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School of Kinesiology

K9625 Shrum Science Centre, 778.782.3573 Tel, 778.782.3040 Fax,
J. Dickinson BA (Birm), PhD (Nott)
Graduate Program Chair
C.L. MacKenzie BSc, MSc, PhD (Wat)
Faculty and Areas of Research
For a complete list of faculty, see "School of Kinesiology" on page 127.
E.A. Accili - Ion channels, signal transfuction, pacemaker mechanisms of the heart
P.N.S. Bawa - neuroscience
A.P. Blaber - environmental and aerospace physiology
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
S.A. Lear - cardiac rehabilitation
C.L. MacKenzie - motor control, human skills
D.R. MacLean - population and public health
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
M.D. White - environmental physiology
Adjunct Professors
J.M. Berry - environmental carcinogenesis
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
D. Robinson - ergonomics and human factors
I. Rossberg-Gempton - social, cultural and psychological factors of health promotion
R.A. Strath - optometry, contact lenses in the work environment
L. Zhang - oral carcinogenesis


For admission requirements, see "1.3 Admission" on page 227. At least 24 hours of appropriate undergraduate science courses are required.

Graduate Courses

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

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 kinesiology graduate courses. Courses will be chosen by the candidates' supervisory committee after consultation with the candidate. See "Graduate General Regulations" on page 227.


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" on page 227.

Time Required for Degree

Degree requirements can normally be completed in six semesters.

Application Criteria for Transfer from MSc to PhD Program

Students currently in the kinesiology master's program may be considered for transfer to the PhD program. Such transfers will be infrequent and very selective. Normally, only students registered in their third through sixth semesters may apply to transfer to the PhD program. The graduate program committee (GPC) reviews such applications, and the GPC chair forwards a recommendation to the dean of graduate studies. The decision is made by the dean of graduate studies.
In addition to section 1.3.4 of the graduate general regulations, eligibility and the decision regarding transfer to the PhD in kinesiology will include the following criteria.

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 School of Kinesiology faculty members, including the senior supervisor and the 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.
Part Two
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 exam is received. The oral exam is held by the comprehensive exam 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 exam are pass, defer or fail. A student who fails the oral exam 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 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 227).

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