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School of Kinesiology

K9625 Shrum Science Centre, (604) 2913573 Tel, (604) 2913040 Fax, http://fas.sfu.ca/kin/


J.B. Morrison BSc, ARCST (Glas), PhD (Strath)

Graduate Program Chair

A.J. Davison BSc (Cape Town), MSc, PhD (Rutgers)

Faculty and Areas of Research

For a complete list of faculty, see "School of Kinesiology"..

E.A. Accili - Ion channels, signal transfuction, pacemaker mechanisms of the heart

P.N.S. Bawa - neuroscience

A.P. Blaber - environmental and aerospace physiology

T.W. Calvert - human figure animation, telelearning, computer graphics and computerhuman interaction

A.J. Davison - oxygen and the anti-oxidant vitamins benefits and hazards

J. Dickinson - motor learning and human factors

D.T. Finegood - regulation of carbohydrate metabolism

D. Goodman - motor control and learning

J.A. Hoffer - neural control of movement and neural prostheses

C. Krieger - physiology and pathophysiology of motor control

C.L. MacKenzie - motor control

R.G. Marteniuk - motor control

T.E. Milner - human biomechanics/neural control of movement

J.B. Morrison - bioengineering and environmental ergonomics

W.S. Parkhouse - exercise physiology and biochemistry

S.N. Robinovitch - biomechanics, falls and fall-related injuries in the elderly

M.P. Rosin - environmental carcinogenesis

G.F. Tibbits - cardiac biology

A.V. Vieira - biochemistry and cell biology of vitamin and hormone research

D. Weeks - human factors psychology

Adjunct Professors

J.M. Berry - environmental carcinogenesis

D.O. Cheyne - psychophysiology of movement; magnetoencephalography

D.J. Darvill - human factors related to human-machine interaction

A.A. Eisen - neuromuscular diseases

B.D. Fisher - models of perceptual-motor behavior and human-computer interaction

K.M. Hamilton - cognitive psychomotor performance, environmental stress effects, man machine systems

G.G. Korienek - biological robotics and locomotion in hypogravity

M. Lepawsky - hyperbaric medicine

A.J. Lomax - 3D technology for endoscopic surgery and human/machine interaction in laparoscopic surgery

G.I. Morariu - human underwater penetration, technological and physiological aspects

P. Pretorius - physiology of aging

L.C. Schwarz - transforming growth factor-beta and apoptosis

T. Smith - occupational health and safety

L. Zhang - oral carcinogenesis


For admission requirements, see "1.3 Admission".. At least 24 hours of appropriate undergraduate science courses are required.

MSc Program

Although the minimal requirements for the MSc are 12 credit hours of graduate courses and a thesis, most supervisory committees require more than the minimum. At least six of these hours must be from the graduate course offerings in kinesiology. Courses will be chosen by the candidates' supervisory committee after consultation with the candidate. For further information and regulations, see "Graduate General Regulations"..


The school encourages early submission of the thesis proposal which is circulated to faculty and resident graduate students, and formally presented for discussion at an open forum. A formal defence of the completed thesis is made to the examination committee at an open forum. The thesis proposal must precede the defence by at least four months. For further information and regulations, see "Graduate General Regulations"..

Time Required for Degree

Degree requirements can normally be completed in six semesters.

PhD Program

Degree Requirements

Students are admitted to the program in an area defined and determined prior to acceptance by the school's graduate program committee. The program must be within the student's and the school's capabilities. Students must show competence in methodology relevant to proposed research.

Normally the supervisory committee will prescribe courses necessary to complete the student's academic preparation. In exceptional circumstances, the supervisory committee may allow the student to proceed without additional course work over and above that for a master's degree.

Study and research is designed to suit the background and research objectives of each student and may differ widely from student to student.

A student may be directed to acquire an adequate knowledge of a language which would be relevant to his/her studies.

The student will present two seminars plus a dissertation proposal on topics approved by the student's supervisory committee. They will be presented during the regularly scheduled school seminar time, normally between the first and sixth semesters. Both the timing and subject matter of seminars will be chosen by the supervisory committee in consultation with the student.

Comprehensive Examinations

At a time set by the supervisory committee, and within six semesters of residence, the student takes written and oral comprehensive examinations. The comprehensive examination committee consists of a minimum of five people, at least three of whom must be faculty members of the School of Kinesiology, including the senior supervisor and the school's graduate program chair (or designate, who will act as the committee chair), plus one faculty member from outside the school.


There will be four written examinations.

Part One

One exam paper will be devoted to the student's field of specialization and will permit extensive exploration of the research area. This examination is typically set by the senior supervisor in consultation with the comprehensive examination committee and consists of the following format.

The other three examinations are based on three supplementary and related areas chosen by the comprehensive examination committee after consultation with the student. Decision of the examining committee is by simple majority.

Possible results of each written exam are pass, defer or fail. A deferral is used when the examiner wishes to defer judgment until after the oral examination. A student who fails one examination must rewrite that component. A complete rewrite of all four examinations at a subsequent sitting is required in the case of either failure of more than one or passing less than two of the written comprehensive examinations. An unsatisfactory performance on the second trial necessitates withdrawal from the program.


Students proceed to the oral examination when a pass or deferred (maximum of two) grade on all four sections of the written examination is received. The oral examination is held by the comprehensive examination committee. The student will be examined primarily in the areas covered by the written examination, but questions may range over the entire discipline. Possible results of the oral examination are pass, defer or fail. A student who fails the oral examination may take it again only once. A deferral results in specific conditions of remedial work or re-testing as determined by the examining committee. A deferred evaluation will not be converted to a pass unless the comprehensive examination committee's conditions have been met within the established time frame. Otherwise, the deferral will lapse to a fail. The student cannot proceed to the dissertation proposal until the oral comprehensive exam has been passed.

Dissertation Proposal

Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examinations, the candidate prepares a dissertation proposal, which is circulated to faculty and resident graduate students, and will formally present this proposal for discussion at a school open forum. The proposal must precede the dissertation defence by at least one year.

Completed Dissertation

The completed dissertation is judged by the candidate's examining committee. If the dissertation defence is failed, the candidate is ineligible for further candidacy in the degree program at this University.

For information and regulations, refer to the Graduate General Regulations (page 297).

Graduate Courses

Note: If the subject matter of a listed course has been previously completed with graduate credit, the course may not be taken again for credit.

KIN 805-3 Directed Studies

Seminar opportunity to develop under a faculty supervisor, special interest in considerable depth. Normally, KIN 805 may be taken not more than once for credit toward a degree.

KIN 806-3 Special Topics

Special topics in areas not currently covered within the graduate program offerings. The course may be offered as a lecture or a seminar course.

KIN 807-3 Special Topics

Special topics in areas not currently covered within the graduate program offerings. The course may be offered as a lecture or a seminar course.

KIN 808-3 Special Topics

Special topics in areas not currently covered within the graduate program offerings. The course may be offered as a lecture or a seminar course.

KIN 810-3 Seminar in Exercise Biochemistry

A detailed study of current topics in exercise metabolism including endocrine control of exercise metabolism, protein turnover in muscle, metabolic fatigue mechanisms in muscle, and cellular adaptation to training. Prerequisite: KIN 407, 410 and 430, or equivalent.

KIN 812-3 Molecular and Cellular Cardiology

This course involves biochemical and biophysical analyses of cardiac function. Topics for discussion include excitation, contraction, E-C coupling and the regulation of pHi. Prerequisite: Introductory biochemistry and biophysics.

KIN 821-3 Advanced Cardio-respiratory Physiology

Detailed review of the current topics in cardio-vascular and respiratory physiology in health and disease. Prerequisite: KIN 305, 306 and 407.

KIN 825-3 Seminar - Learning and Motor Development

Study selected topics from skill learning and motor performance.

KIN 826-3 Motor Control: A Behavioral Perspective

The study of selected aspects of research in motor behavior. The focus will be on delineating the problems of a viable theory of action, and on seeking solutions to the problems. Prerequisite: KIN 467, or equivalent.

KIN 835-3 Kinanthropometry and Human Development

To provide detailed insights into stratagems and tactics in studying human size, shape, composition, proportion, maturation, gross function as related to normal and atypical growth, exercise, performance and nutrition.

KIN 840-3 Adaptive Control of Body Mechanics

Adaptive control of body mechanics by modifying voluntary muscle activity and reflex feedback will be examined in the context of interaction between humans and their mechnical environment. Experimental approaches and analysis methods will be presented in the laboratory. (2-1-0) Prerequisite: KIN 416.

KIN 850-3 Cellular and Metabolic Control Systems

Molecular mechanisms of cellular control, and their relationship to the integration of metabolism and physiological function. The course will cover mechanisms of hormone action, immunoregulation, carcinogenesis, and the principles of metabolic control.

KIN 851-3 Recent Advances in Experimental Carcinogenesis

This class will integrate current knowledge on the process of carcinogenesis in tissues in which cancer commonly occurs in North America. Discussions will focus on new techniques being developed to identify individuals at risk for cancer and new approaches being used to intervene to prevent development of the disease. Prerequisite: KIN 431.

KIN 861-3 Control Mechanisms in Human Physiology

An intensive study of human neuro-muscular control and neuro-endocrine control phenomena. Prerequisite: KIN 305, 306 and 407.

KIN 865-3 Neural Control of Movement

The course covers the peripheral nervous system including reflexes and spinal cord organization in detail. This prepares the student with a thorough understanding of general functioning of the nervous system. In addition, the course covers the neurophysiology of the cerebellum, motor cortex, basal ganglia, vestibular system and other related structures involved in central control of movement. Laboratory demonstrations are part of the course.

KIN 870-3 Human Systems Modelling

Systems analysis will be applied to a variety of physiological problems. Quantitative tools will be developed and computer simulation introduced.

KIN 875-3 Histo-Physiology

Histo-physiology, biochemical cytology and fine structural studies of mammalian tissue with emphasis on human organ system. The course will comprise seminars and research projects where cytochemical and fine structural techniques can be adopted to investigate the project. Prerequisite: KIN 336 or equivalent.

KIN 880-3 Internal Biomechanics

To relate the laws of mechanics to the function and structure of tissues and systems of the human body. Emphasis will be in relation to internal events occurring in normal and abnormal human states. Prerequisite: KIN 402.

KIN 885-3 Seminar on Human-Machine Systems

A study of the principles involved in integrating human capabilities into complex machine systems.

KIN 890-3 Engineering Aspects of Human Function

The application of engineering principles to the study of normal and abnormal human function.

KIN 898-0 MSc Thesis
KIN 899-0 PhD Dissertation

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