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Tuesdays 11am-1pm EST
1 Story Street, RM 306
Maria Miara, PhD
Weekly online section (via Zoom): 11AM-12PM Sundays (Meeting ID: 624-942-367)
With the Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative and the NFL's "Play 60" program, there is increasing awareness in this country of the importance of physical activity for overall health. In this course we dive deeper into the physiology and anatomy behind exercise science looking specifically at how the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems respond to physical activity. Additionally we consider how the body reacts differently depending on activity type, environmental condition, and participant age.
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
Topics will be discussed with the assumption that you have some knowledge of introductory biology and human physiology. It is strongly recommended that you complete BIOS E-1a and BIOS E-1b or similar introductory biology courses prior to taking this class. Further, it is recommended that you complete BIOS E-65C or BIOS E-65D or a similar Anatomy and Physiology course prior to taking this course. Students who do not have these prerequisites are encouraged to discuss their academic background with Dr. Miara prior to registering.
HELIX & online learning
Research tells us that students learn best when actively engaged in the learning process. While I realize lectures are offered at a time and place that may prevent many of you from attending in person, I hope you will join me virtually whenever possible. In order to facilitate this Harvard Extension has provided an option for you to attend class online in real time through a web conference platform called Zoom, which will allow you to see, hear, and speak into the classroom.
If you think you might attend class in this way, I encourage you to attend a Zoom training given by our web conference team so that you’ll be prepared for day 1. You can find training times and information about equipment you’ll need on the web conference training website (https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/12626).
This course is offered with a graduate student option. Graduate students will be expected to complete all same tests and assignments as undergraduate students. They will also be expected to write a 10 page term paper and give a short presentation outlining their term paper topic to the class. There are many different ways the presentation could be given and recorded depending on the schedule and location of each graduate student. The details of this will be determined on a case by case basis.
You are responsible for understanding Harvard Extension School policies on academic integrity (www.extension.harvard.edu/resources-policies/student-conduct/academic-integrity) and how to use sources responsibly. Not knowing the rules, misunderstanding the rules, running out of time, submitting "the wrong draft", or being overwhelmed with multiple demands are not acceptable excuses. There are no excuses for failure to uphold academic integrity. To support your learning about academic citation rules, please visit the Harvard Extension School Tips to Avoid Plagiarism (www.extension.harvard.edu/resources-policies/resources/tips-avoid-plagiarism), where you'll find links to the Harvard Guide to Using Sources and two, free, online 15-minute tutorials to test your knowledge of academic citation policy. The tutorials are anonymous open-learning tools.
The Extension School is committed to providing an accessible academic community. The Disability Services Office offers a variety of accommodations and services to students with documented disabilities. Please visit www.extension.harvard.edu/resources-policies/resources/disability-services-accessibility for more information.
If you are a student with a disability that has been documented by the disabilities office and if you wish to request a reasonable accommodation for this class, please see me immediately. Please keep in mind that reasonable accommodations are not provided retroactively.
30% - Assignments
10% - Weekly Responses (submitted using online form, due each Sunday 11:59pm EST starting Feb 3 and ending April 28)
30% - Take home Test 1
30% - Take home Test 2
20% - Assignments
10% - Weekly Responses (submitted using online form, due each Sunday 11:59pm EST starting Feb 3)
20% - Take home Test 1
20% - Take home Test 2
15% - Term Paper, see term paper handout on course website
15% - Presentation
* Weekly Responses due Sunday 11:59pm each week starting Feb 3 and ending April 28
** Assignment 4 is a semester long project in which each student must record and interpret changes in their own physiology as a result of chronic bouts of physical activity
***Assignment 5 relates specifically to the reading of “The Sports Gene” and may be submitted at any point throughout the semester.
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