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Introduction to Exercise Science KINE 214 / 73020

Instructor: Jenel Guadagno

Contact information

Email Address: Jenel_guadagno@cuesta.edu

Office Location/ Hours: Office 1314- SLO Campus Hours: TBA

Course Start Date Online: Monday August 15, 2022

 Reminder: This is an 18-week course and will end December 16 , 2022

This course is fully online. There are no mandatory meetings.


Instructor Contact Expectations: 

The best and fastest way to contact me is email.  I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only.  During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours.  On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response. 

Course Environment:

This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas:

Prior to the Monday classes start you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide.Links to an external site. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after August 15, and need assistance please email technical support at this email address: support@instructure.com  

Course add/drop: You must log into the course the first day and complete the contract assignment within week one. I need confirmation that you will be taking the course so that I can add students who are on the waitlist.

Online Learning:

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings. Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class


  • First, go to the Cuesta College Canvas Tutorial (self paced), there are many resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email to individuals; and virtual office hours.

Course Description

Provides foundational information for students interested in exercise science and those intent on pursuing a career as a fitness professional. Introduces muscular, cardiorespiratory, and other physiological systems essential for application to program design and its specificity to training goals. Includes muscular, neural, and skeletal anatomy in relation to proper movement, with the purpose of applying safe and effective exercise program design.   

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine exercise needs based upon a variety of fitness standards and assessments. 
  2. Design an appropriate fitness program and exercise prescription with regard tofactors such as gender, age, and level of fitness. 
  3. Demonstrate appropriate health and skill related fitness and exercise assessments.
  4. Apply the principles of exercise science to understand, appreciate, and achieve benefits provided by physical movement for developing an individual’s health and wellness. 
  5. Demonstrate the core components of personal training.
  6. Demonstrate the core components of group fitness.
  7. Demonstrate the basic components of sports medicine. 


Text Book and Materials

  • Textbook: ACSM’s Introduction to Exercise Science. (3rd Edition): Jeffrey A. Potteiger  ISBN:  9781496339614 
    • You may use an ebook


  • Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.


If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.


Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome. This may solve your problem! Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site.



This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. at 805-546-3148

College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty Policy: The Cuesta Catalog states, “Academic Honesty is essential to the academic community. Students expect that Cuesta College faculty be fair, truthful, and trustworthy. The faculty expect that Cuesta College students share these same values. Students who violate these principles by cheating, plagiarizing, or acting in other academically dishonest ways are subject to disciplinary procedures. Below are some examples of academically dishonest behavior. If you are unclear about a specific situation, ask your instructor.” 

Examples of Academic Dishonesty: 

  • Copying from another student’s exam
  • Giving answers during a test to another student
  • Using notes or electronic devices during an exam when prohibited
  • Taking a test for someone else
  • Submitting another student’s work as your own, e.g. copying a file that contains another student’s work
  • Knowingly allowing another student to copy/use your computer file(s) as his or her own work
  • Completing an assignment for another student
  • Plagiarizing or “kidnapping” other people’s thoughts, words, speeches or artistic works by not acknowledging them through proper documentation 


At the instructor’s discretion, students caught being academically dishonest may receive a failing grade on the assignments in question, be dropped from the class, or be failed in the course. Beyond this, the student may be subject to disciplinary action as determined by the Vice President of Student Services (VPSS). An appeals process is available to the student through the office of the VPSS. It is recommended that the faculty member report any acts of academic dishonesty to the VPSS. 


In addition to my course policy, please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conductLinks to an external site.


Please recognize that an online class does require just as much time as a traditional face to face course. It is very important that you keep up with the readings, assignments, quizzes, tests, discussions, etc. Once you get behind it can be a challenge to catch up in this course. I do not accept any late assignments no, exceptions.

If you have questions regarding the class, please feel free to contact me at the email listed above and I will do my best to answer your questions or refer you to someone that can answer your technology needs.


Jenel Guadagno


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