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PHED 2020

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at   
Credit Hours   2   
Course Title   Fitness Fof Living   
Prerequisite(s)   NONE   
Corequisite(s)   NONE   
Catalog Description   
This course provides an introduction to the following areas of fitness living:  physical exercise, nutrition, weight management and stress.  Students will also learn about diseases related to sedentary living, improper nutrition and bouts of mismanaged-stress.  The class will be taught in a lecture setting as well as an activity lab setting.


Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness, a Personalized Program by Werner Hoeger and Sharon Hoeger, Morton Publishing Company, (newest edition).

Expected Educational Results   
As a result of successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:

1. Define, identify and assess physical fitness factors as they relate and affect the following:
Cardiovascular endurance
Muscular strength
Muscular endurance
Body composition
2. Assess their own level of fitness in the following areas:
Weight management
3. Identify the factors that contribute to disease caused by sedentary living, improper nutrition, and mismanaged stress.
4. Design a personal fitness program for their future using behavior modification techniques associated with positive living.
5. Utilize current technology and/or access specific web sites for professional interests, research, and the preparation of course materials.

General Education Outcomes   
I. Students develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the following ways:
1. They develop their speaking skills through peer group activities, class discussions, and more formal activities such as panel presentations and individual oral presentations.
2. They develop their listening skills through note taking in class and responding to oral and technical presentations.
3. They develop reading skills through comprehension of textbook materials, analysis of research materials and evaluation of secondary sources.
4. They develop writing skills by planning, composing, and revising short reports and research papers.

II. Students demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:
1. They learn to analyze and interpret research materials.
2. They learn to understand and incorporate others’ ideas.
3. They learn to collaborate within a group to produce a group report, consensus or position.
4. They learn how to calculate MAX VO2, and how to measure muscle strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition through a variety of assessment methods and interpret the results.

III. Students apply basic concepts of health and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness in the following ways:
1. They learn the various components of health and wellness and strategies to incorporate changes in behavior to promote those components.
2. They learn the risk factors of various diseases and conditions and ways to reduce those risks.
3. They learn the value of physical fitness and how to improve their own fitness levels.
4. They learn how to assess their five health related components of physical fitness and how to design and implement a personal fitness program.

Course Content   
1. Physical Fitness Assessment
Cardiovascular endurance
Muscular strength
Muscle endurance
Body composition
2. Nutrition Analysis
3. Principles of Proper Weight Management
4. Stress Management Techniques
5. Diseases Influenced by a Lack of Fitness
6. Individual Fitness Program
7. Current technology appropriate to access course information and to prepare and submit course materials.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
Evaluation methods vary with instructors but frequent assessment is desirable through such means as unit exams, skill exams, fitness testing, projects, term papers and/or on-line assignments.

All students must access and submit course materials utilizing technology.  The value of this portion of the grade will be no less than 5% and no more than 15% of the total grade.

The departmental assessment will be conducted every three years in the following manner:
1. All students in all sections will be required to complete a common written final exam containing questions related to the expected educational results.
2. An item analysis will be completed on the 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 improve student achievement is needed, and 4) a specific time for implementation of recommended changes.

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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