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Fall 2012

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PTA110 - Kinesiology
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces mechanical concepts (e.g., force and torque) integral to the understanding of resisted exercise systems. Explores selected biomechanical principles, especially those related to musculoskeletal performance during exercise and gait. Includes regional functional anatomy, with emphasis on normal joint and muscle function, clinical pathologies, and acquisition of skill in palpating superficial anatomic structures. Two class hours, two lab hours. Prerequisite: BIO 105 or BIO 152 with a grade of ā€˜Cā€™ or higher. Corequisite: PTA KYL.

Lecture: 2 hrs.
Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Accurately categorize specific bones, joints and muscles of the body into the correct types of bones, joints and skeletal muscles with at least 75% accuracy on a written exam.

2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of muscle strength factors by listing 5 ways of optimizing strengthening during exercise with at least 75% accuracy on a written exam.

3. Correctly list the innervation, origin, insertion and primary action(s) of at least 80 skeletal muscles throughout the body with at least 75% accuracy on written exams.*

4. Accurately palpate superficial anatomic structures including joint spaces, tendons, muscles, ligaments,
arteries and bony prominences with at least 90% accuracy during a lab exam.

5. Discuss in writing and/or small group activities mechanical and biomechanical examples of the following concepts:
a.force and torque
b.Newton's 3 Laws of Motion
c.center of gravity, base of support and stability
d.linear, parallel and concurrent force systems
e.3 classes of levers & mechanical advantage

6. Label components of normal gait with at least 80% accuracy on a gait analysis footprint strip of paper.

7.Upon observation of abnormal gait, verbally identify possible causes of the gait deviations.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. Kinesiology Background
A. Bone structure, function and types
B. Joint structure, function and types
C. Muscle strength factors
1. muscle fiber type
2. type of muscle contraction
3. force-velocity relationship
4. length-tension relationship

II. Regional Functional Anatomy
A. Head, Neck & Trunk
B. Upper Extremity
C. Lower Extremity

III. Biomechanics
A. Force and Torque
B. Statics: Equilibrium situations
C. Dynamics: Human Gait



Effective Term: Fall 2012