Sample courses

Topics for every interest

Kinesiology is the study of the structure and function of the human body within the context of human movement. It’s also concerned with the maintenance and enhancement of health and well-being.

The courses you take in Dal’s Kinesiology program can vary depending on what your interests are. While there are a number of required courses, they cross different disciplines and departments, including Health and Human Performance, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physics, Physiology, Math, and Statistics.

You can choose to do a general degree in kinesiology or enter one of our focused streams: Ergonomics, Fitness and Lifestyle, or Coaching Science. If you’re accepted into one of the streams, you'll need to take certain upper-level courses to complete your degree.

The 25-hour practicum in the final year of the program takes you out of the classroom and lab, and places you in a professional setting where you get hands-on work experience to enhance your studies.

KINE 1108
Psychology and Physical Activity

Lack of physical activity is associated with considerable health risks. The challenge of increasing the level of physical activity in the population requires an understanding of the individual and environmental factors that promote or inhibit it. This class provides students with the fundamental knowledge of how psychological concepts are related to physical activity and health, including: basics of psychology research, theories, motivation, adherence, and behaviour modification.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites.

KINE 2465
Introductory Biomechanics

This class introduces you to the area of biomechanics in human motion analysis. You’ll be exposed to the concepts of kinematic and kinetic analysis of motion, as well as muscle forces and moments of force applied to the human system.

Prerequisites: PHYC 1300 or PHYC 1310
Exclusions: PHYC 2610

KINE 3482
Prevention and Care of Injuries

This class provides an introduction to the fields of sports medicine and work-related musculoskeletal disorders, specifically the basic injury mechanisms, early recognition, care and prevention, pathology, tissue healing, emergency care, and the basic principles of therapeutic exercise and modalities.

Prerequisites: ANAT 1020 or ANAT 1010, PHYL 1010 or PHYL 1000 or PHYL 2030, KINE 2320

KINE 4412
Advanced Fitness Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Lifestyle Counselling

The objective of this class is to provide you with advanced techniques to assess physical fitness and design physical activity/exercise programs, as well as lifestyle counselling skills. In addition, this class will assist you with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to write the Certified Exercise Physiological exam.

Prerequisites: ANAT 1020 or 1010, PHYL 1010 or PHYL 1000 or PHYL 2030, KINE 2310, KINE 3414, KINE 3419, and CPR training


The physiology of exercise

With his colleagues, Dr. Derek Kimmerly team teaches the intro kinesiology course, in which he introduces students to his research area - exercise physiology. Students who discover an interest in this area can take a second-, third-, and fourth-year courses with Dr. Kimmerly (and maybe help out with his research, too). Read Dr. Kimmerly's story.

"One of the advantages of the Kinesiology program is that students get exposure to a wide variety of disciplines in the health sciences, which is great."