Dr. Jaime Schultz |268M Recreation Building|814.865.1032 |

Course Description
Kinesiology is the multi-disciplinary study of human physical activity. In addition to scientific
knowledge (including that derived from biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology, and
sport psychology), we appreciate that human movement cannot be divorced from the cultural and
historical contexts in which it takes place. Kinesiology 141 introduces students to the social
dynamics of physical culture, a term that includes sport, physical fitness, exercise, dance, martial
arts, physical education, and physically active leisure and recreational pursuits. Throughout the
semester, we will explore the broader historical, cultural, political, ethical, intellectual and
economic influences on physical activity. This course carries the Penn State general education
designation as both a “US” and an “IL” class. NOTE: This is an online course.

Course Goals
1. Identify and explain the influence of historical context on physical culture and the residual
effects of the past on contemporary circumstances.
2. Critically analyze today’s dominant forms of physical culture.
3. Distinguish and assess the effects of social and cultural dynamics on multi-faceted
kinesiological issues.

Course Objectives
1. Define and explain terms and concepts presented in readings and lectures.
2. Recall and summarize information presented in readings and lectures.
3. Apply knowledge of course content to various topics in kinesiology.
4. Express critical, reflexive analyses through written communication.
5. Develop formal academic writing skills.

Required Materials
All required materials are available on ANGEL, including:
1. Links to our course website (
2. The full course syllabus & schedule—please understand that this schedule may change a bit
as the semester progresses. Students will be notified (by email and as an announcement on
ANGEL) if this happens.
3. All lectures and videos.
4. Assigned readings (there is no text to buy for this class).
5. An Introduction to each topic.
6. “Guided Study” questions for each topic. These will serve as study guides for quizzes and
will include questions on lectures and readings.
7. Discussion Boards: Used for Reflective Exercises and general questions and comments.
8. Quizzes: Students will complete online quizzes, covering reading, lecture, and film materials.
9. A link to Students will submit all essays (and some Reflective Exercises) on A user guide is also available on ANGEL.
Kines 141: Summer 2014

Methods for Teaching & Learning
This is an online course that includes a semester’s worth of material in just four weeks. You will
need to devote considerable time to this course if you wish to be successful. Consider that in a
typical semester, we would meet for 50 minutes three times a week, for a total of 150 minutes (or
2.5 hours). On top of that is an additional 1-2 hours needed to complete readings and

Each day in a “Maymester” course is the equivalent of one week during the regular semester.
That means you should anticipate devoting 3-4 hours every day to this course. I realize this is an
enormous commitment, so please make sure you can meet these time requirements. A typical day
includes approximately 100 minutes of lecture, in addition to completing a number of assigned
readings, a quiz (covering lecture and readings), and a Reflective Exercise. You can work ahead
in this course but please note that some Reflective Exercises require you to address your
classmates’ posts on the discussion boards. Not everyone will work ahead, so don’t neglect to go
back and check in before the assignment is due. Due dates are firm. Note them on the schedule.
Don’t fall behind. I don’t accept late work.

Quizzes 40%
Reflective Exercises 30%
Essay 1 5%
Essay 2 10%
Essay 3 15%
Total 100%

Grades will be assigned according to the University’s grading system.

Quality of Performance Grade Percent Earned
Excellent Exceptional Achievement A 93-100
A- 90-92
Good Extensive Achievement B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
Satisfactory Acceptable Achievement C 70-76
D 60-69
Failure Inadequate Achievement F Below 60

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity — scholarship free of fraud and deception — is an important educational
objective of Penn State. Academic dishonesty can lead to a failing grade or referral to the Office
of Student Conduct. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
• cheating
• plagiarism
• fabrication of information or citations
Kines 141: Summer 2014

• facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others
• unauthorized prior possession of examinations
• submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the
instructor and securing written approval
• tampering with the academic work of other students

For more information see the Penn State Senate Policy on Academic Integrity

How Academic Integrity Violations Are Handled
In cases where academic integrity is questioned, procedure requires an instructor to notify a
student of suspected dishonesty before filing a charge and recommended sanction with the
college. Procedures allow a student to accept or contest a charge. If a student chooses to contest a
charge, the case will then be managed by the respective college or campus Academic Integrity
Committee. If a disciplinary sanction also is recommended, the case will be referred to the Office
of Student Conduct.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you
have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the
Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY). For further information
regarding ODS, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site at

In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide
documentation (see documentation guidelines). If the documentation supports the need for
academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments.
Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as
possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of
each semester.

I will make every effort to return students’ emails within 1 business day (excluding weekends
and holidays). Please adhere to the following courtesies:
• Please begin each subject heading with “KINES 141”
o Example: KINES 141—Question about Exam 1
• Begin all emails with an acknowledgement of the person to whom it is addressed.
• Please make sure to sign all emails.
• Remember that you are writing to your professor and your message should be professional
and respectful.
• Please make sure your ANGEL email is set up to forward to your personal email account
(Under “My Toolbox” > “My Preferences” > “System Settings” > “Forwarding

Kines 141: Summer 2014

Technical Requirements
Before you begin this class, please make sure that you have access to all the following technical
requirements. You will not be able to complete the course without them.

Windows 2000/XP, Vista, or Windows 7; Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
Processor 2 GHz or higher
Memory 1 GB of RAM
Hard Drive
20 GB free disk space
The latest Angel-supported version of Firefox or Internet Explorer. To
determine if your browser fits this criteria and for advice on
downloading a supported version, please refer to the following ITS
knowledgebase article:
• Note: Cookies, Java, and JavaScript must be enabled.
• Pop-up blockers should be configured to permit new windows
from Penn State web sites.
• Due to nonstandard handling of CSS, JavaScript and caching,
older versions of Internet Explorer (such as IE 6 or earlier) do not
work with our courses.
Adobe Reader [Download from Adobe]
Flash Player (v7.0 or later) [Download from Adobe]
Apple Quicktime [Download from Apple]
Microsoft Office (2003 or later)
Broadband (cable or DSL) connection required
You may find it useful to print out lecture notes & guided study
Speakers Required
Monitor Monitor (Capable of at least 1024 x 768 resolution)

Kines 141: Summer 2014

“Netiquette” is network etiquette, or the correct and acceptable way of communicating online. I
expect everyone to conduct themselves with respect, courtesy, and professionalism. When you
post to the discussion boards or other online forums, please follow these rules:
• Respect others’ thoughts and ideas. Be constructive in challenging different views and
explain where you disagree and why.
• Remember to move the conversation forward in meaningful ways. Simply responding “I
agree” does not do this; instead, discuss why you agree with a particular post.
• Be specific. Include names and examples that explain who you agree/disagree with, why
you agree/disagree, and what you want to add to the conversation.
• Invite interaction and collaboration from others using phrases such as “What do you think
about my idea?” and “Do you agree with this?”
• Sign all postings.

Without excused medical, judicial, or religious justification for your absence, there are no make-
up opportunities for the exams, assignments, quizzes, or exercises. Late projects and assessments
will receive a grade of 0. I will not accept late work.

Students will take seventeen online quizzes throughout this semester. Each quiz has 10 questions
(1 point each). Questions for these quizzes will come from the “Guided Study” questions
provided for each topic. Students have 20 minutes to complete each quiz.

I will drop the lowest two scores when calculating final grades. There will be no make-up

Reflective Exercises
For each topic there is an associated Reflective Exercise (RE). These exercises will take several
forms. You may be asked to respond to a prompt on the ANGEL discussion boards. You may be
asked to complete a brief assignment and either post it on the discussion board or submit it on You may also be asked to complete a project with other members of the course.
These are activities where students are asked to reflect on course material in a meaningful way.

0 5 10
Did not complete or
unsatisfactory effort
Completed with minimal or
incomplete effort or did not
follow the directions
Completed thoughtfully &
with satisfactory effort

I will drop the lowest two RE scores when calculating final grades. There will be no make-up

Kines 141: Summer 2014

Students will write one at the end of each module for a total of three essays.
1. “The Influence of Residual (Physical) Culture” (5% of final grade): We will spend
approximately the first third of the semester addressing the historical developments and their
affects on physical culture. This essay asks students to consider the ways that residual culture
has influenced (or not) contemporary society. Due May 20 by 11:59pm on
2. “Issues in Dominant (Physical) Culture” (10% of final grade): This is your opportunity to
explore an issue in contemporary physical culture. You will address a controversial topic and
argue persuasively for a particular point of view. This is more than an opinion piece – you
need to research the topic, demonstrate the different lines of thought on the issue, and using
that evidence, defend one side or the other. Due May 29 by 11:59pm on
3. “Contemporary Controversies in Kinesiology” (15% of final grade): This class asks you to
consider the social and cultural dynamics of kinesiology. For this assignment, you will
address a contemporary controversy concerning human movement. You must consider the
scientific and cultural aspects of the topic. Due June 9 by 11:59pm on

Detailed instructions for each essay and the rubrics used to grade them are available on
ANGEL under the “Thematic Essays” tab.

You will need to create an account – if you need help with, please see

Class ID: 7656425
Password: Kines141