PHED154 Swim for Fitness
Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Physical Education
- I. Course Number and Title
- PHED154 Swim for Fitness
- II. Number of Credits
- 2 credits
- III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
- 2250 minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- The student must be able to swim a minimum of 50 meters without stopping
- 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 designed to improve cardiovascular capacity and personal wellness through an individual program of aquatic training. Basic concepts of exercise and nutrition are presented.
- VII. 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 student will be given the knowledge to improve individual fitness through aquatic movement.
- The student will be given the information that creates an understanding of target heart rate and functions of a fitness program on their body.
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:
- The student will learn valid concepts of exercise physiology and how to apply them in a chosen activity.
- The student will learn valid concepts of nutrition and how to apply them to his own diet.
- This course will teach the student how to evaluate his/her swimming level in terms of skill, strength, and endurance so the student may safely participate in aquatic activities.
- The student will learn to develop a personal exercise program in swim for fitness, utilizing valid concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition.
- The student will be expected to critically review current training literature for the activity of swimming and learn how to change his/her training necessary, to conform to new and scientifically valid concepts.
- The course will teach the basic 9 swimming strokes.
- The course will measure the student's basic heart rate and target heart rate in the beginning and end of the semester to evaluate improvements.
- 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 effect of regular aerobic exercise
- Cross training and how a variety of aerobic exercise 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 de-conditioning
- Immediate and correct care of athletic injuries
- Evaluation of fitness progress and self-testing
- How to critically review current literature in the areas of nutrition and physiology of exercise
- The student is expected to complete 10 levels of fitness workouts within their swimming level at the appropriate target heart rate
- Water games and sports that are designed to improve cardiovascular fitness
- Instruction of the 9 basic Red Cross swimming strokes
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.
- VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
- The 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