Re-envisioning Human Kinetics

Lead

Tanya Forneris, Senior Instructor, School of Health and Exercise Science, Faculty of Health and Social Development (UBC Okanagan)

Collaborators

  • John Sasso, Instructor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development (UBC Okanagan)
  • Rebecca Frechette, Practicum Coordinator, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development (UBC Okanagan)
  • Greg DuManoir, Senior Instructor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development (UBC Okanagan)
  • Neil Eves, Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development (UBC Okanagan)

Full Title: Re-envisioning Human Kinetics: Empowering Future Health and Exercise Professionals through Competency-Based Curriculum and Enhanced Experiential Learning Opportunities

Summary

This project involves significant changes to the concentrations within the Human Kinetics degree based on a substantial program review between November 2017 and June 2019. The proposed revisions are necessary to best prepare our students to become health and exercise professionals who can meet the changing health needs of our communities. The external review feedback we received highlighted that the proposed changes are innovative and “will provide a point of difference compared to other programs in Canada.” In short, this project will involve a re-design of our three concentrations including the addition of courses that integrate skills-based competencies and high quality experiential learning. First, the development of new specialized courses and extensive experiential learning opportunities within the current Clinical Exercise Physiology concentration to better prepare students for work with individuals living with chronic conditions. Second, renaming the current Health Promotion concentration to Health Behavior Change and modernizing the learning outcomes based on recent advances in this field. Third, the addition of a new concentration, Kinesiology and Allied Health, to better prepare our students to practice as Kinesiologists and/or enter into an Allied Health profession. Initial work on these curriculum changes are in progress. After consulting our student and community partners for the program review we completed a curriculum mapping exercise. These two activities combined identified gaps in our curriculum. We currently have a draft of higher-level learning outcomes for the three concentrations as well as the needed courses to meet these new learning outcomes.