Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Physical Education
Course Number and TitlePHED134 Aerobics
Number of Credits2 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester1500 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course is designed to enable any student to plan and progressively develop a personalized fitness program based on participation in a regular system of aerobic dance and other aerobic exercise. Basic concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition will be presented.
Required Course Content and Direction
- To develop a personal aerobic exercise program, utilizing valid concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition.
- To critically review current training related to aerobic dance, and learn how to change his/her training, if necessary, to conform to new and scientifically valid concepts.
- To select aerobic activities such as jogging, walking, dance, stepping, jumping rope, and individually paced exercises.
- To increase aerobic capacity, which is the maximum amount of oxygen the body can process within a given amount of time.
- To understand the training effect of aerobic upon the body.
- To develop an individual aerobic exercise dance routine.
- To acquire knowledge of the components of physical fitness as related to the concept of total fitness.
- To understand the principles of developing an aerobic program of exercise enabling one to modify their program to fit his/her needs for a lifetime.
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 person’s 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 isokinetic
- Muscular Metabolism
- Applied Physiology of Exercise
- Principles of an exercise prescription
- Frequency, Intensity, Duration
- 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 nutrition in energy metabolism
- Relationship among stress, diet, and exercise
- Concepts of Recuperation, positive adaptation and de-conditioning
- Immediate and correct care of athletic injuries
- Evaluation of fitness progress and self-testing
- Critical Review of literature in nutrition and physiology of exercise
- Cardiovascular Fitness Test: Modified Step Test, Flexibility (sit and reach) Upper Torso Test (push-ups) Strength, Abdominal Strength Test (sit-ups)
- Stretching and warm-up exercise
- Indoor exercising
- Stationary running
- Stair climbing
- Rope jumping
- Circuit training
- Step Aerobics
- Aerobic Exercise and Dance Routines
- Physiology of Aerobics
- Aerobic capacity
- Overload principle
- Training effect
- Point system
- Components of Fitness
- Health related
- Body composition
- Skill related
- Reaction time
- Principles of isotonic and isometric exercise
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Department selected textbook or handouts provided. Details provided by the instructor of each course section.
Teaching Methods EmployedThe class period is divided between mini-lectures and physical participation by students. Some portion of the class is dedicated to student presentations.
Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 6/04