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KINE 201 - Introduction to Kinesiology (73316)

This is an 18-week course beginning Monday, August 14th, ending Friday, December 15th  

Screen Shot 2020-07-21 at 4.32.57 PM.pngInstructor Information:

Instructor: Brian Locher, MS (he/ him/ his)


Virtual Office Hours

Contact me directly through e-mail.  I will generally respond to your emails by the end of the day during weekdays.  On weekends I will do my best to get back to you by Sunday night.

Welcome Letter:

Welcome to KINE 201.  Over the next 18-weeks I will be your guide to exploring the world of Kinesiology, learning about new professions and to help you find out exactly why you are here.  KINE 201 is a fun course but it is also challenging.  You are required to complete course work and watch video lectures every week and are more likely to be successful if you are organized and diligent in your study habits rather than simply being a good test taker.  KINE 201 is offered asynchronously, with NO mandatory synchronous components. 

Diversity Statement:

Inclusion, diversity, and equity are hallmarks of a safe, supportive, and educational classroom environment. Part of my objective for this course is to create the safe space that enables all students to engage openly, respectfully, and equally with their classmates, and their instructor, for their education. Please help me create this space with your own positive actions towards others as well.


Expect to complete 8-12 hours of work on this course, weekly.  See the course Modules calendar for required weekly assignment submissions, participation discussion forums, video presentations, course lectures, and the opportunity to review Power Point slides, take quizzes and exams, and complete reading assignments.  My goal is to provide all required materials to you, the student, on the Monday beginning each week.  Please recognize this is a goal and not a requirement of me.  Be patient with the process as I am working as diligently and efficiently as I expect you are.  

Required Course Text:

Hoffman, S.J. (2021) Introduction to Kinesiology. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL: 6th Edition. (ISBN – 10: 1718202733).

The text can be purchased through the Cuesta College book room. , or any online reseller such as Amazon, etc...

*A copy of the text is available on reserve in the Cuesta library (4th edition)

Teaching Methods:

My goal is to teach KINE 201 in a way you feel most engaged.  To facilitate this objective, lectures follow a student-centered approach to teaching with elements of the following: facilitative teaching, inquiry guided instruction, and experiential learning.  These methods are conducted through Zoom video’s following Power Point presentations.  Assignments are given in a variety of fashions including video’s, quizzes, written assignments, exams and discussion posts and will draw from lectures, readings, research, and guest speakers when possible. I will post all materials necessary for the week by the Sunday preceding the week they are due to help you best prepare for class.  In assignments and grading I will be firm but fair.  I have high expectations for your work.  So, should you.

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and effective instructor contact will be met through weekly video lectures, instructor initiated discussion forums; weekly announcements to students, timely and effective feedback on student assignments and virtual office hours.

Course Environment:

This online course will use Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including Power Point presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book, as well as additional tools. Using the communication tools, you can e-mail me, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums.

Necessary Technology:

To complete the KINE 201 - Introduction to Kinesiology course, you will need access to the following technology: PC (personal computers) preferred with Microsoft Office 365 capabilities, Mac’s acceptable (if using a Mac all files should be exported to .word, or .pdf before being uploaded to Canvas).  Your ability to use a personal video servers such as YouTube to create and upload video files to Canvas is necessary.  I will be using Zoom to create and share lectures that follow the Power Point outlines and broadly follow the text.  Zoom accessibility is  required for students.

New to Canvas self pace tutorial linked here.

Canvas Technical Support:

Please direct all technical support inquiries to If you are having difficulty 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.

Course Description:

Presents the study of kinesiology including the history, sub-disciplines, future trends, and career opportunities in the areas of teaching, coaching, allied health, and fitness professions. Transfer: CSU, UC.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Explain the importance of physical activity in daily life and the implications of this for the discipline of Kinesiology.
  2. Discuss the basic concepts in Kinesiology including the sub-disciplines of Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Sport Psychology, Sport Sociology, Philosophy of Sport, and Motor Learning.
  3. Explore pathways and career opportunities in Allied Health, sport, fitness, teaching, and coaching.
  4. Examine the historical, ethical, and philosophical foundations of Kinesiology.
  5. Evaluate the role of the Kinesiologist as it applies to American Society.
  6. Formulate a personal educational and career plan in the discipline of Kinesiology.


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) at 805-546-3148.

Extenuating Circumstances Policy

All coursework is expected to be turned in according to the syllabus.  However, as your instructor, I am sympathetic to extenuating circumstances, especially prolonged sickness, family emergencies, etc. Please be sure to communicate to me ahead of time if you are in need of accommodation.

Resources and Important Links:

Academic Honesty Policy / Student Code of Conduct linked here.

Resolution Coordinator: Cuesta College has a dedicated Student Support Resolution Coordinator, Donna Howard. Donna helps students with financial emergencies, food or housing insecurities, personal conflicts, and locating resources in the community. If you need help, contact Donna in Room 3172, 805.546.3192 or donna_howard1@cuesta.eduDonna can also help you with financial emergencies through CARES

Health and Safety: For students facing physical health  or mental health concerns, Cuesta offers free, confidential assistance from licensed professionals. Visit room 3150 or call (805) 546-3171. You can also use the virtual lobby at

Food Support Programs: Full information about food resources here.

  • Cuesta Food Pantry, room 5301 (next to bookstore) See link above for available hours.
  • Food Bank Distribution, 3rd Tuesday of the month, 3-5pm, Parking lot #3 by Public Safety
  • CaFE Center, room 3142, also has hygiene products and other services
  • Faculty offices: some faculty have snack food (nuts, granola bars) from the Cuesta Food Pantry at their offices. 

Housing: Full information about housing resources here. Students facing homelessness or unsafe accommodations can use the community resources page to find emergency and short/long term housing solutions.

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