Student Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate programs 

Learning outcomes for the exercise and movement science program 

  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the body, application of biomechanical principles to efficient movement in activities of daily life as well as to training, physiological principles, responses, and adaptations to training, and developmental changes with growth, maturation and aging.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to discuss the physiological basis of the components of physical fitness; accurately measure and interpret the measurement of each component; screen clients of all ages for fitness testing; adapt testing protocols according to health appraisals and medical history; and understand the effects of common prescription drugs on exercise testing and prescription.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to prescribe and implement all phases of exercise training programs specific to the age and functional ability of the client and in accordance with benefits, precautions, and contraindications of progressive exercise; identify proper and improper technique in the use of equipment; and apply methods to monitor exercise intensity.
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of energy balance in weight management; effects of diet and exercise on body composition and health; nutritional factors in the female athlete triad, eating disorders; misconceptions of inappropriate weight loss methods; calories per nutrient (food) and nutritional ergogenic aids.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the knowledge of five behavioral strategies to enhance exercise and health behavior changes; elements that should be included in counseling sessions; the stages of motivational readiness and methods of motivation.
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and prowess in addressing emergency procedures and individual injury in health and fitness settings; maintenance of a safe environment and legal implications in documenting safety standards, precautions, policies, and injury; environmental stressors, overtraining signs, and common injury in exercise training; and skill in first aid/CPR.

  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of program administration, marketing, monitoring, management, and evaluation.
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, and musculoskeletal risk factors or conditions that may require consultation with medical personnel before testing or training.

Learning outcomes for the physical education program (BSEd) 

  • Graduates will select and create learning experiences that are appropriate for curriculum goals, relevant to learners, show evidence of sequential learning, incorporate modifications for variations  in learning styles and performance, and are based on the principles of effective instruction.
  • Graduates will demonstrate competence in movement skills, analyze the performance of motor skills  (particularly team and individual sports activities and dance/rhythms), as well as prepare  and teach written lesson plans which address student learning of motor skills and analysis  and assessment of these skills.
  • Graduates will describe and apply physiological and biomechanical concepts related to skillful movement, movement patterns, motor development and motor learning, biomechanics, and developmental readiness to learn.
  • Graduates will plan and adapt instruction for diverse student needs including specific accommodations and/or modifications for student exceptionalities and specialized needs.
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of current technology by planning and implementing learning experiences that require students to appropriately use technology to meet lesson objectives as well as use technological applications to facilitate effective assessment and evaluation strategies, and enhance personal productivity and professional practice.
  • Graduates will maintain a health-enhancing level of fitness throughout the program as well as be able to collect and analyze personal fitness data.
  • Graduates will demonstrate effective communication and pedagogical skills, utilize strategies to enhance student engagement and learning, and create appropriate managerial rules and routines in order to create a safe effective learning environment.

Learning outcomes for the radiography program

  •  Graduates will demonstrate competencies consistent with best practices in their discipline.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to think critically, to analyze complex and diverse concepts, and to use reason and judgment.
  • Graduates will communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in academic and professional settings.
  • Graduates will interact effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and work through differences with civility.
  • Graduates will exhibit ethical leadership skills in professional practice and community service.
  • Graduates will utilize knowledge and skills related to their discipline to engage in activities that directly benefit the University or the civic community.
  • Graduates will demonstrate readiness to pursue life-long learning through continuing education, scholarship, service, and participation in professional organizations.

Learning outcomes for the respiratory therapy program 

  •  Graduates will demonstrate competencies consistent with best practices in their discipline.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to think critically, to analyze complex and diverse concepts, and to use reason and judgment.
  • Graduates will communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in academic and professional settings.
  • Graduates will interact effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and work through differences with civility.
  • Graduates will exhibit ethical leadership skills in professional practice and community service.
  • Graduates will utilize knowledge and skills related to their discipline to engage in activities that directly benefit the University or the civic community.
  • Graduates will demonstrate readiness to pursue life-long learning through continuing education, scholarship, service, and participation in professional organizations.

Graduate programs

Learning outcomes for the health promotion and wellness management program 

  • Graduates will apply at least one health behavior theory to a real-world health program.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to conduct a needs assessment. (Public Affairs-cultural competence, community engagement)
  • Graduates will describe the behavioral, environmental, and genetic risk factors for chronic diseases.
  • Graduates will successfully identify appropriate programmatic strategies to meet the needs of specific populations. (Public Affairs-ethical leadership)
  • Graduates will describe at least three fundamental skills in managing a health-related program.
  • Graduates will identify the ethical considerations associated with planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs.

Learning outcomes for the physical education graduate program (MSEd) 

  • Graduates will understand and put into practice, the concepts, strategies and procedures of qualitative and/or quantitative research resulting in a five-chapter research seminar paper or thesis.
  • Graduates will be able to develop and/or expand their educational philosophies through guided practice, discussions and papers and extensive readings of the current and past literature of the profession.
  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of current technology by planning and implementing learning experiences that allow students to use technology effectively in the classroom.
  • Graduates will plan and adapt instruction for the diverse learner through the specific development of accommodations and/or modifications for students with special needs.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to theoretically develop, coordinate and administer a variety of middle school, high school, university, community and professional physical education, sports and activity programs.
  • Graduates will describe and apply physiological and biomechanical concepts related to the analysis of mature and immature movement through research applications. 

Learning outcomes for the sports management graduate certificate

  • Graduates will demonstrate competencies consistent with best practices in their discipline.
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to think critically, to analyze complex and diverse concepts, and to use reason and judgment.
  • Graduates will communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in academic and professional settings.
  • Graduates will interact effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and work through differences with civility.
  • Graduates will exhibit ethical leadership skills in professional practice and community service.
  • Graduates will utilize knowledge and skills related to their discipline to engage in activities that directly benefit the University or the civic community.
  • Graduates will demonstrate readiness to pursue life-long learning through continuing education, scholarship, service, and participation in professional organizations.