Fundamentals of Human Movement

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2012
D.L. Ligon Coliseum
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MWF 9-9:50

Gary Diehm (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Introduction to the analysis and development of fundamental movement and sport skills.  Emphasis will be placed on biomechanical, development, and motor learning principles which relate to performing skills correctly, along with developmentally and instructionally.


Course Objectives:    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:


  1. Correctly observe physical activity and evaluate movement development.
  2. Describe and identify the different stages of Motor development.
  3. Teach activities to a variety of ages of adolescents.
  4. Understand science principles related to Kinesiology and Physical Education and Motor learning and development.

Course Expectations




3 Written Exams 100 pts. each

A 450-500

1 Final Exam 100 pts.

B 400-449

1 Skill analysis test 100 pts.


C 350-399


D 300-349

Grading Standards












Final Exam

05/08/2012 8:00 AM

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Late Submission Policy: Assignments are DUE on the posted or announced date at the beginning of class.  If an assignment is turned in late (this includes the end of class), points will be deducted from the assignment.  If an assignment is not completed prior to the next class date you will receive a zero grade for that assignment.


Missed exams and assignments can only be made up if the absence was excused.  All must be completed within one week of the original due date.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements




Attendance is mandatory for this course.  During the course of the semester problems can arise that permits a student from attending class on a particular day.  The only class excuses that will be accepted is from medical illness with a note from a Physician and a university sponsored travel or event. 



3rd Absence

Drop 1 letter grade

4th Absence

Drop 2 letter grades

5th Absence

Instructor will drop student from the course.

2nd class that the student is late to class

Will count as 1 absence

Other Policies


Course Policies:


Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies related to class attendance, academic dishonesty, student responsibilities, rights and activities.


Academic integrity is expected of all students. Cheating in any form (including plagiarism) will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action.  By enrolling in this course, the student expressively grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.


Make up examinations will be provided within one (1) week of return to class, provided the absence is excused. 


All cell phones and pagers must be turned off during class.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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