Fall 2019 - BPK 142 D100

Introduction to Kinesiology (3)

Class Number: 5149

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    GYM CENTRAL, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Recommended: Grade 11 Biology, Chemistry and Physics.



Basic procedures for the assessment of the status and performance of the individual according to the principles of anthropometry, functional anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor learning. Breadth-Science.


The objective of BPK 142 is to introduce a variety of topics found in the field of Kinesiology. Theoretical concepts and current laboratory techniques will be discussed. The course consists of two hours of lecture plus a two hour laboratory session per week. Laboratory equipment is limited, thus, students MUST attend the lab session for which they have registered. Laboratory sessions will begin in the first week of classes (September 3 to 6). 

Lecture Schedule

Week Date Day Topic
1 Sept 3 Tuesday Osteology & Arthrology
2 Sept 10 Tuesday Body Composition
3 Sept 17 Tuesday Growth and Development
Evaluation of Physical Fitness
4 Sept 24 Tuesday Skeletal Muscle
5 Oct 1 Tuesday Muscular Strength
6 Oct 8 Tuesday Biomechanics
8 Oct 22 Tuesday Neural Control of Movement
9 Oct 29 Tuesday Circulatory System
Respiratory System
10 Nov 5 Tuesday Blood Flow and Gas Transport
Maximal Aerobic Power
11 Nov 12 Tuesday Motor Learning
12 Nov 19 Tuesday Environmental Physiology –
Cold Stress - Underwater Physiology
13 Nov 26 Tuesday Environmental Physiology – Altitude and Performance / Review

Laboratory Schedule - The BPK 142 lab is in room K8640.

Week Date Laboratory Topic    Units From Lab Manual
1 Sept 3-6 Osteology & Torso Anatomy 1,2
2 Sept 10 - 13 Heath-Carter Somatotype
Body Composition Analysis (2.0%)
3 Sept 17 - 20 Arthrology 
Flexibility Testing (1.5%)
4 Sept 24 - 27 Muscle Anatomy and Movement Analysis  (1.5%) 9
5 Oct 1 - 4 Measurement of Strength, Power & Muscular Endurance, Force-Velocity Relationships (2.0%) 10,11,12
6 Oct 8 - 11 Levers Experiment   (1.5%)
Centre of Gravity
Gait Analysis
Cardio-respiratory Anatomy
7 Oct 15 - 18 NO LABS THIS WEEK,  Midterm exams  
8 Oct 22 - 25 Reflex Actions and Nervous System Anatomy 
Performance Curves
Knowledge of Results Experiment
Negative and Bilateral Transfer Experiment (1.5%)
9 Oct 29 – Nov 1 Cardiovascular Responses to Sub-maximum Exercise (1.5%) 18
10 Nov 5 - 8 Maximum Oxygen Uptake (1.5%)   19
11 Nov 12 - 15 Library Resources and Search Skills - Assignment (2.0%) Modules on Canvas
12 Nov 19 - 22 REVIEW SESSION  
13 Nov 26 - 29 ANATOMY EXAM  


The objective of BPK 142 is to introduce a variety of topics found in the realm of Kinesiology. These include anatomy, body composition, growth and development, muscle physiology and strength, biomechanics, pulmonary and cardiovascular physiology, aerobic power, neuromuscular physiology, and motor learning. Fundamental principles will be taught with the emphasis on why things occur. These principles will be applied to living and survival underwater, in cold and hot climates, and on top of Mt Everest.  

The laboratory component will encompass anatomy, proper measurement, testing, and evaluation of physical performance.


  • 9 Pre-Lab quizzes 5%
  • Lecture participation/quiz 5%
  • Experiment Summary Sheets 15%
  • Midterm Lecture Exam (Week 7) 15%
  • Midterm Lab Exam (Week 7) 13%
  • Anatomy Exam (Week 13) 10%
  • Final Lab Exam (Exam Period) 12%
  • Final Lecture Exam (Exam Period) 25%


Course Website Address: http://www.sfu.ca/canvas.html


Prerequisite: Recommended: Grade 11 Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students with credit for BPK 142 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.



R.C Asmundson, J. Carter, M. Walsh and R. Ward.  BPK 142 – Introduction to Kinesiology Laboratory Manual. Eleventh Edition. Simon Fraser University, 2018.


There is no single text that fully encompasses the topics in this course. All lecture Word and PowerPoint files will be put on canvas.  

The laboratory manual is essential and can be obtained from the SFU Bookstore.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Missed Exam:

Students who miss examinations due to exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or compassionate reasons) are required to obtain a physician's certificate, whereby the physician states that you were unable to write your midterm or final on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. Such documents must be filed with the Department Chair (via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology office) or Registrar within four calendar days of the date on which the examination was to have been written. Exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee in order for a student to receive consideration. Students must check the examination schedule when making course selections. Students are reminded that final examinations may be scheduled at any time during the examination period and that students should avoid making travel or employment arrangements for this period. In the event of a missed midterm or final examination the instructors reserve the right to give an oral examination of the material. Approximate midterm dates are provided, but may be subject to change.

BPK Grading Policy

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Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html