The Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics and Motor Behavior prepares students with the experimental and analytical tools to be researchers and leaders. Well-equipped facilities in Pioneer Hall permit research studies on persons with and without disabilities in the areas of stress testing, body composition assessment, bone density, cardiovascular respiratory analysis, blood biochemistry analysis that includes glucose, lactate, insulin, C-peptide, and a variety of other hormones and metabolites; isokinetic, isometric, and isotonic strength testing; anthropometry; telemetry; and high-speed motion analysis.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
1. Successfully solicit meaningful, noble biomechanical research questions.
2. Successfully plan and design biomechanical research studies with valid research hypotheses.
3. Successfully conduct biomechanical studies and draw valid conclusions.
4. Successfully disseminate and apply the research findings and bridge the gap between academia and practice.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
96 semester credit hours, including approved semester credit hours from master’s level work and 6 semester credit hours for dissertation.
|KINS 5033||Applied Statistical Principles (Research tools)||3|
|KINS 6043||Statistical Inference (Research tools)||3|
|KINS 6143||Research Design in Kinesiology (Research tools)||3|
|HSC 6831||Integration of Theory and Research in Health Sciences||1|
|Emphasis Area (Must select one)||77|
|KINS 6983||Dissertation (I)||3|
|KINS 6993||Dissertation (II)||3|
Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Emphasis
|KINS 5513||Mechanical Analysis of Human Motion||3|
|KINS 6523||Advanced Biomechanics||3|
|KINS 6563||Human Motor Control||3|
|KINS 6573||Motor Learning and Performance||3|
|KINS 6623||Biomechanical Analysis I: Motion Analysis||3|
|KINS 6643||Biomechanical Analysis II: Data Acquisition and Instrumentation||3|
|KINS 6813||Advanced Research in Kinesiology (Taken 4 times)||12|
|Minor or Related Studies (As approved by Advisory Committee)||21|
|Statistical Methods I (Research Tools)|
|Statistical Methods II (Research Tools)|
|Fundamentals of Informatics|
|Statistical Programming (Research Tools)|
|Electives or Appropriate Coursework from Master's Degree (As approved by Advisory Committee)||26|
|Aging and Health|
|Theory of Coaching|
|Sport Conditioning and Nutrition|
|Technical Skills Analysis|
|Physiological Responses During Alternative Modes of Exercise|
|Advanced Exercise Physiology|
|Environmental Exercise Physiology|
|Growth and Perceptual Motor Development for Individuals with Low Incidence Disabilities|
|Cardiovascular Response to Exercise|
|Applied Techniques in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology|
|APA I: Disability Sport and Fitness|
|APA II: Disability Sport and Fitness|
|Advanced Research in Kinesiology|
13 semester credit hours.
77 semester credit hours, depending on emphasis area and recommendations of the Advisory Committee. Includes Minor or Related Studies and/or Electives and Appropriate Coursework from Master's Degree in consultation with the Advisory Committee.
Six semester credit hours.
At least nine semester credit hours of course work must be taken outside the major.
The student in consultation with the Advisory Committee will determine 12 semester credit hours designated as research tools.
The exam is comprised of four written sections over selected areas of the student’s emphases and an oral defense of written responses. May be repeated once.
Oral examination conducted by the Dissertation Committee over the candidate’s research after the dissertation is completed. May be repeated at the discretion of the committee.