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ACT 104 Beginning Bowling
[formerly HHP 111 Bowling]
1 cr. (F) Bowling is a lifetime sport. Students participate in bowling instruction, bowl and record assigned minimum number of games, and demonstrate understanding of rules, etiquette and scoring procedures. (Special fee required.)
ACT 109 Beginning Racquetball
[formerly HHP 114 Racquetball]
1 cr. (Sp) Designed to teach students the basics of racquetball. Course will focus on racquetball rules, skill development, competition strategies, and safety/injury prevention.
ACT 110 Beginning Weight Training
[formerly HHP 186 Strength Training]
2 cr. (F, Sp) Teaches students how to develop fitness programs and tailor them to meet individual needs in helping promote lifelong health skills. Various components of fitness (cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition) are explored. Students will develop an understanding of aerobic and anaerobic energy production systems, overload principles, and specificity of training while learning to utilize systems of isometric, isokinetic, and progressive exercises. This course is a hands-on activity course, but also includes an academic component where students investigate the above principles.
ACT 113 Beginning Softball
[formerly HHP 176 Softball]
1 cr. (Sp) Teaches the basic playing skills of softball at the beginner level as well as strategies, safety, offensive, and defensive elements.
ACT 140 Beginning Basketball
[formerly HHP 105 Basketball, Beginning]
1 cr. (F) Designed to provide students with entry-level knowledge of the game of basketball. Students will gain an understanding of basic skills, rules, and team principles of basketball.
ACT 146 Beginning Golf
[formerly HHP 125 Golf]
1 cr. (F, Sp) Covers the mechanics, skills and strategies of playing golf. (Special fee required.)
ACT 150 Beginning Yoga
[formerly HHP 188 Yoga]
2 cr. (F, Sp) Promotes lifelong health skills through presenting history and philosophy of yoga while providing opportunities for students to learn a variety of yoga poses designed to increase flexibility, strength, and endurance. This class provides an opportunity to learn stress management skills, improve balance and body control, incorporate breathing techniques that foster development in yoga, and enhance well-being.
ACT 153 Beginning Badminton
[formerly HHP 108 Badminton, Beginning]
1 cr. (Sp) Covers fundamental skills, equipment, strategy, rules and etiquette of badminton.
ACT 155 Beginning Judo
[formerly HHP 180 Judo]
2 cr. (F, Sp) Promotes lifelong health skills through presenting judo history, philosophy, and etiquette. Specific throwing and grappling skills designed to improve strength and endurance are presented. Also the course seeks to provide the student with some personal self-defense skills. Teaches how to fall safely in judo play or in self-defense situations. Develops understanding of body mechanics through the study of techniques sport-specific to judo such as grip, Kumikata; throwing, Nagewaza; falling, Ukemi; and grappling skills, Katamewaza.
ACT 169 Beginning Tennis
[formerly HHP 146 Tennis, Beginning]
1 cr. (F, Sp) Practice basic tennis fundamentals: forehand, backhand, and serve. Covers equipment, strategy, rules and etiquette.
ACT 170 Beginning Swimming
[formerly HHP 140 Beginning Swimming/Aquatics I]
1 cr. (F) Course includes learning to swim front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, treading water and survival float. Additionally an introduction to aquatic exercise is included.
ACT 180 Beginning Volleyball
[formerly HHP 154 Volleyball]
1 cr. (F) Designed to teach students the fundamental skills and basic strategies of volleyball and their application in a game situation.
ACT 235 Belly Dancing-Activity
1 cr. (1 lab/wk) (F, Sp) Promotes lifelong health skills through presenting the philosophy of belly dance while providing opportunities for students to learn a variety of belly dance movements and techniques. Dance movements are designed to increase flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as creativity, body awareness, and confidence. This class provides an opportunity to learn a cultural dance, improve coordination and body control, and enhance well-being.
ACT 236 Belly Dancing II
1 cr. (1 lab/wk) (F, Sp) Promotes lifelong health skills and provides an increased variety of belly dance movements and techniques designed to increase flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as creativity, body awareness, and confidence. As the advanced class, it will provide an opportunity to learn another cultural dance, create choreography and improvisational solo dances, plus improve coordination and body control, and enhance well-being.
ACT 250 Pilates
2 cr. (2 lab/wk) (F, Sp) Teaches students how to safely perform five movement patterns, which strengthen major muscles of the core. Students will adapt exercises to changing physical needs and identify locations, names, and actions of five core muscles. Students will understand the evolving role of Pilates within the scope of physical fitness traditions.
ACT 254 Self Defense
2 cr. (2 lab/wk) (F, Sp) Introduces and develops defensive skills to protect the student from aggressive physical attack that could result in physical or emotional harm. The course will present dynamics of assault situations with discussions to include environmental and personal issues as well as the use of physical skill development. Defense techniques will include the use of strikes, kicks, takedowns, blocks, and the use of personal items such as weapons. The student will also be introduced to and practice some falling techniques to help enhance safety. This course will involve some intense physical activity.
ACT 269 Intermediate Tennis
[formerly HHP 147 Tennis, Intermediate]
1 cr. (F, Sp) Provides further development of groundstrokes, serve, volley, and lob. Advanced singles and doubles strategies.
ACT 270 Intermediate Swimming
[formerly HHP 141 Intermediate Swimming/Aquatics II]
1 cr. Prerequisite: ACT 170 or consent of instructor. (F) Course seeks to improve skills taught in ACT 170. Additionally, the side stroke, single trudgen and single trudgen crawl strokes are taught, as are skills such as open turns, simple rescue and aquatic safety.
ACT 271 Swimming for Fitness
[formerly HHP 145 Swim for Fitness/Aquatic Exercise]
2 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (F, Sp) Seeks to develop awareness and foster application of fitness principles through reading, lab activities, and development of personal fitness program to meet personal goals through swimming, kicking, pulling, and participation in swimming and aquatic exercise routines.
ACT 274 Scuba Diving
[formerly HHP 197 Scuba Diving/Snorkeling]
2 cr. (Sp) Learn, understand, and apply scuba diving techniques, equipment, and knowledge of diving hazards and precautions.
ACT 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly HHP 292 Seminar]
V1-3 cr. (F, Sp) Provides students an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of Physical Education.
ACT 294 Workshop
[formerly HHP 293 Workshop]
V1-3 cr. Provides experience in popular activities suitable for satisfying the physical education activity requirement, but which presently is offered only on a temporary experimental basis. Examples: Intermediate Golf, Jog for Fitness, Scuba Diving, Ice Skating, Cheerleading, Individual Exercise, and Handball.
ACT 298 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly HHP 290 Internship/Practicum]
V1-3 cr. Provides students with practical selected experiences related to Health and Human Performance. In-field contact time is 45 hours per semester credit.
ACT 395 Field Work
[formerly HHP 390 Junior Field Experience]
1 cr. (P/NP) (F, Sp) Provides the student the opportunity to engage in 45 hours of supervised practical experience in the health enhancement classroom. This experience is to include: structured observation focusing on cultural and developmental characteristics of children; working with teachers in individual diagnosis of student needs and prescription of student activities; assisting with small groups or in one-on-one settings to accomplish learning tasks. Where appropriate, the student will also gain practical experience with school athletic programs. This course is offered as a Pass/No Pass course only. The student must receive a passing grade to complete graduation requirements. Field placements are arranged through the Office of Licensure, Standards and Clinical Practice.
ACT 492 Independent Study
[formerly HHP 491 Independent Study]
V1-3 cr. Provides an opportunity for students of superior academic standing to explore material not covered by the regular college courses.
ACT 494 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly HHP 492 Seminar]
V1-3 cr. Provides students of superior academic standing to explore material not covered by the regular college courses.
ACT 498 Internship/Cooperative Education
[formerly HHP 490 Internship/Practicum]
V1-3 cr. (F, Sp) Provides supervised practical experience related to the HHP options and serves as an introduction to professional fields. In-field contact time is 45 hours per semester credit.
ACT 499 Senior Thesis/Capstone
[formerly HHP 499 Senior Thesis]
V3-6 cr. (F, Sp) Provides students the opportunity to conduct a research project under faculty supervision. Students engage in the scholarly activities needed to conceptualize and design a relevant research topic; conduct the research including data collection, analysis, and interpretation; and present the research as a written thesis that is orally defended in a meeting open to faculty and students outside of the committee.