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Health/Physical Education/Recreation

HPER 1102 -- Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Study of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco including behavioral effects on individuals, families, and society, and the programs for chemical dependency related to identification and rehabilitation. It is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding drug misuse, abuse, and addiction and to help them make informed decisions regarding their own drug use.


HPER 1103 -- First Aid and CPR,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course consists of knowledge and skill in injury/illness recognition, first aid care and accident prevention. Content covers one- & two-rescuer CPR and choking relief for infant, child and adult, as well as, the use of pocket masks, bag-mask ventilation and AED. General knowledge of body systems along with victim assessment, victim management and victim stabilization is also addressed. American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider Certification and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons First Aid Certification will be earned upon successful completion. Meets the requirements for ARCC Nursing students.


HPER 1106 -- CPR Re-Certification-BLS for Healthcare Providers,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: BLS for the Healthcare Professional Certification or equivalent certification; expiration date must be within the three months prior to the start of the class.

In this course, students will review procedures for responding to cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies. Upon successful completion, students will earn the American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers certification, which will remain current for 2 years. This certification meets the CPR requirement for entrance into the nursing program and is desirable for those entering healthcare professions.


HPER 1108 -- Consumer Health,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course will provide the student with the knowledge and skills to be effective health care consumers. Students will learn how to critically evaluate health issues and information using scientific principles, which will provide a framework for making informed choices when selecting products and services.


HPER 1109 -- Public Health,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of public health concepts and practices by reviewing the philosophic background, historical events, purposes, organizational tools, activities and results of public health practices in the United States.


HPER 1110 -- Personal and Community Health,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to look at health from a personal and community perspective. The course will include an overview of concepts and concerns involving the many dimensions of health and give students knowledge and skills necessary to make informed health decisions.


HPER 1112 -- Nutrition,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Overview of basic principles of nutrition are covered, as well as current problems and topics regarding both personal and world nutrition. Topics include contemporary issues such as food labeling, dieting practices, eating disorders, fitness, malnutrition, and nutrition throughout the life cycle.


HPER 1115 -- Stress Management,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Cross-listed as PSYC 1115)

This course is designed to provide students with pragmatic tools for dealing with real life situations. This course is intended to be an investigation of various theories and techniques used in effective stress management. It is designed to help students develop useful tools for managing the everyday stresses of life. Much of the course will be devoted to the exploration and discussion of the nature of stress. A major focus of the course will be to increase your understanding of how we perceive stress, react to it, and cope with it.


HPER 1120 -- Wellness for Life,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for the development and enhancement of a healthy lifestyle throughout the life span. Students will develop skills to assess their current wellness levels and be able to develop a plan to positively enhance their personal health and fitness status. (This four-credit course includes two credits of classroom instruction and two credits from a selected group of activity courses. Students must register for HPER 1120 and the activity course concurrently.)


HPER 1123 -- Outdoor Activities,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course will introduce the basic skills needed for several outdoor activities. Summer/Fall activities may include: canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, rock climbing, adventure rope courses, hiking, camping, and outdoor cooking. Winter/Spring Activities may include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter survival skills, winter camping.


HPER 1124 -- Canoeing,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Basic swimming skills or Red Cross card

Practice of techniques, principles, and safety for beginning canoeists.


HPER 1132 -- Skiing,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Class meets off campus at a commercial ski area. Beginning through advanced skiing will be taught. Students will be separated in groups according to skiing abilities at the ski area. An extra fee is required for lessons and lift ticket. Equipment rental is available, if needed, at the ski area. The student is required to arrange his/her own transportation to and from the ski area.


HPER 1133 -- Cross Country Skiing,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This is a beginning course on cross country skiing. Basic skills are taught including: equipment and clothing selection, safety, diagonal stride, double poling, turns, uphill and downhill technique. Class meets on and off-campus.


HPER 1134 -- Snowboarding,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Class meets off campus at a commercial ski/snowboard area. Beginning through advanced snowboarding will be taught. Students will be separated in groups according to snowboarding abilities at the ski/snowboard area. An extra fee is required for lift tickets. Equipment rental is available if needed, at the ski/snowboard area. The student is required to arrange his/her own transportation to and from the ski area.


HPER 1144 -- Camping,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Practices of principles and techniques related to outdoor camping. All students will participate in field trips, cookouts, tenting, etc. Basic skills related to outdoor living and appreciation of the outdoors are the main focus. Students need to have access to some camping equipment and be able to participate in one weekend camping experience.


HPER 1145 -- Yoga,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This beginning level course is designed to focus on improving muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and balance through performing sequences of yoga poses. This course also emphasizes relaxation and breathing techniques to reduce stress and improve concentration.


HPER 1152 -- Aerobic Fitness,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Must be able to participate in physical activity

Introduces students to basic knowledge of aerobic conditioning and methods in which to improve lifelong wellness. Muscular and cardiovascular fitness will be developed through the use of various forms of activities. Coursework includes lecture, lab and active participation. Emphasis is on individuals need and capabilities.


HPER 1153 -- Zumba,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This is a course designed to focus on improving muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance and coordination through Latin-inspired dance movements. It is an instructor-led group fitness activity where students will learn choreographed steps. No dance experience necessary.


HPER 1155 -- Archery,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce basic skills, techniques and etiquette of archery. Fundamentals of form, safety, and choice and care of equipment will be stressed. Emphasis on correct form, safety, choice and care of equipment, as well as an appreciation for a lifetime activity.


HPER 1156 -- Golf,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This beginning level course is designed to focus on the fundamentals which include etiquette, club selection, swing mechanics, rules, strategies and competition relative to the game of golf. Access to golf equipment is required.


HPER 1157 -- Tennis,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce begining skills, techniques, rules and strategies for the beginning tennis player. Emphasis on correct form, timing, and court movement, as well as an appreciation for a lifetime activity.


HPER 1159 -- Bowling,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce basic bowling skills, techniques and rules. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals, etiquette and scoring, as well as an appreciation for a lifetime activity.


HPER 1160 -- Weight Training and Conditioning,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
A beginning weight training and conditioning class with an emphasis on improvement of total body fitness: strength, endurance, power, flexibility, body composition, and cardiovascular efficiency through weight resistance exercises and conditioning.


HPER 1163 -- Badminton,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce basic badminton skills, techniques, rules and strategies for singles and doubles play with a focus on development of various strokes, serves, and offensive and defensive strategies.


HPER 1165 -- Fitness Walking,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to establish a basic understanding of fitness, improve cardiovascular health by participating in a walking program and promote walking as a lifelong activity.


HPER 1166 -- Jogging/Running,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This activity class is designed to teach basic running/jogging skills and techniques. Runners at any level can benefit from this class. The main emphasis is on improving both knowledge of aerobic fitnees and personal cardiovascular improvement, as well as an appreciation for a lifetime activity.


HPER 1169 -- Pickleball,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Pickleball is a modernized racquet game incorporating skills from tennis, badminton, and racquetball. This class is designed to improve level of individual pickleball skills as well as concepts of team play. Focus will be on skills, teamwork, knowledge of the game, as well as looking at pickleball as a lifetime activity.


HPER 1170 -- Intermediate Weight Training and Conditioning,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Experience in weight training

Fitness course designed for students with experience in weight training whose interests involve the development of an exercise program based on their individual needs and fitness level. Students will design their own program with the help of the instructor. Areas of interest include weight training, cardiovascular training and flexibility training.


HPER 1171 -- Bicycle Touring,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
An introduction to bicycle touring for leisure and exercise. This course is designed to introduce basic bicycling skills, maintenance and safety. Emphasis will be placed on techniques as well as an appreciation for a lifetime activity.


HPER 1172 -- Karate,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Okinawa Shuri - te Karate Karate meaning "empty hands," is an ancient technique in weaponless self-defense. Emphasis is placed on learning an Oriental art form. Students should expect increased physical involvement as training progresses.


HPER 1173 -- Taekwondo,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is an introduction to fundamental techniques and principles of Taekwondo. Taekwondo, which means the 'way of hand and foot', is an ancient Korean martial art that fosters techniques of self-defense while promoting health of mind and body. The Asian traditions which underlie this martial art will also be emphasized in this course. Physical and mental training characterizes each class session.


HPER 1174 -- Basketball,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This is an introductory course to the game of basketball. This course is designed to introduce basic basketball skills, techniques and rules. Emphasis will be placed on fundamentals, etiquette and strategies, as well as an appreciation for a lifetime activity.


HPER 1175 -- Volleyball,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce the basic fundamentals of volleyball. Students will learn the rules, strategies and proper etiquette as well as an appreciation for a lifetime activity. The ability to perform the fundamentals will be demonstrated in game situations.


HPER 1176 -- Intermediate Volleyball,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce intermediate volleyball skills, techniques and rules. Emphasis will be placed on refining fundamentals, developing advanced skills and strategies, as well as an appreciation for a lifetime activity.


HPER 1178 -- Softball,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce the basic skills, techniques and strategies of slowpitch softball. Emphasis will be on correct form, safety, and choice and care of equipment, as well as on appreciation for a lifetime of activity.


HPER 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


HPER 1200 -- Anatomy of Movement,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Basic understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as basic wellness concepts (including weight training, conditioning, and aerobic fitness)

This course addresses the physiological and mechanical basis of movement. Topics include muscle physiology and types of muscle contractions, the body planes in which various movements occur, and the bones, muscles, and other structures that enable and support movement. This course is designed for the student pursuing a career in the fitness industry and/or a certificate in the Fitness Specialist program, the A.S. in Exercise Science, as well as those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of physical activity and exercise on the body.


HPER 2205 -- Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Introductory class to basic athletic training. Class will cover a variety of topics including anatomy, injury prevention, conditioning, healing, injury care, rehabilitation, and practical skills such as taping and wrapping.


HPER 2206 -- Introduction to Exercise Physiology,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Basic understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as basic wellness concepts (including weight training, conditioning, and aerobic fitness)

This course introduces the science behind physical movement and provides students with an overview of the acute and chronic effects of physical activity and training on various systems of the body, including the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and nervous systems. This course is designed for students pursuing a career in the fitness industry as well as those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of exercise on the human body.


HPER 2207 -- Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: HPER 1200 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Basic understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as basic wellness concepts (including weight training, conditioning, and aerobic fitness)

This course provides an overview of how to assess cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body fat, pulmonary function, and blood pressure and evaluate the results. Emphasis is placed on determining the appropriate test, conducting the test, evaluating the results, and creating an exercise program. This course is designed for the student pursuing a career in the fitness industry, a certificate in the proposed Fitness Specialist Program, as well as those interested in furthering their understanding of the effects of exercise on the mind and body.


HPER 2208 -- Concepts in Personal Training,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: HPER1200 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: HPER 2207 strongly recommended. Basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology principles and well as basic fitness concepts, including weight training, conditioning and aerobic fitness concepts.

This course is designed to familiarize and reinforce students' understanding of personal training concepts and will help students prepare for a national personal trainer certification exam. Concepts will include implementation and modification of exercise recommendations and programs, behavior modification, communication and professionalism, and business and legal considerations.


HPER 2210 -- Intercollegiate Baseball,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
0-1 credit

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Recent participant in the sport at high school level, high level of fitness and athleticism, varsity team member based on tryout with the coach.

Fundamentals, techniques, strategy, practice and competition in the intercollegiate sport. Students may repeat the course to gain a maximum of 2 credits.


HPER 2211 -- Intercollegiate Basketball,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
0-1 credit

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Recent participant in the sport at high school level, high level of fitness and athleticism, varsity team member based on tryout with the coach.

Fundamentals, techniques, strategy, practice and competition in the intercollegiate sport. Students may repeat the course to gain a maximum of 2 credits.


HPER 2215 -- Intercollegiate Soccer,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
0-1 credit

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Recent participant in the sport at high school level, high level of fitness and athleticism, varsity team member based on tryout with the coach.

Fundamentals, techniques, strategy, practice and competition in the intercollegiate sport. Students may repeat the course to gain a maximum of 2 credits.


HPER 2217 -- Intercollegiate Softball,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
0-1 credit

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Recent participant in the sport at high school level, high level of fitness and athleticism, varsity team member based on tryout with the coach.

Fundamentals, techniques, strategy, practice and competition in the intercollegiate sport. Students may repeat the course to gain a maximum of 2 credits.


HPER 2219 -- Intercollegiate Volleyball,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
0-1 credit

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Recent participant in the sport at high school level, high level of fitness and athleticism, varsity team member based on tryout with the coach.

Fundamentals, techniques, strategy, practice and competition in the intercollegiate sport. Students may repeat the course to gain a maximum of 2 credits.


HPER 2230 -- Introduction to Sport Management,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of Sport Management. It includes a broad base of topics pertaining to the sport, fitness, and recreation industries. Topics include: youth sport, interscholastic sport, intercollegiate sport, professional sport, international sport, fitness and recreational sport, marketing, media and communications, event and facility management, legal and ethical challenges, sport and society and current events related to sport.


HPER 2240 -- Coaching Theory,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course covers the following topics: coaching philosophies, behavior management in sport, teaching progression, game and practice management, psychology of coaching and fundamentals of physical training.


HPER 2296 -- Field Experience and Seminar for Fitness Specialist,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisities: Permission of Instructor

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to focus on knowledge gained in the Health and Physical Education classes. It will allow students to perform hands on work experience to help direct their individual learning.


HPER 2297 -- Field Experience and Seminar in Athletic Coaching,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: It is recommended that a minimum of 7 program required credits be completed or concurrently enrolled in prior to taking HPER 2297 Field Experience and Seminar in Athletic Coaching.

This course will provide the student with the opportunity to focus on knowledge gained in the Athletic Coaching classes. It will allow students to perform hands-on work experience to help direct their individual learning.


HPER 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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