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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PET6085
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2009-11-23
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Approved by GC 10/19/09; Sent to USF SCNS Office 11/23/09; SCNS approved 1/5/10, effective 1/2010; posted in banner 1/6/10

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-09-04
  2. Department: Physical Education & Exercise Science
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 173200
  5. Contact Person: Marcus Kilpatrick
  6. Phone: 9748127
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PET
  9. Number: 6085
  10. Full Title: Body Composition: Assessment and Management
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Body Composition
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course covers advanced principles of body composition assessment and management. The role of physical activity and medical intervention will be considered.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed as part of planned program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? A course related to body composition is highly appropriate because health/fitness professionals require a base of knowledge in the growing epidemic of obesity. This course teaches assessment techniques and intervention strategies that will enable professionals to make a difference in the health status of the patients and clients they work with.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) In addition to a terminal degree, a qualified instructor for this course should have taken graduate level courses in fitness/body composition assessment and publications in the area of body composition and/or obesity.
  29. Objectives: 6.1 Ability to locate, read, and interpret research related to body composition, metabolic assessment, and obesity prevention and management. 6.2 Knowledge of the contemporary methods of body composition assessment including: skinfold, bioelectrical impedance, hydrostatic weighing, dual x-ray absorptiometry, and plethymography. 6.3 Knowledge of weight loss fads. 6.4 Ability to complete multifaceted body composition assessments. 6.5 Ability to complete and interpret a resting/basal metabolic rate assessment. 6.6 Knowledge of medical treatment options for severe/morbid obesity. 6.7 Knowledge of the psychosocial aspects of obes
  30. Learning Outcomes: Participation: 20 points * based on attendance, oral participation in class, online discussion on Blackboard, and content presentation in class Written Examinations: 50 points *examinations will be mostly essay with some calculations Research paper: 30 points *significant literature review on a topic related to body composition and/or obesity
  31. Major Topics: Terminology of Body Composition/Obesity, Demographics/Epidemiology, Body Composition Techniques, Validity/Reliability of Assessments, Technology in Assessments, Energy Balance, Obesity Interventions, Fad Diets
  32. Textbooks: Title: Applied Body Composition Management (2004); Author: V. Heyward & D. Wagner; Publisher: Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL

    Title: Obesity (2003); Author: R. Anderson Publisher: Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: ONLINE RSOURCES:

    Selected resources available via Google and YouTube

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: -Students are expected to read all required materials in advance of each class meeting.

    -Students are expected to participate in all Blackboard discussions.

    -Students are expected to participate in classroom discussion.

    Grade Criteria:

    Participation 20%

    Written Examination 50%

    Practical Examination 30%

    *Note rubrics for each grade area could not be added directly to this Acrobat form and are instead provided in section 8 of syllabus document.

    A+ 97.5-100

    A 92.5-97.49

    A-= 90-92.49

    B+ 87.5-89.99

    B 82.5-87.49

    B-= 80-82.49

    C+ 77.5-79.99

    C 72.5-77.49

    C-= 70-72.49

    D+ 67.5-69.99

    D 62.5-67.49

    D-= 60-62.49

    F 0-59.9

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Week 1-Introduction, History, and Terminology

    Week 2-Obesity Demographics

    Week 3-Body Composition Methodology

    Week 4-Anthropometric Techniques

    Week 5- Impedance and Plethysmography

    Week 6- Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry and Hydrostatic Weighing

    Week 7- Written Exam 1

    Week 8-Energy Balance

    Week 9-Metabolic Rate Assessment

    Week 10-Physical Activity Interventions

    Week 11- Dietary Interventions

    Week 12- Medical Interventions

    Week 13-Fad Diets

    Week 14-Written Exam 2

    Week 15- Research Paper

  36. Attendance Policy: Students are allowed to miss one class meeting /discussion without penalty. Each absence beyond one will result in a reduction of 2% from the grade.

    USF Policy on Religious Observances: Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: All students are expected to complete assignments according to the provided schedule and any work to be completed/submitted after the provided schedule must be approved in advance or the work will receive no academic credit.
  38. Program This Course Supports: Physical Education
  39. Course Concurrence Information: It is expected that this course would enroll approximately 15-20 students each time it is delivered. This course will be included in a menu of courses from which students will develop their Planned Program. It is expected that at least 2/3 of all Exercise Science majors will take this course each time it is offered. Additionally, this course may be attractive as an elective for graduate students in Biomedical Science and Public Health.

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