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Physical Therapy Exercise Science (B.S.)

Learning Outcomes


Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Discuss topics in human performance such as wellness and physical fitness concepts,including health-related and skill-related components of fitness, fitness assessment and basic exercise program design to be used in areas such as exercise physiology, corporate wellness, strength and conditioning and personal training.
  2. Practice leadership behaviors consistent with professional expectations in the field of human performance.
  3. Evaluate physical fitness and apply appropriate exercise training principles in the design of fitness programs for health and performance. 
  4. Read, synthesize and interpret human performance literature.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through essays, exams, and other projects completed in the following courses:

  1. APK 3004C Foundations of Health-RelatedFitness (design a personal Individualized Fitness Plan).
  2. APK 4125C Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (design, interpret and discuss two Comprehensive Fitness Evaluations; and distinguish between an apparently health population fitness plan and a special population's fitness/wellness plan)
  3. APK 4113C Advanced Methods of Strength and Conditioning (describe 1RM testing protocols; predict maximum strength levels of individuals; discuss a periodization program; differentiate the periodization paradigm to other training models; design Muscular Fitness Program).
  4. APK 4941L Experiential Learning I (interpret different training programs for diverse populations).
  5. APK 4948L Experiential Learning II (evaluate 11 characteristics of human performance professionals utilizing the Human Performance Assessment Tool - Visual Analog Scale [HPAT]).
  6. IHS 4504 Introduction to Research (literature review on topic specific to human performance and research article critique).
Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.
  4. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills in a health science field.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Communication skills are also assessed in the capstone course.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.
  6. Assess needs, develop priorities, and implement solutions to problems using discipline specific and interdisciplinary approaches in health sciences.

Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in the capstone course.

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Program Specific Learning Outcomes 

  • Practice effectively and are able to respond to CHANGE within a dynamic professional environment.
  • Appropriately use and modify written, oral, and non-verbal COMMUNICATION with clients, families, and colleagues. 
  • Recognize the importance of and pursue COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT as part of his/her professional and civic responsibility.
  • Experience areas of PERSONAL GROWTH necessary for the transition into becoming a professional.
  • Practice utilizing TECHNICAL SKILLS consistent with entry into the field of Athletic Training.
  • Model PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIORS that are consistent with professional excellence and the expectations of the profession and the consumer.