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Fitness Assessment and Programming
EXSC-660

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Contact Information

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Course Description

This course is a study of the laboratory and field tests used for assessing physical fitness components as well as principles of exercise prescription. Test results are used in developing individualized exercise prescriptions to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body weight and body composition, and flexibility.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to provide students a greater understanding of how to successfully access physical fitness. With this knowledge students will learn how to plan, develop, and carry out individualized exercise prescriptions to improve on the assessed fitness components.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate a biblical worldview when discussing the principles of physical fitness assessment and exercise prescription.
  2. Identify and prescribe various exercise and conditioning programs for development of each physical fitness component.
  3. Examine the various principles and programs for weight management.
  4. Examine practical applications in using field and laboratory tests for the appraisal of physical fitness status and the design of exercise and weight-management programs.
  5. Develop and design individualized physical fitness programs.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Gibson, et al. (2019). Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription with online video (8th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. ISBN: 9781492561347.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
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Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 350–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 1 citation. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include at least 1 citation.

Case Study Questions (5)

The student will write a 2–3-page paper in response to a provided Case Study Question. Each question will cover at least 1 if not multiple content areas for each module/week.

Comprehensive Exercise Program Proposal

The student will write a 1–2-page proposal, selecting a client and briefly providing the elements he/she plans to include for the Comprehensive Exercise Program Design.

Comprehensive Exercise Program Design

The student will prepare a comprehensive 8–12-page program design appropriate for a self-selected client. Elements of the program design must include a mission statement, client profile, health history, lifestyle history, and goals in various training areas. The student must also include a 6–8-week training cycle chart. The paper must include 3–5 references in an additional reference page.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Case Study Questions (5 at 100 pts ea)

500

Comprehensive Exercise Program Proposal

50

Comprehensive Exercise Program Design

250

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

EXSC 660

Textbook:    Gibson et al., Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (2019).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Gibson et al.: chs. 1–2

4 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

100

2

Gibson et al.: ch. 3

2 presentations

Case Study Question 1

100

3

Gibson et al.: chs. 4–5

4 presentations

Case Study Question 2

Comprehensive Exercise Program Proposal

100

50

4

Gibson et al.: chs. 6–7

3 presentations

Case Study Question 3

100

5

Gibson et al.: ch. 8

2 presentations

Case Study Question 4

100

6

Gibson et al.: ch. 9

2 presentations

Case Study Question 5

100

7

Gibson et al.: chs. 10–11

3 presentations

DB Forum 2

100

8

Gibson et al.: ch. 12

2 presentations

Comprehensive Exercise Program Design

250

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.