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(3 credit hours)
T. Kelly
NPE 212, ext. 8256; e-mail:
Office hours 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: A developmental and practical application of fitness and recreation activities that would effectively apply to all age groups of the general population. Incorporates scientific knowledge into programs for health clubs, recreation and community centers, and private or public corporations.

Course objectives: You will acquire knowledge of a variety of fitness and recreation activities and testing procedures for general population groups that may be used in both the public and private sectors. You will be able to promote, budget, select equipment, and administer those programs.

Text: Heyward, Vivian. Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, 5th edition, Human Kinetics, 2006. (ACSM Position Stands (ACSM-PS) will also be utilized off the internet. Go to: < > and click on 'Position Stands' on the left side of the page.)

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 class participation, exams, quizzes, 2 facility visits, working with PE 131 'clients' and an 8-10 page project paper. The final exam will be given only at the approved University time and date; no early or late exams will be arranged.

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. Power Point Presentations are available prior to each lecture in the PE 320 class folder on the "K drive" after logging-on using your campus user name and password on campus Participate in discussions and any field trips required out of class. All work handed in late will be discounted at the rate of 10% each day (no late labs accepted after they have been graded and returned to the class). Power Point Presentations are available prior to each lecture in the PE 320 class folder on the "K drive" after logging-on using your campus user name and password on campus.

Client Project Paper:  Each class member will be required to do a project paper of 8-10 pages (not including tables, figures, title page, or references)  on the training of a 'client' that will be selected at the beginning of the term. The paper should follow the class model for exercise prescription. It should be typed, double spaced, 12 point times new roman font, title page (no binders just stapled pages). Use APA format for your paper (you might check out <> for an overview of the format. If you desire to use another medical related reference style, check with me first.         


I. General information and introduction/justification
    A. Wellness concept and current trends                                                 Ch. 1
II. Body composition assessment procedures & strategies for change         Ch. 8
III. Class Model for assessments and change                                             Ch. 2-3
IV. Exercise principles and guidelines                                                         (ACSM-PS)
    A. Physiological considerations (age, sex, etc.)
    B. Testing procedures
        1. ACSM standards
        2. Testing examples
V. General Fitness and Wellness Programs
    A. Testing & implementation for fitness levels in 4 core areas                     (ACSM-PS)
        1. Body composition (covered earlier)
        2. Cardiovascular                                                                                 Ch. 4-5
        3. Flexibility                                                                                         Ch. 10
        4. Strength & Strength Endurance                                                         Ch. 6-7
    B. Nutrition & Weight Control                                                                 (ACSM-PS) Ch. 9
    C. Low Back Pain Management                                                              Ch. 11
VI. Non traditional programs
    A. Stress Management
    C. Other Non traditional programs
    D. Chaining and recreation programs
VII. Improving participant adherence to programs (selected readings)          P. 46-48
    A. Transtheoretical Model
    B. Stages of Change
    C. Strategies related to Stages of Change
VIII. Trends and issues
    A. Certification (ACSM, NSCA, etc.)                                                      P. 48-51
        1. Knowledge base                                                                               (ACSM-PS)
        2. Injury prevention and legal issues                                                       (ACSM-PS)
    B. Population trends
        1. Older adult programs                                                                         (ACSM-PS)
        2. Exercise & obesity
        3. Exercise & diabetes                                                                           (ACSM-PS)
IX. Business Issues
    A. Differing needs of health/fitness settings
    B. Community, Commercial, Corporate, Clinical
        1. Functional programming areas
            a. Promotion
            b. Programming
            c. Management
                1) Budgeting
                2) Facility and equipment planning
                3) Personnel (training & evaluation)


US Department of Agriculture:  Nutrition Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

American Dietetic Association

How To Quit Smoking - Tips

ACSM Guidelines (ACSM)

National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)

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Last Modified Sept. 21, 2004

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