PXS & Wellness Courses

PXS & Wellness Courses

Physical Education, Health Education & Exercise Science Courses

PXS 1110 INTRODUCTION TO EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE (1 s.h.)

This course introduces students to the field of exercise and sport Science and the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science at Methodist University. Classroom and laboratory experiences will familiarize the student with the Exercise and Sport Science program and its specific academic components and career or graduate school opportunities. Advisement issues and basic computer competencies will be addressed. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 1200 WEIGHT TRAINING TECHNIQUES (2 s.h.)

This course is designed to provide students with the underlying principles of basic resistance training program design and proper resistance exercise techniques utilizing free-weights, variable resistance machines, body weight, elastic and other forms of exercise to increase muscular endurance, strength, hypertrophy and power. Emphasis is on safety and effectiveness of movements. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 2050 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND 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 education and health education. Prerequisite: None. Designated writing enrichment course for Physical Education and Health Education majors. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 2090 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 2050 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 2170 FIRST AID/CPR/AED (2 s.h.)

Introduction and practice in immediate and temporary care of injuries and sudden illness, including administration of CPR. Students seeking First Aid/CPR/AED certification will be asked to pay a small additional fee. Prerequisite: None. This course if offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 2200 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND 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, video analysis software, and social networking websites in lesson planning, skill assessment, and advocacy for physical education and health education. Designated computer intensive course for Physical Education and Health Education majors. Prerequisite: None. This course if offered every spring semester.

PXS 2400 HUMAN NUTRITION (3 s.h.)

Examines the biochemical and physiological rationale for optimal nutrient intake related to health and disease prevention throughout the lifespan. Includes a focus on nutrition requirements for exercise, training, and recovery periods. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 2500 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPORT (3 s.h.)

The goal of this course is to gain a better understanding of the history and philosophies of modern sport. Students will explore the ancient Greeks and Romans and their impact on modern sport. Additionally, students will learn about the history of the modern Olympic Games. The students will gain an understanding of the rise of modern sport, through the history of the United States. Finally, the students will learn about current issues within sport including race, sex, media, social class, and social deviance. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered every even year fall semester.

PXS 2600 MOTOR LEARNING (3 s.h.)

Movement is fundamental to the human experience. The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding of the fundamental process underlying learning and performing movements. Students will gain an understanding of how people learn skilled actions and the principles of motor performance. Prerequisite: None. The course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 2800 EXERCISE MANAGEMENT FOR PERSONS WITH CHRONIC DISEASES AND DISABILITIES (3 s.h.)

Exercise is a viable component in the care and treatment of chronic diseases and disabilities. The purpose of this course is to provide guidance for appropriate exercise prescriptions that can positively affect functional capacity and slow or prevent exercise intolerance. Prerequisite: None. The course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 2850 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 every fall semester.

PXS 2860 SURVEY OF HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY AND DISEASES (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to prepare Physical Education and 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 2900 PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICAL CONDITIONING (3 s.h.)

Introduction to basic physical conditioning and fitness concepts based on current American College of Sports Medicine guidelines. 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. Prerequisite: None. This course if offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 3000 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 course for Exercise Science majors. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered every even year fall semester.

PXS 3060 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. Prerequisite: None. This course if offered every fall semester.

PXS 3080 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 3100 SCHOOL HEALTH (3 s.h.)

Designed to prepare students to be competent teachers of comprehensive health education topics to school-aged children. Students will learn to plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive health education program for children in grades K-12. The course is aligned with the NC Healthful Living curriculum. Prerequisite: None. Designed writing enrichment course for Physical Education and Health Education majors This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 3110 PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH EDUCATION IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (3 s.h.)

This course familiarizes the student with the major concepts of Healthful Living. Students will develop and implement a minimum of two health education lesson plans. The role of the classroom teacher in effective physical education instruction and physical activity for all students will also be addressed. Designed for elementary education majors only. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 3120 BIOMECHANICS (3 s.h.)

The application of mechanical principles to the study of the human body and the performance of motor skills. Prerequisites: MAT 1050 or higher. Designated computer intensive course for Kinesiology, Exercise and Sport Science, and Physical Education and Health Education majors. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

PXS 3200 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 semester.

PXS 3300 BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH EDUCATION (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 semester.

PXS 3400 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 3730 EXERCISE AND SPORTSCIENCE OBSERVATION (1 s.h.)

Observe professionals in fitness and/or healthcare industries to gain experience working with members at accredited fitness facilities, medical centers and hospitals. 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 4000 FITNESS MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)

Philosophical and methodological bases for organizing and administering 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 Exercise and Sport Science majors. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 4040 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE (3 s.h.)

The effects of both acute and chronic exercise on basic physiological processes;Basic metabolic processes occurring at 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 286 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every semester.

PXS 4050 MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION (3 s.h.)

The development of competencies needed for evaluation in Physical Education and Exercise Science and related programs with emphasis on basic statistics, selection and administration of standardized tests, and test construction; assessment, evaluation of programs; and appropriate microcomputer applications. Prerequisite: Completion of MAT 1050 or higher or permission of the instructor. This course is offeredevery fall semester.

PXS 4060 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 Department faculty. Prerequisite: PXS 3060 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 4100 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 2900 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered every spring semester.

PXS 4110 INSTRUCTOR TRAINING IN STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (3 s.h.)

This course includes instruction in the basic principles of strength training and 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 training principles taught. This course is also intended to cover the essentials of strength 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 4120 CLINICAL EXERCISE TESTING (3 s.h.)

This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and ability to perform common physiological testing procedures. Emphasis is on tests normally performed in both clinical and applied fitness settings. Scientific foundations of conditioning, a life-span approach, with specific attention to exercise prescription for all populations. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered every fall semester.

PXS 4150 RESEARCH SEMINAR IN EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND 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 Exercise and Sport Science and Physical Education and Health Education majors. Prerequisite: None. This course will be offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 49200 EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE INTERNSHIP (3 s.h.)

Each student, in consultation with the Department Chair and Program Coordinator will arrange an internship at a departmentally approved venue. 150 hours in the field will be required. (Juniors or above). Prerequisite: PXS 3730 and permission of the department chair. This course will be offered both fall and spring semesters.

PXS 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION, HEALTH EDUCATION, AND EXERCISE AND SPORT 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 school dean, before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined. This course is offered as needed.

WELLNESS COURSES

WEL 1010 CPR/LIFETIME ACTIVITIES (1 s.h.)

Students will receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid and may qualify for American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification. Students will be expected to pay a small additional fee. Students will also be instructed in lifetime, physical activities that can help improve their personal level of physical fitness. Prerequisite: None. This course is offered both fall and spring semesters.

WEL 2010 PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES (1 s.h.)

The courses in the 2010 series are oriented toward promoting the concept of lifetime, physical activity as a way of life. Emphasis is placed upon the role that lifetime, physical activity should play in today’s society. Activities such as badminton, bowling, golf, weight-training, tennis, and yoga/pilates 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 fall and spring semesters.

WEL 2180 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 2350 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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