Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences (KES) Courses
College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS)
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KES 101 Physical Fitness (1) Conditioning exercises and activities to develop and maintain physical efficiency. Motor fitness tests administered to measure status and progress.
KES 103 Swimming: Beginning (1) Adjusting to water, immersing in water, floating, sculling, correct arm stroke, leg kick, breathing techniques and their coordination.
KES 104 Swimming: Intermediate (1) Perfecting and integrating basic strokes with added emphasis on swimming for distance and speed.
KES 107 Tennis: Beginning (1) Rules, etiquette, grip, forehand and backhand strokes, serving, volleying, singles and doubles play.
KES 108 Tennis: Advanced (1) Improving the serve, forehand and backhand strokes, volleying, chop strokes, competitive strategy, problems in rules.
KES 110 Golf: Beginning (1) Rules, etiquette, and skill (grip, stance, stroke) in using the irons, woods, and putter. Driving range and play on golf course require additional fees.
KES 117 Mountain Biking (1) Basic knowledge and skills of mountain biking. Emphasis will be placed on the safe operation and maintenance of the bike for recreational purposes. Uses such as commuting and racing will be discussed.
KES 120 Badminton (1) Rules, etiquette, grip, forehand and backhand strokes, serving, smash, drive, netplay, offensive and defensive strategy in singles and doubles play.
KES 121 Advanced Badminton (1) Competitive singles and doubles strategy, rules and etiquette. Perfecting fundamental strokes: smash, clear, drops, net, and drive shots.
KES 123 Yoga (1) This course provides a foundation for exploring classical yoga postures as well as the history and philosophy of yoga. Each class includes stretching, strengthening, relaxation techniques, pre- and post-flexibility evaluation, proper alignment, focus and breathing techniques.
KES 124 Intermediate Yoga (1) This course enhances the basic yoga poses and fundamentals covered in KES 123 (or equivalent yoga experience). Pre: KES 123.
KES 128 Table Tennis (1) This is an introductory course teaching the fundamental skills of table tennis including, basic strokes, grip and serve styles and positioning.
KES 134 Volleyball: Beginning (1) Rules, fundamental skills of passing, setting, hitting, blocking, digging, and team strategies.
KES 136 Team Sports (1) Skills, knowledge, attitudes and appreciation. Combination of soccer and softball.
KES 138 Basketball: Beginning (1) Rules, etiquette, skills in footwork, body balance, passing, shooting, dribbling, rebounding, individual and team strategies, and plays.
KES 139 Basketball: Advanced (1) Improving fundamental skills, advanced strategies, ball control and shooting skills, offensive and defensive tactics, and officiating.
KES 142 SUP - Stand Up Paddle Boarding (1) Explore and connect with the spiritual and traditional aspects of our Hawaiian culture through the physical application of the ancient and contemporary sport of stand up paddle boarding.
KES 143 Canoe Paddling (1) (lab) Explore and connect with the spiritual and traditional aspects of our Hawaiian culture through the physical application of the ancient and contemporary sport of canoe paddling.
KES 144 Ocean Safety (1) (lab) Gain an appreciation and awareness of the ocean habitat within the District of Hilo as well as develop general ocean safety skills.
KES 145 Surfing (1) (lab) Explore and connect with the spiritual and traditional aspects of our Hawaiian culture through the physical application of the ancient and contemporary sport of surfing.
KES 146 Edventure (1) Students will be exposed to a variety of experiential physical activities over the course of seven all day sessions. The experiential physical activities that students will be exposed to will be unique to the island of Hawaiʻi.
KES 152 Weight Training (1) Fundamental techniques of weight training which includes safety and precautions, diet and nutrition, basic weight training principles and individualized exercise programs for total physical fitness.
KES 201 School Health Problems (2) Responsibilities of the elementary school teacher in recognizing and meeting pupil's needs, teacher's role in health instruction, health services, healthful school living, and school health policies.
KES 202 Health Promotion (3) This course is designed for students to understand health in the broadest sense of the word -- as an integrated process for discovering, using, and protecting all possible resources within the individual, 'ohana, community, and environment.
KES 203 Intro to Physical Education (2) Nature, scope, aim and objectives of physical education; basic principles of human movement; physical education as academic discipline and its relationship to fields such as recreation, health education, and athletics.
KES 204 Intro to Coaching Athletics (2) Nature, responsibilities, personal and professional requirements of a coach. Scientific principles applicable to coaching methodology and athletic competition.
KES 206 Basic Human Movement (3) Developing skills to understand the nature and function of human movement in everyday life, sport, dance, physical education, and adapted movement activities. (Attributes: DB, GN)
KES 207 Basic Human Nutrition (3) Fundamental principles of normal nutrition and the importance of nutrition in promoting growth and health. (Attributes: DB, GN)
KES 209 Data and Stats in Kinesiology (3) This course focuses on the data management and the basic statistics in exercise sciences. Content includes research methods and designs, data collection, organization and management, descriptive and inferential statistics, central tendency, variability, correlation, regression, t-tests, analysis of variance and various nonparametric tests. Computerized statistical analyses are embedded throughout the course.
KES 210 Introduction to KES (3) Introduction to professions available for individuals graduating with a Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences degree (e.g. Public Health and Health Promotion, Sports Psychology, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kinesiologist, Exercise Physiologist, and various allied health professions Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, etc). This course serves as helpful tool in providing students with the information necessary to pursue a degree/focus program within Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences. KES program focuses, degree expectations, course maps, and advising will be provided; emerging evidence-based topics will be discussed.
KES 212 Anatomical Kinesiology (3) This course provides a thorough guide of human anatomy and its application to human movement through an in- depth evaluation tissues (bones (joints), muscle, nerve, and connective tissue) during motor activities. (Attributes: DB)
KES 224 Human Physiology & Spaceflight (3) This course explores the effects of microgravity and spaceflight on the physiology of passengers. Topics addressed in this course include space travel effects on: the skeletal system; the muscular system; the cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory systems; and the neurovestibular system. Effects of radiation exposure, psychosocial issues in spaceflight, and medical risks and preventions will be presented in this course.
KES 232 Safety & Accident Prevention (2) Understanding the fundamental principles and techniques of safety and accident prevention in school, home, work, motor vehicle, and recreational situations.
KES 233 Physical Education: Elementary (3) Content and methods for physical education in elementary school. Selection, planning, teaching, evaluation of movement skills, and activities. Pre: junior standing.
KES 234 Care & Prev Athletic Injuries (3) Fundamentals in athletic training and sports medicine designed to introduce principles and concepts in prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries. Additional fees required.
KES 250 Foundation of Public Health (3) An introduction to public health practice and history, with focus on principles and tools for population health, disease prevention, health promotion, health professions and healthcare systems. (Attributes: DS)
KES 260 Exercise Science Anat & Phys I (3) This course will cover basic human anatomy, physiology and chemistry of cells, organelles, cell division, metabolism, genetics, tissues, the integumentum, bone and muscle tissue. Each subject is presented with the emphasis on its response to activity and exercise.
KES 261 Exercise Science Anat & Phy II (3) This course is a continuation of Exercise Sciences Anatomy and Physiology I. The course will cover basic human anatomy and physiology of the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Each subject is presented with the emphasis on its response to activity and exercise. Pre: KES 260.
KES 263 Intramural Athletics (2) The organization, administration, and supervision of intramural sports programs in schools with emphasis on leadership, program content, facilities, scheduling, rules and regulations, promotion, financing, and evaluation.
KES 300 Psyc-Soc Aspects Of Sport (3) The functions and dysfunctions of the sporting system will be examined from sociological perspectives. In addition, specific psychological constructs are presented in order to examine the relationship between environmental sources of influence and the individual's capacity for self-management in the sporting world.
KES 302 Sport & Spirituality (3) The spiritual experience of sport is central both to our basic motivation to take part in sports, and to achieving success. This course explores human aspects of the sport experience through the perspectives of sport psychology, philosophy, ethics, theology and religious studies.
KES 306 Advanced Human Movement (3) Course focuses on the scientific aspects of human movement in everyday life, exercise and sport, adapted movements, everything in between. The contents focus on the physical load introducing principles of Biomechanics and illustrating the application of physics and mechanics on human performance. Pre: KES 206 and completion of GE Quantitative Reasoning requirement, and must be taken concurrently with KES 306L.
KES 306L Advanced Human Movement Lab (1) (lab) This course examines the advanced methods and techniques associated with various sports skills, strength and resistance training exercises with an emphasis on biomechanical understanding of proper form. Pre: KES 306 which must be taken concurrently.
KES 307 Biomechanics of Human Movement (3) This course provides an introduction to the principles and analysis of biomechanics, emphasizing the contribution of biomechanics to understanding human movement, and develops an understanding of mechanical and anatomical concepts related to human performance. Pre: PHYS 151, PHYS 151L.
KES 307L Biomechanics Lab (1) (lab) This course provides an introduction to the principles and analysis of biomechanics, emphasizing the contribution of biomechanics to understanding human movement, and develops an understanding of mechanical and anatomical concepts related to human performance. Pre: KES 307; may be taken concurrently.
KES 308 Principles of Strength & Cond. (3) This course will introduce the students to the fundamental principles of strength and conditioning while providing the skills necessary for proper selection, administration, and interpretation of athletic assessment across various modes of sport and activity, enabling the effective application of evidence-based training methodologies.
KES 309 Prep For Personal Trn Cert (3) This course will provide information, expertise and practical experience to help prepare students to be pass the National Council On Strength and Fitness Personal Trainer Certification Exam. Pre: KES 260 and 261 or equivalent and KES 207.
KES 310 Motor Learning (3) Basic understanding of the principles of motor learning and performance in a variety of contexts including teaching, coaching, design of performer-friendly equipment and work environments, and everyday motor skill learning.
KES 311 Tests & Meas. in Sports & Exer (3) In this course, Students will have the opportunity to experience, evaluate and discuss a wide variety of tests and assessments from the field of sport and exercise science. Also, a basic understanding and appreciation of why and how of testing is a critical factor in health, physical education and athletics will be provided.
KES 320 Drug Awareness (3) For students interested in the prevention and treatment of victims of legal and illegal use, misuses, and abuse of drugs and related substances. Examines the problems and consequences of people who have to deal with this dilemma.
KES 330 Applied Motor Learning (3) Applying the principles of motor learning in different contexts such as teaching, coaching, design of performer-friendly equipment and work environments, rehabilitation, and everyday motor skill learning. Developing of motor learning programs. Pre: KES 310.
KES 333 Endocrinology: Our Hormones (3) The endocrine system is the tissue and glands that secrete chemical messengers called hormones into the circulation to target specific receptors. This course will explore how the body depends upon this complex system to grow and maintain itself, and to respond to outside and inside perturbations, and fight diseases. Exercise and the endocrine system will be a prevalent topic in this course. Pre: KES 260 and KES 261 or BIOL 243 and BIOL 244.
KES 335 Care & Prevention Athletic Inj (3) Introduction to allied health professions (e.g. Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, etc) that specialize in the care and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in an active population. Course focuses on the recognition, orthopedic evaluation, treatment, management, and rehabilitation of various musculoskeletal injuries. (Previously Offered as KES 234 and KES 334) Pre: BIOL 243-243L and BIOL 244-244L
KES 339 Athletics & Health in Hawaiʻi (3) This survey course examines the role of fitness/athletics and health-related activities in Hawaiian lifestyles, prior to foreign arrivals through to the late 20th century. The course also examines the consequences of political, economic, and cultural change on Native Hawaiian health-related activities and practices. (Same as HIST 339)
KES 340 Science: Diet & Weight Cntrl (3) This course presents a basic understanding of the multiple factors involved with body weight control and health. This course centers on the important scientific factors of body weight control, including energy balance, basal metabolism, hunger versus appetite, nutritional function and needs, nature versus nurture of obesity, treatment of obesity, physical activity and it's importance in weight control and maintenance. Eating disorders and medical interventions such as gastric bypass surgery will be presented.
KES 343 Musculoskeletal Anatomy (3) Basic understanding of human anatomy from the perspective of movement, with emphasis on the skeletal and muscular systems. Pre: BIOL 243 and BIOL 243L
KES 344 Musculoskeletal Physiology (3) Basic understanding of human musculoskeletal physiology from the perspective of internal function, with emphasis on aerobic and anaerobic metabolism during muscular function. Pre: KES 343
KES 348 Exercise Physiology (3) Basic understanding of human physiology and its response to exercise and adaptations to various types of training. Physiological systems are reviewed as they respond to acute bouts of exercise and long-term exposure to exercise. Pre: BIOL 243 & BIOL 244.
KES 348L Exercise Physiology Lab (1) (lab) The objective of this course is to explore the physiological bases of exercise. We will perform laboratory experiments, collect, analyze and interpret data. Students should bring the lab manual, supplement and calculator to each class. Pre: KES 348; may be taken concurrently.
KES 350 Health Promotion Prog Planning (3) Student develop skills to effectively plan, design, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs in community/public health settings. Pre: KES 202
KES 351 Epidemiology (3) This course introduces students to epidemiology priciples and methods. Topics covered include: measures of morbidity and mortality; vital statistics; incidence and prevalence measurements; adjustment of rates; measurements of risk; biological variability; screening; measurements of error; sampling; statistical significance; surveillance; study design; association and causation; and outbreak investigation.
KES 355 Philosophy of Sport (3) A philosophical treatment of the role of sports in society and a meaningful life. Topics include the phenomenology of sport, the ethics of doping and artificial enhancement, leadership ethics, sports in the context of Hawaiʻi, and sport fandom. Pre: Previous work in philosophy or two courses in Kinesiology or instructor's consent. (Same as PHIL 355).
KES 360 Olympism and Olympic Studies (3) This course aims to provide students with specialized knowledge on issues related to the Olympic Games and in particular on the values and meanings behind them. The course focuses on Olympism and the three pillars of the Olympic Movement: Education, Sports, and Culture.
KES 361 History of Sport (3) A history of sport from the ancient world to the present. Special attention to the history of sport in Europe and the Americas (Same as HIST 361)
KES 368 Sports and Exercise Nutrition (3) This course will introduce the student to the importance of nutrition in the field of exercise sciences. The purpose of this course is to bridge between nutritional concepts and exercise concepts, and the practical applications. Pre: KES 207.
KES 370 Sport Psychology (3) Survey of methods and findings in the application of psychological principles in sport. Topics include arousal and anxiety, cognitive processes, team performance, coaching behavior and techniques to maximize sports performance. (Same as PSY 370)
KES 371 Indigenous Health & Wellness (3) This course examines contemporary issues affecting the status of indigenous health and wellness. Emphasis is placed on indigenous perspectives of health and wellness and indigenous ways of knowing in Hawaiʻi, Oceania and Turtle Island.
KES 375 Indigenous Kinesiology (3) This course offers students an opportunity to explore indigenous perspectives on movement, exercise and sport and it's relation to health with emphasis on Hawaiʻi, Oceania, and Turtle Island. This course considers the impacts of colonization, globalization and commodification of exercise and movement on indigenous health and well-being.
KES 380 Applied Sport Psychology (3) Based on the principles of sport and exercise psychology. Focus on methods and programs applying sport psychology in the field of health and physical education to enhance performance, adhere people to physical exercise programs and support the overall well-being. Pre: KES/PSY 370.
KES 401 Sem in KES: Profess.Develop (2) This course will study selected topics and research in Kinesiology and Exercise Science professions. The purpose of this class is to provide an on-going forum for presentation and discussion of emerging issues within various professions (e.g. health promotion, sport psychology, strength and conditioning, and allied health professions). Students will inventory their core values, interests, skills, and strengths and utilize them towards the application process. Students will learn about resume/curriculum vitae preparation, cover letter construction, interview preparation, the importance of social media presence (e.g. LinkedIN, facebook), and negotiation when applying for jobs/graduate school. Pre: Junior or Senior Standing
KES 440 Physiology of Aging (3) Study of the physiological mechanisms and the effects of aging on the human systems including the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological, sensory, metabolic, and endocrinological. This course will present the topic of physiology of exercise and aging.
KES 443 Adapted Physical Education (3) Understanding the basics of various disabilities, how to assess the physical and motor skills of the disabled and how to develop individual activity programs for children and youth with disabilities.
KES 444 Strength and Cond. Cert Prep (4) This course is designed to prepare students for the NSCA-CSCS test. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance by conducting sport-specific testing sessions, designing and implementing safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and providing guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Pre: KES 206 and either KES 260 and KES 261 or BIOL 243 and BIOL 244.
KES 450 Health Promotion Practicum (3) A planned, supervised, and evaluated practice experience. The goal of the practicum is to provide an opportunity for students to synthesize, integrate, and apply practical skills, knowledge, and knowledge, and training learned through courses. Students will gain professional experience in a professional health work environment, and work on health practice projects that are of particular interest to them. Pre: KES 202 and instructor consent. (Attributes: GCC)
KES 470 Physical-Occupational Therapy (3) The Purpose of this course is to introduce students who are interested in pursuing post-graduate degrees and professional careers in teh fields of physical therapy and occupational therapy to these professions. This course is divided into three separate sections: The Profession; The Practitioner; and The Practice. Pre: KES 260 and KES 261, or BIOL 243 and BIOL 244.
KES 480 Sports Medicine (3) This course provides an opportunity for the study and application of the components of sports medicine, including, but not limited to: sports medicine ralated careers, organization, evaluation, and immediate care of athletic injuries, recognition, evaluation, and immediate care of athletic injuries, rehabilitation and management skills, emergency procedures, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and therapeutic exercise. Pre: KES 260 and KES 261, or BIOL 243 and BIOL 244.
KES x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.
KES x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.