Fitness Management Course Description
SMGT 501 ORIENTATION
Orientation in Sport Management/Fitness Management is a required orientation for all individuals seeking an online Master of Science degree in Sport Management or Fitness Management. This course has been prepared to bring students to a better understanding of the use of Blackboard and introduces them to the different kinds of online assignments that they will be asked to complete.
EXSC 453/553 FITNESS MANAGEMENT
This course examines management principles as they relate to budget, facility design, purchasing, scheduling, marketing, programming, and personnel issues in the field of exercise science and wellness. Undergraduate prerequisite: Senior standing. Students taking this course for graduate credit must complete all graduate course requirements.
EXSC 483/583 PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE
This course examines the advanced methods and techniques associated with the design of strength and conditioning programs to enhance human performance in sport and fitness. This course is designed to further develop the student’s current level of knowledge in preparation for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) certification exam. Undergraduate prerequisites: EXSC 313, EXSC 323, EXSC 321. Students taking this course for graduate credit must complete all graduate course requirements.
KHSC 413/513 CHRONIC DISEASES AND OBESITY
This course provides the basic principles of testing and training for normal health individuals and for those with chronic disease. Prominent focus is placed on understanding the framework for determining functional capacity and developing appropriate exercise programming to optimize functional capacity in persons with chronic diseases and/or disabilities. Students taking this course for graduate credit must complete all graduate course requirements.
SMGT 513 RESEARCH METHODS Three Hours
This course provides a research model that guides the student from question development through to research method and application in sport business. Includes the basic aspects of reading, evaluating, and writing research and explores the concepts developed in relevant literature as they apply to sport management.
SMGT 423/523 SPORT LAW
Students will be familiar with the legal concepts in those areas that are most prone to litigation. This course specifically introduces the student to the legal system by focusing on the concepts of tort law, product liability, constitutional law, contract law, labor-antitrust law, and statutory law as they relate to the sport professions. The course will consider the intellectual property rights of the individual, and emphasize liability-related issues as they impact sport administrators and teachers/coaches of physical activity and sport. Additional work will be required for those wishing to obtain graduate level credit. Satisfies three of the twelve hours for the Certificate in Sport Management.
SMGT 433/533 SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
The student will develop a better understanding of the psychosocial aspects of sport participation by exploring various psychological and physiological factors that influence the athlete. Additional work will be required for those wishing to obtain graduate level credit. Satisfies three of the twelve hours for the Certificate in Sport Management.
SMGT 463/563 SPORT FINANCE
Financial management, planning, and the budgetary components of the sports industry will be discussed. Students will obtain the cognitive and application abilities necessary to maximize success in the sports industry. Additional work will be required for those wishing to obtain graduate level credit. Satisfies three of the twelve hours for the Certificate in Sport Management.
SMGT 573 SPORT PUBLIC RELATIONS
Rather than view public relations as merely one of the four of five “Ps” of marketing, this course focuses on the benefit of regular communication between a sport organization and its key publics, or stakeholders. This course will explore public relations theories such as two-way symmetrical communication and agenda setting as well as practical communication tactics employed by public relations practitioners such as image repair and crisis communication. In addition, this course addresses a variety of communication-related topics including public relations management, image, media relations, and community relations.
SMGT 576 INTERNSHIP IN SPORT MANAGEMENT/FITNESS MANAGEMENT
The Internship provides a culminating activity for graduate students in sport management or fitness management. A professional portfolio is included as a requirement in this course. Students will be expected to participate in three sessions during which the requirements of their practical and professional development. Students will study the reflective process, the internship, and the completed professional portfolio. Students will spend the equivalent of full-time employment in the appropriate agency for a total of at least 400 hours.
SMGT 583T THESIS PROPOSAL AND RESEARCH
This course is designed to help students complete their M.S. thesis. It is expected that research for the thesis project will be relevant to the student’s study in the Master’s program and will make an academic contribution to the research in sport management or fitness management. Prerequisite: SMGT 513.
SMGT 583D THESIS DEFENSE
This course is intended to demonstrate a student’s ability to carry out original research. Thesis may be designed to answer practical research questions, theoretical, or ethical issues of interest to scholars and professionals in the field of sport management or fitness management. Prerequisite: SMGT 583T.