RSC 5058 – Anatomy for Rehab Science (6 credits)
Study of gross human anatomy through lecture/laboratory experiences that include cadaver dissection of extremities, head, neck, back, abdomen, thoracic, pelvic regions with correlation to clinical conditions. Cross listed with PT 6058. Offered every Summer session.
RSC 5101 – Mathematical Tools for Research Applications in Health, Rehab, and Human Movement Sciences (1 credit)
This course is intended to prepare the student entering graduate school for immersion into quantitative research and coursework. Review of mathematical formulas and calculations will be completed for quantitative research approaches in health, rehabilitation and human movement sciences. Application examples and practice problems are the focus of the course. Specifically application of basic algebra and geometry, solving equations for unknowns, logarithmic transforms, derivatives and integrals, matrix methods, and use of macros in research applications will be mastered using an online format. This course does not replace specific courses in mathematics or statistics. Advanced courses in statistics, instrumentation, and signal processing are commonly required in graduate programs. Computer based. Primarily online. Offered Fall and Spring semesters.
*Required* RSC 5106 – Rehabilitation Science: Past, Present, Future (1 credit)
This course will prepare students to think critically about rehabilitation science literature, as well as prepare students to write persuasively on scientific topics. This course will include lecture presentations and discussion/interaction sessions planned jointly by students and faculty. Students will explore the origins of Rehabilitation Science (and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), including definitions, terminology, core theories, and core and related disciplines; explore the current and evolving status of research in the field and the research agenda; identity key stakeholders, funding agencies and funding mechanisms in rehabilitation science research; demonstrate the ability to engage fellow students in an active learning process on a key rehabilitation science topic; and demonstrate understanding of a key rehabilitation science topic through a written format. Offered Fall semester 2018, Fall semester 2021, and Fall semester 2024.
RSC 5135 - Advanced Biomechanics I: Kinematics (3 credits)
Addresses two fundamental questions in human biomechanics: 1) how to describe movement, and 2) how to measure movement, with an emphasis on three-dimensional techniques. Includes lecture, laboratory exposure, and seminar discussion of basic and applied biomechanics, pathokinesiology, and rehabilitation literature. Class meets with RSC 8135. Course assignments vary for those registered at different levels. Offered Fall semesters of odd-numbered years.
RSC 5200 – Introduction to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) (3 credits)
Theory and application of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to measure corticospinal excitability will be presented. Students enrolled in this class will receive TMS and will need to sign a consent form. There are health-related restrictions for receiving TMS and students who have questions should contact the Program in Rehabilitation Science. The following testing methods will be included: resting and active motor thresholds, single hemisphere paired-pulse testing, bilateral interhemispheric inhibition paired-pulse testing, input-output recruitment curves, cortical silent periods, H reflex testing, priming, and paired associative stimulation. MRI navigated TMS and repetitive TMS (rTMS) will be included. Offered Fall semesters of even-numbered years.
*Required* RSC 5206 – Academic Ethos (1 credit)
Explicit/implicit culture unique to academia. Early understanding within/beyond rehabilitation science. Role of higher education in society, academic freedom, tenure, corporatization of education, accreditation, globalization of education, regulatory monitoring of research, faculty scholarship/governance. Offered Spring semester 2017, Spring semester 2020, Spring semester 2023.
RSC 5231 – Clinical Biomechanics (variable credits; 2-5)
Course material covers basic principles of biomechanics and forces and structures internal and external to the body responsible for normal and abnormal human movement. Joint and tissue mechanics, muscle function, task analysis, and gait mechanics are taught through lecture and laboratory practice. Cross Listed with PT 6231. Offered every Fall semester.
RSC 5235 – Advanced Biomechanics II: Kinetics (3 credits)
This course examines the forces which create human motion and which are produced within the body as a result of human motion. Using lectures, laboratory experiments, and group discussion we will develop the skills for measuring the kinetics of human motion. Clinical movement assessment as well as exercise, sport, and activities of daily living will be measured and analyzed to describe the transfer of forces within the body. We will develop two dimensional rigid body dynamics models to describe human kinetics, discuss forward and inverse dynamics solutions, and develop hypotheses to describe whole body and joint kinetics. Class meets with RSC 8235. Offered Spring semesters of even-numbered years.
RSC 5281 – Scientific Foundations – Exercise Theory (3 credits)
In-depth presentation of fundamental concepts in exercise physiology/exercise biochemistry related primarily to skeletal muscle, secondarily to cardiovascular system/connective tissue. Exercise/performance-enhancing ergogenic aids. Cross-listed with PT 6281. Offered every Fall semester.
RSC 5294 - Independent Study in Rehabilitation Science (variable credits, 1-3)
Independent exploration into significant topics related to Rehabilitation Science. Offered by individual arrangement with faculty. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
*Required* RSC 5306 – Scientific and Professional Presentation (1 credit)
This course will focus on the process and practice of oral presentation of scientific inquiry and discoveries. These skills are essential for scientists in all disciplines, yet often guidelines for optimal scientific presentation are not taught or practiced in an educational setting. Specific areas to be covered in this course include: presentation intent, audience analysis, timing, content, keys to effective communication, vocal behavior, and important things to avoid. Context will include conference-style platform or podium presentations, poster presentations, and seminar presentation. The course will involve opportunities to prepare and practice presentation skills and receive constructive feedback in a safe, supportive environment. It is appropriate for students from all disciplines and levels of PhD study. Offered Spring semester 2019, Spring semester 2022, and Spring semester 2025.
RSC 5310 - Physiology for Physical Rehabilitation (variable credits, 1-5)
This course is designed to convey foundational information regarding human basic physiology and more advanced integrative physiology to provide the student a broad range of knowledge on how the human body works at rest, exercise and as we age. Basic cell physiology which serves the human body’s infrastructure for function in different cell types for various organ systems will be discussed with the major emphasis of this course being on the human body as a system. Along these lines, most of the content will relate to integrative physiology, as our systems are often redundant in regulating homeostasis. The objective of this course is to prepare the student for the study of pathophysiologic changes within the human body. Cross-listed with Physical Therapy. Offered every Spring semester.
RSC 5814 - Age, Exercise, and Rehabilitation (2 credits)
Overview of normal physiological responses to exercise in the elderly. Comparison of exercise-induced responses of the various physiological systems throughout the aging process. Focus on the importance of exercise from a rehabilitation perspective. Offered Fall semesters of even-numbered years.
RSC 5841 – Applied Data Acquisition and Processing (4 credits)
This course will introduce students to collecting and processing biomedical time series data. Students will gain experience using data acquisition hardware common in many laboratories, as well as related software for acquisition of the data and digital signal processing. Data sources will include electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), wearable sensors, and data from other systems based on the background and interests of students in the class. The overall goal of this course is to provide students with the necessary fundamental skills to run a successful experiment, troubleshoot errors, and produce high quality data sets. Offered Fall semester of even-numbered years.
RSC 5901 – Scholarly Inquiry in Health Sciences (4 credits)
This course will explore how research evidence is developed, disseminated, and utilized in health sciences. A qualitative/quantitative scholarly project proposal will be required. Students will critique studies/peer proposals. Cross-listed with OT 7201. Offered every Spring semester.
*Required* RSC 8106 – Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature (variable credits, 1-2)
This course will focus on the process of critical review, appraisal and synthesis of scientific literature. Overview of organizing and writing literature reviews for a traditional dissertation, systematic reviews, and peer review for scientific manuscripts will be included. The course will involve substantive review of the literature and writing in your anticipated area of dissertation work. Offered Fall semester 2019, Fall semester 2022, and Fall semester 2025.
RSC 8130 - Current Literature (variable credits, 1-3)
Review of current literature in the area of rehabilitation science. Offered by individual arrangement with faculty. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
RSC 8135 - Advanced Kinesiology (3 credits)
This course is designed to address two fundamental questions in human biomechanics: 1) how to describe movement, and 2) how to measure movement, with an emphasis on three-dimensional techniques. The course will include lecture, laboratory exposure, and seminar discussion of basic and applied biomechanics, pathokinesiology, and rehabilitation literature. Class meets with RSC 5135. Offered Fall semesters of odd-numbered years.
RSC 8170 - Special Topics in Rehabilitation Science (variable credits, 1-3)
Advanced topics in Rehabilitation Science with papers required. Offered by individual arrangement with faculty. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
RSC 8185 - Problems in Rehabilitation Science (variable credits, 1-3)
Supervised research experience in a selected problem in rehabilitation science. Offered by individual arrangement with faculty. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
RSC 8188 - Teaching Practicum (variable credits, 1-3)
Supervised experience in teaching and evaluation with development of skills in effective use of instructional materials in lecture and lab courses. Students can expect to: create learning objectives for teaching unit(s); conduct a thorough review of current literature on topic; prepare classroom presentations; deliver classroom presentations; consult with faculty for feedback prior to presentation; compose test questions; proctor examinations. Offered by individual arrangement with faculty. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.
RSC 8192 - Research Design in Rehabilitation Science (4 credits)
The goals of this course are to develop abilities to critically evaluate the peer-reviewed literature. It will also enable students to identify and apply appropriate statistical procedures and interpret the meaning of statistical analyses. Finally, it will give students an opportunity to present the aims, methods, intended analyses, and preliminary results of their own research. Additionally, students will meet individually for 2h every month with the lecturer to work on the Method section of a paper related to their PhD project. This paper will be critically reviewed and graded as end-evaluation for this class. Cross-listed with Physical Therapy. Offered every Fall semester.
*Required* RSC 8206 – Grant Writing (2 credits)
Process of applying for individual National Institutes of Health (NIH) pre-doctoral research training fellowship. Overview of NIH Program Announcement PA-11-111/NIH SF424 individual fellowship application guide required for application will be included. Substantive writing of components of NIH fellowship. Offered Fall semester 2017, Fall semester 2020, and Fall semester 2023.
RSC 8235 – Human Kinetics (3 credits)
This course examines the forces which create human motion and which are produced within the body as a result of human motion. Human Kinetics draws upon basic biomechanics principles to uncover solutions for kinetics problems as well as the sensitivity of those solutions to measurement errors, assumptions, and limitations of the solution formulations. Using lectures, laboratory experiments, and group discussion we will develop the skills for measuring and analyzing the kinetics of human motion. Clinical movement assessment as well as exercise, sport, and activities of daily living will be measured and analyzed to describe the transfer of forces within the body. We will develop two dimensional rigid body dynamics models to describe human kinetics, discuss forward and inverse dynamics solutions, and develop hypotheses to describe whole body and joint kinetics. Class meets with RSC 5235. Offered Spring semesters of even-numbered years.
RSC 8282 - Problems in Human Movement (4 credits)
Fundamental principles of neurophysiology, neurology, motor control, and motor learning as a basis for therapeutic intervention in motor dysfunction. Course cross-listed with PT 6282. Offered every Spring semester.
*Required* RSC 8306 – Peer Review and Publication (variable credits, 1-2)
This course will focus on the process of publication in the scientific literature, with emphasis on publication of original research. Overview of organizing and writing for publication, and the peer review process for scientific manuscripts will be included. The course will involve substantive writing practice in your anticipated area of scientific inquiry. Offered Spring semester 2018, Spring semester 2021, and Spring semester 2024.