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KIN 158 Biomechanics

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    Jul 28, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    As a Kinesiology undergraduate student, this course is the backbone for almost all of the other undergraduate courses in the degree. You learn so much about how the body efficiently moves in sport and physical activity. Dr. Kao is the only instructor who teaches at SJSU so he is unavoidable, go to his office hours frequently and you will see that he's actually much more approachable than he comes off as in lecture.

    Course highlights:

    Biomechanics is the study of Biomechanical principles and the use of these principles in performing and/or teaching effective and efficient human movement. You learn how to effectively and efficiently move your body to perform certain physical activities, ranging from simply walking/running and jump, to throwing a baseball or swinging a golf club. One of the main learning objective in Biomechanics is to obtain a critical understanding and the ability to apply theoretical and scientific knowledge from the subdisciplines in kinesiology for personal fitness, healthy lifestyles, sport, and/or therapeutic rehabilitation.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    A LOT of studying. Follow the Biomechanical models that Dr. Kao provides and study early and often. The material is actually fun and enjoyable there is just a lot and he has a very specific way of testing that requires a lot of memorization. Not impossible, but I wouldn't recommend this course with any other hard upper division courses with labs.

    • Spring 2017
    • Kao, James
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Jan 07, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    He is the only professor teaching this course, so I recommend liking his teaching habits because they are not going to change.

    Course highlights:

    Grading is based on how well you do compare to your classmates. You want to get an A in the class, get best scores in all the grading materials.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Devote much of your time studying for this class. Show up to class everyday, because the quizzes start at the beginning of class. Do not be late!

    • Fall 2016
    • Kao, James
    • Yes
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