Introductory Kinesiology PSK4U


This course focuses on the study of human movement and the systems, factors, and principles involved in human development. Students will learn about the effects of physical activity on health and performance, the evolution of physical activity and sport, and the physiological, psychological, and social factors that influence an individual’s participation in physical activity and sport. The course prepares students for university programs in physical education and health, kinesiology, health sciences, health studies, recreation, and sports administration.

SKU: PSK4U Category:

The PSK4U Introductory Kinesiology course is designed for Grade 12 students who are interested in learning about the physical, psychological, and social aspects of human movement. This course prepares students for postsecondary studies in health sciences, kinesiology, and related fields.

Course Overview

Students will explore topics such as anatomy, biomechanics, and sports psychology, developing a deeper understanding of how the body moves and adapts to physical activity. They will also investigate issues related to physical fitness, training principles, and the role of exercise in promoting health and well-being.


The prerequisite for this course is Any Grade 11 university or university/college preparation course in science, or any Grade 11 or 12 course in health and physical education.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and its role in movement.
  • Analyze the principles of biomechanics and their applications in physical activities.
  • Explore the psychological factors affecting sports performance and motivation.
  • Investigate training methods and their impact on fitness and health outcomes.
  • Develop research skills to analyze issues in kinesiology and their implications for health and society.

Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, the student will:



  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the social and cultural significance of physical activity and sport has evolved historically, and analyze current social issues relating to physical activity and sport.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the individual and social benefits of participation in physical activity and sport, and the factors that enable and constrain participation.



  • Describe the structure and function of major body systems involved in human movement, and demonstrate an understanding of related anatomical and physiological concepts and theories.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and assess factors that affect performance during human movement.



  • Demonstrate an understanding of the phases of movement and of physical laws and biomechanical principles related to improving movement.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human growth and motor development, and apply it to the design of age-appropriate movement activities and to the enhancement of movement skills.

Course Details

Course CodePSK4U
Course TypeUniversity/College
FormatUniversity/College Preparation
PrerequisiteAny Grade 11 university (U) or university/college (M) preparation course in science, or any Grade 11 or 12 course in health and physical education.
Course TitleIntroduction to Kinesiology
GradeGrade 12
Credit Value1.0

Outline of Course Content

1Introduction to Kinesiology30 hours
2Anatomical Kinesiology25 hours
3Physiology of Movement25 hours
4Biomechanics and Psychomotor Development25 hours
5Culminating Task3 hours
Final Examination2 hours
Total110 hours