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HPED: Health and Physical Education

Department of Health and Physical Education

College of Health and Human Services

HPED 510/* Exercise Prescription 3 cr.

Teaches individuals to write exercise prescriptions based upon a subject’s tolerance for physical activity. Special emphasis will be given to risk factors, techniques of evaluation, drugs, injuries, environmental factors, and motivation with respect to their role in physical activity assessment. In-depth experiences working with qualified medical personnel will be provided. Prerequisite: HPED 343.

HPED 512/* Physical Activity and Stress Management 3 cr.

Acquisition of necessary understandings of anxiety and stress with respect to the nature, the place they hold in our society, and the intervention strategies related to physical activity. A paper relating the utilization of these techniques is required.

HPED 513/* Physical Activity and Aging 3 cr.

Presents the major aspects of physical activity, its importance to the older adult, and the organization of an activity program. Specific attention will be given to the physiology of activity, effects of activity on growth and aging, exercise prescription, flexibility, overweight and obesity, and motivational strategies. A paper is required that deals with analysis of problems of the aged as observed from visitations to nursing homes, senior citizens’ organizations, and social service agencies.

HPED 526/* Health Science Instruction 3 cr.

An overview of health curriculum with a focus on middle school and high school health education teaching methods and media of instruction. Includes unit development, opportunities for classroom instruction, and guidelines for maintaining professional growth. Explores current research in classroom techniques, motivational strategies, and assessment of student learning within a diverse population. Prerequisites: Enrollment in Master of Education in Health and Physical Education Program.

HPED 550/* Curriculum and Programming in Sexuality Education 3 cr.

Designed to provide and share information that will be helpful to current and future school personnel in developing sexuality education programs in their schools and local communities.

HPED 581 Special Topics 3 cr.

HPED 601 Sport and Society 3 cr.

Designed to acquaint the student with the reciprocal relationships between sport and physical activity as they affect human development in the societies and cultures out of which sport emerges.

HPED 602 Sport Psychology 3 cr.

Study of the psychological effects and implications of participation in sport and physical activity. Emphasis on personality and motivational dynamics as they relate to sport involvement in human behavior.

HPED 603 Physiological Basis of Sport 3 cr.

An examination of the physiological factors that influence performance in sport with emphasis on the analysis of various training techniques.

HPED 610 Coaching Management 3 cr.

Focuses on the understanding and application of techniques for coaching an athletic team. Current research on coaching strategies, psychology of sport, sociology of sport, liability management, and the physiological conditioning of athletes are emphasized. Prerequisite: None.

HPED 620 Exercise Prescription for Chronic Diseases 3 cr.

Examines the medical and therapeutic considerations for exercise prescriptions, as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine, for individuals with chronic medical disorders. Competencies needed to function as clinical exercise specialist will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Permission.

HPED 625 Management Concepts in Fitness 3 cr.

Overview of issues, challenges, and professional responsibilities involved in the management of health and fitness programs and facilities. Focuses on the management of clinical, community, commercial, and corporate fitness programs. Topics include fitness program development, organizational structure and planning, personnel issues, financial management, marketing, and risk and liability issues related directly to operating a clinical and commercial fitness program. Prerequisite: None.

HPED 631 Motor Learning 3 cr.

Examines theories and concepts of motor control. Provides necessary skills and tools to evaluate performance, provide effective instruction, and create practice sessions that optimize acquisition and retention of movement skills. Requires a strong background in the areas of anatomical and mechanical kinesiology and basic understanding of the central nervous system operations.

HPED 632 Assessment of Human Physiological Functions 3 cr.

Study of various physical fitness components and their contribution to a person’s well-being and how to measure and evaluate physical fitness.

HPED 634 Current Literature in Health, Fitness, and Sport 3 cr.

Focus on knowledge and demonstration of skills required for development of a master’s thesis proposal. Emphasis is on research design and the statistics appropriate to analyze various types of research. Students will be involved in the identification, interpretation, and analysis of peer-reviewed research specific to the discipline of health, physical activity, and sport. Prerequisite: None.

HPED 635 Sport Management 3 cr.

Theory and practice of human management with applications to sport; formal structure of organizations, goal setting, organizational personality, group processes, and leadership styles.

HPED 637 Sport Facilities Management 3 cr.

An administrative and management course designed to prepare sport managers to develop and operate competitive, recreational, instructional, therapeutic, and multifaceted sport complexes. Course work includes planning, design, construction, budgeting, programming, staffing, equipping, administration, maintenance, safety, and rehabilitation. Three lecture hours.

HPED 640 Research Methods for Health, Sport, and Physical Activity 3 cr.

Provides a foundation for the research process in fields related to health and human performance. Types of research, writing a research report, and evaluation of commonly used techniques for data analysis are explored. Computer statistical programs and library resources are used to facilitate the student’s development of reading and conducting research. Prerequisite: HPED 634.

HPED 641 Administration of Aquatic Programs 3 cr.

Examines the organizational procedures, administrative techniques, and practices employed in aquatics with special emphasis on adapted, competitive, instructional, recreational, social, and water safety programs.

HPED 642 Design and Operation of Aquatic Facilities 3 cr.

Elements and principles of planning, design, and operation of swimming pools, waterfront facilities, and related equipment necessary for the aquatic administrator.

HPED 645 Advanced Teaching Techniques in Physical Education 3 cr.

Provides the tools necessary to effectively design and implement unit plans of instruction in physical education. Assists in developing teaching qualities that enhance participation and encourage lifetime activity. Provides an overview of the physical education curriculum, K-12, with an emphasis on middle and high school levels. Explores recent developments in the field of physical education with emphasis on instructional strategies, assessment procedures, and use of technology.

HPED 652 Sport Business 3 cr.

Focuses on the application of knowledge in marketing, finance, sales, sponsorships, promotions, media, and public relations to the sports industry. Strategies specific to sports will be emphasized. Prerequisite: None.

HPED 655 Health and Fitness for Elementary School Children 3 cr.

Prepares students to teach health and fitness to grades K-6. Includes developmentally appropriate content and teaching strategies based on national and state standards with opportunities for teaching in peer laboratory and school settings. Reviews current issues and research on childhood health behaviors. Analyzes behavioral strategies for promoting lifetime physical activity.

HPED 658 Emergency Management for Schools 3 cr.

Provides knowledge, tools, and skills necessary to prepare for and respond to emergency situations that could occur during the school day, at school-sponsored events and functions, or while transporting school students. Requires demonstration of appropriate response to a school emergency and skills necessary to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of students.

HPED 670 Advanced Seminar in Adapted Physical Education 3 cr.

Provides K-12 physical education teachers with the knowledge necessary to include students with disabilities in general physical education classes. An overview of current laws, assessment, the IEP process, and information on specific disabilities as relates to physical education will be addressed. Practical experience will be provided by participation of students in the Special Needs Activity Program.

HPED 672 Epidemiology of Physical Activity 3 cr.

Introduces the student to the principles of epidemiology and the specific relationship between physical activity and chronic disease. Exercise-based public health initiatives and health promotion programming are emphasized.

HPED 675 Fitness Technology for Health and Physical Educators 3 cr.

Through guided classroom experiences and activities, students will develop the skills necessary for incorporating physical education specific technologies into appropriate instruction in a K-12 setting. Students will use technology to collect and interpret data, design appropriate assessments, and enhance teaching strategies resulting in improved teacher effectiveness and efficiency. Students will also have an opportunity to obtain the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) Physical Best Certification. 

HPED 680 Seminar 3 cr.

Specific subjects will be considered through readings, reports, discussions, and guest presenters. A paper will be required. A specific title will be listed in the schedule of classes. May be repeated.

HPED 681 Special Topics 3 cr.

HPED 698 Internship 3-6 cr.

Prospectus must be presented by student. Objective is to provide an in-depth experience in an area of interest to the student under the guidance of a faculty member and a cooperating supervisor. Prerequisite: Faculty approval.

HPED 699 Independent Study 1-3 cr.

Students may study intensively a subject of their interest under the guidance of a faculty member with the appropriate expertise. Prospectus must be presented by the student. Prerequisite: Approval of faculty member, department chairperson, college dean, and associate provost.

HPED 795 Thesis 3-6 cr.

*Indicates dual-listed class

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