Spring 2019 - BPK 304W E100

Inquiry and Measurement in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (3)

Class Number: 4406

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 142, 201, 205, and STAT 201.



This course covers the evaluation of measurement quality, test construction and assessment, and computer techniques for data capture and signal processing relevant to issues in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology. Prereq statistical knowledge will be put into practice when discussing typical research designs, modeling and hypothesis testing in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology. Students with credit for BPK 304 may not repeat this course for further credit. Writing/Quantitative.


The course duration is 12 weeks, with 3 lecture hours and 1 lab hour per week.  
Topics to be covered in both lecture and lab include:

  • The scientific method
  • Normal distribution & descriptive statistics
  • Inferential statistics & differences between means I (T-tests)
  • Differences between means II (ANOVA)
  • Differences between means III (ANCOVA)/Writing results sections
  • Correlation & Regression
  • Writing a journal article
  • Nonparametric statistics
  • Modeling
  • A/D basics, skinfold compression, abstracts
  • EMG & making data stick
  • Review


This course emphasizes research design, data analysis, the application of statistical methods to data analysis, methods of data acquisition and scientific writing, specifically how to write a peer-reviewed scientific journal article.


  • Labs 15%
  • Term Project 50%
  • Final Exam 35%



Inquiry & Measurement in Kinesiology, Ward & Mackey 2013. This is a custom text written specifically to cover the diverse topics in this course. Chapters will be posted as .pdf files on the course website at no charge to the students.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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