Associate Professor and Director M.N. McPherson
Professor and
Dean of Professional Schools
I.J. Newhouse
Professor and Graduate Coordinator J.E. Crossman
Professors J.E. Crossman,
  W.J. Montelpare,
  I.J. Newhouse
Associate Professors A. Bauer,
  J.M. Farrell,
  M.N. McPherson,
  M.J. Taylor
Adjunct Professors P. Sanzo,
  D. Walker
Professors Emeriti of Kinesiology R.S. Lappage,
  N.F. LaVoie,
  T.M.K. Song,
  R. Thayer
Professors Emeriti of Physical Education J.H. Widdop
  V. Widdop



Lakehead University provides the opportunity for qualified students to study for an MSc degree in Kinesiology. The degree program employing a multi-disciplined approach focuses on the study of human performance from a scientific perspective. The program of study centres around eight areas of content:
1. adapted physical activity
2. biomechanics
3. biostatistics
4. epidemiology
5. exercise physiology
6. motor control and learning
7. psychology of sport and physical activity
8. sociocultural

When making their course selections, students choose a discipline orientation which involves an in-depth study of Kinesiology in one of the above areas of content.

A timetable for a course of studies will be determined for each student. It is expected that the student adhere to this schedule in completing the degree requirements.

Applications to the MSc degree in Kinesiology will be accepted and processed throughout the year. Application deadline is February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be eligible for funding.

Applicants to the graduate program in Kinesiology who are required by the University admission regulations to write the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must also write the Test of Written English (TWE) and achieve a minimum score of 3.5.


Five FCE courses are required to fulfill the requirements for graduation. The required thesis (Kinesiology 5901) is equivalent to two and a half FCE courses. Other required half-courses include:

Kine. 5010 - Research Methods and Design
Kine. 5011 - Design and Analysis in Kinesiology

Students then choose 1-1/2 FCE electives from the following half-courses:
Kine. 5031 - Mental Training
Kine. 5032 - Psychology of Physical Activity
Kine. 5052 - Exercise Physiology for Human Performance
Kine. 5070 - Directed Studies
Kine. 5073 - Seminar in Adapted Physical Activity Research
Kine. 5090 - Special Topics
Kine. 5110 - Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology
Kine. 5170 - Seminar in Motor Control
Kine. 5453 - Advanced Biomechanics
Kine. 5454 - Biomechanics in Rehabilitation
Kine. 5555 - Seminar in Sport History
Kine. 5730 - Issues in Gerontological Research

Depending on the program of study, a student may determine, in consultation with his/her supervisor and the co-ordinator, other courses offered at Lakehead University which are appropriate for his/her course of study.

The School of Kinesiology offers a Specialization in Gerontology to students in the Kinesiology program. Students who apply and are accepted to the specialization take Kinesiology 5730 and Gerontology 5710 as electives, complete Gerontology 5790, and include aging as a construct of the research thesis. See Specialization in Gerontology page 271 for program details.

Graduate Courses

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered for Master's programs:

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Kinesiology 5010
Research Methods and Design
3-3; 0-0
Prerequisite: Kinesiology 4030 or permission of the instructor
Building on a conceptual foundation of science, the focus of this course is on the application of research methods and experimental design to the movement sciences. The examination of research methods at several levels of inquiry will include naturalistic, case study, correlational, differential, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs.

Kinesiology 5011
Design and Analysis in Kinesiology
Prerequisite: Kinesiology 3030 (or equivalent)
This course will focus on conceptual and practical aspects of design and analysis. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and applying basic and multivariate statistical methods using the SPSS statistical package. Techniques such as factorial ANOVA, multiple regression, discriminant function, and MANOVA will be introduced.
Some computer experience is recommended.

Kinesiology 5031
Mental Training
3-3; 0-0
Prerequisite: Kinesiology 2059 or permission of the instructor
The primary focus of this course involves the study of a variety of mental training procedures designed to improve athletic performance. Topics covered include: the mental game plan, effective communication, behavioral techniques, pre-competition and competition strategies, stress and anxiety, motivation, goal setting, relaxation, visualization, thought processes, burnout, retirement and injury. Each student will have the opportunity to design and implement a mental training program tailored to a specific athlete under the supervision of the course instructor.

Kinesiology 5032
Psychology of Physical Activity
0-0; 3-3
Prerequisite: Kinesiology 2059 or permission of the instructor
The primary intent of this course will be to provide a comprehensive review of the major issues of current interest in sport psychology. The focus of the course will be on discussion and critical analysis of current research with the aim to assist the student in understanding factors that affect human behaviour in sport and physical activity. Potential topics include motivation, personality, self-efficacy, attribution, group dynamics, leadership, and/or gender differences.

Kinesiology 5052
Exercise Physiology for Human Performance
0-0; 3-3
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
An examination of systems adaptation to exercise stress and associated changes in human performance with reference to current physiological and biochemical knowledge. A primary focus will be the method of applying this research knowledge to understanding human performance.

Kinesiology 5070 (ST)
Directed Studies
A student may undertake an independent project under the direction of a faculty member. The nature of such works will be clearly defined and agreed upon by the student and faculty involved.

Kinesiology 5073
Seminar in Adapted Physical Activity Research
Designed to give the student an understanding of theories, research methods and measurement techniques in the area of adapted physical activity and motor development. Topics will vary, but emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of the literature. Current topics include issues in measurement, aging with a disability, and balance performance in children with developmental co-ordination disorder.

Kinesiology 5090 (ST)
Special Topics
Selected topics in Kinesiology are offered each year to allow students to participate in areas of their choice and are determined by student demand and/or faculty availability and School approval.

Kinesiology 5110
Advanced Clinical Exercise Physiology
3-0; or 3-0
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
This seminar course provides a forum for in-depth study of exercise in the treatment and rehabilitation of clinical disorders. General areas of investigation include musculo-skeletal injuries, organ system disorders, ergogenic aids, and nutritional deficiencies.

Kinesiology 5170
Seminar in Motor Control
3-0; or 3-0
An active learner-centered course designed to explore advanced topics in Motor Control and Learning. Potential topics include: attention and action, visual attention, memory and learning.

Kinesiology 5410/Public Health 5410
Survey Methods

Kinesiology 5453
Advanced Biomechanics
3-2; 0-0
Prerequisite: Kinesiology 4015 or permission of the instructor
A focus on the quantitative and qualitative biomechanical analyses of selected activities. Lectures will be designed to review techniques and the governing biomechanical principles, as well as the relationships between techniques, equipment design, and laboratory and field measurement. Students will be expected to critically examine the related literature both from a research and skill analysis perspective. A major quantitative biomechanical analysis will be undertaken by the class.

Kinesiology 5454
Biomechanics in Rehabilitation
0-0; 3-2
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
Students will learn Laboratory Research Measurement Techniques using a biomechanical approach to human musculoskeletal function and measurement. The student will be required to demonstrate skills using motion analysis systems with applications for research in rehabilitation, materials testing, ergonomics and prosthetic design.

Kinesiology 5730
Issues in Gerontological Research
The purpose of this graduate course is to give the student an understanding of aging as it is related to motor development, health and physical activity. Specific areas of study include exercise adherence and physical activity patterns, social-psychological theories and their applicability to aging populations, falls, gait adaptations and the effects of grieving and widowhood on physiological status and performance, and physiological expectations and ranges in an aging population.

Kinesiology 5901 (9901)
Master's Thesis

See also:
Faculty of Graduate Studies - Information/Regulations
School of Kinesiology - Undergraduate

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