KIN 5995

What is KIN 5995 and why it is required?

The completion of the M.Ed. culminating project is KIN 5995: Research Problems in Applied Kinesiology. This assignment—also known as the Capstone Project—should be completed near the end of your M.Ed. program. A Capstone Project is labeled as such because it is considered the “crowning achievement” of your graduate coursework and it can take many forms. The student will identify a problem or need in her/his specific area of professional practice and expertise within the broader field of Kinesiology. Once identified, the student—working in consultation with a faculty member in Kinesiology—must propose a specific project that addresses this need to fulfill the requirements of KIN 5995.

The purpose of a Capstone Project is to encourage students to demonstrate and apply the critical thinking skills they have developed through their degree program to address problems or needs in their respective areas of interest. Students are encouraged to undertake a project of importance or significance that also has a practical application to their educational and professional objectives.

A Capstone Project may include: a research-based document which highlights the purpose of the student’s project (study), a literature review and a section that emcompasses the student’s own critical judgment about the issue in question. The final format and the requirements of the project is completed in direct consultation with the student’s faculty advisor or a member of the teaching faculty. Some examples of past topics include but are not limited to:

There is flexibility in the type of culminating project you develop. Students are encouraged to undertake a project of practical importance to their educational and professional objectives. Some examples of previous projects include development of the following:

  • Handbook for college athletics department
  • Curriculum guide for school physical education
  • Youth sport parent survey
  • Parent or athlete handbooks
  • Athletic recruitment handbook for high school students
  • Teaching assistant course materials for university athletic training course
  • Season plan for coaching
  • Interviews with young, inner city girls regarding lack of sports participation
  • Proposal for adding a new sport to meet gender equity requirements
  • Action research project on motivational orientation for participation in physical education classes
  • DVD of sport biomechanics for use in K-12 physical education
  • Review of literature on selected topic
  • Summer camp youth sport guides
  • Producing an instructional videotape
  • Developing an internet site
  • Action research or small pilot studies

The project you outline should require approximately 135 clock hours (45 hrs/semester credit x 3 credits) of effort on your part to complete.

If you are working with human subjects, you MUST go through the Institutional Review Board (IRB): See https://research.umn.edu/units/irb/ethos/ethos-log

Students interested in registering for RESEARCH PROBLEMS should:
  1. Have at least 50% of their M.Ed. program completed.
  2. Develop an understanding for what the requirements and expectations are for the Research Problems course.
  3. Familiarize themselves with School of Kinesiology teaching faculty whose teaching and research interests line up with their long-term goals and Research Problems project idea.
  4. Contact and discuss your project ideas with an appropriate teaching faculty, at least one semester in advance.
  5. Complete the Research Problems Proposal Form and turn it into the teaching faculty who has agreed to supervise the Research Problems project. The student and the teaching faculty will need to sign the document and both should keep a copy of the agreement. The student and teaching faculty will need to be clear on the project plans, what will be submitted at the end of the project, number credits for the project, and the evaluation criteria to be used.
  6. Obtain a permission number from the teaching faculty for their specific section.
  7. Complete the work as agreed upon, turning in final paperwork prior to the first day of Finals Week. If work is not completed by this time, the student may receive an “F” unless a prior agreement has been recorded in writing with the instructor.