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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PET6389
Tracking Number - 1517

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-04-06
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: 6389
  10. Full Title: Fitness Assessment and Prescription
  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): Fitness Assessment
  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 physiological fitness assessment. Topics to be covered include the assessment and prescription of: aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, muscular strength, and muscular endurance.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed as part of recent 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? The field of exercise science has evolved in recent years and this course provides cutting edge coverage of the methods, principles, and procedures for assessing and training for health and fitness. Students taking this course will be prepared for most any work environment in terms of their preparedness to provide high level professional care to the general population and to athletes.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  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 exercise testing and published research in the area.
  29. Objectives: 6.1 Ability to locate, read, and interpret fitness assessment and prescription protocols, guidelines, and research. 6.2 Ability to conduct aerobic, anaerobic, and flexibility assessments on a variety of populations. 6.3 Ability to design comprehensive exercise prescriptions for athletic and the general population. 6.4 Knowledge of the necessary physiological processes associated with fitness testing and prescription to include: anaerobic threshold, maximal oxygen consumption, and the stretch reflex. 6.5 Knowledge of the metabolic cost associated with aerobic exercise participation. 6.6 Knowledge of clinical aspects of aerobic fitness testing including: electrocardiography, hemodynamics, and pulmonary physiology. 6.7 Knowledge of the biomechanical considerations of exercise testing and prescription. 6.8 Ability to communicate effectively with a client/patient regarding exercise testing or prescription.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Participation: 20 points * based on attendance, oral participation in class, online discussion on Blackboard, and content presentation in class Written Examinations: 60 points *examinations will be mostly essay with some calculations Practical Exam: 20 points *evaluation based on hands-on assessment with mock clients on skills taught in the course
  31. Major Topics: Rational for Fitness Assessment, Aerobic Fitness Assessment, Anaerobic Fitness Assessment, Muscular Strength Assessment, Muscular Endurance Assessment, Range of Motion Assessment, Electrocardiography, Exercise Prescription
  32. Textbooks: Title: Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Author: V. Heyward Publisher: Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL Year: 2006
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: ONLINE RESOURCES:

    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 Examinations 60%

    Practical Examination 20%

    *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-Rationale for Fitness Assessment

    Week 2-Aerobic Fitness Assessment

    Week 3- Aerobic Fitness Assessment

    Week 4-Anaerobic Fitness Assessment

    Week 5- Anaerobic Fitness Assessment

    Week 6- Written Exam 1

    Week 7- Muscular Strength Assessment

    Week 8-Muscular Endurance Assessment

    Week 9-Range of Motion Assessment

    Week 10-Electrocardiography

    Week 11- Electrocardiography

    Week 12- Written Exam 2

    Week 13-Exercise Prescription

    Week 14- Exercise Prescription

    Week 15- Practical Exam

  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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