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Purpose: Help instructors teaching the same course save students money or to make the textbook more affordable

Common Course ID: KINE 3800
CSU Instructor Open Textbook Adoption Portrait

About the Course

KINE 3800 Exercise Physiology  

  • Required, CORE course for all Kinesiology Major Students
  • It consists of 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory (4 units). 
  • The prerequisites are BIOL 2230 and 2240. Students are mostly juniors and seniors. 
  • The course studies the effects of physical activity on physiological systems in human body. 

In Fall 2020, there were 3 lecture sessions and 7 laboratory sessions taught by 5 instructors, which had approximately 150 students from San Bernardino and Palm Desert Campus. Generally, about 300 students per academic year taking this course. 

Learning or student outcomes:  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

- L01 Describe various energy systems and how they fuel exercise
- LO2 Describe the endocrine, nervous, skeletal, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems, and how they relate to exercise
- LO3 Describe the acute and chronic changes of each of the systems listed above that occur with exercise
- LO4 Understand the physiological benefits of exercise
- LO5 Describe how to measure fitness variables and apply the results to health and fitness training
- LO6 Describe and demonstrate an ability to administer and interpret a variety of fitness tests
- LO7 Enhance their preparation for the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist Examination

Key challenges faced and how resolved: Syllabus and/or Sample assignment from the course or the adoption [optional]: To illustrates how the open textbook is used in the course.

About the Resource/Textbook 

Textbook or OER/Low cost Title: 

Brief Description: The IA program saved money. The Connect platform through Blackboard was convenient.  The SB assignments prepared students for the class.  However, the IA program offered the 2 textbooks as a bundle. Students did not have the option to OPT OUT one of them. This made the students and the instructors not satisfied. Note: As the instructor, I was told by the sales representative that students can opt out either or both of them. 


Syllabus  3800-05 Syllabus_Chen_Fall 2020.pdf

Student access:  Students can access the text materials and online support via Blackboard, McGraw Hill Connect website, or McGraw Hill Anywhere app. Students also have an alternative option to purchasing a Loose leaf text directly through Connect/Bookstore given that students choose to participate in the inclusive access (IA) program.

Cost Savings:  

  • We previously used the hardcopies of Physiology of Sport and Exercise from Human Kinetics ($134) and Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual from McGraw Hill ($73.25).
  • For the Immediate Access program, we adopted the ebook of Exercise Physiology and Exercise Physiology Laboratory Manual at $50 each or $100 total, which reflect a saving of $107.25 per student. Total saving for about 150 students in Fall 2020 was approximately $16,000. 
  • Students have access to the textbooks via McGraw Hill Connect on the Blackboard on the first day of the semester. 

OER/Low Cost Adoption

OER/Low Cost Adoption Process

Provide an explanation or what motivated you to use this textbook or OER/Low Cost option.  To save students money.

How did you find and select the open textbook for this course? I discussed with other faculty who teach this class. We evaluated Exercise Physiology textbooks from the major publishers and identified this textbook. We had Zoom meetings with the publisher representative to see how this may contribute to our course and benefit our students.

Curricular Changes and Student Access: I changed the textbook, syllabus and assignments as part of this adoption. The course was prepared and taught using the book chapters from the new textbook. In addition, we adopted the SmartBook Assignments from the new textbook as part of student’s assignments (see screenshot below). Students were required to read the book chapter and complete the SmartBook Assignments prior to class.

About the Instructor

Dr. Zhaojing Chen
Dr. Sarah Dunn
Dr. Jason Ng
Professor Samantha Harbin
Professor Cameron Van Wye
California State University, San Bernardino

Department of Kinesiology