Rio Hondo Community College

Department of Physical Education

Introduction to Kinesiology

PE/TH 194

Instructor:        Kathy Pudelko

Class:             M-W, 9:40-11:05

Office hours: M. 1-2, Tue. 6-7 pm

Phone:            562-463-7423

 Course Description

This class is a survey of the discipline of kinesiology, including knowledge derived from performing physical activity, studying about physical activity, and professional practice centered in physical activity. In addition, the course introduces students to the general characteristics of the professions, introduces them to specific types of physical activity professions typically pursued by those graduating from a program of exercise and sport science, and assists them in making some early career decisions. Students will be introduced to the skills and knowledge required to become a successful practitioner, researcher, or teacher in the psychomotor domain.

 Catalog Description: This course is designed for those students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of kinesiology.  The philosophy, history and scientific foundations of kinesiology, exercise science, health/wellness, fitness and sport will be covered.  Students will have the opportunity to explore professional career opportunities in teaching, coaching, athletic training, sport management, fitness leadership, sport media and health/wellness. The challenges, future of kinesiology, sport and health/wellness are also addressed.

 Student Learning Outcome:

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to do the following:

  1. Students will evaluate different career paths in kinesiology  and describe the basic requirements needed to pursue a career in this field.
  2. Explain the importance of physical activity in daily life and its relationship to health.
  3. Identify the career options available to students graduating from departments of kinesiology, and the qualifications associated with 3 different careers.

Required Text

Hoffman, S.J. (Ed.). (2005). Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity, Third Edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Additional readings will be placed on reserve in the library or on electronic reserve. Some assignments will be based on information available on the Internet.

NOTE: Any student with a disability requiring accommodation in this course is encouraged to contact me after class or during office hours. Additionally, students should contact Disabled Student Services in the Student Center.

Tentative Schedule of Lecture and Tests



Aug. 24       Chapter 1

Aug. 26

Aug. 31       Chapter 2    

Sept. 2         Test 1

Sept. 9         Chapter 3

Sept. 14       Chapter 4    

Sept. 16       Test 2

Sept. 21       Chapter 5

Sept. 23       Chapter 6

Sept. 28       Chapter 7

Sept. 30       Test 3

Oct. 5                   Chapter 8

Oct. 7

Oct. 12        Chapter 9

Oct. 14        Midterm due.

Oct. 19        Chapter 10

Oct. 21

Oct. 26        Chapter 11  

Oct. 28        Test 4

Nov. 2         Chapter 12

Nov. 4

Nov. 11       Chapter 13

Nov. 16       Chapter 14

Nov. 18      

Nov. 23       Chapter 15

Nov. 25      

Nov, 30       Chapter 16  

Dec. 2         Test 5                   Journals need to be turned in.

Dec. 7 FINAL  Open book 40 questions and 2 Essay 10pts each.








You will need a 3 ring binder/notebook.  During the semester you will be keeping a journal of activities, assignments.  This journal will need to be divided by chapter and labeled per chapter. As we go through the semester you will be given assignments to complete and place in your journal along with other activities.

This journal is about 40% of your grade. It needs to be neat and organized. I will grade them at the end of the semester.

Total available points 445

40 points are available from in class activities.

Exams, Observation, Project, Assignments, Due Dates.

Students who are absent on an exam day will not be allowed to pick up the exam early or late, unless arrangements were made prior to the absence with the instructor.  A student who is absent on a day that an exam, observation, project, assignment is due is responsible for submitting the assignment on that day unless arrangement were made prior to the absence.  No assignment, observation, presentation, exam will be accepted late without prior arrangements (failure to submit) work by the due date will result in a zero for the work).

In class assignments and activities may not be announced in advance of a class meeting.  In class assignments and activities must be submitted before leaving the classroom unless students are instructed otherwise.  Failure to do so will result in a zero for the assignment or activity.  Failure to attend class may result in a zero for any work missed while the student was absent from class unless arrangements were made prior to the absence.

Academic Dishonesty

Cheating will not be tolerated in the class. You are not to receive information from another student or give information to another student during a test or quiz. Outside assignments are to be completed ALONE unless you are otherwise instructed. You are to use only your memory or other documents that the instructor describes during examinations or quizzes. Students caught cheating during an examination or quiz will be charged under the university's Code of Student Conduct and Discipline. Among other punishments, students found guilty run the risk of having their score changed to a zero, receiving a grade of "F" for the course, dismissal from the university, or more than one of these.

Becoming a Professional

One of most important objectives the instructor has in this course is to help you initiate (or continue) steps to becoming a professional. Accordingly, there are some “professional expectations” that the instructor has of you:

  1. You are expected to be in class, prepared, and ready to participate on time. Arriving late or leaving early (except in true emergencies) is disruptive and rude to your classmates and the instructor.
  2. You are NOT to wear any hat during class. Please remove your hat or cap as you enter the classroom. You may not wear a hat or cap of any type (including, but not limited to, baseball, Easter, sombrero, bonnet, cowboy, bandera, nylons, etc.) during class period. Please see the instructor if you have a religious-based matter to discuss related to this policy.
  3. You are to turn your cell phone off as you enter the classroom. No cell phones may be out during any class period.  No game playing.
  4. If you are on a traveling squad of any type, you are to submit your travel schedule to the instructor by the third class meeting. Given that the class meets Monday and Wednesday, travel schedules should not greatly affect your ability to attend and participate in class.
  5. It is impossible for the instructor to differentiate between “excused” and “unexcused” absences. Thus, an absence is an absence. Two students may be equally ill, and one may go to the physician and the other choose not to do so. One might have medical insurance and the other not. One student has “child care issues” and another does not. One student has a reliable car and the other depends on a car pool. All of these different issues result in making different and difficult decisions about the adequacy of your excuse. Thus, to be fair to all, the instructor does NOT DIFFERENTIATE AMONG VARIOUS TYPES OF ABSENCES.
  6. You will be responsible for ALL things related to this course. This includes ALL of the chapters in the textbook, the WWW links associated with various chapters, the in-class presentations, the assignments that you conduct, readings, and so on. It is not necessary to ask “Is this on the test? or “Do we need to know this?” If it is on this syllabus, or we spoke about it in class, or it was assigned in any way, you should be aware of and familiar with it. However, given this fact, you should never feel intimidated about asking the instructor questions regarding class material. The instructor does not want you to be “surprised” about anything.