NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

312 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Health and Human Performance Master of Science in Sports Science Course Descriptions EXSC 5200—Laboratory Instrumentation This course is designed to provide advanced skills in selecting, calibrating, and using laboratory equipment for the assessment of muscular, metabolic, and cardiovascular aspects of high performance as well as assessment of body composition and mechanics. Significant emphasis will be placed upon interpretation and use of results. (3 credits) EXSC 5300—Directed Research I This course will require students to 1) perform and write an extensive literature review on the chosen research topic; 2) identify the key issues in the sports science field and, in particular, the student’s field of future research; 3) initiate the needed protocols for a scientific study; 4) write a proposal outlining the dependent and independent variables of the project; and 5) write an IRB and Informed Consent. (3 credits) EXSC 5400—Directed Research II This course will require students to collect data on their proposed project, perform a data analysis, and compose a report for presentation at a national conference and/or journal publication. Students may register for 1, 2 or 3 credits per semester to complete the required project. (3 credits) EXSC 5500—Advanced Methods of Strength and Conditioning This course is designed to enhance the student’s guideline education in the areas of scientific foundations, nutrition, and practical applications as set by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The material required to prepare for the course is necessary in preparation for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), and the Certified Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) examinations sponsored by the NSCA. Additionally, students will be exposed to the knowledge required to achieve a Level OneWeightlifting Coaching Course offered through United States Weightlifting (USAW). Students will also be required to conduct a case study on a competitive (i.e., state or national class) athlete or tactical professional (i.e., military or fire and rescue). (3 credits) EXSC 5600—Sports Analytics This course is an introduction to the science and application of analytics in sports. Students will learn how specific analytics can be used to predict athlete development and performance. The course will review athletic performance measurements that include strength, power, energy expenditure, body composition, running speed, jumping ability, etc. The course also reviews nutritional, sleep, GPS, and HRV technologies. It utilizes exploratory data analysis, predictive modeling, and presentation graphics, showing real-world implications for athletes, coaches, team managers, and the sports industry. (3 credits) EXSC 5760—Advanced Sport Biomechanics This course encompasses the application of kinetic and kinematic principles to selected sport performance, including strength and conditioning. Significant emphasis will be placed on injury prevention, muscle mechanics, and the use of equipment and technology for technique analysis and athlete monitoring. (3 credits) EXSC 5900—Advanced Ergogenic Aids This course encompasses the science and application of the current state of knowledge vis-à-vis sports nutrition. Specifically, students will learn to critically analyze the role of macronutrients (i.e., carbohydrates, fats, proteins), sports supplements (e.g., creatine, beta-alanine, caffeine, etc.) and other specialty supplements regarding both aerobic and anaerobic sports. (3 credits) MHS 5203—Writing for Allied Health Professionals This course entails the study and practice of writing style used in allied health: scientific writing. Scientific writing is a different format than other kinds of writing used as an undergraduate. It is more precise and succinct, which is different from the way we speak to each other. Scientific writing is written for an audience, with the purpose of informing or possibly persuading the audience. American Psychological Association (APA) style and standard English formatting will be reviewed. The papers written in this course will give the student a foundation for all MHS courses. (3 credits) MHS 5501—Epidemiology and Biostatistics The ability to understand the conceptual and practical aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology in health care is critical to understanding research and analyzing population data about disease. This survey course will improve the student’s ability to understand and apply these concepts. (3 credits) MHS 5510—Research Methods This course is designed to enable participants to develop skills in reading and critically evaluating published research using the scientific model. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods will be compared and contrasted. Research articles will be collaboratively analyzed to develop an appreciation of potential methodological problems and their implications for evidencebased professional practice. (3 credits)

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