KIN 376 01: Essentials of Personal Training

KIN 376 - Essentials of Personal Training

2023 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 8302

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

This syllabus describes the requirements and procedures for KIN 376 Essentials of Personal Training. You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in class/email/Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location

R 2pm-3:15pm in UND Hyslop Sports Ctr, Rm 172

Hyflex means that you have the option to take the course in a Face to Face format or an entirely online format. The class will be meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays at  2pm in Hyslop Rm 172 so you can choose to have the ability to personally interact with myself and the class to get your questions answered and information clarified. However, if you choose to go with the online format, all of the information and materials will be available on Blackboard. I will always be available to make any clarifications or answer any questions via email. All of the testing for both options will be done online via Blackboard. 

Instructor Information

Dr. Martin Short


Office: Hyslop 226

2023 Fall Office Hours:
Office Hours: By appointment

Office Phone: 701-777-2992

About the Professor

View my UND profile 

Course Description

Knowledge and skills required to provide personal training for individuals and/or small groups including aerobic and anaerobic exercise prescription.

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and skills required to provide personal training for individuals and/or small groups including aerobic and anaerobic exercise prescription. 

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in resistance training and conditioning. 

  2. Apply knowledge from the exercise sciences when prescribing exercise for strength/power development. 

  3. Demonstrate a mastery of fundamental resistance exercise movements. 

  4. Be aware of common technical faults when performing resistance training activities and how to address those faults. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will have achieved the following American Kinesiology Association (AKA) Learning Outcomes:

AKA Learning Outcomes being assessed through this course

Course 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Note: A-addresses this competency; E=emphasizes this competency.

AKA Learning Outcomes 

A Kinesiology and Public Health Education (KPHE) graduate will be able to: 

  1. Describe the relationship between physical activity participation and health, wellness, and quality of life, including a detailed explanation of current physical activity guidelines and recommendations 

  2. Critically evaluate research related to physical activity and its impact on health and chronic disease 

  3. Design and evaluate physical activity programs that promote health and improve quality of life 

  4. Explain how the scientific process informs our understanding of physical activity 

  5. Describe the underlying scientific foundations of physical activity 

  6. Critically evaluate information about physical activity from scientific basis 

  7. Describe the sociocultural and historical factors that influence physical activity 

  8. Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural diversity and make ethical decisions 

  9. Critically evaluate scholarly work related to cultural, historical and philosophical dimensions of physical activity 

  10. Demonstrate an appreciation and commitment to physical activity practice 

Course Materials

National Strength and Conditioning Association. (2016) Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (4th Ed.) ISBN# 978-1492501626   (Recommended) 

National Strength and Conditioning Association. (2016) Exercise Technique Manual for Resistance Training (3rd Ed.) ISBN# 978-1492506928  (Recommended) 

Technical Requirements/Assistance

You will use Microsoft Word to complete assignments (or if something different will be used, spell out specifics). Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. Visit the Office 365 Email webpage for information on your UND email and how to download/install a free version of Microsoft Office. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources. 

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

View the basic technical requirements  for every online course.  

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

Course Overview

The course content is organized into 16 weeks for the semester. Each week contains a purpose, learning outcomes, and a variety of links to articles, video/audio files, and other instructional resources selected to enhance the learning experience and support the various topics. Discussions, quizzes, tests and assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and application of those materials. 

How Students Should Proceed Each Week for Class Activities 

On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Lessons” tab. Inside Lessons you will find all the required readings, videos, and assignments/activities for the week. An overview of each week can be found in Blackboard under the Schedule tab. 


Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements/Expectations

  1. The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard. 

  2. The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the weekly area of the Blackboard course. 

  3. The student will listen to all online lectures provided in the individual weekly folders. 

  4. The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times. 

  5. The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers. 



Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters. 


If you need to contact me directly, check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond back to you within 48 hours during the week or weekend. 


When participating in (an online) class it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas. For more information, read the Top 12 Be-Attitudes of Netiquette for Academicians. 

Assessment Summary

Assessment & Grading 

This course is made up of a series of assessments to assist you in achieving the course learning objectives/outcomes. 


In this course your learning will be assessed in the following ways:  

Quizzes (90%) 

The course includes several Blackboard quizzes that will make up 90% of your final grade. Quizzes include: 

  • Chapter Quizzes: Lectures concerning Chapters 1-24 of your book. Each quiz worth 3.75% of your final grade (90% total). 

Final Exam (10%) 

You will complete a cumulative test on ALL of the information contained in the course. This will make up the final 10% of your grade. 

Grading Breakdown 

Breakdown of Weighted Totals

Quizzes - 90% (Chapter Quizzes: 3.75% each)

Final Exam - 10%

Final Grade Scale

A  90% to 100%

B  80% to 89%

C  70% to 79%

D  60% to 69%

F  0% to 59%

Course Evaluation

Around the middle of the semester, we will complete a formative assessment to see how the course is going. Near the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete an online course evaluation form (SELFI). Your feedback on the course is extremely valuable to me. I read my students’ comments carefully and use them to improve the course the next time I teach it. 

  • When the time comes, please let me know which aspects of the course helped you learn—and which aspects might be modified to help future students learn more effectively.  

  • Please note that the course evaluations are anonymous and that I won’t see the results until after the grades for the course are submitted, allowing you to provide honest and constructive feedback.  

  • And if you have feedback to offer before the end of the semester, please let me know. 

Course Policies

Late Assignment Policy 

Late assignments will be accepted for 2 weeks after the due date, but will receive a 1-full letter grade reduction in points unless prior arrangements have been made. Ex. An assignment due on September 11th worth 100 points could be turned in as late as September 25th, with a maximum, number of points now possible of 90. (The grade possible has dropped from an A to a B.) Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in Blackboard. 

Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback 

  • The instructor will provide feedback on all assignments and group activities by Wednesday of the following week. 

  • The instructor will respond to emails within two days to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer advice. 

Class Participation

Students are required to login regularly to the online class site. Students are also required to participate in all class activities. 


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage. 

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171;; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

UND Cares Program

How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).