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Ph.D in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity (“Courses and a Thesis” Option)

Degree's Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity / Physical Education

Program’s Language:  Arabic

Significance and Justifications of Program Creation

1. The need to develop research studies in the various fields of sports sciences and physical activity

2. The lack of doctoral programs in the field of sports sciences and physical activity at the level of Saudi universities; therefore. this program will have scientific, academic and professional leadership locally

3. To contribute to implementing the Saudi vision 2030 aiming at building a vibrant society that provides a healthy and balanced pattern for all members of society as one of the elements of quality of life by expanding the construction of sports facilities and utilities, encouraging sports of all kinds in order to achieve sports excellence at the local and global levels so as to rank among the best competitors in the field, and creating a wide range of cultural, social, volunteer and sports activities by empowering the educational, cultural and entertainment system

4. The urgent need to prepare distinguished cadres at the doctoral level in the fields of sports sciences and physical activity in order to improve the quality of performance of various sports and entertainment institutions in accordance with international standards

5. The high demand for master’s graduates of sports sciences and physical activity and their desire to complete their higher studies and obtain a doctorate degree

Program’s Vision

To be distinguished and attain leadership at the academic, research and advisory levels in the fields of sport sciences and physical activity, nationally and regionally

Program’s Mission

To provide an educational, scientific and research environment capable of qualifying specialized cadres having competitive abilities in the fields of sport sciences and physical activity, those who are equipped with modern knowledge and skills and able to conduct distinguished scientific research that would contribute to building a knowledge society and solving sports problems as well as meeting societal requirements in this specialization, which would reflect positively on improving the sports environment in society

Program’s Objectives

1. Providing students with distinguished educational experiences in the fields of sports sciences and physical activity in accordance with local and international standards that would develop their professional practices

2. Developing students’ abilities to think critically and solve various sports problems society may face

3. Providing scientific research that is original and innovative that would add to the literature of scientific research in the fields of sports sciences and physical activity at the national, regional and global levels

4. Preparing distinguished professionals qualified to work in the various fields of sports sciences and physical activity, those who possess the tools of scientific research and its applications

Program’s Outcomes

Knowledge and Comprehension:

oGaining in-depth knowledge in the fields of sport sciences and physical activity and their applications

o Supporting and developing the fields of sport sciences and physical activity in accordance with the global academic development in these fields

o Understanding the ethics of scientific research and how to apply them using scientific evidence

o Familiarity with emerging issues in the fields of sport and physical activity sciences and potential challenges to these issues in relation to current practices and generally accepted outcomes

o Being able to analyze and critique theories and research in related fields and contributing to adding new knowledge and interpreting it primarily for professional practice

o Understanding and evaluating the statistical analysis tools necessary to conduct distinguished original research

B- Mental Skills:

o The ability to think critically and creatively in analyzing and evaluating information in the fields of sport sciences and physical activity

o The ability to propose solutions to problems relevant to the fields of sport sciences and physical activity

o The ability to evaluate scientific reports and research in the fields of sports sciences and physical activity

o The ability to design advanced research and development projects to address complex sports issues
o Acquiring the skills of persuasion and scientific description as well as preparing and presenting research findings

C- Professional and Practical Skills:

oThe ability to plan, implement and evaluate sports and entertainment programs and prepare technical advisory recommendations

o The ability to use modern technologies and methods to improve professional practices in the fields of sport sciences and physical activity

o Being able to work in research teams in a variety of disciplines in the fields of sport sciences and physical activity

o Effective communication with the relevant institutions and authorities and interacting with them in appropriate ways according to professional ethics

o Enhancing the capacity for self-learning and continuing to develop personal and professional skills

o Showing professional and academic values ​​while performing work

D- General Skills:

o Developing the ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations, research work and written reports

o Excellence in education and leadership in the fields of sport sciences and physical activity

o Self-development and guidance for continuous professional development

o Applying professional rules and standards fairly and equitably

o Professional competition with integrity and honesty

o Self-analysis of one’s personal and intellectual potential

o Contributing to directing society towards achieving social and development goals

o Dealing positively with individuals of different cultures within the community

o Making prompt and urgent decisions in a sound manner

Program’s Beneficiaries:

Holders of a master's degree in various disciplines of sport sciences and physical activity from universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or from foreign universities accredited by the Ministry of Education

Workers in various relevant ministries and institutions concerned with sport science and physical activity

Workers in the academic field at universities, government and private institutes, and research centers

Employment Opportunities Available:

Universities, institutes, research and advisory centers in the various fields of sport sciences and physical activity

Ministry of Sports

Ministry of Education

General Entertainment Authority

Military and security colleges (the military sector)

The Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee

Saudi Arabian sports federations

Saudi sports clubs

Saudi Association for Youth Houses

Official sports facilities

Private sector companies and institutions working in the field of sport and sports recreation

Sports activity in the government and private sectors

Sports health clubs

Sports media

Sports entertainment and recreation centers

Sports institutions in the private sector

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements mentioned in the Unified Regulations of Graduate Studies at Saudi Universities and the Organizational and Executive Rules and Procedures for Graduate Studies at King Saud University, the Joint Program Council requires the following:

1. The applicant must have a master's degree in physical education, movement sciences, sports training, or sports and recreation management from King Saud University or any university accredited by the Ministry of Education with a minimum of a “Very Good” GPA or equivalent

2. The applicant must pass the written test conducted by the Joint Program Council.

Types of Program Partnership

A joint program among departments of one college

Program's Partners:

 

Departments, Units, or

Research Centers

Partnership %

College of Sciences and Physical Activity

Department of Physical Education

 

Department of Exercise Physiology

 

Department of Biomechanics and Kinetic Behavior

 

 

Department of Sports and Recreation Management

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Requirements for Obtaining the Degree:

Courses and Thesis Option

Passing 40 study units of the program

Passing a comprehensive exam

The successful completion of doctoral dissertation

Program’s Tracks:

1. Physical Education

2. Exercise Physiology

3. Sports Training

4. Sports and Recreation Management

Program’s General Structure:

Courses and Thesis Option

The number of required units is 40 study units, in addition to 12 study units for dissertation as follows:

No. of Units Required

No. of Courses

Type of Courses

31 Teaching Units

6 Teaching Units

11

2

Methodological Courses
 

Compulsory Courses

12 Teaching Units
 

4

Common Courses Shared by All Tracks
 

13 Teaching Units

5

Specialized Courses for Each Track

9 Teaching Units

3

Elective Courses

0

1

Comprehensive Exam

 12 Teaching Units

1

Dissertation

40 Teaching Units + 12 Dissertation Teaching Units

16

Total

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program's Study Plan (Physical Education Track):

First Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

611 ACT

Advanced Research Methods in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

612 ACT

Advanced Statistics in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

613 EPH

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Physical Activity and Health

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

Total

9 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

621BMB

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Sports Training

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

622 PHE

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Physical Education

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

623 SMR

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Sports and Recreation Management

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

Total

9 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

631 PHE

Teaching Analysis in Physical Education

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

632 PHE

Physical Education Curriculum Design

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

633 PHE

A Research Seminar in Physical Education

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

4

… PHE

An Elective Course (1)

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

Total

12 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

641 PHE

Supervising Physical Education Programs

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

… PHE

An Elective Course (2)

3

Lecture

incl.

 

3

… PHE

An Elective Course (3)

3

Lecture

incl.

 

4

699 PHE

Preparing a Research Proposal

One Teaching Unit

Supervision

Pass/Fail

(20) Teaching Units

Total

(10) Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fifth Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

CE 700

Comprehensive Examination

0

-

Pass/Fail

A 3.75 GPA (40 Teaching Units)

Total

0 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Sixth Level & Following Levels:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

700 PHE

Dissertation

12 Teaching Unit

Supervision

Pass/Fail

699 PHE / 700 CE

Total

(12) Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

List of Elective Courses: The student must select at least 9 study units from the following:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

662 PHE

A Research Seminar in Physical Activities

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

663 PHE

Safety and Security in Physical Education Programs

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

664 PHE

Ethics, Physical Education and Sport

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

4

665 PHE

A Research Seminar in Modified Physical Activities

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

5

666 PHE

Modern Strategies in Teaching Physical Education

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

6

667 PHE

Physical Education Teacher Preparation

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program's Study Plan (Exercise Physiology Track):

First Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

611 ACT

Advanced Research Methods in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

612 ACT

Advanced Statistics in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

613 EPH

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Physical Activity and Health

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

Total

9 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

621BMB

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Sports Training

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

622 PHE

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Physical Education

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

623 SMR

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Sports and Recreation Management

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

Total

9 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

631 ACT

Adaptation of Respiratory, Circulatory Systems to Exercise

3(2+2)

Lecture +

practice

incl.

 

2

632 ACT

Adaptation Of The Neuromuscular System To Exercise

3(2+2)

Lecture +

practice

incl.

 

3

633 ACT

Biochemistry and Physical Performance

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

4

…… ACT

An Elective Course (1)

3

Lecture

incl.

 

Total

12 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

641 ACT

Advanced Studies In Athlete Nutrition

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

….. ACT

An Elective Course (2)

3

-

-

 

3

….. ACT

An Elective Course (3)

3

-

-

 

4

699 ACT

Preparing a Research Proposal

One Teaching Unit

Supervision

Pass/Fail

20 Teaching Units

Total

10 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fifth Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

CE 700

Comprehensive Examination

0

-

Pass/Fail

A 3.75 GPA (40 Teaching Units)

Total

0 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Sixth Level & Following Levels :

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

700 ACT

Dissertation

12 Study Units

Supervision

Pass/Fail

699 ACT; CE 700

Total

40 Study Units + 12 Study Units for Dissertation

 

 

 

 

 

List of Elective Courses: The student must select at least 9 study units from the following:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

661 ACT

Contemporary Topics in Doping and Nutritional Supplements

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

662 ACT

Advanced Applications in Composition and Anthropometry

3(2+2)

Lecture +

practice

incl.

 

3

663ACT

Physiological Evaluation of High Athletic Performance

3(2+2)

Lecture +

practice

incl.

 

4

664ACT

Physiological Adaptation to Different Environmental Conditions

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

5

665ACT

Contemporary Topics in Physical Activity and Chronic Diseases

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program's Study Plan (Sports Coaching):

First Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

611 ACT

Advanced Research Methods in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

612 ACT

Advanced Statistics in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

613 EPH

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Physical Activity and Health

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

Total

9 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

621BMB

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Sports Training

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

622 PHE

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Physical Education

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

623 SMR

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Sports and Recreation Management

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

Total

9 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

631 BMB

Sports Psychology Applications

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

632 BMB

A Research Seminar in the Biomechanics of Physical Activity

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

633 BMB

Advanced Topics in Motor Behavior

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

4

…… BMB

An Elective Course (1)

3

-

-

 

Total

12 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

641 BMB

A Research Seminar in Sports Training

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

….. BMB

An Elective Course (2)

3

-

-

 

3

….. BMB

An Elective Course (3)

3

-

-

 

4

699 BMB

Preparing a Research Proposal

One Teaching Unit

Supervision

Pass/Fail

20 Teaching Units

Total

10 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fifth Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

CE 700

Comprehensive Examination

0

-

Pass/Fail

A 3.75 GPA (40 Teaching Units)

Total

0 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Sixth Level & Following Levels :

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

700 BMB

Dissertation

12 Study Units

Supervision

Pass/Fail

699 BMB; CE 700

Total

40 Study Units + 12 Study Units for Dissertation

 

 

 

 

 

List of Elective Courses: The student must select at least 9 study units from the following:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

661 BMB

Applications in the Analysis of Motor Performance

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

662 BMB

The Biomechanics of Sports Tools

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

663 BMB

A Research Seminar in Sports Injuries

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

4

664 BMB

Technologies in Sports Training

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

5

665 BMB

Social Issues in Sports Training

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

6

666 BMB

Sports Injury Psychology

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

7

667 BMB

Measurement and Applied Evaluation of Sports Psychology

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Program's Study Plan (Sports and Recreation Management):

First Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

611 ACT

Advanced Research Methods in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

612 ACT

Advanced Statistics in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

613 EPH

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Physical Activity and Health

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

Total

9 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

621BMB

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Sports Training

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

622 PHE

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Physical Education

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

623 SMR

Contemporary Issues and Trends in Sports and Recreation Management

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

Total

9 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

631 SMR

Management of Sports and Recreation Facilities and Events

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

632 SMR

Governance in Sports and Recreation

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

633 SMR

An Independent Study

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

4

…… SMR

An Elective Course (1)

3

-

 

 

Total

12 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fourth Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

641 SMR

Strategic Planning in Sports and Recreation Organizations

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

….. SMR

An Elective Course (2)

3

Lecture

-

 

3

….. SMR

An Elective Course (3)

3

Lecture

-

 

4

699 SMR

Preparing a Research Proposal

One Teaching Unit

Supervision

Pass/Fail

20 Teaching Units

Total

10 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fifth Level:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

CE 700

Comprehensive Examination

0

-

Pass/Fail

A 3.75 GPA (40 Teaching Units)

Total

0 Study Units

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Sixth Level & Following Levels:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

700 SMR

Dissertation

12 Study Units

Supervision

Pass/Fail

699 SMR;  CE 700

Total

40 Study Units + 12 Study Units for Dissertation

 

 

 

 

 

List of Elective Courses: The student must select at least 9 study units from the following:

#

Course Code

Name

No. of Study Units

Activity

Assessment

(GPA: incl./excl.)

Prerequisite

1

661 SMR

Sports Content Management

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

2

662 SMR

Designing and Evaluating Sports and Recreation Programs

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

3

663 SMR

Sport and Leisure Industry

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

4

664 SMR

Professional Management of Sports Organizations

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

5

665 SMR

Leadership in Sports and Recreation Management

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

6

666 SMR

Crowd Management and Workers in the Sports Sectors

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

7

667 SMR

Sports Logo Management

3(3+0)

Lecture

incl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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