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Contact Information:

Instructor: Brian Locher (he/him)


Office Hours/Location: Zoom

Instructor Contact Expectations:

Please email me questions or concerns. I will respond by the evening of the day I receive your email. If any questions you have are expensive in nature, we can schedule a Zoom meeting to discuss. 

Course Environment:

This online course will use a web-based learning management system, Canvas, as the method of disseminating information. Canvas provides the framework for the course, including lecture material, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate via e-mail and share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums.

Accessing the Course:

You will see your course in Canvas on the first day of class. You can access Canvas by clicking on Canvas from the top bar of the Cuesta homepage ( or by typing the Canvas address ( into your browser address bar.

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

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after the first two days of class and need assistance, please email me or technical support at this email address   

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) are submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings.  Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class


Go to the Cuesta College Canvas Tutorial (self-paced) Links to an external site.,  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, phone, or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.

Over the next 18 weeks, I will be your guide to exploring the world of Kinesiology, learning about new professions, and helping you find out exactly why you are here. KINE 201 is a fun course, but it is also challenging. I'm glad you are here, and I look forward to working with you. 

Teaching Methods:

I aim 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 videos following PowerPoint presentations.  Assignments are given in a variety of fashions, including videos, 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.

Course 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 a 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.

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 bookroom. , or any online reseller such as Amazon, etc...

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

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 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 PowerPoint outlines and broadly follow the text.  Zoom accessibility is required for students.

The new self-paced tutorial for Canvas is linked here.

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) Links to an external site. or at 805-546-3148.

College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty 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 Conduct Links to an external site..

Add / Drop Policy:

Please review Cuesta's policy for drops

Waitlist Policy:

Please review Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructions Links to an external site..

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