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Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology Courses

Health and Exercise Science MSc Courses

Description: This course provides students with a background in statistics and experimental design. Students are exposed to a variety of experimental designs applicable to the exercise sciences. The course covers the application of statistical concepts in consideration of specific experimental design methods. A number of parametric and non-parametric statistics are introduced for hypothesis testing, with the opportunity to apply relevant knowledge using various statistical software packages.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: The course provides a theoretical awareness of measurement principles and offers practical experience in applying techniques common to advanced research methodologies in exercise science. The potential topics to be covered are geared towards the requirements of the individual in the areas of exercise physiology and athletic therapy. These may include such topics as data acquisition and analysis, electromyography, blood flow methodologies, spectrophotometry, pulmonary gas exchange, motion analysis, and tissue histochemistry.

Component(s): Lecture

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Description: This course is designed to meet the special needs of graduate students in the exercise science areas of concentration specific to athletic therapy and clinical exercise physiology. Topics vary within the domain to account for investigation of current and developing theories. The course involves presentation, discussion, and critical analysis of information from current scientific journal literature.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: This course provides students with the opportunity to choose a research topic and formulate a research proposal under the supervision of a thesis advisor. The proposal should include a literature review, rationale, hypothesis, and methodology including the planned research design and data analysis. Students are required to present a seminar in the Department on their research prior to the presentation of their proposal to the thesis advisory committee.

Component(s): Thesis Research

Prerequisite/Corequisite: The following course must be completed previously: EXCI 626.

Description: Students are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research which reflects a scientific approach. In addition to a written final thesis, a public oral examination is conducted to test the student's ability to defend the thesis.

Component(s): Thesis Research

Prerequisite/Corequisite: The following course must be completed previously: EXCI 626.

Description: Students are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research which reflects a scientific approach. In addition to a written final thesis, a public oral examination is conducted to test the student’s ability to defend the thesis.

Component(s): Thesis Research

Prerequisite/Corequisite: The following course must be completed previously: EXCI 626.

Description: Students are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research which reflects a scientific approach. In addition to a written final thesis, a public oral examination is conducted to test the student's ability to defend the thesis.

Component(s): Thesis Research

Description: This course explores themes within the area of Exercise Science.

Component(s): Lecture

Health and Exercise Science PhD Courses

Description: This course meets the needs of graduate students in developing adequate skills to communicate scientific information efficiently to different interest groups, such as grant adjudication committees, the general public, or undergraduate and graduate students in an academic setting. It serves in developing scientific communication skills by focusing on written and oral presentation skills, aimed at the scientists, students, or lay public. Faculty members from the department and selected guests provide information and applications on successful approaches to reach each of these groups. On the pedagogical side, it includes the development of course objectives and a course outline, along with preparing and presenting a lecture at the undergraduate level. It also involves presentation, discussion, and critical analysis of information from current scientific journal literature for scientists.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: This course examines the fundamental mechanisms and the functional control of specific systems of the body. A detailed analysis of the system, including the molecular and systemic aspects of the given system is addressed. This course focuses on recent research outcomes and new issues in molecular and systemic physiology. The course content varies depending on the specific system studied.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: This course examines concepts in the rehabilitation process from exercise adherence to tissue healing, and introduces students to various exercise protocols specific to the selected area of study. Students learn how to implement safe and effective rehabilitation protocols to address dysfunction and functional recovery. This course focuses on recent research outcomes and new issues in rehabilitation specific to prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation of injuries. The course content varies depending on the area of rehabilitation.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: This course surveys the health-related aspects of exercise, physical activity, and physical fitness from a population health perspective. Topics include current debates in biomedical ethics, health policy, as well as, methods and concepts in behavioural and environmental determinants of activity and fitness.

Component(s): Lecture

Description: This course provides students with flexibility to address a specific area of specialization in Health and Exercise Science. This can be a reading course organized by the supervisor, a course chosen from the list of Advanced Topics courses, or a similar-level course from another department or institution, while being related to a specialization in Health and Exercise Science. The course is chosen in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. The course can be internal or external, and provides students with the capacity to specialize even further in relation to their research project.

Component(s): Seminar

Description: The comprehensive exam is given by an examination committee composed of selected faculty members, at the end of the first year of study. The committee includes the supervisor and three additional faculty members with varied expertise related to the thesis topic. The examination committee identifies selected readings for the student. The student is expected to prepare for both a written and an oral examination. The body of knowledge for the comprehensive examination is defined by the committee in the form of advanced book chapters and other scientific readings. The written exam comes first, composed of five (5) questions asked by the committee, in the form of argumentative essays written in the span of two weeks; following a satisfactory evaluation of this work, the student is convened to the oral part, comprising a series of questions coming from the panel concerning the written answers or additional aspects coming from the readings. The examining committee consists of the student’s supervisory committee and is chaired by the Graduate Program Director.

Component(s): Thesis Research

Notes:
  • The course is graded on a pass/fail basis. The student is evaluated on the basis of the quality of the oral and written presentations and on the responses to the questions from the examining committee.
  • The student has to successfully pass the comprehensive examination in order to progress to the proposal, usually the following term.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:

The following course must be completed previously: HEXS 850.

Description: Students are required to write a research proposal describing a series of projects leading to the production of new knowledge from hypothesis-driven data acquisition and experimental inquiry. A supervisory committee including the supervisor and three additional faculty members (often the same as the comprehensive examination) with varied expertise related to the thesis topic is formed to guide the student with the production of the proposal. The proposal is presented in written form to the committee, and in oral form to the committee and department.

Component(s): Thesis Research

Notes:
  • The course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite/Corequisite: The following course must be completed previously: HEXS 851.

Description: Students are required to write a PhD thesis, which involves the integration of knowledge from the health and exercise sciences, and the planning and execution of innovative and original research while under faculty member supervision. The thesis is evaluated by a thesis committee, as well as being the object of an oral defense, under the guidelines of the School of Graduate Studies.

Component(s): Thesis Research

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