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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions



College of Health and Human Performance


APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory
Credits: 4.

Study of general anatomy of the human body from a systematic approach. Understanding anatomical terminology, gross structures, and locations of different body structures are primary concerns. Cells, tissues, and organs of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems are emphasized. (B)

APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with laboratory
Credits: 4.

Introduction to body functions at the cellular, tissue, organ, and systems level with emphasis on the mechanisms of operation. Designed for students interested in pursuing study in the health professions. (B)

APK 2135 Integrated Fitness Programming
Credits: 3.

Covers the range of skills and knowledge required to successfully attract and train individuals interested in improving their physical health. Addresses important aspects of running a health fitness business. Students must pass a physical fitness test. A personal three-day diet analysis and body fat assessment must also be performed in order to assess the symbolic package presented to potential clients.

APK 2300C Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
Credits: 3. Prereq: majors only.

Prevention of athletic injuries, including protective equipment, safe facilities, and proper supervision of practice and contests. Recognition, referral and follow-up of injuries in athletics. Legal implications of athletic training.

APK 2931 Honors Seminar
Credits: 3.

APK 3110C Physiology of Exercise and Training
Credits: 3; Prereq: APK 2105C with a grade of C.

Survey course in exercise physiology. Designed to provide an overview of the acute and chronic responses to exercise. Particular attention will be placed upon understanding muscle bioenergetics and metabolism as well as the cardiopulmonary responses to exercise. Special topics to be addressed include exercise testing, training tech. and exercise in hot and cold environments.

APK 3113 Principles of Strength and Conditioning
Credits: 3; Prereq: APK 2100C and APK 2105C with a grade of C .

For individuals who are interested in becoming certified personal trainers (NSCA_PT) or certified strength and conditioning specialists (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

APK 3200 Motor Learning
Credits: 3; Prereq: junior standing or above, majors only.

This course provides background for understanding, analyzing and teaching skills in sports and dance. Attention to specific aspects of psychomotor developments and theoretical models of skill acquisition.

APK 3220C Biomechanical Basis of Movement
Credits: 3; Prereq: APK 2100C, grade of C or better; MAC 1140, MAC 1147, MAC 2233, MAC 2311 with a grade of C or better.

Fundamentals of kinematics and kinetics related to human movement. Basics of biomechanics applied to the concepts of injury prevention and performance improvement. Overview of various biomechanical data collection and analysis.

APK 3400 Introduction to Sport Psychology
Credits: 3; Prereq: junior or senior standing.

Designed to provide students with an understanding of the science and practice of sport psychology from both a theoretical and applied perspective. The primary emphasis is on the educational and performance enhancement roles of the field with little discussion of clinical issues.

APK 3405 Exercise Psychology
Credits: 3; Prereq: junior or senior standing.

Introduction to exercise psychology. Topics include the effects of exercise on psychological well being, exercise adherence and intervention from both theoretical and applied perspectives.

APK 4112 Advanced Exercise Physiology
Credits: 3; Prereq: APK 3110C with minimum grade of C.

Designed to provide a detailed understanding of acute and chronic responses to exercise. Particular attention is placed upon understanding the physiological responses to exercise at both a systems and cellular level. Emphasis is placed on muscle contractile properties, muscle bioenergetics and the endocrine responses to exercise.

APK 4115 Neuromuscular Aspects of Exercise
Credits: 3; Prereq: APK 3110C with minimum grade of C.

Designed to provide an in-depth analysis of muscle structure and function; how muscles produce movement; adaptation of muscle to resistance training, endurance training, and various manipulations used in rehabilitations; adaptation of muscle to disuse; and muscle responses to injury.

APK 4120 Clinical Exercise Physiology
Credits: 3; Prereq: APK 3110C with minimum grade of C.

Designed to provide an understanding of recent advances in exercise physiology and exercise prescription for clinical populations. Particular attention is placed upon the study of acute and chronic responses to exercise in patients with cardiac, pulmonary, metabolic and musculoskeletal diseases.

APK 4125C Physical Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription
Credits: 3; Prereq: APK3110C with a grade of C or better, HH majors.

Techniques of assessing physical fitness using traditional and state of the art processes. Techniques of prescribing exercise programs based upon assessments of physical parameters. Supervised practical lab experiences in assessment and prescription in a clinical setting.

APK 4232 Measurement and Evaluation
Credits: 3; Prereq: junior or senior standing, majors only.

Techniques in objective measurement and evaluation of physical fitness, motor skills, motor ability, nutritional status, and other activity related problems. Test construction and grading techniques. Supervised lab experiences in test administration to be arranged.

APK 4302 Athletic Training Administration
Credits: 3; Prereq: C or better in APK 4340; athletic training students with senior standing.

This course offers an in-depth background of the standards, policies and practices of organization, supervision and administration of athletic training programs.

APK 4304C Emergency Management of Athletic Trauma
Credits: 4; Prereq: permission of department to pursue athletic training specialization.

This course provides the student with the necessary background information to act appropriately in the event of an athletic related emergency.

APK 4305C Athletic Injury Assessment: Upper Extremity
Credits: 4; Prereq: permission of department to pursue the athletic training specialization.

This course provides background information to conduct a thorough initial evaluation of upper extremity injuries commonly sustained by the physically active population.

APK 4310C Athlete Injury Assessment: Lower Extremity
Credits: 4; Prereq: C or better in APK 4305C.

This course provides background information to conduct a thorough initial evaluation of lower extremity injuries commonly sustained by the physically active population.

APK 4315 Topics in Sports Medicine
Credits: 3; Prereq: C or better in APK 4335.

This course will provide study into specific problems in athletic/training/sports medicine in order to obtain a thorough understanding of the pharmacology, emergency management, and general medical conditions.

APK 4320C Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training
Credits: 4; Prereq: permission of department to pursue athletic training specialization.

An introduction to physiological principles, concepts and operational procedures of contemporary therapeutic modalities as they relate to the care and treatment of athletic injuries.

APK 4325C Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training
Credits: 4; Prereq: C or better in APK 4320C.

An introduction to the concepts and principles of a comprehensive rehabilitation program including determination of therapeutic goals and objectives, selection of therapeutic exercises, methods of evaluating and recording rehabilitation progress, development of criteria for progress and return to competition and the physiological effects of trauma/wound healing and inactivity/immobilization.

APK 4330 Athletic Training Clinical Experience 1
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: APK 2300C, APK 2303L. and permission of department to pursue athletic training program.

This course is intended to provide the student with the opportunity necessary to grow both clinically and professionally within the field of athletic training. Clinical and professional growth will be achieved through attendance of seminars, and the integration and synthesis of cognitive and psychomotor skills learned in previous semesters.

APK 4335 Athletic Training Clinical Experience 2
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: C or better in APK 4330.

This course is intended to provide the student with the opportunity necessary to grow both clinically and professionally within the field of athletic training. Clinical and professional growth will be achieved through attendance of seminars, and the integration and synthesis of cognitive and psychomotor skills learned in previous semesters.

APK 4340 Athletic Training Clinical Experience 3
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: C or better in APK 4335.

This course is intended to provide the student with the opportunity necessary to grow both clinically and professionally within the field of athletic training. Clinical and professional growth will be achieved through attendance at seminars, and the integration and synthesis of cognitive and psychomotor skills learned in previous semesters.

APK 4345 Athletic Training Clinical Experience 4
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: C or better in APK 4340.

This course is intended to provide the student with the opportunity necessary to grow both clinically and professionally within the field of athletic training. Clinical and professional growth will be achieved through attendance at seminars, and the integration and synthesis of cognitive and psychomotor skills learned in previous semesters.

APK 4940C Internship
Credits: 12; Prereq: department permission.

HLP 2940 Practicum in Health and Human Performance
Credits: 1 to 3.

A unique opportunity for students who are in the decision-making phase of their studies to test a career choice through practicum experience prior to completing professional courses.

HLP 4933 Variable International Topics
Credits: 1 to 6.

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study in a wide range of cultural settings.

PET 3771 Personal Fitness Teaching Methods
Credits: 3; Prereq: junior or senior standing, majors only.

Assessment, prescription and maintenance of personal fitness for clients and students. Satisfactory completion of a physical fitness test is required.

PET 4905C Variable Topics in Exercise and Sport Sciences
Credits: 1 to 5; maximum 5 credits per semester; Prereq: permission of chairperson of the department.

Offered upon request of students to meet special interests which are not adequately provided for in other courses.

PET 4948C Practicum in Exercise and Sport Sciences
Credits: 1 to 5; Prereq: permission of the chairperson of the department.

Practical experience in such specialty areas as adult fitness programs, health clubs, exercise testing laboratories, clinical laboratories and athletic training rooms. May include senior thesis with oral defense.



General Education Categories
Consult Schedule of Courses for specific information.

  • Biological Sciences (B)
  • Composition (C)
  • Diversity (D)*
  • Humanities (H)
  • International (N)*
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Physical Sciences (P)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S)

* Students who entered UF prior to Summer B 2007 and/or whose catalog year is not 2007-08: Current students who have not already completed six hours of "I" - international/diversity credits can do so now by taking "D" and "N" courses.

Symbols Used in Course Descriptions

  • (WR) indicates the course satisfies the writing requirement.
  • (MR) indicates the course satisfies the math requirement.
  • (S-U) indicates the course may be taken on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.
  • Refer to the Schedule of Courses for specific information.