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PE 230 Foundations of Exercise Science (4):  Introduction to the field of exercise science and its various professional applications.  An overview of the sub-disciplines of exercise science will be provided as well as career tracks and opportunities and related professional organizations.

PE 239 Teaching Movement Education (3):  Course involves students in learning how to teach movement concepts, fundamental motor skills, and physical activity to children. Emphasis will be placed on learning developmentally appropriate physical activities for children (K-6), motor skill analysis and assessment, methods for task variation, movement progression development, and teaching strategies. Co-requisite: PE 330

PE 241 Teaching Games I (3):  Activity and theory designed to experience, examine and develop a non-traditional curriculum for K-12 physical education following the Teacher Games for Understanding model.

PE 242 Teaching Games II (3):  Activity and theory designed to experience, examine and develop a non-traditional curriculum for K-12 physical education following the Sport Education model. Various physical activities included that can be part of the Sport Education model in physical education.

PE 243 Teaching Outdoor and Adventure Education (3):  Activity and theory designed to experience, examine and develop a non-traditional curriculum for K-12 physical education. Various outdoor and adventure activities included that can be part of an alternative curriculum in physical education.

PE 244 Teaching Aerobic Fitness (3):  Course provides students with the pedagogical content knowledge for teaching aerobic fitness and related conditioning activities within the K-12 physical education curriculum and various venues in the fitness industry.

PE 245 Teaching Strength Training and Conditioning (3):  Designed to expose students to a variety of training methodologies, philosophies and applications. Emphasis is to prepare students with an adequate knowledge base in the area of resistance exercise and conditioning so they may write prescriptive training regimens for specific performance areas.

PE 310 Motor Learning (4):  Study of principles of motor learning and their influence on the learning, retention and performance of motor skills.

PE 330 Teaching Methods in Physical Education I (4):  Course provides pre-service physical education specialists with an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching physical education to children. Students will be actively involved in a comprehensive, service learning, teaching practicum with local home schooled children throughout the course. Prerequisites: PE 230, PE 371. Co-requisite: PE 239

PE 335 Field Experience in Physical Education (1):  A physical education field-based experience within a K-12 school setting, under the guidance of a cooperating teacher and university supervisor.  Prerequisites: PE 330, 3 classes from the PE 239-245 series and instructor approval

PE 371 Kinesiology (4):  Students will study the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system, and will apply movement analysis techniques to a wide range of fundamental and activity- specific movement patterns. Prerequisites: BI 234; MTH 105 or MTH 111 (or higher) each with a grade of C- or better

PE 415 Lifespan Motor Development  (4):  Provides students of physical education and exercise science with a knowledge base in the study of changes in motor behavior across the lifespan, the processes that underlie these changes and the factors that affect them. Prerequisites: PE 230, BI 234, 235, 236, each with a grade of C- or better

PE 419 Internship in Exercise Science (4):  Supervised field experience, completed in cooperation with a qualified, partnering agency. The experience is designed to allow the Exercise Science major to demonstrate the professional skills and competencies appropriate to their chosen career path. Prerequisites: Senior standing, completion of the Exercise Science major required core courses, and consent of instructor

PE 430 Teaching Methods in Physical Education II (4):  Current best practices in teaching strategies and teacher effectiveness for secondary physical education with the intent to maximize student learning and physical activity. Development and analysis of teaching skills with a focus on NASPE K-12 content and beginning teacher standards. Prerequisites: PE 335 and five classes from PE 239-245 series. Co-requisites: PE 431

PE 431 Assessment Strategies In Physical Education (4):  Examination of assessment and evaluation tools in physical education by which to gauge student learning in all learning domains. Will enable students to align and embed assessment with instruction in the design and delivery of physical education programs.  Prerequisites: PE 335 and five classes from the PE 239-245 series. Co-requisite: PE 430

PE 444 Lifespan Adapted Physical Activity (4):  Study of problems as they relate to philosophy, procedures, and practices in Adapted Physical Education, and the organization and administration of Adapted Physical Education and Recreation programs for people in all age groups who have disabilities. Prerequisites: PE 230, PE 310, PE 371

PE 445 Curricular Issues in Physical Education (4):  Constructing a curriculum for K-12 physical education will be examined from two main perspectives; 1) curriculum as content and 2) curriculum as teacher. Various curricular and instructional models will be explored from a theoretical basis, using the NASPE K-12 content standards as a framework. Prerequisites: PE 430 and 431 and six classes from PE 239-245 series

PE 470 Sociological & Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity (4):  This course will focus on social and psychological factors associated with physical activity and sport experiences across the lifespan. Prerequisite: PE 230, PE 310, PE 371

PE 473 Physiology of Exercise (4):  Human physiological response and adaption to the effects of physical activity, conditioning, and training programs. Exercise implications for both health and human performance. Prerequisites: BI 234, 235, 236, all with a C- or better; MTH 105 or MTH 111 (or higher level math course) with a grade of C- or better, PE 230.

PE 483 Biomechanics  (4):  Principles from physics will be presented with application in understanding the physical constraints on human movement, and in evaluating various aspects of human performance and injury risk assessment. Prerequisites: MTH 105 or MTH 111 (or higher level math course) with a grade of C- or better; PE 230, PE 371

PE 484 Advanced Topics in Biomechanics (4):  In depth examination of research and practice in biomechanics. Discussion and research topics will vary by term. Prerequisite: PE 483 or consent of instructor

PE 485 Exercise Testing and Prescription (4):  Methods and protocols for screening, evaluating and prescribing exercise programs for healthy adults. Emphasis is on exercise testing procedures and interpretation of results to promote a healthy physically active lifestyle. Pre-requisites: HE 325 and PE 473

PE 486 Advanced Topics in Motor Behavior (4):  In depth examination of research and practice in Motor Behavior/Motor Learning. Discussion and research topics will vary by term. Topics my include areas such as: dynamic systems, program planning, etc. Prerequisites: PE 310 or consent of instructor

PE 487 Advanced Topics in Physiology of Exercise (4):  In depth examination of the human physiological response to the acute and chronic effects of exercise. Research and discussion topics will vary by term.  Prerequisites: BI 234, 235, 236

PE 488 Exercise Motivation and Adherence (4):  Social/psychological aspects of self-perceptions and cognitions in explaining motivated behavior in exercise and fitness settings. Focus is on theories and application of strategies for facilitating individual behavior change.

HE 325 Nutrition (4):  Overview of components of a healthful diet and determinants of food choices. Focus on interpretation and application of nutrition research.

HE 426 Sports and Exercise Nutrition (4):  Examination of nutrition as it relates to the demands of exercise and competitive sport. Special emphasis on the differing needs of population groups and the relationship of diet and exercise to optimal health. Prerequisite: HE 325


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Division of Health and Exercise Science
College of Education
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361

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Diana McAlpine
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Peggy Pedersen, Ph.D.
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