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Sports Science Major

Exercise Prescription

Marine Sports Lab

Junghoon Kim, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor, Cal Poly Humboldt
Associate Professor, Korea Maritime & Ocean University 


Hello everyone,

I am Junghoon Kim, and I will be your instructor for the course on Exercise Prescription. You can call me Professor Kim or Dr. Kim. I am excited to welcome you to this course!

As we get started, I would like to introduce you to my Liquid Syllabus, which is a short and concise overview of the course. A complete syllabus with detailed information can be found on the course LMS website. This site will be your go-to reference for answers to frequently asked questions about the course structure and expectations as you prepare for the college term.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at I am always here to help and happy to hear from you.

Looking forward to a successful and engaging semester with all of you!


Junghoon Kim, PhD


Dr. Kim
Dr. Kim

How this Course Works:

Log in to the course using your LMS (the login link is located at the bottom of this page) to access all course content.
The weekly modules will be accessible in the LMS every Monday. Video lectures can be viewed at any time in the LMS, and some lectures may be recurring. However, keep in mind that active participation during the designated class period (typically one week) is necessary to receive attendance credit. Your attendance and online class time will be automatically recorded.

Communication Essentials

To get in touch with me, the most effective method is through email:


For general questions regarding the assignment, I recommend posting your inquiries in the "Q&A Discussion Board" in the LMS, as your classmates may have similar questions. If you have personal questions, you can utilize the 1:1 Q&A in the LMS and request a private consultation.


To enhance communication, I have created a KakaoTalk open chat room where we can share class announcements, exchange information, and ask questions. Although participation in the open chat is not mandatory, it will ensure that you don't miss any important class updates and make it convenient for you to reach out to me. Additionally, all class announcements will also be posted on the bulletin board in the LMS.

Liquid Syllabus : Exercise Prescription for Exercise Science Major 

Course Objectives:

  1. To provide an in-depth understanding of the principles of exercise prescription for various populations, including healthy individuals, athletes, and special populations.

  2. To develop practical skills in designing, implementing, and modifying exercise programs based on individual needs, goals, and assessments.

  3. To explore the relationship between exercise prescription, health outcomes, and chronic disease prevention and management.

  4. To understand the role of exercise prescription in injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement in different settings.

  5. To promote evidence-based practice in exercise prescription through critical analysis of research literature and application of best practices.

Week 1: Introduction to Exercise Prescription

  • Course overview and expectations

  • Basic principles of exercise prescription

  • Understanding exercise goals, needs, and assessments

  • Legal and ethical considerations in exercise prescription

Week 2: Principles of Cardiorespiratory Exercise Prescription

  • Physiology of cardiorespiratory exercise

  • Cardiorespiratory exercise prescription guidelines for health and fitness

  • Cardiorespiratory exercise prescription for athletes

  • Monitoring and modifying cardiorespiratory exercise programs

Week 3: Principles of Resistance Training Exercise Prescription

  • Physiology of resistance training

  • Resistance training exercise prescription guidelines for health and fitness

  • Resistance training exercise prescription for athletes

  • Resistance training program design, progression, and periodization

Week 4: Principles of Flexibility and Neuromotor Exercise Prescription

  • Physiology of flexibility and neuromotor exercise

  • Flexibility and neuromotor exercise prescription guidelines for health and fitness

  • Flexibility and neuromotor exercise prescription for athletes

  • Designing flexibility and neuromotor exercise programs

Week 5: Exercise Prescription for Special Populations

  • Exercise prescription considerations for special populations (e.g., older adults, children, pregnant women, individuals with chronic diseases or disabilities)

  • Adaptations and modifications of exercise programs for special populations

  • Monitoring and modifying exercise programs for special populations

  • Legal and ethical considerations in exercise prescription for special populations

Week 6: Exercise Prescription for Performance Enhancement

  • Principles of exercise prescription for performance enhancement in athletes

  • Strategies for improving strength, power, speed, agility, and endurance in athletes

  • Periodization and individualization of exercise programs for athletes

  • Monitoring and modifying exercise programs for performance enhancement

Week 7: Exercise Prescription for Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

  • Role of exercise prescription in injury prevention and rehabilitation

  • Exercise prescription considerations for common musculoskeletal injuries

  • Rehabilitation exercise programs for different stages of injury recovery

  • Designing exercise programs for injury prevention and rehabilitation

Week 8: Midterm Exam

Week 9: Exercise Prescription for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

  • Exercise prescription guidelines for preventing and managing chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis)

  • Evidence-based exercise programs for chronic disease prevention and management

  • Monitoring and modifying exercise programs for individuals with chronic diseases

  • Role of exercise prescription in multidisciplinary chronic disease management

Week 10: Exercise Prescription for Weight Management and Body Composition

  • Exercise prescription for weight management and body composition goals

  • Strategies for optimizing weight loss, weight gain, and body composition changes through exercise

  • Designing exercise programs for improving body composition and metabolic health

  • Monitoring and modifying exercise programs for weight management and body composition goals

Week 11: Exercise Prescription for Mental Health and Well-being

  • Role of exercise prescription in promoting mental health and well-being

  • Exercise prescription considerations for managing stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions

  • Evidence-based exercise programs for improving mental health and well-being

  • Monitoring and modifying exercise programs for mental health and well-being

Week 12: Exercise Prescription in Different Settings

  • Exercise prescription considerations for different settings (e.g., clinical settings, community settings, corporate settings, recreational settings)

  • Designing exercise programs for different settings

  • Legal, ethical, and professional considerations in exercise prescription in different settings

  • Monitoring and modifying exercise programs in different settings

Week 13: Advanced Topics in Exercise Prescription

  • Advanced concepts in exercise prescription (e.g., periodization, overtraining, tapering, concurrent training)

  • Applying advanced concepts in exercise prescription for specific populations and goals

  • Critically analyzing research literature and applying evidence-based practice in exercise prescription

  • Incorporating technology and tools in exercise prescription

Week 14: Practical Application of Exercise Prescription

  • Practical application of exercise prescription principles through case studies and real-world scenarios

  • Designing individualized exercise programs for different clients or populations

  • Conducting exercise assessments and measurements for program design and monitoring

  • Professional communication and documentation in exercise prescription

Week 15: Final Exam and Course Review

  • Review of course content and key concepts

  • Exam preparation and strategies

  • Final exam covering all course material

  • Course evaluation and feedback

Your Course Goals

  1. Understanding the principles of exercise prescription: Students should be able to comprehend and apply the fundamental principles of exercise prescription, including the FITT principle (Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type), specificity, progression, and individualization.

  2. Applying exercise prescription for diverse populations: Students should be able to design exercise programs tailored to diverse populations, such as different age groups, fitness levels, health conditions, and goals, taking into consideration their unique physiological and psychological characteristics.

  3. Analyzing exercise assessments and measurements: Students should be able to critically analyze exercise assessments and measurements, including cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition, and functional movement, and use the data to inform exercise prescription decisions.

  4. Evaluating and incorporating scientific evidence: Students should be able to critically evaluate and integrate scientific evidence, research literature, and best practices into their exercise prescription decisions, ensuring evidence-based practice in designing safe and effective exercise programs.

  5. Incorporating advanced concepts in exercise prescription: Students should be able to understand and apply advanced concepts in exercise prescription, such as periodization, overtraining, tapering, concurrent training, and other relevant topics, to optimize exercise program design and outcomes.

  6. Adapting exercise prescription for special populations: Students should be able to adapt exercise prescription principles for special populations, such as individuals with chronic diseases, disabilities, pregnancy, or other unique conditions, considering their special needs, limitations, and contraindications.

  7. Monitoring and modifying exercise programs: Students should be able to monitor and modify exercise programs based on individual progress, changing goals, and other relevant factors, using objective and subjective measures to assess effectiveness and make appropriate adjustments.

  8. Practicing professional communication and documentation: Students should be able to effectively communicate exercise prescription plans and recommendations to clients or other stakeholders, using professional terminology, and document exercise programs, assessments, and modifications accurately and comprehensively.

  9. Applying exercise prescription in different settings: Students should be able to apply exercise prescription principles in various settings, including clinical, community, corporate, recreational, and other relevant settings, understanding the unique considerations and challenges in each setting.

  10. Practicing legal and ethical considerations: Students should be aware of legal, ethical, and professional considerations in exercise prescription, such as scope of practice, informed consent, privacy, confidentiality, and other ethical principles, and adhere to professional codes of conduct and standards in their exercise prescription practice.

Teaching Philosophy

As a professor of exercise science, my teaching philosophy revolves around three core principles: empowerment, engagement, and application.

First and foremost, I believe in empowering my students to take ownership of their learning. I strive to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment where students feel encouraged to express their opinions, share their perspectives, and take on an active role in their own education. I believe that when students feel empowered and invested in their learning journey, they are more motivated to take responsibility for their own academic success.

Second, I emphasize student engagement in the classroom. I aim to make my classes dynamic and interactive, incorporating a variety of teaching strategies such as discussions, group activities, and hands-on experiences. I encourage students to actively participate in class discussions, ask questions, and critically analyze the subject matter. I also incorporate real-world examples and practical applications of exercise science concepts to enhance student engagement and relevance to their future careers.


Lastly, I believe in the importance of application in learning. I strive to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world settings. This includes internships, practicums, research projects, and other experiential learning opportunities. I believe that applying what they have learned in real-world contexts allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter and prepares them for their future careers in exercise science.

In summary, my teaching philosophy around empowering students, promoting engagement, and fostering practical application of knowledge. By creating an inclusive and engaging learning environment that encourages active participation and real-world application, I strive to equip my students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to succeed in their academic and professional pursuits.

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