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Physical Education, Health Education, Exercise Science & Wellness Courses

PHYSICAL EDUCATION, HEALTH EDUCATION, AND EXERCISE SCIENCE COURSES

PXS 111 INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE SCIENCE (1 s.h.)
This course introduces students to the field of Exercise Science and the department of Physical Education and Exercise Science at Methodist University. Classroom and Laboratory experiences will familiarize the student with the Exercise Science program and its specific academic components and career or graduate school opportunities. Advisement issues and basic computer competencies will be addressed. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 205 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH EDUCATION (4 s.h.)
A basic introduction to physical education and health education including the philosophical and historical foundations of each. Emphasis is also placed on helping to familiarize the students with the major and in becoming professionals in physical and health education. Prerequisite: None. Designed writing enrichment course for Physical Education & Health Education majors. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 209 SPORT PEDAGOGY I (3 s.h.)
The first of two courses in the pedagogy sequence is designed to explore the teaching-learning process and develop teaching skills. This course focuses specifically on the planning and the implementation of developmentally appropriate physical education programs in the elementary school. The course is aligned with the NC Healthful Living curriculum. Prerequisite: PXS 205 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 217 FIRST AID/CPR (2 s.h.)
Introduction and practice in immediate and temporary care of injuries and sudden illness, including administration of CPR. Students seeking CPR certification will be asked to pay a small additional fee. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 220 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH EDUCATION (3 s.h.)
Introduction to using published systematic assessment instruments and the development of new instruments as objective tools for assessment. Attention will be given to the application of web technology. Microsoft Office, Dartfish, and social networking websites in lesson planning, skill assessment, and advocacy for physical education and health education. Designed computer intensive course for Physical Education & Health Education majors. Prerequisite: CSC 100 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 240 HUMAN NUTRITION (3 s.h.)
The course discusses the fundamental biochemical and physiological rationale for optimal nutrient intake for exercise. Applications include exercises of varying intensity and duration, training and recovery periods, and various sports. This course is offered in both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 285 KINETIC HUMAN ANATOMY (3 s.h.)
This course is designed to provide a foundation for students to learn how anatomy affects movement of the human body. The course will emphasize surface anatomy and the musculoskeletal system including various structures, functions and mechanics of the human body. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 286 SURVEY OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY & DISEASES (3 s.h.)
This course is designed to prepare Physical Education & Health Education and Exercise Science students with the basic knowledge of human physiology and body systems. It will also prepare students to recognize symptoms of common human diseases, recognize factors which can contribute to abnormalities and recognize the resultant complications and dysfunctions. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 290 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL CONDITIONING (3 s.h.)
Introduction to basic physical conditioning and fitness concepts. Attention will be given to the development of individual fitness programs based on a needs analysis; emphasizing such topics as aerobic and anaerobic exercises, resistance training techniques, specificity, safety and the associated assessment methods and procedures. This course is a combination of lecture and laboratory activities. This course is offered in both fall and spring semesters

PXS 300 COMMUNITY HEALTH (3 s.h.)
Factors influencing health and the body systems and practices, also programs affecting the development and maintenance of physical and mental well-being. Designated writing enrichment and computer intensive course for Exercise Science majors. This course is offered every fall semester.

PXS 306 ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND EXERCISE FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS (3 s.h.)
The nature of physical education services, administration and instructional processes for specific disabilities, including modification of activities, facilities, equipment, and the development of I.E.P.'s. This course is offered every fall semester.

PXS 308 SPORT PSYCHOLOGY (3 s.h.)
Overview of psychological and sociological problems of leadership, coaching, and motivation in exercise and physical fitness, and in competitive athletics, including professional, intercollegiate, youth sport, character, aggression, gender, race, class, and media. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered every fall semester.

PXS 310 SCHOOL HEALTH (3 s.h.)
Designed to prepare students to be competent teachers of comprehensive health education topics to school-ages children. Students will learn to plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive health education program for children in grades K-12. This course is aligned with the NC Healthful Living curriculum. Prerequisite: PXS 300 or permission of instructor. Designed writing enrichment course for Physical Education & Health Education majors. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 311 HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3 s.h.)
This course familiarizes the student with the major concepts of Healthful Living, including the foundations of good health, benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and awareness of major health issues related to children. Designed for elementary education majors only. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 312 BASIC BIOMECHANICS (3 s.h.)
The application of mechanical principles to the study of the human body and the performance of motor skills. Prerequisites: ATP/PXS 285 or BIO 306 and MAT 105 or permission of the instructor. Designated computer intensive course for Applied Exercise Science, Exercise Science, and Physical Education & Health Education majors. This course is offered every fall semester.

PXS 320 MOTOR DEVELOPMENT (3 s.h.)
Movement changes throughout the lifespan and their implications for the curriculum in physical education. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered every fall.

PXS 330 BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)
This course presents concepts and strategies that have been found to be effective in creating productive classroom learning environments. Assignments are designed to help develop strategies to be used in classroom settings. Topics include: establishing classroom rules and expectations, classroom organization and operation, supporting appropriate student behavior, understanding of cultural and religious differences, positive behavior management, and promoting student independence and intrinsic motivation. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered every spring.

PXS 340 SPORT PEDAGOGY II (3 s.h.)
This is the second course in the pedagogy sequence and is designed to explore the teaching-learning process and develop teaching skills. This course focuses specifically on the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate physical education programs in the secondary schools. The course is aligned with the NC Healthful Living curriculum. Prerequisites: PXS 209 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every fall semester.

PXS 373 EXERCISE SCIENCE OBSERVATION (1 s.h.)
Observe professionals in fitness and/or healthcare industries to gain experience working with members at accredited fitness facilities, medical centers or school systems. Student will be responsible for assuming an interactive role during the field experience. A minimum of 40 hours in the field will be required. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 400 ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION (3 s.h.)
Philosophical and methodological bases for organizing and administering physical education, exercise science, recreation, athletic, and sports related programs, including introduction to the use of relevant computer applications. Designated writing enrichment and computer intensive course for Applied Exercise Science and Exercise Science majors. Prerequisite: PXS 111 or ATP 111 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 404 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE (3 s.h.)
Basic metabolic processes occurring at the rest and during exercise; dynamics of muscular contraction and circulation; the relationship of nutrition to physical performance; and effects of age, environment, and gender of physical activity. Prerequisites: PXS 285 and PXS 286 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 405 MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION (3 s.h.)
The development of competencies needed for evaluation in Physical Education and Health Education and Exercise Science and related programs with emphasis on basic statistics, selection and administration of standardized tests, and test construction; evaluation of programs; and appropriate microcomputer applications. Prerequisite: Completion of MAT 105 or higher or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every fall semester.

PXS 406 ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION PRACTICUM (3 s.h.)
A minimum of forty hours in an accredited school, engaging in non-instructional activities and the effective instruction of students with disabilities in physical education. Students will be supervised by a cooperating teacher and a member of the Physical Education and Exercise Science Department faculty. Prerequisite: PXS 306 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

PXS 410 INSTRUCTOR TRAINING IN PERSONAL TRAINING (3 s.h.)
This course involves evaluation of health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative habits and maintain a lifestyle that promotes personal health and fitness. This course is also intended to cover the essentials of personal training to prepare a student who is interested in becoming an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. Prerequisite: PXS 290 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 411 INSTRUCTOR TRAINING IN STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (3 s.h.)
This course includes instruction in the basic principles of strength training & conditioning. Students will be instructed on proper lifting techniques, how to strengthen major muscle groups; how to develop speed, agility, and endurance; and how to obtain and maintain a high level of fitness while executing quality workouts based on the strength training principles taught. This course is also intended to cover the essentials of training and conditioning to prepare a student who is interested in becoming a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Prerequisites: PXS 290 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every fall semester.

PXS 412 EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION (3 s.h.)
Scientific foundations of conditioning, a life-span approach with specific attention to exercise prescription for all populations. This course is not currently being offered.

PXS 415 RESEARCH SEMINAR IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH EDUCATION (2 s.h.)
This course will serve as a culminating course with emphasis on examining each student's educational program and experiences and charting a path into their professional future. Designed writing enrichment and computer intensive course for Physical Education & Health Education majors. Prerequisite: None. This course will be offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 485 SPECIAL TOPICS: PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH EDUCATION AND EXERCISE SCIENCE (1-3 s.h.)
Study of special topics of critical, contemporary concern in Physical Education and Health Education and Exercise Science. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 492 EXERCISE SCIENCE INTERNSHIP (3 s.h.)
Each student, in consultation with the Department Chair or Program Coordinator will arrange an internship at a departmentally approved venue. 150 hours in the field will be required. (Juniors or above). Prerequisite: PXS 373 or permission of the Department Chair. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND EXERCISE SCIENCE (1-3 s.h.)
An opportunity for an upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the School of Sciences and Human Development, before approval by the Vice-President of Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined. This course is offered as needed.

WELLNESS COURSES

WEL 101 CPR/FITNESS (1 s.h.)
This course involves the investigation of efficiency of human performance through the study of variables related to fitness, diet, and weight control. Students will be instructed in lifetime, physical activities that can help improve their personal level of physical fitness. Students will also receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and may qualify for American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification. Students will be expected to pay a small additional fee. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

WEL 201 PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES (1 s.h.)
The courses in the 201 series are oriented toward promoting the concept of physical activity as a way of life. Emphasis is placed upon the role that physical activity should play in today’s society. Activities such as aerobic dance, badminton, basketball, dance, golf, tennis, weight-training, and bowling are offered in various combinations during the academic year. Participation in some activities may require students to pay additional fees. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both during the fall and spring semesters.

WEL 218 CONCEPTS OF FITNESS AND NUTRITION (3 s.h.)
This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to maintain and improve physical fitness levels and to develop an understanding of the lifetime benefits associated with regular physical activity and exercise. The course is a combination of lecture and laboratory activity. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

WEL 235 INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS (1 s.h.)
Intercollegiate participation in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, softball, soccer, track/field, cross-country, and/or football. May be taken only one time for 1 credit hour. Must be taken in the semester the sport is in season. Pass/fail credit. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

 

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