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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PET6081
Tracking Number - 1519

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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 1/6/10, effective 1/2010; posted in banner 1/6/10

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-09-08
  2. Department: Physical Education & Exercise Science
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 173200
  5. Contact Person: Candi Ashley
  6. Phone: 9744980
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PET
  9. Number: 6081
  10. Full Title: Lifespan Fitness
  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): Lifespan Fitness
  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: The course is designed to assist students in developing an understanding of how fitness habits and recommendations change over a lifetime.

  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 normal growth and physiological development patterns of children and adolescents affect physical activity and physical fitness. In addition, the complex physiological changes that accompany aging may have functional consequences. Physical activity can have a positive influence on the changes associated with aging.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) In addition to the terminal degree, a qualified instructor for this course should have taken graduate level courses in the area of exercise physiology and should have a background of research in one or more areas covered in the course.
  29. Objectives: 6.1. Be able to explain the changes in morphology and body composition as a result of maturation. 6.2. Be able to demonstrate knowledge of the changes in aerobic fitness as a result of normal maturation. 6.3. Be able to identify cardiovascular, ventilatory, and musculoskeletal responses to exercise throughout the life cycle. 6.4. Be able to identify strategies for effective youth and aging fitness programs. 6.5. Discuss physiological, psychological and sociological effects of aging. 6.6. Summarize age-related changes in balance, locomotion, and posture that account for the increased risk of falls and illustrate the importance of physical activity on fall risk prevention. 6.7. Ability to locate, read, and interpret exercise physiology literature.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Examination Performance: 30 points * composed exclusively of essay questions Fitness Program Observation and Presentation: 30 points * students will observe and debate one youth fitness program and one fitness program for the elderly Physical Activity Program Proposal: 30 points * final product will be development of youth or aging physical activity program Participation: 10 points * based on attendance, oral participation in class, online discussion on Blackboard, and content presentation in class
  31. Major Topics: Demographics of Physical Activity and Fitness, Physical Activity and Growth, Impact of Puberty on Physical Activity, Aerobic Fitness in Children, Muscular Fitness in Children, Youth Fitness Programs, Physical Changes of Aging, Motor Control, Coordination, and Skill, The Psychological Aspect of Physical Activity and Aging
  32. Textbooks: Rowland, T. (2006). Children’s Exercise Physiology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Taylor, A. and Johnson, M. (2008). Physiology of Exercise and Healthy Aging. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: ONLINE RESOURCES:

    Selected videos 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 attend class meetings regularly.

    -Students are expected to participate in all Blackboard discussions.

    -Students are expected to participate in classroom discussion.

    Grade Criteria:

    Participation 10%

    Written Examinations 30%

    Fitness Program Observation and Presentation 30%

    Physical Activity Program Proposal 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: Demographics of Physical Activity and Fitness

    Week 2-Physical Activity and Growth

    Week 3-Impact of Puberty on Physical Activity

    Week 4-Aerobic Fitness in Children

    Week 5- Muscular Fitness in Children

    Week 6- Fitness Programs for Youth

    Week 7- Presentation of Observation of Youth Fitness Program

    Week 8-Exam 1

    Week 9-Physical Activity and Aging

    Week 10- Motor Control, Coordination, Skill, and Aging

    Week 11- Psychological and Physical Activity and Aging

    Week 12- Stages of Dementia and Physical Activity

    Week 13-Presentation of Observation of Older Population Fitness Program

    Week 14-Exam 2

    Week 15- Presentation of Proposal for Promoting Physical Activity in Youth or Aging Population

  36. Attendance Policy: Students are allowed to miss up to two class meetings without penalty. Each absence beyond two will result in a reduction of 2% from the final 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 using a two year rotation. This course is currently listed as an elective for the graduate Physical Education program in our department. Additionally, this course may be attractive as an elective for graduate students in Public Health and Aging Studies.

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