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Physical Education (PHED)

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5100 MOTOR DEVELOPMENT (2 credits) An introduction to motor development and related motor theories. Application of these basic motor principles to the teaching of physical education and activity at all levels.

5110 MOTOR LEARNING (2 credits) An introductory class in motor control and learning that gives an overview of the processes and mechanisms involved in generating, acquiring, and refining motor skills and of factors that foster or hinder the acquisition and refinement of these skills.

5120 PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT (2 credits) Study of the general relationship between individuals and sports behavior. Covers competitiveness, goal setting, peak performance, psychosocial influences, and rehabilitation. Also includes guides to show how teaching and learning may be applied to the coaching of sport and to bring out the relationship of meaningful learning to successful athletic coaching.

5150 THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE (2 credits) Theory of the role of exercise in preventing repetitive use syndrome injuries as well as the role of exercise in the rehabilitation of injuries. The emphasis is on stretching and strengthening exercises.

5160 PERSONAL TRAINER: AEROBIC EXERCISE (3 credits) Theory and practice of physical fitness assessment for the purpose of prescribing aerobic exercise to adults, both healthy populations and those with special conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, hypertension, and heart disease. Prepares students for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor exam as well as other personal trainer certifications.

5170 PERSONAL TRAINER: STRENGTH AND SPEED TRAINING EXERCISE (3 credits) Theory and practice of strength and speed training with emphasis on technique analysis and instructional methods for strength training. Includes facility design and equipment purchasing and maintenance. Prepares students for National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

5190 ATHLETIC TRAINING (2 credits) A lecture course with laboratory activity introducing the five practice domains of athletic training that include: prevention, recognition and evaluation, rehabilitation, reconditioning of athletic injuries, administration and professional development. Other topics include the theory and practice of athletic taping and risk management.

5200 INTRODUCTION TO SPORT BIOMECHANICS (3 credits) Introduction to biomechanical concepts and principles. Application of these principles to evaluating and improving performance in physical activities. Introduction to methods for qualitative movement analysis.

5209 SPORT FINANCE AND ECONOMICS (3 credits) This course will provide the student an understanding of theories and concepts used in financial resource management for the operation of programs in both public and private sectors of sport. Topics include ethical concerns, decision making, principles of budgeting, budget development, financial statements, spread sheet utilization, sources of revenue for financing sport, economic impact principles, and economic theories.

5211 D/APE HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY, DIAGNOSIS, AND ASSESSMENT (3 credits) Introduction to physical education for students with disabilities, emphasizing the history and philosophy, legal mandates, resources, administration, curriculum, formal/informal assessment, evaluation, reporting results, IEP development, program planning, and entry/exit criteria.

5212 DEVELOPMENTAL TECHNIQUES FOR ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION (3 credits) Adaptation of physical activities for individuals with disabilities from birth to adulthood, emphasizing the application of current movement science research as outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Act.

5217 D/APE SPORT AND RECREATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES (3 credits) Through observation, laboratory experience, and discussion, students learn of community opportunities, resources, and advocacy groups as well as environmental adaptations and modifications related to sports and recreational activities for individuals with disabilities. Prerequisite: PHED 5211.

5218 ADAPTED AQUATICS (2 credits) A practical, hands-on course that applies information learned in prerequisite classes to the teaching of swimming skills to students with physical and/or mental disabilities. BSU students assess swimming skills, develop IEPs, review student progress, and teach swimming skills using a variety of equipment to students with a wide range of abilities. Prerequisites: PHED 5211, WSI certification or swimming proficiency equivalent to American Red Cross Level V or higher, or consent of instructor.

5300 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE AND NUTRITION (3 credits) An examination of the effects of exercise on the systems of the body as they relate to health and performance. Nutritional concepts of weight control, ergogenic aids and fluid replacement will be discussed. Techniques for developing, prescribing, and assessing fitness components will be present.

5309 LEGAL ASPECTS OF SPORT (3 credits) An overview of the field of sports law, with applications to amateur sport, professional sport, recreation, and fitness settings. Key areas of the law are identified, and applications within the sports industry are studied. Provides information about legal issues which may help the sport professional avoid litigation by foreseeing and preventing problems.

5449 SOCIO-CULTURAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN SPORT (3 credits) Study of the general relationship between individuals and sport, and sport and society. Discussions cover the ways sport is linked to other spheres of social life, the organization and behavior patterns of both individuals and groups within sport settings, and the cultural, structural, and situational factors affecting sport and sport experiences.

5504 TEACHING RHYTHMS AND DANCE (2 credits) Methods and materials for teaching educational forms of rhythms an dance. Components include effective individual and group instruction , cultural and historical implications, dance steps and fundamentals and a variety of traditional, creative and contemporary dance forms applicable to the K-12 setting. Prerequisite: Entrance into the teacher education program or consent of instructor.

5505 TEACHING ELEMENTARY PHYSICAL EDUCATION (2 credits) An introduction to the developmental physical education program at the elementary school level. Components include learner characteristics, program content and organization and methods of teaching physical education. Prerequisite: Entrance into the teacher education program or consent of instructor.

5509 SPORT EVENT AND FACILITY MANAGEMENT (3 credits) This course will provide the student with an understanding of: (a) the steps involved in designing sport facilities, (b) the responsibilities in managing sport facilities, and (c) managing, administering, and organizing sporting events. Topics include planning and design of a sport facility, organizational structure and staffing, operations and maintenance, programming and scheduling, event management, and crowd control and security.

5600 SPORT MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS (3 credits) Study of fundamental marketing and public relation principles utilized in sport. Topics include definitions, marketing planning process, goals and objectives of marketing, marketing mix, segmentation, target markets, consumer behavior, sponsorship, endorsement, merchandising, fundraising, print media and mass communication.

5604 TEACHING TEAM SPORTS (2 credits) Activities and teaching methods for team sport activities included in current physical education programs at all levels. Prerequisite: Entrance into teacher education program or consent of instructor.

5605 TEACHING INDIVIDUAL SPORTS (2 credits) Methods of teaching and the practice of the skills such as tennis, golf, pickleball, archery, badminton, bowling, and racquetball are the focus. Development of lesson plans, unit plans and application of the teaching methods is emphasized. Prerequisite: Entrance into teacher education program or consent of instructor.

5607 TEACHING FITNESS (2 credits) Methods of teaching and the practice in the development of physical fitness. Development of the health related fitness components of strength, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance and flexibility with activities such as cross country skiing, exercise walking, orienteering, cycling, yoga and weight training are emphasized.

5920 DIRECTED GROUP STUDY: THESIS PROPOSAL SEMINAR (1 credit) When taken as Thesis Proposal Seminar the following description applies: Intended as a capstone course to prepare the physical educator for student teaching and seeking employment. The course will integrate discussion of strategies for effective instruction, procedures and expectations of student teaching, resume development, and job procurement on a national scale. Quality written composition on career goals and objectives will be required.

5970 INTERNSHIP: PRACTICUM IN D/APE (3 credits) When taken as D/APE practicum, the following description applies: Observation of and participation in physical educational instruction for students pre-K--12 with disabilities. Includes seminar component for discussion of current issues, ideas, and problems in developmental/adapted physical education. Required: A minimum of 30 practicum hours per credit. Prerequisite: PHED 5211.

6109 SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT (3 credits) Study of the general relationship between sport and society including: (1) the ways sport is linked to other spheres of social life; (2) the organization and behavior patterns that exist within sport settings; (3) the cultural, structural, and situational factors affecting sport and sport experiences; and (4) the social processes related to democratization, collective behavior, and social change.

6200 APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY AND NUTRITION (3 credits) An examination of current conditioning and nutritional practices in sport. Emphasis will be on reading research related to these practices, as well as developing skills and methods for assessing performance and the effects of conditioning.

6300 ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF COACHING AND ADMINISTRATION (3 credits) A study of advanced principles and administrative duties of coaching. Practical applications of these will include the use of technology and problem solving in case studies.

6400 ADVANCED MOVEMENT ANALYSIS (3 credits) A study of the mechanical principles applied to the analysis of human movement including data gathering techniques and interpretations of selected research studies. Lecture and laboratory experiences provided.

6970 INTERNSHIP: PRACTICUM IN SPORT STUDIES (1 credit) Supervised practicum in an athletic or sport studies-related setting, such as strength and conditioning, NCAA compliance, athlete recruiting, and injury rehabilitation. The practicum may take the form of a special project or research. Prior approval much be obtained from the student’s academic advisor. A journal, written paper, and/or oral presentation is required following the learning experience. Graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory only.

6990 THESIS (2 credits) A thesis written by the student that reports extensive original research carried out by the student and that demonstrates appropriate methodology and scholarship as it relates to sport, physical education, and/or physical activity.Prerequisites: PHED 6991 and PHED 6992.

6991 THESIS TOPIC (1 credit) Students develop a research question(s) to be used for their thesis proposal. Course content includes methods and practice in literature searches.

6992 THESIS PROPOSAL SEMINAR (1 credit) An extension of PHED 6991, this course has the objective of taking the advisor-approved topic and problem statement and developing a thesis proposal worthy of acceptance by the PEHS graduate faculty. This includes the completion of the first three chapters of the student's thesis.


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