Fitness (FIT) General Education Activity Courses

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College of Health Sciences

Faculty of Human Performance

Koehler Fieldhouse

570-422-3231......www.esu.edu/fit

The mission of the Department of Movement Activities and Lifetime Fitness is to provide opportunities for students, through relative courses, to acquire the knowledge and skills which contribute to a healthier life style and to improve the quality of their lives through a lifelong practice of physical activity.

FIT courses are activity courses designed to meet General Education Requirements. To fulfill this requirement, a student must successfully complete two credits selected from the Lifetime Fitness courses (FIT) offered by the Department of Movement Activities and Lifetime Fitness. This may be accomplished with two one-credit courses or with one two-credit course.

Transfers and Accommodations:

All FIT activities will include accommodations to meet the physical activity needs of individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prior military service or law enforcement experience is not accepted for FIT credit.

Faculty

Course Descriptions

  • FIT 101 Lifetime Fitness and Physical Assessment (2)

    • This one-semester long course is designed to disseminate foundational information of concepts of physical assessment and lifetime fitness. The student will be able to demonstrate the skills needed to enrich the quality of life through physical activities that enhance cultural awareness and promote lifetime fitness (General Education Outcome #8). This course satisfies in its entirety the General Education Physical Activity requirement.

  • FIT 103 Fitness for Life (2)

    • This course will expose students to a wide variety of physical activities in conjunction with the components of fitness to promote fitness for a lifetime. Students will determine their present level of fitness through assessment. Students will design and implement a program based upon these assessments with the intention of improving their current level of fitness.

  • FIT 109 Contemporary Cardiovascular Conditioning (1)

    • This is a course that combines basic cardiovascular exercises from various facets of cardiovascular activities including, but not limited to, martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing moves to create a great workout. Military boot-camp type exercises are also included along with various stretching techniques to not only enhance cardiovascular endurance, but strength and flexibility as well. This course is designed to give students the tools to to develop and maintain a well-rounded workout program and is friendly to all and ages and activity levels.

  • FIT 110 Aerobic Dance (1)

    • This course is designed to develop cardio respiratory conditioning, muscle tone, improved posture, and other elements of fitness through a variety of dance and exercise movements performed to a musical accompaniment.

  • FIT 111 Personal Fitness I (1)

    • This course assists the student in developing a physical activity program based upon a wellness assessment of body composition, flexibility, strength, CHD risk factors, aerobic capacity, and diet. Students work with the instructor during the quarter to determine what prescriptive activities will compose their future program and how to implement those suggestions.

  • FIT 112 Pilates (1)

    • Pilates is a movement system that uses a series of floor exercises to increase strength, flexibility, stamina and concentration. The course includes Pilates mat work, relaxation techniques, and breathing techniques as a means of building strength, toning muscles, and unifying body and mind.

  • FIT 113 Self Defense (1)

    • This course is designed to give student exposure to all phases of self-defense. It includes: combative skills, counter moves, body attitudes, self-assertion, legal implications and psychological aspects of self-defense.

  • FIT 114 Weight Training (1)

    • The course provides students the opportunity to acquire a basic knowledge concerning weight training programs and their uses, to become familiar with a wide range of basic lifts and various self-testing procedures, and to develop an individualized weight-training program which will promote an optimal level of functional strength and endurance.

  • FIT 115 Tae Kwon Do I (1)

    • Students receive instruction in the basic skills of this martial art: sparring, kicking, punching, self-defense, and breathing techniques. The mental training elements such as patience, self control, concentration, perseverance, and courtesy are an integral part of this course.

  • FIT 116 Aqua Fitness (1)

    • This course combines the benefits of cardiovascular/aerobic conditioning with resistance training in the water. Students will perform basic high and low intensity movements, along with abdominal/core toning and stretching exercises. Various water resistance equipment will be used during aerobic conditioning to increase the intensity level of the workout.

  • FIT 119 Elementary Yoga (1)

    • Yoga is a system of exercise that improves the health of the entire body and physiological functioning. The course includes asanas (postures), relaxation techniques, and breathing techniques as a means of unifying body and mind.

  • FIT 120 Archery (1)

    • This course provides instruction in the basic techniques of target archery, low methods of anchoring, and bowsight method of aiming. The course includes archery films, novelty, and tournament shooting.

  • FIT 121 Fencing I (1)

    • This course develops basic skills and an understanding of foil fencing. Position and footwork are mastered, and students fence for touches thereby learning the competitive aspects of fencing.

  • FIT 122 Golf I (1)

    • This course provides instruction and practice in the basic strokes including driving, approaching (long and short), and putting. Sociocultural aspects of the sport, the rules, and etiquette are included. Golf course experience is included at nominal expense.

  • FIT 123 Volleyball I (1)

    • Students receive instruction in the basic fundamentals: overhand and underhand serve, overhand pass, underhand pass, spike and block. Basic offensive and defensive strategies and the rules of play governing the use of the basic skills are taught through single sex and co-ed teams of six, three, and two players.

  • FIT 127 Slow Pitch Softball (1)

    • This course provides for the development and use of softball skills in the slow pitch version of softball. The use of the basic skills of catching, fielding, throwing, pitching, and hitting will be emphasized, especially within the context of the playing of the game.

  • FIT 128 Soccer (1)

    • This course is designed to provide development and use of basic skills of soccer such as passing, trapping, heading, and shooting. Those skills as well as rules of the game and actual game play will be emphasized.

  • FIT 129 Basketball (1)

    • This course provides instruction regarding the fundamental skills associated with the sport including passing, shooting, dribbling, rebounding, screening and defending. Basic offensive and defensive strategies, along with the rules of the game will be introduced and reinforced especially within the context of playing the game, utilizing single-sex and co-ed teams of 4-7 persons.

  • FIT 130 Badminton (1)

    • This course provides instruction in the fundamental skills of the sport with emphasis on singles and doubles play, rules, and strategy. Serves, net shots, clears, drops, drives, and smashes are developed.

  • FIT 131 Racquetball I (1)

    • Students receive instruction in fundamental skills: forehand, backhand, and overhead techniques. The course includes the sociocultural aspects of the sport and the rules. The strategy involved in games of singles, cut throat and doubles is presented.

  • FIT 132 Tennis I (1)

    • Students receive instruction and practice in the basic skills: the service, service return, groundstrokes, approach shot, and net play. The course includes the sociocultural aspects of the sport and the rules and strategy of the games of singles and doubles. Student must furnish own racket.

  • FIT 133 Tai Chi (1)

    • This course covers the application and fundamental techniques of the traditional martial art, Tai Chi Chaun, from the physiological and psychological perspective.

  • FIT 140 Dance I (1)

    • In this survey course, students receive practice in the fundamentals of rhythm and dance. Students experience basic axial and locomotor movement and explore the qualities of movement using varied space and time relationships and energy-release.

  • FIT 141 International Ethnic Dance (1)

    • This course presents a wide variety of international folk dances including the square and contra dances familiar to the United States. Theoretical considerations concern the characteristics, ethnic sources, and values of the social forms of dance.

  • FIT 142 Social and Ballroom Dancing (1)

    • This course is designed to introduce students to basic social and ballroom dances including foxtrot, waltz, jitterbug, swing, country-western, cha-cha, and tango. Students will become familiar with basic step patterns and variations and skills of leading and following effectively.

  • FIT 143 Elementary Jazz Dance (2)

    • This is an elementary level jazz dance technique course which includes a variety of axial and locomotor techniques and basic combinations characteristic of historical and contemporary jazz dance, with emphasis on developing the physical and expressive potential of the human body. The class will present anatomical and aesthetic aspects of this dance genre. FIT 143 may be repeated for credit once as DANC 143.

  • FIT 153 Swimming I (1)

    • The purpose of this course is to learn the principles of water safety with primary emphasis on learning the mechanics of swimming each fundamental swimming stroke. Specifically, strokes include the front crawl, the back crawl, the elementary backstroke, the breaststroke, and the sidestroke. Students perform drills and conditioning exercises in order to reinforce their learning of each stroke.

  • FIT 161 Horseback Riding I (1)

    • This course includes the skills necessary in developing a safe and secure seat with effective use of the aids for the English style of riding. Students learn the fundamentals of handling a horse and tack safely and appropriately on and off the ground. Students must have a tetanus shot and insurance to cover accidental injury. Tetanus shots may be obtained at the Health Center.

  • FIT 162 Ice Skating (1)

    • The ice skating course is designed to develop the fundamental skills of ice skating, including forward and backward skating, basic turns, and stops. Recognition and performance of proper edges and elementary school figures are included. Students are urged to furnish their own figure skates; rental skates are available.

  • FIT 163 Skiing/Snowboarding I (1)

    • Skiing/Snowboarding I consists of eight lessons with instruction provided by the staff of local professional ski/snowboard schools. This course is designed for students who have little or no skiing or riding experience. This course will cover proper use of equipment, on-mountain safety and the correct use of lifts. Progressive skill instruction on snow will focus on balance, sliding, stopping, and turning techniques. Students will learn at their own pace on mountain terrain matching their ability level.

  • FIT 164 Roller Skating (1)

    • Students receive instruction and practice in the basic skills: proper balance, best skating form, start, stop, forward and backward roll, proper stroking, mohawk turns, crosspulls, fundamental hops and jumps, etc. The course will cover the aerobic aspects as well, including the necessary warm-up stretching exercises for an effective workout. Skates will be furnished at the facility, unless students have their own.

  • FIT 171 International and Multicultural Games (1)

    • This course is designed to acquaint the student with physical activity and games from different countries. Students will be exposed to the nature of physical activity and an exploration of games from different countries. Students will broaden their cultural horizons and gain a better appreciation for physical activity as it is conducted by diverse cultures.

  • FIT 210 GE: Elementary Ballet (2)

    • This course will include techniques in elementary ballet including alignment, barre, center work, basic enchainements, and room and body directions, with emphasis on developing the physical and expressive potential of the human body. The class will enable students to understand and synthesize the kinesiological and anatomical, historical and theoretical, and aesthetic aspects of dance. May be repeated once for credit.

  • FIT 214 Yoga I (1)

    • Yoga is a system of exercise that improves the health of the entire body and physiological functioning. the course includes asanas (postures), relaxation techniques, and breathing techniques as a means of unifying body and mind.

  • FIT 215 GE: Elementary Lyrical Modern Dance (2)

    • This is an elementary level modern dance technique course. It explores a variety of axial and locomotor techniques and simple combinations characteristic of contemporary dance. The ability to apply skills in the art form is implied in any study of technique; this ability will be realized through improvisational and compositional experiences. Prerequisite: May be repeated for credit.

  • FIT 223 Volleyball II (1)

    • This course is designed to provide further instruction in the fundamentals of volleyball such as the underhand and overhand serve, underhand and overhand pass, attacks and block. An in-depth examination of offensive and defensive formations will be emphasized in an effort to structure and improve game play. Additionally, students will gain exposure to advanced skills such as digging and jump serving. Prerequisite: FIT 123 or equivalent.

  • FIT 232 Tennis II (1)

    • The primary emphasis of this course is to reinforce the basic skills of tennis and to explore advanced shots and strategy. Students will learn the proper use of spin and be able to improve their footwork and decision-making during their shot selection. Singles and doubles strategy will also be discussed and applied in tournament situations. Racquets will be provided. Prerequisite: FIT 132 or equivalent.

  • FIT 240 Dance II (1)

    • Students explore movement as a form of artistic expression. The course includes timing in axial and locomotor movement, improvisation (exploring the space, time, and energy qualities for their expressive values), and the creation of original choreographic studies (students work at a level commensurate with their prior experience). Theoretical considerations include historical development, characteristics, prominent artists, and present status of contemporary dance. Prerequisite: FIT 140 or equivalent.

  • FIT 256 Scuba Diving (1)

    • This program is designed to prepare students with essential knowledge and diving skills to participate in open water scuba diving activities. Upon completion of the course, students will be qualified to do an open water dive for certification. Prerequisites: Students must pass a water pretest to continue in the course: a) distance swim of 250 yards nonstop, b) survival swim for 10 minutes, c) underwater swim of 50 feet with no push off or dive, d) recovery of a 10 lb. diving brick from deep water (12 feet).

  • FIT 261 Horseback Riding II (1)

    • Students receive further instruction in the English style of riding. The course includes more advanced rein effects and leg aids in the gaits which lead up to eventing and showing. Horse management and the care and fitting of saddlery are included. Students must have a tetanus shot and insurance to cover accidental injury. Tetanus shots may be obtained at the Health Center. Prerequisite: FIT 161 or equivalent.

  • FIT 263 Skiing/Snowboarding II (1)

    • Skiing/Snowboarding II is a continuation of Skiing/Snowboarding I, with emphasis placed on higher skill development. This course consists of eight lessons with instruction provided by the staff of local professional ski/snowboard schools. This course is designed for students who have at least an intermediate level of skiing or riding ability. Course content will concentrate on refining turning skills as well as teaching advanced carving techniques. Students will be exposed to skiing/riding on steep terrain under a variety of conditions such as bumps. Prerequisite: FIT 163.

  • FIT 271 Adventure Activities (1)

    • Adventure activities involve nontraditional games and exercises, group initiative problems, and low and high ropes course elements. This course will provide the student with opportunities to meet new challenges, face risk, and overcome obstacles through individual and group effort. Students are invited to venture forth into the unknown, exercising choice and decision making in meeting physically demanding challenges. Extensive use will be made of the Stony Acres ropes course. Students must show evidence of health/accident insurance.

  • FIT 272 Backpacking (1)

    • Students are instructed in basic skills of backpacking, wilderness camping and cooking, navigation, and trip planning. Students will plan and carry out an overnight trip in the Stroudsburg area.

  • FIT 273 Basic Sailing (1)

    • Instruction will be given in the fundamentals of sailing and small craft safety. The students will make practical application of the skills in both solo and crew experiences. An introduction to sailboat racing is also featured. Swimming and deep-water survival are essential.

  • FIT 274 Canoeing I (1)

    • This course focuses on the American Red Cross Basic Canoeing skills essential in handling a canoe safely and efficiently on land and in water. Students acquire paddling skills in pool, lake, and river environments. A student must have adequate swimming skills and be able to function in a deep-water environment. Qualified students receive the American Red Cross Basic Canoeing Certification.

  • FIT 275 Cycling (1)

    • This course introduces the student to general knowledge of buying and maintaining a bicycle. The course also instructs in basic cycling skills such as the biomechanics of pedaling, hand positions, braking, group riding, touring, and safety. Students must provide their own bicycles. Actual riding is a major focus of the course.

  • FIT 290 Special Topics (1)

    • These courses are designed to meet specific needs of groups of students. The courses will be offered on a trial basis in order to determine the demand and value of introducing them as part of the university curriculum.

  • FIT 310 GE: Intermediate Ballet (2)

    • This course will include technique in intermediate ballet including alignment, barre, center work, room and body directions, and intermediate-level enchainements. Students will further develop their awareness of the role of principles of flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, and cardiovascular fitness, with emphasis on developing the physical and expressive potential of the human body. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: DANC/FIT 210 or equivalent (1-2 yrs. prior ballet study).

  • FIT 314 GE: Creative Experiences in Dance (1)

    • This course provides the student with intermediate to advanced dance experience (minimum 3 years of study) guidance in individual and group experiences in dance. Using a related arts approach it examines the expressive quality of movement in the use of time, space, and energy factors. Improvisation and choreography are included. Fulfills GE requirement for Performing Arts. Prerequisites: PETE 110 or FIT 140; DANC 114, DANC or FIT 210; DANC or FIT 215.

  • FIT 315 GE: Dance Performance and Production (1)

    • This course consists of performance, choreography, and production work involved with dance as a performing art. Work in performance and technical areas is included, and participation in production is required. This course may be elected more than once for credit (maximum of 3 times). Prerequisite: FIT 140, PETE 110 or equivalent dance instruction.

  • FIT 353 Lifeguard Training (1)

    • Successful completion of this course leads to acquisition of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate. This course replaces the Advanced Lifesaving course. The Lifeguard Training course will provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to be a lifeguard at a swimming pool or protected (non-surf) open-water beach. Prerequisites: 500 yards continuous swim consisting of front crawl, breaststroke and sidestroke; retrieval of a 10 lb. brick from 8 feet of water and treading water for 2 minutes using the legs only.

  • FIT 453 Water Safety Instructor (1)

    • Satisfactory completion of this course leads to certification as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. The course focuses on the development of skill proficiency and teaching proficiency of swimming and lifesaving skills. The Red Cross Introduction to Health Services Education course (IHSE) is incorporated into the Water Safety course. Course is also listed as PETE 453. Prerequisites: Current lifeguard training card; successful completion of Red Cross swimming prerequisite.

  • FIT 454 Lifeguard Instructor (1)

    • Satisfactory completion of this course leads to certification as an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor. This course prepares instructor candidates to teach Lifeguard Training, Basic Water Safety, Emergency Water Safety, and the Lifeguard Review course. Prerequisites: Lifeguard Training Certificate (FIT/PETE 353); current CPR Certificate/standard First Aid Certificate.

  • FIT 463 Basic Alpine Ski Instructor (1)

    • This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the various approaches to ski instructing and teaching philosophies. It also enhances the student's development of the technical aspects for teaching skiing fundamentals to adults and children. Prerequisite: FIT 263.