School of Human Kinetics and Recreation

GENERAL COMMENTS

Study in the field of Physical Education (recreation and sport) began in the form of a two-year diploma program in 1956 at the Memorial University Campus on Parade Street. The degree program was approved by Senate in 1961 when the present campus opened. After twenty years as a Department, the unit gained the status of a Professional School in the Fall of 1976. The move to a co-operative education format was made in 1992.

It is clear that future trends in our society towards increased leisure time and personal responsibility for balanced, healthy lifestyles will require professionals in the field of kinesiology/physical education/recreation who are prepared to initiate and operate a wide variety of programs to meet these needs.

The School of Human Kinetics and Recreation offers the following 12 undergraduate programs.

1) The Bachelor of Kinesiology (Co-operative) consists of 120 credit hours and three work terms in positions related to the student's future career. The Bachelor of Kinesiology (Co-operative) degree program consists of core Kinesiology courses in addition to a flexible choice of electives. This degree program is designed to prepare graduates for work outside a school system in health, fitness, ergonomics and lifestyle industries. Following completion of this degree program, students may wish to apply to the Canadian Kinesiology Association for accreditation.

2) The Bachelor of Kinesiology Honours (Co-operative) signifies superior academic achievement consisting of 120 credit hours and three work-term positions related to the student's future career.

3) The Bachelor of Kinesiology is a non co-operative degree program consisting of 120 credit hours. This program may be completed either on a full or part-time basis.

4) The Bachelor of Kinesiology Honours signifies superior academic achievement consisting of 120 credit hours.

5) The Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) at Memorial University is a Co-operative Program, under which regular full-time academic terms are alternated with full-time work terms in positions related to the student's future career. The Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) Program consists of 120 credit hours and three work terms. There are two options to choose from in completing the Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) Degree or the Bachelor of Physical Education Honours (Co-operative) Degree:

i) Teaching - designed to be followed by the Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) Degree:

This option of the degree program contains courses in curriculum planning, teaching methods and practice relevant to physical education curricula for various age groups. There will be an emphasis on placing the student in a school or teaching position for some of the work terms. The student normally completes one of the intermediate/secondary programs offered by the Faculty of Education following the Bachelor of Physical Education (Co-operative) and will then be prepared for a career within a school setting. Students completing the teaching option are advised to consult the Faculty of Education section of this Calendar for information regarding admission requirements to the intermediate/secondary programs.

ii) General - designed to provide basic professional preparation.

The general option of the program consists of core courses common to the other option plus a flexible choice of electives, without the requirement for curriculum and methods courses necessary for the teaching option. This stream is designed to prepare graduates for work outside a school system.

6) The Bachelor of Physical Education Honours (Co-operative) signifies superior academic achievement normally consisting of eight academic terms. This program is offered in the general and teaching options and consists of 120 credit hours and three work terms. Students completing the teaching option normally complete one of the intermediate/secondary programs offered by the Faculty of Education following the Bachelor of Physical Education Honours (Co-operative). Students completing the teaching option are advised to consult the Faculty of Education section of this Calendar for information regarding admission requirements to the intermediate/secondary programs.

7) The Bachelor of Physical Education is a non co-operative degree program consisting of 120 credit hours. This program may be completed either on a full or part-time basis. There are two options to choose from in completing the Bachelor of Physical Education or the Bachelor of Physical Education Honours:

i) Teaching - designed to be followed by one of the intermediate/secondary programs offered by the Faculty of Education:

The teaching option contains courses in curriculum planning, teaching methods and practice relevant to physical education curricula for various age groups. The student normally completes one of the intermediate/secondary programs offered by the Faculty of Education following the Bachelor of Physical Education. Students are advised to consult the Faculty of Education section of this Calendar for information regarding admission requirements to the intermediate/secondary programs.

ii) General - designed to provide basic professional preparation:

The general option consists of core courses common to the other option plus a flexible choice of electives, without the requirement for curriculum and methods courses necessary for the teaching option.

8) The Bachelor of Physical Education Honours signifies superior academic achievement. This non-cooperative program is offered in the general and teaching options and consists of 120 credit hours. Students completing the teaching option normally complete one of the intermediate/secondary programs offered by the Faculty of Education following the Bachelor of Physical Education Honours. Students completing the teaching option are advised to consult the Faculty of Education section of this Calendar for information regarding admission requirements to the intermediate/secondary programs.

9) The Bachelor of Recreation (Co-operative) is comprised of 120 credit hours and three work terms in positions related to the student's future career. This is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop professional competencies in several aspects of leisure service management: conceptual foundations of recreation and leisure; professionalism in leisure services; leisure services delivery systems, programming strategies; assessment; planning and evaluation; administration and management; and legislative and legal aspects of recreation. The students will also gain an understanding of the social, physical, psychological, cultural, economic, and political issues that influence leisure participation, delivery, and management.

10) A Bachelor of Recreation Honours (Co-operative) program requires specific courses in recreation and superior academic achievement and is comprised of 120 credit hours and three work terms in positions related to the student's future career.

11) The Bachelor of Recreation is a non-co-operative degree program comprised of 120 credit hours. This program may be completed either on a full or part-time basis.

12) The Bachelor of Recreation Honours program requires specific courses in recreation and superior academic achievement.

Work Terms:

During work terms, as required of the Co-operative programs, students are brought into direct contact with the kinesiology/physical education/recreation profession, exposed to actual practical problems, expected to assume ever-increasing responsibility in employment as their education advances, and introduced to experiences far beyond the scope of those which could be provided in the University. The experiences should provide maturing prospective graduates with an early appreciation for the personal, social and economic aspects of physical education/recreation through direct association with professionals in a work environment.

Much of the experience gained in the co-operative programs would not be available to students until after graduation, in conventional programs. This experience makes a significant contribution to their total education. Normally these programs are offered at the St. John's campus; however, students may be required to complete course work outside the St. John's campus (e.g. Harlow, England; Aberdeen, Scotland; Maine, USA).


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