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EXSS/HPRO Undergraduate Program Conceptual Framework Program Mission The EXSS/HPRO program within the Department of Human Movement Sciences and Education at the University of Memphis seeks to become a nationally and internationally recognized leader in exercise science and health promotion. The program seeks to prepare candidates for success in the exercise science and health promotion workforce, or success in post graduate education. Program Vision As an academic unit focusing on the interdisciplinary study of exercise science and health promotion, the unit will promote well-being across the life-span through exemplary undergraduate and graduate education, outstanding scholarship, and a strong commitment to professional and public service. To this end, the EXSS/HPRO unit will be characterized by: A student body who masters the content of their majors as well as the fundamentals of critical and independent thinking, computation, communication, collaboration, and creativity needed to enter the fields of exercise science and health promotion with confidence in order to be able to move beyond entry-level positions, to pursue lifelong learning, and to exercise effective leadership; A regional, national , and internationally acclaimed, diverse faculty and staff who have superior communication and teaching skills in the art and science of exercise and health promotion; who use new technologies and curricular innovations creatively to enhance student learning; and who exhibit the highest standards of intellectual achievement and development, social responsibility, and genuine regard for students; Active partnerships with education, health-care, fitness and sport industries, cultural and social organizations, and government in order to respond to changing state and regional needs and to support the well-being of Tennesseans An academic environment that challenges students with ideas that mark educated persons, develops an understanding of the centrality of the domain of exercise science and health promotion in the human condition, creates global and multicultural perspectives, develops ethical principles and intellectual flexibility; and that celebrates and energizes the human spirit while respecting the different ways students learn and perform. Philosophical Orientation of EXSS/HPRO The foundation of Exercise Science and Health Promotion (EXSS/HPRO) is rooted in research primarily from exercise physiology, medicine, nutrition, physical fitness, wellness and health promotion. The principles and laws that formulate the conceptual framework for EXSS/HPRO emanated from decades of painstaking and creative research. The course work requires that students regularly read and critique the current literature because 1) there is an explosion of new information coming from all of these fields of study, and 2) these areas of study are dynamic and constantly changing as newer, more sophisticated research, often repudiates the results of earlier research, or it reinforces earlier results, or it suggests new areas of inquiry. Therefore, it is important for the sake of accuracy and currency, to be at the conceptual and theoretical cutting edge of knowledge. Students will hear many times during the course of study that they must maintain and sustain a flexible and receptive attitude to change. Purposes of the Exercise Science Health Promotion Program The purpose of the EXSS/HPRO major course of study is to produce knowledgeable and skilled graduates who are capable of: Performing in a variety of physical fitness and wellness settings such as higher education, hospital-based, community-based, industry-based and private clubs; Performing such entrepreneurial functions such as personal trainers and managing and/or owning a fitness and wellness center; Effectively and enthusiastically working with and teaching a diverse population of clients, that is, people of both genders, all ages, ethnic and racial backgrounds; Continuing their formal education in the pursuit of graduate degrees as well as the attainment of certifications from prestigious organizations in Exercise Science and Health Promotion such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Cooper Clinic for Aerobics Research and the National Council for Health Education Certification; Performing basic needs assessment with groups and communities aimed at developing, implementing and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs; Identifying and applying appropriate psychosocial theories and models toward health promotion interventions; Conceptualizing and conducting projects in health behavior and health actions with at- risk populations; Establishing and maintaining partnerships with academic communities, community based organizations/agencies, school systems and the faith community aimed at improving human conditions and quality of life. Initiating and completing “action type” as well as basic research that will add to the body of knowledge in EXSS/HPRO and broaden students’ knowledge; and Recognizing that students must be committed, dedicated and self-directed, lifelong students in order to function as effective professionals. Program Coherence The EXSS/HPRO undergraduate program offers a curriculum that provides a strong theoretical and practical background in exercise science, health promotion and research methodology which is facilitated through classroom coursework and experiential experiences. Candidates integrate classroom knowledge with laboratory practicum’s, internships, and research experiences. The sequence of coursework and experiential experiences provides a cohesive course of academic inquiry and professional preparation. Laboratory practicum’s are inherent facets of the academic program, and provide opportunities for students to strengthen skills in exercise leadership, fitness evaluation, and exercise testing. Candidates complete an internship in a faculty approved exercise science/health promotion setting of their choosing. Internships provide opportunities for candidates to apply the conceptual knowledge attained from their professional courses. The internship is a planned, supervised experience in a work setting appropriate to student interests. Professional Commitments and Dispositions Faculty in the EXSS/HPRO units of the department are committed to student development academically, socially and culturally. This includes: The inculcation of an appreciation of the varied subject matter that comprises their field of study; The nurturance of a favorable attitude toward and a knowledge of the research evidence that formulates the foundation of EXSS/HPRO; The creation of an environment that promulgates the proposition that all people are to be treated with respect and dignity; The attitude that we as health professionals should make a maximum effort to inform, instruct and interact with all who seek our assistance as well as the public at large. The faculty is also committed to 1) quality teaching, 2) the production and dissemination of new knowledge through research and publications, 3) the synthesis, analysis and certification of existing knowledge by submissions to professional journals, the writing of textbooks and textbook chapters and seeking and accepting invitations to present before peers within professional organizations and community groups, and 4) actively participating in the governance of professional, community and private organizations. By participating in those scholarly activities listed above, as well as others, the faculty model behaviors that students are encouraged to emulate. Commitment to Diversity The EXSS/HPRO program is committed to educating candidates in a culturally, racially, and gender sensitive environment. Candidates in EXSS/HPRO are expected to have developed sensitivity to the factors that produce similarities and differences among individuals germane to the human movement sciences. This is crucial for candidates to become functioning since, in the EXSS/HPRO enterprise, they will be interacting on many levels and in different settings with disparate segments of our society. The bases of EXSS/HPRO are affected by and to some extent affect culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, demography, socioeconomic status, and disability. Students in EXSS/HPRO acquire the knowledge, tools, and methods for helping people live a longer and healthier life through skills and techniques that may motivate clients from all segments of society to make healthy behavioral changes regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status, etc. Commitment to Technology The EXSS/HPRO undergraduate program is committed to developing candidates that possess the knowledge and skills necessary for success in a technologically advanced environment. The EXSS/HPRO undergraduate program will prepare candidates who are able to use technology in the professional environment. To achieve this commitment, the EXSS/HPRO undergraduate program will: 1. Provide candidates with opportunities and resources to use information technologies to enhance the processes of learning. 2. Provided classroom and laboratory experiences that enhances candidate’s understanding and effective use of modern technologies in exercise science and health promotion. 3. Ensure students make routine use of technology for information access, instrumentation operation, communication and presentation (written and electronic) Candidate Proficiencies Aligned With Accreditation Standards While there are no private or professional organizations whose prerogative is the development of accreditation standards for the EXSS/HPRO undergraduate course of study, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has established varying levels of certification that provide guidelines and direction for segments of the program. For graduating students, the attainment of a relevant certification(s) can be a distinguishing factor among them and a significant determinant for potential employers to consider in the hiring process. The attainment of one or multiple certifications indicates that recipients have demonstrated competence in conceptual knowledge, appropriate skills and specific abilities. The present curriculum is consistent with, and goes beyond, the 500 plus outcomes embedded in the five ACSM certification areas. The EXSS/HPRO, faculty have developed standards based on experience, cognition of course work that is pertinent to the undergraduate program, and a review of successful programs at other colleges and universities. Upon completion of the EXSS/HPRO undergraduate program, candidates should be able to: 1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills, specifically in the areas of evaluating evidence and understanding sources. 2. Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication and computer utilization. 3. Use knowledge of functional anatomy and biomechanics to analyze and evaluate movement and to prescribe exercises to prevent injuries and enhance performance. 4. Apply understanding of basic exercise physiology to exercise evaluation and prescription for normal and special populations in the areas of joint flexibility, muscular strength/endurance, and aerobic/anaerobic training. 5. Recognize risk factors (i.e., cardiovascular, metabolic, musculoskeletal) and their relationship to physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle behaviors; identify risk factors which may require consultation with medical or allied health professionals. 6. Identify and demonstrate appropriate techniques for assessing and evaluating health components (i.e., fitness, stress, body composition, diet). 7. Demonstrate an understanding of principles and research-based guidelines for nutrition, body composition, and weight management when analyzing current status and prescribing desirable changes. 8. Be familiar with psychological factors (i.e., motivation, support) that influence health behaviors and with strategies for encouraging healthy patterns of behavior. 9. Demonstrate competence in basic life support, first aid, and other emergency procedures. 10. Demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of program planning, management, evaluation, and administration of health and wellness programs and facilities. 11. Be able to formulate research questions, collect and analyze data, and make appropriate conclusions based on data results. Evaluation and Feedback The EXSS/HPRO program will recruit 5 to 7 outside professionals who will meet together twice yearly to discuss the program and provide feedback on its strengths and weaknesses, ways to improve it, and any other topic of consequence to the success of the program. Additionally, a mail survey instrument containing demographics, employment status, and open and closed questions that elicit evaluative comments regarding the quality of the program will be sent to graduates of EXSS/HPRO.
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