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					FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, KINESIOLOGY 715


                       MCMASTER UNIVERSITY
                        Department of Kinesiology
  KINESIOLOGY 715: FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis
E-mail : martink@mcmaster.ca
Room & Extension : IWC E212 x23574
Term I

 COURSE DESCRIPTION:

OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT
This course provides a graduate-level introduction to theories, measures, statistical and research
methodologies typically used in health and exercise psychology research. Students will learn to
critically evaluate and apply these key principles.


COURSE OBJECTIVES
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
1) Critically evaluate, understand, and apply commonly-used theories in health and exercise
    psychology.
2) Find, develop, and use measures of key constructs/variables in exercise psychology research.
3) Understand how to test theories and models, and design studies and interventions that are couched
    in a theoretical framework.
4) Summarize and present research in both oral and written formats.


FORMAT
Seminars, student presentations, and brief lectures.



RESOURCES AND REFERENCE MATERIALS:

REQUIRED READINGS will be assigned prior to each class.

RECOMMENDED TEXTS:
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological
Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: APA.

Conner, M., & Norman, P. (2005). Predicting health behaviour (2nd ed.). Berkshire, UK: Open
University Press.

Lox, C. L., Martin Ginis, K. A., & Petruzzello, S. J. (2010). The psychology of exercise: Integrating
COURSE OUTLINE rd edition). Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway Publishers.
theory and practice (3




Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University                                          Fall 2012
FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, KINESIOLOGY 715


ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING:


  The final grade will be based on the following:

  Seminar Presentation                  October                                30%

  Theory Assignment                     October                                35%

  Intervention Assignment               December                               35%



PLEASE NOTE:

On occasion, it is difficult to predict the direction the course may take and the instructor may
need to revise the course outline during the term. Students will be informed as early as possible
of any changes.

The Department of Kinesiology reserves the right to change dates, deadlines, and/or methods of
assessment for this course in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as illness of the
instructor or a labour disruption. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster
email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.



ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means
and can result in serious consequences (e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit
with a notation on the transcript reading "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty", and/or
suspension or expulsion from the university). It is your responsibility to understand what
constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty
please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at:
http://www.mcmaster.ca/univsec/policy/AcademicIntegrity.pdf

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
• Plagiarism (e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been
obtained),
• Improper collaboration in group work.
• Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.




Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University                                           Fall 2012
FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY, KINESIOLOGY 715



Indicative Course Content
                                               Topic
Introduction to course

Prep for First Boot Camp: Familiarize with content of the ‘Evidence Informing Updates to
Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines’ Special Issue; Colley et al., 2010; Rachelle et al., 2012;
Stone et al., in press
    A behavioural epidemiogical framework to examining physical activity
    National Guidelines
    Sedentary Behavior versus Physical Activity
    Measuring physical activity 101
           Self-Report
           Pedometers
           Accelerometers
           Observation

   Social Cognitive Theory
   Theory of Planned Behaviour
   Health Action Process Approach
   Self-Determination Theory

   Health Belief Model
   Protection Motivation Theory
   Limited Strength Model of Self-Regulation
   Social Ecological Model
   Leventhal's common sense model of self-regulation of health and illness
   Gibbons and Gerrard's health prototype model

 Knowledge Translation
 Intervention Development and Evaluation
 Transtheoretical Model
 RE-AIM
Summary and Future Directions




Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University                                           Fall 2012

				
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