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PHED 1055

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Water Aerobics
Prerequisite(s) NONE
Corequisite(s) NONE
Catalog Description
A course designed to introduce students of various ages and fitness levels to participate in a vigorous, aerobic activity while reducing the chance of injury.  Activities which promote cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility are emphasized and modified to be done in an aquatic setting.

Water Aerobics by Terry-Ann Spitzer and Werner W. K. Hoeger, Morton Publishing Company, (newest edition).

Expected Educational Results
After completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Be able to identify the components of a personal exercise program on a written exam
2. State on a written exam the role of sleep, rest, diet, and nutrition on successful participation in an exercise program
3. Demonstrate knowledge of terminology in aquatic fitness on a written exam
4. Demonstrate in class and on a skills test the proper techniques for various aerobic exercises in the water
5. Develop a personal exercise prescription that includes aquatic fitness activities
6. Utilize aquatic evaluation skills to test for increases in aerobic capacity
7.       Improve their cardiorespiratory fitness level

General Education Outcomes
I. This course addresses General Education Outcome number nine “to apply the basic concepts of health and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness”.

Course Content
1. Benefits of a water aerobics fitness program
2. Fitness assessment
3. Water aerobics fitness programming.
A.  Basic principles of water exercise
B. Special considerations
C. The water aerobics class
D. Special equipment
4. Shallow and deep water aerobic exercises
5. Nutrition and weight management
6. Healthy lifestyle approach
7. Cardiorespiratory Activities
8. Pre and post testing for cardiorespiratory endurance

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The course grade will be determined by written exams, sport and/or fitness-related skills test and pre and post cardiorespiratory test scores.  When appropriate, opportunities for extra credit will be offered to students, the value of which to be determined by the instructor.
1. At least one written exam is required.  The written exam will be valued at no less than 20% and no more than 50% of the total grade.
2. Competencies must be demonstrated by students in sport or fitness-related activities specific to the class.  Sport or fitness-related skills tests will be valued at no less than 35% and no more than 65% of the total grade.
3. Cardiorespiratory fitness activities will be included in all classes in addition to other fitness and/or sport-related activities specific to the class.  Pre and post testing for cardiorespiratory fitness will be administered to all students.  Pre and post testing for cardiorespiratory fitness will be conducted according to the protocols for the 1-Mile Walk Test, the 3-Minute Step Test or the Astrand-Ryhming Test.  Pre and Post testing scores will be valued at no less than 15% and no more than 30% of the total grade.
A common written final exam will be administered every five years. The test items will be directed to the expected educational results of the course. Additionally, common sport or fitness-related skill tests will be administered specific to the course. An item analysis will be completed on these test items administered.

A departmental committee will review the item analysis to determine 1) if the test questions were appropriate for assessing the desired educational outcomes, 2) if the level of student success was achieved, 3) if a revision of course instruction to enhance student achievement is needed, and 4) a specific time line for implementation of recommended changes.

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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