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Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology | Faculty of Science Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2021

Professional Kinesiology

Certificate

This certificate represents a coordinated program of study on a full- or part-time basis in the settings in which kinesiologists typically find employment. The program provides in-depth knowledge in the functions and adaptations of the healthy human body at rest and during physical exertion, and practical skills for assessing and prescribing exercise to enhance health, fitness, performance, or rehabilitation.

Admission Requirements

Admission is governed by the University's admissions regulations. After University admission, submission of a completed program approval form to the Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology academic advisor is required for formal acceptance in the program.

The certificate is normally completed within five years of admission to the certificate program.

Completion of the courses will provide students with the academic and practical experience required to challenge the following external certifications:

  • Canadian Fitness Education Services - Fitness Knowledge
  • Canadian Fitness Education Services - Weight Training Instructor
  • Canadian Fitness Education Services - Personal Training
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Certified Personal Trainer
  • Functional Movement Screen - Level 1

Units applied to one SFU certificate may not be applied to another certificate or diploma.

Prerequisite and Required Course Grades

Students enrolling in biomedical physiology and kinesiology courses must have a grade of C- or better in prerequisite courses. Students enrolled in this certificate program must have a grade of C- or better in all required and prerequisite courses.

Program Requirements

Students complete all of

BPK 110 - Human Nutrition: Current Issues (3)

An introduction of the principles of human nutrition with an emphasis on topics of current interest. The material is presented in a Canadian context to focus on nutrition practices and problems in this country. Students will gain an understanding of factors affecting food selection and the role of nutrition in maintaining good health. Students will develop the ability to discriminate between reliable and unreliable information on the subject of food and nutrition. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D107 We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D111 Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D112 Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D113 Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D114 Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D115 Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D116 Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
OL01 TBD
BPK 142 - Introduction to Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (3)

Survey of theories and laboratory procedures for assessing human health status and physical performance, including biomechanics, body composition, development, environmental physiology, ergonomics, exercise physiology and motor learning. Functional anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, skeletal and skeletal muscle systems in relation to physical activity are explored. Prerequisite: One of Grade 12 Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry or Physics with a grade of C or better; or one of BPK 105, BPK 110, BPK 143, BISC 100, BISC 113 or HSCI 100 with a grade of C or better. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D201 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D202 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D203 We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D204 We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D205 Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D206 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D207 Th 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D208 Th 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D209 Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D210 Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D211 Fr 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D212 Fr 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
BPK 143 - Exercise: Health and Performance (3)

Introduces the student to exercise physiology. Focuses on personal exercise prescription to improve aerobic capacity, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Also discusses athletic conditioning, e.g. speed and power training. The effects of nutritional and environmental factors on exercise and the role of exercise in weight control and stress management are considered. Prerequisite: Recommended: Medical clearance from a personal physician. Students with credit for BPK 141 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo, We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo, We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Mo, We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
BPK 180W - Introduction to Ergonomics (3)

Intended for students with a potential interest in ergonomics or human factors. The course surveys the design of work, the workplace environment, information systems, and consumer products. Topics include musculoskeletal disorders, manual materials handling, workplace design, organization of work, design of human/machine interfaces, environmental ergonomics, industrial design, and legal and social issues. Prerequisite: Grade 12 Biology or Physics, Grade 12 Math. Students with credit for BPK 180 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

BPK 205 - Introduction to Human Physiology (3) +

An introductory survey of human physiology with an emphasis on mechanisms of regulation and integration. Anatomy of structures will be detailed only when it is critical to a functional understanding. Although this is intended as a survey course, some topics will be covered in reasonable detail in order to give insight into mechanisms of function. Prerequisite: BISC 101, CHEM 281, PHYS 101 and 102. BPK 208 may not be used as a substitute for BPK 205 by students in the BPK Major and Honours programs. BPK Major and Honours students who have taken BPK 105 must also take BPK 205. For students taking both of these courses, credit will only be given for BPK 205.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nadine Wicks
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
BPK 241 - Sports Injuries - Prevention and Rehabilitation (3) +

Includes delineation of the role of the sports therapist and will study the structural and functional characteristics of the body with regard to the prevention of injury in sport. A first aid approach to athletic injuries will be developed with practical experience in routine treatments. Prerequisite: BPK 142.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
BPK 310 - Exercise/Work Physiology (3) +

The study of human physiological responses and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise/work. Cardiorespiratory, cellular and metabolic adaptations will be studied and discussed in detail. Prerequisite: BPK 205, MBB 201 (or 231). Recommended: BPK 201.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ryan Peter Dill
Mo 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
BPK 326 - Functional Anatomy (4) +

Pursues a systematic study of human anatomy with emphasis on functional applications. A comparative study of organs and body systems using laboratory dissections to provide an understanding of the three dimensional organization of the human body. Participation in all labs is required. Prerequisite: Admission to the major or honours program in Behavioural Neuroscience or Biomedical Physiology or Kinesiology. BPK 142, 201, 205 and at least 60 units. Behavioral Neuroscience Major and Honours students require BPK 142, 205, PSYC 280 and at least 60 units. Students with credit for BPK 325 may not repeat this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mo, We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Mo, We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Mo, We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
BPK 340 - Active Health: Behavior and Promotion (3) +

Relationships among health, physical activity, and other health-associated behaviors are examined. In addition, the theories and models of health behavior, in the context of intervention and promotion strategies, are discussed. Pertinent background information is provided, concerning the influence of fitness on various disease states, as well as the epidemiology of health and exercise behaviors. Prerequisite: BPK 142, STAT 201 (or PSYC 201). Recommended: BPK 140.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Anne-Kristina Arnold
Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
BPK 343 - Active Health: Assessment and Programming (3) +

An extension of BPK 143, Exercise: Health and Performance, designed to provide students with an opportunity to appreciate principles of exercise leadership, assess individual fitness needs, design programs and monitor effects of prescribed exercise. The course includes a 34 hour unpaid practicum with an industry partner. The partner may require the student to enter into (1) a confidentiality agreement and (2) an Intellectual property agreement the result of which will be that the SFU Intellectual Policy R 30.03 will not apply to the intellectual property created by the student during the practicum. By registering for the course, each student acknowledges that it is aware of these requirements and understands that their entering into these agreements may be a requirement to complete the applicable course work. Prerequisite: BPK 142, 143 and 205; STAT 201 or an equivalent statistics course, BPK 340 (may be taken concurrently). Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check prior to enrolling. Students with credit for BPK 342 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ryan Peter Dill
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

+courses have additional prerequisites

Strongly Recommended

BPK 443 - Advanced Exercise Programming (3)

This course covers evidence-based practice and quantitative modeling skills for prescribing effective exercise programs to any individual who has a specific health, rehabilitation or performance goal. Programming considerations for various special populations (e.g., those with chronic disease, elite athletes) will be emphasized through laboratory-based case studies representing diverse professional settings such as active rehabilitation, strength & conditioning and clinical exercise physiology. Prerequisite: BPK 304W, 310 and 343 (one of which may be taken as a corequisite). Students with credit for BPK 344 or BPK 423-Advanced Exercise Prescription may not take this course for further credit.

A minimum 2.50 CGPA calculated on courses counting toward the certificate is required for graduation.

The following documentation must be provided to and approved by the BPK Department Advisor prior to applying for graduation.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology (or completion of requirements for graduation)
  • A current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate
  • A current First Aid Certificate
  • Student membership in the BC Association of Kinesiologists
  • Successful granting of at least one of the following external personal training certifications
    • Canadian Fitness Education Services - Personal Training
    • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Certified Personal Trainer
  • Completion of eight months of cooperative education in a related area approved by the BPK co-operative education coordinator, or equivalent. Students are required to apply to the BPK advisor to have outside employment evaluated as the equivalent for this requirement.

Please note that credits applied to the Professional Kinesiology Certificate may not be applied to the Occupational Ergonomics Certificate or any other certificate offered at Simon Fraser University. For those who wish to complete both the Professional Kinesiology Certificate AND the Occupational Ergonomics Certificate, it is best to consult the BPK Advisor for assistance in course planning.