Teaching Laboratories

Many of the Kinesiology & Health Sciences courses have teaching laboratories that complement the lecture material.  These teaching labs provide the students with practical application to the concepts presented in the lectures.  Please review the following teaching laboratory sections to see some of the exciting procedures covered in our courses.

Anatomy Laboratory

This laboratory provides students with an opportunity to learn about the human body through detailed dissections of human cadavers. Groups of four students per cadaver discuss and then dissect to learn the true size, shape, and organization of body structures. The experience helps to prepare students for graduate study in medicine, physical therapy, and other health fields. Though not required, Kinesiology & Health Sciences students are encouraged to take this laboratory course (KINE 314/315) during the same semester that they take the human anatomy lecture course (KINE 303).
For more information, contact [[rwmcco, Professor McCoy]].

Biomechanics Laboratory

This laboratory examines the mechanics of the body during movement.  Some have described this as a detailed description of performance technique such as in walking, running, or throwing.  Students use high speed cameras to record and analyze their technique during two speeds of running.  They also investigate the forces between their shoes and the floor during walking.  In another lab, students measure external forces and then calculate the much greater amount of force in their muscles during a knee extension exercise and an elbow flexor exercise.   The last lab of the semester involves measuring when muscles turn on and turn off to produce specific movements with a technique called electromyography.
For more information, contact [[rwmcco, Professor McCoy]].

Exercise Physiology Laboratory

This laboratory focuses on the physiological aspects of exercise, fatigue, and training.  Students gain exposure to medical screening, vital sign assessment, and common clinical tests.  For clinical testing, they learn how to use computer software and protocols to conduct submaximal and maximal aerobic tests, electrocardiograms, spirometry, and estimation of muscle fiber composition.  In addition, students conduct field testing in areas such as anaerobic testing, body composition, and blood lactate.
For more information, contact [[enburnet, Professor Burnet]].

Human Physiology Laboratory

This laboratory takes the structures of the human body and examines how this is directly related to the functions of the human body.  Students are able to have a hands on experience with physiology by laboratory simulations of the processes that occur in the body.  The course begins with an examination of tissue types and a discussion of how the distribution of these throughout the body is related to physiological function.  In the lab, the students carry out experiments that illustrate the functions of the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, and muscular system with the use of computer programs that allow for accurate measurement and calculations.  The students also are able to work with compounds in the lab that illustrate the functions of the digestive system through actual enzyme digestion of food products within test tubes.  The final two labs in this course utilize human urine and blood samples to give students the opportunity to conduct tests that would be run in a laboratory setting, including salt concentration of urine and blood typing.
For more information, contact [[aeeverhardt, Professor Queen]].

Microbes Laboratory

This laboratory focuses on some of the smallest organisms that have an effect on the human body. This course will introduce
microbiological techniques in order to allow students to understand prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, focusing mainly on bacterial organisms. Students are able to learn aseptic technique in order to grow and test different bacterial pathogens.  Within
this lab, students use microbiological methods, such as streak plating and staining, to effectively isolate a bacterial sample and determine its identity through biochemical testing.  At the end of the semester, the students learn how to conduct a test that is similar to what is used in clinical laboratories for rapid organism identification.
For more information, contact [[aeeverhardt, Professor Queen]].