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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PET6388
Tracking Number - 1521

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-08-25
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. Approved. Effective 1/1/10

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: 6388
  10. Full Title: Physical Activity, Health, and Disease
  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): Physical Activity and Health
  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 focuses on the study of how physical activity is related to chronic diseases. Epidemiological techniques will be examined using physical activity as a factor in the cause of disease. The physiological basis will be examined.

  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 leading causes of death in our society are lifestyle related. The understanding of how physical activity can help reduce the burden of chronic diseases and disabling conditions is paramount.
  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 the area of exercise physiology and/or epidemiology and should have a background of research in one or more areas covered in the course.
  29. Objectives: 6.1. Explain the history of physical activity and how levels of physical activity have changed over time and how this has affected the overall health of society. 6.2 Understand the origins and contributions of physical activity epidemiology. 6.3 Understand the scientific foundation of current physical activity guidelines. 6.4. Highlight the differences in the effects of physical activity on fitness across age, gender, and ethnic groups. 6.5. Understand epidemiology research methods specific to physical activity. 6.6. Describe common approaches to measuring physical activity within individuals and populations.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Examination Performance: 40 points * composed exclusively of essay questions Preventable Disease Opinion Paper: 15 points * students will debate the disease that is most reduced by physical activity Group Physical Activity Questionnaire Paper: 25 points * final product will be data collection, data analysis and presentation of results Participation: 20 points * based on attendance, oral participation in class, online discussion on Blackboard, and content presentation in class
  31. Major Topics: History and Status of Physical Activity and Health, Physical Activity, Fitness and Morality, Physiological Basis of Physical Activity and Disease, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease, Obesity, Diabetes,Cancer, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Depression, Children, Aging, Dose-Response
  32. Textbooks: Bouchard, C., Blair, S. and Haskell, W. (2006). Physical Activity and Health. 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 20%

    Opinion Paper 15%

    Written Examinations 40%

    Physical Activity Questionnaire 25%

    *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 Current Status of the Study of Physical Activity and Health

    Week 2-Physical Activity, Fitness, and Mortality Rate and Risks of Physical Activity

    Week 3-Psychological Basis of the Effects of Physical Activity on Morbidity and Mortality

    Week 4-Debate/Discussion of Preventable Disease Opinion Paper

    Week 5- Physical Activity, Fitness, Cardiac, Vascular and Pulmonary Morbidities

    Week 6- Obesity

    Week 7- Diabetes

    Week 8-Cancer

    Week 9-Bones and Joints and Muscular Fitness

    Week 10-Cognition

    Week 11- Mid-Term Exam

    Week 12- Exercise and Its Effect on Mental Health

    Week 13-Physical Activity, Fitness, and Children and Aging

    Week 14-Recommended Activity Amounts and Delivery of Exercise Programs

    Week 15- Future Research and Challenges in the Study of Physical Activity

    Week 16- Group Physical Activity Questionnaire Presentation

    Week 17- Final Exam

  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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