Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Physical Education
Course Number and TitlePHED135 Walk-Jog-Run
Number of Credits2 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationThis course fulfills a Personal Health Requirement in Category I: Essential Skills and Perspectives and the Category III requirements of the Core Curriculum at Bucks County Community College for Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving and Responsible Citizenship.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course is designed to give the student an opportunity to improve his/her fitness through the activity of walking or jogging. The emphasis will be on the walking aspect of fitness. Basic concepts of exercise physiology and proper nutrition will be presented.
Required Course Content and Direction
- The student will learn that lifelong wellness is achieved and sustained by practicing habits that include regular physical exercise, and proper nutrition.
- The students will gain new prospective and insight into the benefits of cardiovascular activity and how they are accomplished through walking and jogging.
- The student will gain insight into the importance of nutrition and how it directly applies to the success of walking and jogging.
- The student will learn valid concepts of exercise physiology and how to apply them to walking and jogging.
- The student will learn valid concepts of nutrition and how to apply them to his own diet.
- The student will learn the benefits that walking/jogging have on the central nervous system.
- The student will learn the benefits that walking/jogging have on the muscular, skeletal, digestive, and excretory systems.
- The student will learn the benefits that walking/jogging have on the respiratory, cardiovascular and immune systems.
- The student will be expected to critically review current training literature for the activities of walking and jogging and learning how to change his/her training, if necessary, to conform with new and scientifically valid concepts.
- The student will learn proper walking/jogging stretching techniques.
- The student will learn how to select a proper walking/jogging or exercise shoe.
- The student will learn and apply proper body mechanic techniques while fitness walking and jogging.
- The student will practice and apply proper warm-up techniques used in walking and jogging.
This course satisfies the requirements for the BCCC Core Curriculum.
Core Learning Goals:
- develop attitudes, values, and skills which promote physical and emotional well-being to extend over the course of their lives.
Core Learning Objectives:
- recognize the components of wellness, exercise, and diet that contribute to life long physical, and mental wellness. (1)
- practice wise choices regarding exercise and diet. (1)
- apply appropriate skills to manage stress and anxiety in order to maintain holistic health. (1)
- describe the links between behavior and health over the course of a lifetime. (1)
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:
- integrate and /or combine knowledge from multiple sources to create new knowledge.
- reason from what they know to form new knowledge, draw conclusions, solve problems, explain, decide, and /or predict. (Inductive and/or Deductive Reasoning Skills)
Responsible Citizenship: The student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of major ethnical concerns.
- demonstrate familiarity with contemporary environmental issues.
- identify the effects of a personís actions on the community.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Basic Physiology of exercise
- Principles of warm-up stretching and cool down
- Basic anatomy of muscles and joints
- Fiber type
- Muscular Contractions: isotonic, isometric, and isokenetic
- Muscular Metabolism
- Applied Physiology of exercise
- Principles of an exercise prescription:
- Frequency, intensity, time
- Overload, progressive resistance, specificity, recovery
- Physiological effects of regular anaerobic exercise
- Physiological effects of regular aerobic exercise
- Cross training and how a variety of activities contribute to cardiovascular and total fitness
- The role of diet and nutrition- What is a quality diet?
- Weight management and body composition
- Cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis
- Heat balance, fluid and electrolyte consumption
- Role of the nutrients in energy metabolism
- Relationship among stress, diet and exercise
- Concepts of recuperation, positive adaptation and deconditioning
- Immediate and correct care of athletic injuries
- Evaluation of fitness progress and self-testing
- How to critically review the current literature in the areas of nutrition and physiology of exercise.
- Presents students with knowledge and expertise necessary to review blood pressure screening, cardiovascular fitness rating, target heart rate, and walking programs (beginner through advanced training).
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:The required textbook is selected by the full-time faculty teaching the course. Other course details will be clarified in the Course Format created by each instructor and distributed to each student upon enrollment and attendance in class.
Teaching Methods EmployedThe class period is divided between mini-lectures and physical participation by students. Some portions of the class are dedicated to student presentations.
Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 6/04