Exercise Science and Physical Education, Exercise Science Concentration (M.A.)- Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Michele Fisher
Office: University Hall, Room 4109
Phone: (973) 655-7120
Email: fisherm@mail.montclair.edu

The graduate program in Exercise Science and Physical Education provides students the opportunity to pursue advanced study in the general field of exercise science and physical education, and to enhance proficiency in an area of concentration. The concentration in Exercise Science is designed to cultivate knowledge and skills necessary for conducting individualized exercise programs and managing fitness facilities in a commercial, corporate, or clinical setting. A balance of exercise science theory and practical application, coursework is designed to enhance skills regarding the development of aerobic and anaerobic exercise programs for athletes, healthy adults, and individuals with various health challenges. At the completion of this program students are prepared for taking the prestigious ACSM and NSCA fitness certifications.

The program is 33 semester hours, including 18 semester hours in the exercise science concentration, 6-9 semester hours in electives, and 6-9 hours in research methods and conduct of a capstone project. Students have their choice of selecting an applied project, internship or research project for their capstone experience.  Many of the courses in this program are offered in a hybrid format in which some of the class meetings take place in the classroom while the remaining class sessions are conducted online.  Facilities for learning activities and research in motor learning, biomechanics, and exercise physiology are provided in the state of the art Human Performance Laboratory and the Physical Education Activity Laboratory.



EXERCISE SCIENCE & PE w/CONC:ExerciseSci

Complete 33 semester hours including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

    Complete 2 requirements:

    1. REQUIRED COURSE

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours:

      PEMJ 502 Methods of Inquiry and Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE

      Complete 1 of the following options:

      1. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE - OPTION A

        Complete for 3 semester hours.

        PEMJ 598 Applied Project 3
      2. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE - OPTION B

        Complete for 3 semester hours.

        PEMJ 594 Internship in Sport and Exercise Science 3
      3. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE - OPTION C

        Complete for 6 semester hours.

        PEMJ 505 Research Design (3 hours seminar) 3
        PEMJ 603 Research Project 3
  2. EXERCISE SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

    Complete 6 courses for 18 semester hours:

    PEMJ 508 Management and Supervision in Sport and Fitness (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 539 Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 540 Applied Sport Physiology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 541 Aerobic Testing and Programming (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 543 Theoretical Foundations for Strength and Conditioning (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 546 Principles of Sports Conditioning (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. ELECTIVES

    Complete 9 semester hours if choosing Capstone option A or B,6 semester hours if choosing option C of graduate level electives.

    PEMJ 521 Technology Integration in Exercise Science and Physical Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 531 Advanced Adapted Physical Education 3
    PEMJ 542 Applied Cardiac Rehabilitation (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 548 Practicum in Individualized Exercise Programs 3-6
    PEMJ 552 Seminar in Current Challenges in Athletics (3 hours seminar) 3
    PEMJ 554 Orientation to Sports Medicine (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 575 Sociological Foundations of Sport and Physical Education (3 hours lecture) 3
    PEMJ 580 Independent Study in Physical Education 1-3
    PEMJ 592 Selected Topics in Exercise Science and Physical Education (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

PEMJ502: Methods of Inquiry and Analysis (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the theory and design of historical, descriptive and experimental methods of research in physical education, sport and exercise science. Descriptive and inferential statistics will be applied to various methods of inquiry, including qualitative and quantitative approaches to research. 3 sh.

PEMJ505: Research Design (3 hours seminar)

Provides for the examination of current research topics in physical education, sport, and exercise sciences. Each student will conduct an in-depth review and analysis of literature related to a specific research topic, and develop a formal research proposal. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 502.

PEMJ508: Management and Supervision in Sport and Fitness (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students engage in an in-depth analysis of a variety of approaches used in the management and supervision of athletic and fitness programs in both public and private sectors. They examine administrative/manager functions for facility manangement, budgeting, personnel evaluation, technology-based scheduling, and fundraising. 3 sh.

PEMJ521: Technology Integration in Exercise Science and Physical Education (3 hours lecture)

This course provides the fundamentals of current technologies in the three following areas: (a) integrating technology in the classroom to introduce teachers to those aspects of educational technology that are designed to facilitate teaching and learning; (b) integrating technology in the fitness lab to introduce teachers and fitness specialists to computer-based health-management systems that allow for exercise evaluation, nutrition evaluation and health-risk assessments; and (c) using technology to manage the professional office including document processing, spreadsheet applications, database management, graphic construction, and communications. 3 sh.

PEMJ531: Advanced Adapted Physical Education

Students examine and discuss how psychosocial implications of disabilities relate to the classroom, what appropriate program planning should be implemented to help all students be successful, and how to asses students with disabilities in all domains. Students also explore current issues related to adapted physical education, inclusive physical education, and disability sport. Furthermore, students participate in a practicum component where they work with people with disabilities in a school or agency setting. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 351 or departmental approval.

PEMJ539: Advanced Exercise Physiology (3 hours lecture)

An advanced course in exercise physiology. Topics include muscular contraction; bioenergetics; energy expenditure; acid-base balance; gas exchange; and the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, and nervous system responses to acute exercise. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: An undergraduate course in Exercise Physiology.

PEMJ540: Applied Sport Physiology (3 hours lecture)

Students learn and apply knowledge and skills necessary to design a comprehensive training program for athletes and active individuals, while taking into account variations in environment and dietary intake. Additionally, students study the physiological aspects of fatigue, practice techniques for assessment of human performance and body composition, and analyze the effects of ergogenic aids on athletic performance and health. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 320 or departmental approval.

PEMJ541: Aerobic Testing and Programming (3 hours lecture)

In this course students learn and apply knowledge and skills necessary to carry out aerobic fitness testing and develop aerobic exercise programs for healthy and special populations. Students also become skilled in implementing comprehensive health appraisal protocols, minimizing legal liability associated with fitness testing and programming, and applying sociological theories to optimize adherence to the exercise program. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 320 or departmental approval.

PEMJ542: Applied Cardiac Rehabilitation (3 hours lecture)

The course is designed to provide the student with current information regarding the application of scientific and programming principles of cardiac rehabilitation in a variety of settings. Students are also given the opportunity to work with actual cardiac rehabilitation patients in an appropriate hospital setting. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: An undergraduate course in exercise physiology.

PEMJ543: Theoretical Foundations for Strength and Conditioning (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students critically examine the theoretical foundations for strength and conditioning training. Students develop proficiency in the assessment of anaerobic fitness, apply key factors and principles in the development of anaerobic programming, and discuss physiological adaptations to chronic training. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 320 or departmental approval.

PEMJ546: Principles of Sports Conditioning (3 hours lecture)

A course in scientific principles of sports conditioning. Training principles and exercise programming will be applied for developing strength, speed, power, agility, endurance, and flexibility. Additional topics include sports nutrition, ergogenic aids, body composition, environmental considerations, fitness testing, overtraining, and sports conditioning management. 3 sh.

PEMJ548: Practicum in Individualized Exercise Programs

This course provides the student the opportunity for practical experience in the application of individualized exercise prescriptions for asymptomatic and/or symptomatic individuals in a variety of nonschool settings. 3 - 6 sh.

Prerequisites: Completion of required courses within area of specialization in exercise sciences (12 s.h.) or permission of instructor.

PEMJ552: Seminar in Current Challenges in Athletics (3 hours seminar)

In this course students learn and apply knowledge and skills to successfully navigate current challenges in athletics as a coach or athletic administrator. Students explore a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the role of athletics in education and the larger community, administration of facility scheduling and personnel matters, effective management of issues concerning diversity, student athlete behavior, performance enhancing drugs, and sports medicine. 3 sh.

PEMJ554: Orientation to Sports Medicine (3 hours lecture)

Students investigate issues related to prevention and basic care of selected injuries and sudden illness in athletes. They also receive training in emergency cardiovascular care including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid, and use of an automated external defibrillation device and will be eligible for certification. By the end of the course students demonstrate ability to apply strategies for minimizing injury risk of athletes in a sport setting. 3 sh.

PEMJ575: Sociological Foundations of Sport and Physical Education (3 hours lecture)

In this course students conduct an in-depth analysis of the different societal constructs that play a role in sport and physical education. Students examine how constructs such as race, gender, and social class affect sport and physical education. In addition, students discuss different philosophies regarding sports and physical education, and evaluate their own personal philosophy. 3 sh.

PEMJ580: Independent Study in Physical Education

An experience in the pursuit of study of topics which may be outside the scope of regular curricular offerings or may be an extension of a course or courses. May be repeated for a maximum of 3.0 credits. Completion and approval of independent study application form required prior to registration. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PEMJ592: Selected Topics in Exercise Science and Physical Education (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students engage in an in-depth theoretical and practical study of a current aspect of exercise science, sport or physical education. Topics will be determined prior to the course offering and will be publicized. This course may be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

PEMJ594: Internship in Sport and Exercise Science

A supervised field experience in the application of knowledge and skills related to an area of specialization in sport of exercise science. A formal written report of the completed internship outcomes is to be submitted to the faculty of the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 21 credits in the program, including PEMJ 502.

PEMJ598: Applied Project

Guidance in conducting an applied project in physical education, sport or exercise science. Each student is required to develop a tangible product such as position paper, journal article, action research investigation, instructional videotape/CD ROM, review of curriculum, policy manual, etc. A formal written report of the completed project is to be submitted to the faculty of the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 21 credits in the program, including PEMJ 502.

PEMJ603: Research Project

Guidance is provided in developing and conducting a research project in physical education. Each student is required to conduct an investigation of a specific problem and to submit a written report of the completed project to the faculty of the department of physical education. Full year course. Register fall only. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PEMJ 502 and PEMJ 505.