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PE 301 Basic Exercise Science
T. Kelly 3 Credit Hours
NPE 212, Ext. 8256
Office Hrs. TBA (see my faculty web page

The mission of the Division of Health & Physical Education is to maximize individual and professional development in health and movement science and promote healthy lifestyles and communities.

Course description: Designed to acquaint the student with basic principles of Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology/Biomechanics, and Motor Development. The emphasis is on application of these principles to younger populations. The course assumes limited background in anatomy, physiology, and physics. Laboratory experiences will be of an applied nature, with an emphasis on field tests requiring minimal equipment.

Course Objectives: Specifically each student should be able to:
1. Understand the acute and chronic responses to exercise as they affect each of the functional anatomical systems.
2. Evaluate basic physiological functions related to performance, and use these data to modify training programs and predict performance.
3. Administer basic field tests for each of the functional systems.
4. Develop an understanding of the differences between the prepubescent population and the adult population relative to performance, rate of improvement, and the readiness to participate in various exercise forms.
5. Discuss other factors i.e. ergogenic aids, diet, food supplements, male / female
differences, environmental conditions, etc. in terms of performance.

Text: Basic Exercise Science for PE 301, Tom Kelly. (Compiled selections from Robergs & Keteyian, Exercise Physiology;  & Hall, Basic Biomechanics)

Grading: Classroom participation is worth 10% of your grade in this course. To receive full participation credit you must attend class having prepared by becoming familiar with the materials relevant to the days topic. Your questions and comments should reflect that preparation. The final grade will be based upon an accumulation of points given for classroom participation, exams, quizzes, and lab projects.

Grading Scale

100-93% = A
92-90% = A-
89-88% = B+
87-83% = B
82-80% = B-
79-78% = C+
77-73% = C
72-70% = C-
69-68% = D+
67-63% = D
62-60 = D-
59-0% = F

Study Instructions: Read assignments ahead of discussion. Extensive notes should be taken. All work handed in late will be discounted at the rate of 10% each day. Power Point Presentations are available prior to each lecture in the PE 301 class folder on the "K drive" after logging-on using your campus user name and password on campus


I. General information and introduction
II. Energy sources & nutrition p. 151-200
III. Exercise Physiology
    A. Bioenergetics p. 1-27
        1. ATP Production
            a. Anaerobic
            b. Aerobic
        2. Affects of training on above p. 60-89
    B. Skeletal Muscle p. 28-59
    C. Neuromuscular Function
    D. Cardiovascular System p. 90-111
    F. Pulmonary Function
    G. Training and its effects p. 112-150
        1. Aerobic
        2. Anaerobic
        3. Flexibility
        4. Proper Training (MIFD) manipulations and effects
        5. Learning skills
    H. Age and Gender considerations p. 201-243
IV. Kinesiology and Biomechanics
    A. Structural Kinesiology
    B. Kinematics
        1. Translatory (linear) p. 244-280
        2. Rotary (angular) p. 281-308
    C. Kinetics
        1. Newton's laws p. 309-343
        2. Levers p. 344-403
        3. Fluid mechanics (angles, spin - Magnus effect) p. 404-435
    D. Balance/Equilibrium
IV. Motor Learning
    A. Gentile's Model of skill acquisition
    B. Methods of teaching motor skills
    C. Specificity - Generality
    D. Transfer
        1. Whole vs. part
        2. Progressions
V. Youth fitness chaining and current problems


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Ameican Dietetic Association

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PE Central (ideas on children's physical activities)

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Western Oregon University