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Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER)

Course Descriptions
 

 

190 Varsity Sports (1 hour)

Requires successful participation in a varsity sport. (A maximum of two hours may be applied to the degree requirements.) This course does not fulfill the General Studies physical education activities requirement.

 

201 Foundations of Health and Physical Education (3 hours)

This course is designed to provide the students an enhanced knowledge of the field of physical education and health education; including its growth and development, merging trends, critical factors of physical education and health education, and the practical application of this critical discipline.

 

204 Coaching Athletics:  Theory & Practice (3 hours)

This course designed for teacher candidates pursuing an athletic coaching

endorsement, examines the theory, philosophy, organization, methodology, strategy, and practical application of coaching sports.  In addition to coaching theory, candidates will select a minimum of one sport to study in-depth and for which to develop a program plan.

 

215 First Aid, CPR, AED (2 hours)

The purpose of this course is to provide the citizen responder with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life and minimize pain and the consequences of injury or sudden illness until medical help arrives.  The course content and activities will prepare participants to recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions for first aid care.  This course teaches the first aid skills the citizen responder will need in order to act as the first link in the EMS system.  This course also emphasizes prevention of injuries and illness, with a focus on personal safety and health.

 

220 Sports Skills (3 hours)

This course is a study of the strategies and techniques involved in teaching selected physical education activities for individual, dual, and team sports. It includes demonstrated competencies in specified motor skills, ability to communicate proper instruction, and proficiency in writing appropriate lessons and units.

 

222 Structural Kinesiology (3 hours)

This course will provide the student with an understanding of the anatomical and mechanical fundamentals of human motion. The student will learn a systematic approach to the analysis of human motion and will be able to apply anatomical and mechanical analysis to the learning and improvement of a broad spectrum of movement activities. Osteology, arthrology, myology, anatomical mechanics, motion ability factors, anthropometry, and specific structural movement problems, with emphasis on qualitative analysis, will be included in the course.

 

230 Rhythms and Dance for Elementary School (3 hours)

This course is an exploration of the concepts and relationships of movement, broadening the concept of self-education through the experience of basic rhythms and dance activities at the elementary level.

 

262 Nutrition and Health (3 hours)

This course will investigate the physiological, psychological and economic effects of nutrition on humans. Macro and micro nutrients, nutrition through the life span, the role of nutrition on health, food safety, and effects on physical activity will be examined. In addition, evaluation of current nutritional issues, controversies, and consumer decisions will be analyzed.

 

297 Directed Study in HPER (1-4 hours)

Prerequisite: Senior standing; prior approval of Instructor and Dean of the School of Education.

 

298 Special Topics in HPER (1-4 hours)

Prerequisite: Freshman-Sophomore standing.

 

309 Curriculum and Educational Leadership of Health and Physical Education

(3 hours)

This course is designed for Health and Physical Education teacher candidates. Both health education curriculum and physical education curriculum for grades K-12 will be examined in depth and applied to current requirements for schools. Students will develop curricula aligned with State and National Standards in each area and integrate health and physical education with the larger curriculum and mission of the school. General principles of administrative techniques, leadership strategies, and organizational responsibilities in Physical Education, Health Education, and associated programs in grades K-12 will also be examined.

 

310 Psychology of Sports and Physical Activities (3 hours)

This course examines the place of psychology in physical education and sports. It includes personality, attention and arousal, anxiety and intervention, theories of motivation, and social psychology of sports aggression, audience effects, team cohesion, and leadership in sports.

 

313 Physical Education and Health for Elem/Middle Grades (3 hours)

This course focuses on the curriculum, instruction and assessment of health and physical education for elementary education.  It includes theory, observation, and demonstration in the gym and classroom, emphasizing the role of the teacher in student learning and development.

 

315 Secondary Physical Education and Health Teaching Methods (3 hours)

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education; Educ 317 (may be taken concurrently); concurrent enrollment in Educ 309 or Educ 312.

This course provides Physical Education/Health Education majors with opportunities to study, discuss, organize, and practice instructional methods specifically for middle and high school Physical Education and Health students.

 

322 Coordinated School and Community Health: Program Plan/Implementation

(3 hours)

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to develop a comprehensive coordinated school health program with emphasis on the health and physical activity components of the Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) model. In addition to implementing the plan in a school district, community outreach opportunities will be investigated.

 

325 Prevention and Care of Sports Injuries (3 hours)

Prerequisite: HPER 222.

This course examines the nature and cause of injuries related to the physical activities of children and athletes.

 

360 Physiology of Exercise (3 hours)

This course will provide students with a working understanding of how exercise affects the different systems of the body.

 

382 Essentials of Public Health (3 hours)

This is an introductory and integrative course that provides undergraduates with a foundational understanding of public health and its contributions to the wellbeing of all people. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the inner workings of the complex modern U.S public health system. The student will gain insight into the relationships among federal, state, and local health agencies; the relationship of public health to the overall health system; and best practices for planning, implementing, and evaluating public health interventions. This course sets the stage for other basic public health courses such as epidemiology and global health, as well as for advanced public health courses in community and global health, epidemiology, health policy and administration, and environmental and occupational health.

 

415 Motor Learning (3 hours)

This course will provide an introduction to the field of motor learning. The focus of the course is on skill acquisition with primary consideration given to the learning process, the cognitive and motor processes underlying the learning of skills and factors that influence skill learning.

 

416 Skills and Fitness Assessment (2 hours)

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of essential statistical techniques, relevant measurement theory, and available tests to enable the student to develop valid methods of evaluation.

 

417 Adapted Physical Education (3 hours)

Prerequisites: HPER 222 and Psyc 250.

This course provides a study of philosophy, procedures and practices in adapted physical education.

 

420 Mechanical Kinesiology (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  HPER 222 and HPER 360.

This course is designed to introduce students to concepts of mechanics as they apply to human movement, particularly those pertaining to exercise, sport, and physical activity.  The student should gain an understanding of the mechanical neurological, and anatomical principles that govern human motion and develop the ability to link the structure of the human body with its function from a mechanical perspective.  At the completion of this course it is desired that each student be able to:  l) describe motion with precise, well-defined mechanical and anatomical terminology; 2) understand and quantify liner and angular characteristics of motion; 3) understand the quantitative relationships between angular and linear motion characteristics of a rotating body; 4) understand and quantify the cause and effect relationship between force and linear and angular motion; 5) understand the mechanics of connective tissue and injury; and (6) understand the kinetic and kinematic assessment of gait analysis.

 

428 Health and Society (3 hours)

This course, designed for the health and physical education teacher candidate, will investigate current issues of health and society both domestic and global in scope, and how these events impact students in our nation’s schools. Environmental impact on health, medical advances, technology, public policy, and substance abuse education will also be examined.

 

433 Applied Exercise  Science (3 hours)

Prerequisites:  HPER 415 and 420 (may be taken concurrently).

This course is designed to further the understanding of exercise physiology, structural kinesiology, biomechanics and motor behavior.  The classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences of this course are intended to provide the student with an opportunity to discuss, observe and become aware of the acute and chronic responses of the human body to physical activity.  Instruction is directed toward understanding the research methods used to evaluate and assess the biology of human movement as it pertains to exercise science.

 

441 Internship in HPER (1-12 hours)

Prerequisites: 45 hours of completed coursework, minimum GPA 2.0; Permission of Cooperative Program Coordinator Required.

This course is designed for students to explore and gain work experience related to their major and anticipated career goals.  Students may enroll for 1-12 hours of graded credit.  A minimum of forty hours of work experience will be required for each hour of credit per semester.  The student will complete necessary paperwork with the employer and the Cooperative Program Coordinator.  A final paper will be prepared at the conclusion of the internship.

 

442 Internship in HPER (1-12 hours)            

Prerequisites: 45 hours of completed coursework, minimum GPA 2.0; Permission of Cooperative Program Coordinator Required.

This course is designed for students to complete a second internship, explore and gain work experience related to their major and anticipated career goals.  Students may enroll for 1-12 hours of graded credit.  A minimum of forty hours of work experience will be required for each hour of credit per semester.  The student will complete necessary paperwork with the employer and the Cooperative Program Coordinator.  A final paper will be prepared at the conclusion of the internship.

 

497 Directed Study in HPER (1-4 hours)

Prerequisite: Senior standing. Prior approval of Instructor and Dean of the School of Education.

 

498 Special Topics in HPER (1-4 hours)

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

 

499 Independent Study in HPER (1-3 hours)

Prerequisite: Junior standing; prior approval of Instructor and the Dean of the School of Education.