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Sample Proposal: Quantitative Reasoning

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KIN 320: Applied Biomechanics of Human Movement

Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Please describe specifically the quantitative skills students will learn and apply in the course.

Students will learn to solve algebraic problems describing the physics of human movement, including kinematics and kinetics, in order to understand factors influencing human movement. Also, in weekly lab sessions, students will collect human movement dynamics data and analyze group datasets to address questions posed about how the results are affected by various constraints and are related to theoretical constructs.

On what kinds of real-world problems will students use quantitative skills?

Students will be given problem sets and will also collect and analyze data related to human movement dynamics. Problems studied will include such questions as: How do takeoff angle and initial velocity affect the distance in a long jump? How do muscle attachments affect the capacity of muscles to generate joint torque? How does body mass distribution affect the location of the center of mass of a person? How do gymnasts and divers generate the angular momentum necessary to perform somersaults and twisting? What effect on standing jump height does arm swing have?

Describe typical assignments related to Quantitative Reasoning.

Students are given practice problem sets in preparation for exam questions. In weekly lab sessions students collect data and then organize, analyze, and interpret the results (submitted as weekly lab reports).

Please explain how at least one-half of the course grade is based on content related to Quantitative Reasoning.

As noted in the attached syllabus, the course is graded based on a total of 600 points. Examinations (sample attached) count for 450 points, and 40-50% of the exam grades (180 points) are based on problem solving (note that much of the rest of the exam questions require quantitative reasoning, but not actual computation). Written lab reports, worth 120 points, are graded based on the student’s reporting and analysis of their data (sample lab assignment attached).

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