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Health Education and Physical Education Course Descriptions

In the following course descriptions F=fall, S=spring, SU=summer, Y=yearly, Z=alternate years, and IRR designates courses that are offered at irregular intervals.

681-52500  Critical Perspectives in Health and Physical Activity

Focuses on critical examination of significant issues within the fields of health, physical education, and sport. Emphasis is on the identification of issues, systematic analysis, and application of theories to problem solving. Students are encouraged to be advocates for change in the arena of public policy and within local settings. 3 credits. (S,Y)

681-53500  Methods of Assessment in School and Community Settings

Students will learn how to use various assessment techniques to evaluate and improve school and community health education and physical education programs. Traditional and alternative assessment approaches will be described and students provided with opportunities to apply these approaches to practical settings. 3 credits. (SU,Y)

681-54000  Strategies for Teaching

This course examines instructional theories and models of teaching while focusing on practical applications that can lead to the improvement of teaching in physical education. Current research on teacher effectiveness, instructional strategies, and planning for student learning are incorporated. A cross-disciplinary, theory-into-practice approach is emphasized. 3 credits. (F, Y)

681-54200  Supervision in Physical Education

Supervision is critical to the professional development of teachers and the enhancement f student learning. The principles of supervision and the function of the supervisor as a responsible leader in improving instruction in physical education are the focus of the course. Topics include supervisory models, observation of instruction, teacher development, and supervisory conferences. 3 credits. (SU, Y)

681-54400  Curriculum Design and Analysis in Physical Education

This course examines curricular theories, models, trends, and issues in physical education curriculum development. Examples of program innovations and the incorporation of national and state standards in school curriculums are addressed. 3 credits. (S, Y)

681-54600  Analysis of Teaching and Coaching Behavior

Students will learn how to use systematic observation techniques to observe and modify teachers' and coaches' behaviors. An overview of the most widely used observation systems in teaching and coaching is presented and guidelines for their use are discussed. Practical applications of systematic observation in professional preparation, in-service teacher education, and coaching are discussed. Students engage in systematic observation of teachers and coaches, including the use of videotapes. 3 credits. (IRR)

681-55000  Physiological Basis of Fitness in School-Age Children

The course will provide a complete review and analysis of current knowledge about physiological responses in children to exercise. The course will focus on physiological changes that occur during childhood and document the differences between children and adults. A major emphasis is placed upon the assessment of health-related fitness and the prescription of various types of activities for children. 3 credits. (F, Y)

681-56500  Stress Management

This course examines theories, models, trends, and issues in stress management. The anatomical, physiological, and psychological basis of stress serves as the foundation for the exploration and application of various stress-management approaches. Current research in the field, ranging from the relationship of stress to disease to the efficacy of various coping techniques, is critically analyzed. This class may be offered online. 3 credits. (Y)

681-57500  Models and Theories in Health Education

This class will present populations based health behavior and health promotion models and theories that are commonly used to influence behavior change. The course focuses on understanding the conceptual framework, relevant research, and guiding principles of behavior change in individuals and populations in order to inform planning the delivery of and guiding the evaluation of the effectiveness of health promotion programs. 3 credits. (F, Y)

681-57700  Teaching and Learning: School and Community Health

This course is designed to provide an overview of health education teaching and learning strategies for use in community and/or school settings. Special attention is given to the skills, instructional strategies, and techniques needed to develop an optimal learning environment to promote success for all learners. Students will be provided with opportunities to review and apply a wide range of strategies through readings, discussions, observations, planning, practice teaching, and critical analysis of quality teaching and learning in the health education field. 3 credits. (F,Y)

681-58500  Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Prevention and Control

This course is designed to examine the history, principles, and practices in the cause, prevention, and control of diseases. Epidemiologic terminologies and measures such as: morbidity, mortality, fertility, descriptive and analytic epidemiology, screening, infectious disease, and occupational epidemiology in public health practice will be covered. 3 credits. (S,Y)

681-58700  Multicultural Health Issues

This course is designed to address the issues of ethnicity, culture, and race as they relate to health. It examines a variety of intercultural issues, including power and oppression and how they affect the lives of children, adults, and families living in the United States. 3 credits. (S, Y)

681-58900  Environmental Dimensions in Health Education

This course explores current environmental problems and issues related to public health. Topics include health risk assessment, management, and communication; sources of pollution; environmental and health effects of war; food safety and other environmental health areas. Emphasis is placed upon individual and community responsibilities for promotion of environmental health. Format for the course will include lectures and small-group seminars. 3 credits. (SU, Y)

681-59900  Selected Seminars

In-depth study of selected topics within the fields of physical education and health. Critical examination of research, theories, and/or practices associated with the selected topic, with discussion regarding practical applications. Students may repeat this course for a maximum of 6 credits. 1-3 credits per course. (SU,Y)

681-61400  Research Methods in Health and Physical Education

An introduction to the research processes found in the health and physical education literature. Various experimental, qualitative, and non-experimental research designs will be presented. In addition, the course will provide the opportunity for development of library skills, development of skills for reading and interpreting research literature, and development of scientific writing skills. 3 credits. (F, Y)

681-61500  Technological Applications in Education

This course is designed to introduce students to technological applications within education, with an emphasis on the use of technology to enhance the delivery of instruction and improve student learning. The course will also focus on the use of technology as a vehicle for professional development. Students incorporate different theories of learning into the design of media-based experiences for students of all levels. This course integrates theory and practice. 3 credits. (F,Y)

681-62100  Fieldwork

Fieldwork provides an opportunity for qualified students to engage in a practical, meaningful work experience in a physical activity and/or health-related setting, within either a school or community environment. The fieldwork experience provides the opportunity for students to put theory into practice as well as become involved in the day-to-day activities of the organization under the guidance of a qualified worksite supervisor and the Ithaca College faculty sponsor. 1-6 credits.

681-62200 Independent Readings

A survey and analysis of current and classical literature pertaining to a selected topic of interest. Readings will include both assigned and student-selected materials for presentation to, and discussion with, the assigned instructor. Students must submit a petition for approval by the sponsoring faculty member and the graduate chair prior to registering for the course. No more than 6 total credits of independent study courses (681-62200 and 681-62300) may be applied toward degree requirements. 1-3 credits per course. (F,S,SU,Y)

681-62300 Independent Research

Independent research conducted under the guidance of a graduate faculty member. Students must submit a petition for approval by the sponsoring faculty member and the graduate chair prior to registering for the course. No more than 6 total credits of independent study courses (681-62200 and 681-62300) may be applied toward degree requirements. 1-3 credits per course. (F,S,SU,Y)

681-71000  Thesis I

Open only to qualified and pre-approved students who are preparing a proposal for an original scholarly thesis. Conducted on a conference basis with the thesis adviser, the course culminates in a written and oral thesis proposal. In order for a student to enroll in Thesis II, the thesis proposal must gain approval from the thesis adviser, thesis committee, and the graduate chair. Guidelines are available from the office of the graduate chair. 3 credits. (F,S,SU,Y)

681-72000  Thesis II

Open only to qualified and pre-approved students who are conducting an original research project. Conducted on a conference basis with the thesis adviser, the course culminates in a written thesis and oral thesis defense. In order to enroll in Thesis II, the student must have an approved thesis proposal. Guidelines are available from the office of the graduate chair. This is a pass/fail course. Prerequisites: 681-71000 and approval of thesis adviser and graduate chair. 3 credits. (F,S,SU,Y)

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