GPC Common Course Outlines Return to all courses

PHED 1085

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at   
Credit Hours   1   
Course Title   Rock Climbing   
Prerequisite(s)   NONE   
Corequisite(s)   NONE   
Catalog Description   
This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental skills involved in rock
climbing.  The student will have the opportunity to experience top belayed climbs of various difficulties.  Upon completion of this course the student is not qualified to set up belay systems or climb without qualified guides.


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

1. Be familiar with rock climbing nomenclature
2. Begin to understand movement and balance on the rock face
3. Be familiar with the basic equipment: rope, webbing, harness, figure eight, carabinier, helmet, climbing shoes, chalk bag
4. Be able to belay a classmate
5. Respect the need for acquiring advanced climbing knowledge and skill before climbing on one’s own
6. Promote wilderness ethics
7. Acquire a sense of responsibility to one’s self, one’s classmates and to acquire a sense of duty or team concept
8. Feel a sense of accomplishment, increased self-esteem and an enhanced appreciation of the natural world

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. Introduction
Course requirements
2. Climbing Equipment
Personal: shoes and clothing
Ropes and webbing
1. Kermantle, static vs. dynamic
2. Ratings
3. Care
Knots: figure eight, double fisherman, bowline, bowline on bight
Carabiniers and figure eights
3. Climbing nomenclature
4. Belaying
5. Repelling
6. Climbing - Two Day
1. Type of holds: edge, slope, horn, pocket
2. Footwork: edging, smearing, smedge, toe-in
3. Hand Holds: crimp, palm or cup, grasp, finger hook
1. Wide crack: chimney, body chimney
2. Medium crack: foot jam, hand jam, forearm jam
3. Thin crack: toe jam, finger jam
Energy Conservation
1. Climb with legs
2. Rest on body frame
3. Hang without using muscles
7. Planning Climbs
Look for route on level with your skill
Plan for rest spots
Plan moves-don’t try to muscle your way up
Avoid traverses
8. Rock Climb - Field Trip Natural Rock Face
Weekend climbing trip-beginning and intermediate climbs
Class will camp at climb site
Site to be determined is dependent upon student’s skill, available assistant
instructors and available equipment

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.

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
Return to all courses