PHED150 Beginning Aquatics

Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Physical Education

I. Course Number and Title
PHED150 Beginning Aquatics
II. Number of Credits
2 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
This 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.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is for non-swimmers and students with limited swimming ability. Special attention is given to basic swimming skills and water safety. This course is recommended for students who plan to transfer to colleges requiring aquatics for graduation. Basic concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition are presented.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. The student will learn that lifelong wellness is achieved and sustained by practicing habits that include regular physical exercise, and proper nutrition.


    2. Beginning aquatics is a course designed to expose the student to a variety of beginner swimming skills.


    3. Students are expected to acquire a finer degree of aquatic dexterity and a basic knowledge of the techniques of water safety.


    4. The student will learn valid concepts of exercise physiology and how to apply them to swimming.


    5. The student will learn valid concepts of nutrition and how to apply them to his own diet.


    6. The student will acquire a knowledge of the history of swimming.


    7. The student will acquire and apply proper safety procedures in and near the water.


    8. The student will acquire and be able to perform the three basic strokes in swimming.


    9. The students, through regular swimming practice, will be provided with an activity that will promote organic fitness, social well being, as well as mental and spiritual well being.


    10. Swimming Performance
      1. The student will learn to develop a personal exercise program in beginning aquatics, utilizing valid concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition.
      2. The student will be expected to critically review current training literature for the sport of swimming and learn how to change his/her training, if necessary, to conform with new and scientifically valid concepts.
      3. The student will learn physical laws governing movement in the water
        1. Law of Inertia
        2. Law of Acceleration
        3. Law of Action and Reaction

    This course satisfies the requirements for the BCCC Core Curriculum.

    Core Learning Goals:
    Category I:
      Personal Health: The students will:

      1. develop attitudes, values, and skills which promote physical and emotional well-being to extend over the course of their lives.

    Core Learning Objectives:
    Category I:
      Personal Health: The students will be able to:

      1. recognize the components of wellness, exercise, and diet that contribute to life long physical, and mental wellness. (1)
      2. practice wise choices regarding exercise and diet. (1)
      3. apply appropriate skills to manage stress and anxiety in order to maintain holistic health. (1)
      4. describe the links between behavior and health over the course of a lifetime. (1)

    Category III:
      Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: The student will be able to:

      1. integrate and /or combine knowledge from multiple sources to create new knowledge.
      2. 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:

      1. demonstrate an understanding of major ethnical concerns.
      2. demonstrate familiarity with contemporary environmental issues.
      3. identify the effects of a person's actions on the community.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Basic Physiology of Exercise
      1. Principles of warm-up, stretching, and cool down
      2. Basic anatomy of muscles and joints
        1. Fiber type
        2. Ligament
        3. Tendon
      3. Muscular Contractions: isotonic, isometric, and isokenetic
      4. Muscular Metabolism
        1. Anaerobic
        2. Aerobic

    2. Applied Physiology of Exercise
      1. Principles of an exercise prescription:
        1. Frequency, intensity, time
        2. Overload, progressive resistance, specificity, recovery
      2. Physiological effects of regular anaerobic exercise
      3. Physiological effect of regular aerobic exercise
      4. Cross training and how a variety of activities contribute to cardiovascular and total fitness

    3. The role of diet and nutrition - What is a quality diet?
      1. Weight management and body composition
      2. Cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis
      3. Heat balance, fluid, and electrolyte consumption
      4. Role of the nutrients in energy metabolism
      5. Relationship among stress, diet, and exercise

    4. Concepts of recuperation, positive adaptation and deconditioning
      1. Immediate and correct care of athletic injuries
      2. Evaluation of fitness progress and self-testing

    5. How to critically review the current literature in the areas of nutrition and physiology of exercise.


    6. Swimming skills to be developed
      1. Crawl stroke
        1. Body position
        2. Arm action
        3. Leg action
        4. Breathing (rhythmic)
        5. Coordination (arms, legs, head)
      2. Elementary backstroke
        1. Body position (supine position)
        2. Leg action
        3. Arm action
        4. Breathing
        5. Coordination
      3. Side stroke
        1. Body position side right or left
        2. Arm position left and right
        3. Leg action scissors kick
        4. Breathing
        5. Coordination
      4. Water Safety
        1. Non swimming rescues
        2. Disrobing in the water
        3. Cramp release
        4. Use of clothing as flotation device
        5. Survival floating
        6. Floating
        7. Rhythmic breathing
        8. Bobbing
        9. Treading water
        10. Sculling and finning
        11. Elementary diving

    7. Swimming Skills for Advanced Level Class
      1. Overhand side stroke
      2. Trudgen stroke
      3. Trudgen crawl stroke
      4. Breast stroke
      5. Back crawl
      6. Inverted breast stroke
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    1. Textbook is selected by the full time faculty teaching the course.


    2. Policies governing student evaluation, grades, and attendance, will be specified in the Course Format prepared by the instructor.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
  1. Mini lectures
  2. Teacher demonstration of swimming skills
  3. Practice of swimming skills
  4. Instructional videos

Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 6/04