George Mason University 1997-98 Catalog Catalog Index
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Physical Education Courses (PHED)


Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources

300 Kinesiology (3:3:0). Prerequisites: BIOL 124 and 125 or permission of instructor. Anatomical and mechanical study of human movement.

303 Professional Dimensions of Health, Recreation, and Physical Education (3:3:0). Introduction to the professional practice of health, recreation, and physical education.

304 Sport, Culture, and Society (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PHED 303 or permission of instructor. Sport and fitness viewed from political, economic, and cultural perspectives.

306 Psychomotor Learning (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Learning theory, processes, and conditions as they affect movement.

308 Adapted Physical Education (3:3:0). Prerequisites: At least 60 hours of course work and BIOL 124. Introduces PHED majors to disabilities in public schools. Designed to provide theory, principles of normalization, integration, and mainstreaming. Assessment tools, IEP, and developmental activities are presented for students with challenges. Requires 30 hours of field experience.

330 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3:3:0). Prerequisites: BIOL 124 and 125. Preventive, rehabilitative, and medical management of athletic injuries.

331 Advanced Techniques of Athletic Training (3:1:2). Prerequisite: PHED 330. Injury evaluation and treatment modalities in athletic trainings.

332 Treatment and Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries (3:3:0). Study of therapeutic modalities and rehabilitative exercises for the treatment of athletic injuries. Meets a course requirement for certification in athletic training.

365 Measurement and Evaluation of Physical Fitness (3:3:0). Selection, administration, evaluation, and construction of measurement and evaluation instruments and techniques in physical education; statistical analysis of data and survey of selected instruments.

373 Individual Sports in Physical Education (3:0:3). For physical education majors to improve their skills and knowledge through in-depth study of basic skill progressions and drills for teaching tennis, golf, and other individual sport activities. Includes skill analysis and peer group teaching. Twenty-hour field experience required.

375 Team Sports in Physical Education (3:0:3). For physical education majors to improve their skills and knowledge through in-depth study of basic skill progressions and drills for teaching basketball, soccer, and other team sport activities. Includes skill analysis and peer group teaching. Twenty-hour field experience required.

403 Elementary School Instruction in Physical Education (3:3:0). Prerequisites: PHED 373 and 375, and must be taken within one year of student teaching. Curricular experiences and methods for K-6 physical education. Requires 15 hours of field experience.

404 Middle and High School Instruction in Physical Education (3:3:0). An examination of school curriculum, assessment, content, and teaching practices for middle and high school physical education programs. This course requires 15 hours of field experience.

410 Social/Psychological Aspects of Health and Fitness (3:3:0). Research, trends, and techniques in the study of health and fitness from a behavioral perspective.

415 Student Teaching in Physical Education (15:0:0). Prerequisites: Completion of all courses in the approved program; acceptance in student teaching. Supervised clinical experience of a full semester in approved Virginia schools. Required experiences in elementary (seven weeks) and secondary (seven weeks) school settings. Includes participation of one week in school preservice workshops and related activities and weekly seminar sessions.

441 Practicum in Athletic Training (1-3:0:0). Prerequisites: PHED 330 and permission of instructor. Application of techniques and procedures in the care and prevention of athletic injuries in a selected environment under certified trainer supervision. Involves at least 100 hours of participation for each credit hour in athletic training.

442 Practicum in Physical Education (1-3:0:0). Prerequisites: 90 hours or 60 hours and permission of instructor. Supervised professional practice in a selected area of interest. Student may repeat this course but no more than 3 hours credit may be given. Each credit hour requires a minimum of 60 hours of participation in the specialty over a period of six weeks. Areas selected with faculty adviser approval.

450 Physiology of Exercise (3:3:0). Prerequisites: BIOL 124 and 125. Human physiological responses to environmental changes and exercise.

499 Independent Study in Physical Education and Fitness (1-3:0:0). Prerequisites: 90 hours and permission of instructor. Study of a problem area in physical education research, theory, or practice under the direction of faculty. May be repeated, but no more than three hours total credit may be earned.


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