Course Descriptions

PESS100 Intercollegiate Athletics 

Participation on a varsity, reserve or junior varsity sport team. Students participating in football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross-country would enroll in the fall. Students participating in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and women’s wrestling would enroll in the spring. Corequisite: Academic and Athletic eligibility in an NAIA associated athletic program. Course graded S/U. Credit 0-1 hour. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours. 

PESS101 Intercollegiate Athletics Conditioning 

Presents the fundamentals of conditioning, and includes general physical preparation sport fitness, plyometrics, agility drills and sport specific conditioning. Students will learn about the principle of year-round conditioning , competition period. Corequisite: Membership in an NAIA associated athletic program. Course graded S/U. Credit 0-1 hour. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credit hours. 

PESS126 First Aid and Safety 

Cause, prevention, and first aid care of common emergencies as outlined by American Red Cross. Treatment of athletic injuries. Common precautions in safety in the home, school, highways, and recreational areas. Credit 2 hours. 

PESS202 Lifesaving 

Lifesaving and artificial respiration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and first aid techniques. Preparation for Red Cross certification test in Life Saving and Water Safety. Prerequisite: PESS 126. Credit 1 hour. 

PESS214 Advanced Strength Training 

This course introduces basic strength training and conditioning instructions including traditional circuit training, core stability, weightlifting, long, slow distance training, interval training and high-intensity interval training. Safety measures are reviewed for these training techniques. Periodization is studied as well. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS212 Swimming 

Emphasis on fundamental through advanced swimming techniques based on your swimming ability including personal safety skills, rescue techniques, artificial respiration, and safety information. Credit 1 hour. May be repeated twice. 

PESS213 Principles of Physical Education 

Basic concepts and theories of physical education. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS215 Applied Motor Learning 

A study of theories and practices dealing with learning as related to motor skill acquisition. Emphasis will be psychomotor and perceptual motor learning. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS220 Introduction to Sport Management 

This course is designed to provide an overview of the structure of the sports industry and to highlight the scope and variety of career opportunities in the area. The value of professional management to sports organization will also be emphasized. Attention will be given to the issues facing sport organizations and to the use of management techniques to solve business-related problems. The development of effective communication skills, both written and oral, will be emphasized through class presentations and written assignments. Cross-listed with Business. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS225 Fitness Assessment 

This course will give the student the experience of administering assessment tests, evaluating results of these tests, and from these tests prescribing health fitness programs. Credit 2 hours. 

PESS226 Structural Anatomy 

This course is a study of structural anatomy concentrating on the skeletal and neuromuscular systems. Credit 2 hours. 

PESS302 Water Safety Instruction 

Advanced aquatic course training and preparing students to teach swimming, lifesaving, and other water safety courses. Preparation for Red Cross certification test. Prerequisite: Current Senior Red Cross Lifesaving certificate. Credit 1 hour. 

PESS303 Advanced Strength Training 

This course develops many weightlifting techniques that can only be effectively executed when orchestrated with larger, strategically-planned regimens. Several techniques including periodization, super sets, giant sets, isometric, super slow, forced repetitions, and other processes are studied and put into practice. CSCS exam preparation is included curriculum. Prerequisite: PESS214. Credit 3 hours.

PESS314 Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education 

A study of capacity, achievements, knowledge, and skill tests and their application to classification and measurement of progress. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS323 Exercise Physiology 

An introduction to the physiology of the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, nervous, and circulatory systems, with special reference to their adjustments during exercise. A study is made of age, sex, environment, and training in relation to exercise. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS325 Teaching Physical Education in the Elementary School 

Designed for physical educators to enhance their understanding of contemporary elementary physical education. This course is directed to provide them with stimulus material for the implementation of movement activities and approaches to enhance the total development of the elementary school-aged child. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS326 Adapted Physical Education 

The need for an adapted program for the physically handicapped or atypical student; its organization and administration; types of conditions to be found and their symptoms and characteristics; developing a program to meet the needs of the students; resources and references. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS332 Kinesiology 

The mechanical and anatomical analysis of selected activities and their effect on the body; and the physiological adaptation of the body to meet the resultant demands. Prerequisite: PESS226 or BIOL242. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS341 Game Rules and Officiating 

Study of rules and officiating mechanics for football and basketball. Less detailed study will be given to baseball, track and field, soccer, volleyball, and individual sports. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS344 Sport Marketing 

Course is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of the unique aspects of marketing as related to sport. Cross-listed with Business. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS414 Exercise Prescription 

This course will teach the student the major elements of fitness, determine fitness goals, design fitness programs and facilities. The course will be a combination of classroom, exercise and practical experiences. Prerequisite: PESS225. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS415 Theory of Coaching Football 

Study of fundamentals, individual and team offense and defense, formations, plays and field generalship. Credit 2 hours. 

PESS416 Theory of Coaching Volleyball 

An analysis of the coaching techniques and strategies of volleyball. Credit 2 hours. 

PESS417 Theory of Coaching Basketball 

Study of the different systems of basketball, individual and team offense and defense. Credit 2 hours. 

PESS418 Theory of Coaching Track 

Form, training, and selection of students for each track and field event. Also includes procedures and organization of track meets. Credit 2 hours. 

PESS419 Theory of Coaching Baseball/Softball 

An analysis of defensive baseball including strategic fielding and pitching. A study of hitting techniques and base running including the coaching techniques of each. Credit 2 hours. 

PESS420 Theory of Coaching 

A course designed to provide the student an introduction to the sport science principles of coaching. Topics include coaching philosophy, sport psychology, sport pedagogy, sport physiology, and sport management. This course requires demonstration of competency in all fundamental motor skills, as well as skillful performance in a minimum of four physical education content areas. Skillful performance is defined as a person’s effective employment of techniques, tactics, strategies, rules and etiquette in the context of the activity. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS421 Sport Management Capstone 

This course is designed as the culminating experience in the Sport Management program and may include individual research or an approved internship. Credit 3 hours. 

PESS435 Organization and Administration of Physical Education 

Analysis of the underlying principles of physical education and their application to the organization of a physical education program. The principles of teaching physical education with lesson plan formulation plus actual experience in an activity class. Credit 3 hours. 

*2023-2024 Academic Catalog

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