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
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 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
  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. The student will be given the knowledge to improve individual fitness through aquatic movement.


    3. 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:
    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. The student will learn valid concepts of exercise physiology and how to apply them in a chosen activity.


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


    3. 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.


    4. The student will learn to develop a personal exercise program in swim for fitness, utilizing valid concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition.


    5. 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.


    6. The course will teach the basic 9 swimming strokes.


    7. 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.


    8. 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

    9. 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 aerobic exercise contribute to cardiovascular and total fitness

    10. 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

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

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


    13. The student is expected to complete 10 levels of fitness workouts within their swimming level at the appropriate target heart rate


    14. Water games and sports that are designed to improve cardiovascular fitness


    15. Instruction of the 9 basic Red Cross swimming strokes
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. 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