitness assessment programs, including the development of conditioning programs based on the results of these assessment programs. The curriculum is driven by practical experience to provide students with supervised opportunities to develop proficiency in the assessment techniques. This course is delivered in classroom, laboratory, weight room, and gymnasium settings.

SPSC 4199

Physical Education and Coaching Methods

In this course, students will undertake a study of the instructional and planning methods used by physical education teachers and coaches which allows them to meet the needs of their students and the curriculum goals. Topics include unit and lesson planning, yearly training plans for coaches, teaching styles, methods and styles of feedback, creating positive learning environments, group management techniques, task analysis, and gauging instructor effectiveness. Application of the content will occur through micro-teaching sessions and reflective/analytical exercises.

SPSC 4211

Portfolio Exit

At the end of this course students will have assembled a complete portfolio representative of their educational and professional journey. The student will have an opportunity to share and showcase their portfolio to peers, faculty and potential community leaders.

SPSC 4231

Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology

The course provides an in depth exploration of the field of sport and exercise psychology. Students will demonstrate their understanding of theories and research that explore developmental, psychological, psychosocial and contextual factors in relation to sport and exercise behaviour and experience. They will apply their knowledge gained in class to practical situations in sport, exercise and physical activity settings and investigate course topics from multiple perspectives. Students will also demonstrate their ability to conduct a personal mental training program in sport and exercise psychology and evaluate its effectiveness.

SPSC 4256

Sport Science Applied Research

Students will explore topics in sport science using a quantitative or qualitative approach. The main objective of the course is to provide opportunities for students, working in small groups, to perform original research in a chosen area of sport science, kinesiology, physical education, health, recreation or coaching.

SPSC 4291

Curriculum and Planning Issues in Physical Education and Coaching

This course explores issues impacting PE curriculum from the macro and micro level. At the macro level social, political, and economic dynamics influencing physical education curriculum are considered in relation to National and Provincial K-12 curricular mandates. At a micro level, issues related to curricular planning and implementation at the Board, School, and classroom levels are explored. A process of critical analysis will be used to enable students to consider the complex issues impacting PE curriculum and coaching.

SPSC 5391

Physical Literacy I: Foundations

This course presents physical literacy (PL) as a primary objective of physical and health education. The course introduces all the domains of PL with an in-depth look at physical competence and confidence. Topics include: national physical activity guidelines, resource organizations for PL information in North America, fundamental movement skills, health- and skill-related fitness components, adaptation principles, remedial physical education, assessment and learning design for optimal challenge. This course combines active sessions and classroom sessions.

SPSC 5395

Game-Centred Approaches in PHE

In this course, students investigate how game-centred approaches (GCAs) place the learner and their development at the centre of the learning process. Modification and progression are covered in relation to students' socio-emotional developmental level, cognitive structures, and physical capacity. GCA-based pedagogies highlight the intellectual dimensions of games, which can contribute to critical thinking, autonomy and classroom skills as well as better understanding of physical activity and its importance for physical and health literacy.

SPSC 5396

Alternative Environment Physical Education

In this practical course, students participate in, plan, and implement a variety of alternative environment land and aquatic activities appropriate to elementary and secondary-aged students. Content areas include: risk management, organization, experiential education and environmental impact.

SPSC 5397

Developmental Gymnastics and Movement Education

This course will focus on fundamental movement patterns, rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics, and supporting learners to develop a robust movement vocabulary. Inclusive approaches to movement education and physical literacy will be central themes to the course.

SPSC 5398

Dance Education

In this course, students explore the teaching and learning of movement through dance from early childhood to adolescence. A variety of dance forms, theories and practical observations are used to examine dance as a vehicle for individual and creative expression.

SPSC 5491

Nutrition for School-Aged Children

An overview of the science of nutrition, nutrition education, and nutrition’s relation to the growth and development of school-aged children.

SPSC 5492

Physical and Health Education Leadership Seminar

This course combines student and instructor-led seminars to explore the role of the physical and health educator in the context of a comprehensive school health model. The comprehensive school health model advocates for integrated student-health curriculum and extra-curricular planning targeting both physical and health education. Topics include a theoretical basis for leadership action, practical tools of leadership and an emphasis on personal areas for growth and influence in the work context.

SPSC 5493

Physical Literacy II: Dynamic Systems

This course uses a dynamic learning systems approach to understand the interactions of learner, task, and environment to address the pillars of physical literacy: motor competence, confidence, attitude and knowledge. Building on the course, “Physical Literacy I: Foundations,” this course delves into learning theory and constraints-led pedagogy in order to foster optimal challenge for the learner.

SPSC 5494

Planning, Assessing, and Evaluating Physical Education

This course will introduce and analyze a selection of modern and traditional methods of planning, assessing, and evaluating elementary physical education. Better teaching through efficient, effective, and supportive practices is the aim of this course.

SPSC 5495

Applied Studies in Physical and Health Education

In this course, Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education students follow a process of action research or conduct an inquiry into practice in their work settings. Through reflective practice, students integrate and evaluate acquired knowledge from the program. This course is conducted online with faculty supervision and peer learning group support.

SPSC 5499

Curriculum Issues: Physical and Health Education

This course covers curriculum theory and implementation in health and physical education. In addition to the practical concerns of planning, assessment, teaching and learning in physical and health education, curriculum is viewed through lenses of gender, race-relations, dis/ability, inclusion, and colonization to better understand the construction of body image, confidence, and social and physical capital.

SPSC 5591

Health Education

In this course, students are introduced to comprehensive school health models to frame the knowledge and practical components of developing student well-being. The B.C. Ministry of Education K-7 and 8-10 health curriculum guides the topic selection for course inquiry. Assignments combine course theory, health education topics and pedagogical considerations related to learner readiness to develop knowledge in health education.