Fitness and Wellness Leadership Major

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B.S. in Fitness and Wellness Leadership Course Descriptions

Fitness and Wellness Leadership Courses

PED201 - CPR/AED/First Aid (1 cr.)

Provides the student with knowledge and skill to handle first aid emergencies and basic first aid. American Red Cross certification will be issued at the completion of course for individuals meeting Red Cross standards. (Spring, Fall).

PED210 - Intro Fitness & Wellness Leadership Major (2 cr.)

Introduces majors and prospective majors to careers and trends in the fitness industry, the academic program and requirements, academic planning, certification organizations, and fitness and wellness concepts, and assists students with the development of life skills in the areas of academics, personal development, leadership, career development and commitment to service. (Fall). Prerequisites: Fitness and Wellness Majors Only.

PED212 - Intro to Personal Fitness Training (2 cr.)

Provide a foundational understanding of the exercise sciences, personal training profession, and fitness industry along with receiving practical experiences in the areas of health assessments, exercise movements, and fitness management. (Spring) Prerequisites: PED210 and Fitness and Wellness Majors.

PED214 - Advanced Personal Fitness Training (2 cr.)

Majors will learn advanced concepts required of the personal fitness trainer that includes the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) used to improve, maintain, and/or optimize health-related components of physical fitness, functional movements, and sports performance. The student will assist the course instructor and upper-class students. In addition, the course will prepare students to take the ACSM's Certified Personal TrainerSM certification exam. (Fall) Prerequisites: PED212 and Fitness and Wellness Majors.

PED333 - Science of Exercise (3 cr.)

The study of various factors that affect human performance including regulatory mechanisms, responses, adaptations and changes that occur as a result of physical activity. Topics include physiology demands of exercise, energy systems, effects on human development, and implications for personal fitness and fitness professionals. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts.

PED334 - Kinesiology (3 cr.)

The study of human movement in relationship to the physical sciences. Designed to analyze human motion based on anatomical and mechanical principles. Topics include joint and segmental movements, muscle action in regards to everyday and fitness activity, and implications for personal fitness and for fitness professionals. Basic biomechanical and neuromuscular physiology will be applied along with the musculoskeletal anatomy. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: BIO326 and BIO327.

PED336 - Fitness Programming (3 cr.)

Examines the knowledge necessary to design and implement proper exercise programs for diverse populations and fitness levels and provide the appropriate environment to facilitate successful program implementation. Information in this course will assist in preparing students for Personal Trainer and/or Strength and Conditioning certification. (Spring).

PED337 - Group Exercise Programming (3 cr.)

Prepares students for instruction of, planning for and managing group exercise programming. Students will learn the dynamics of various group exercise classes. The course will focus on physiological benefits, methodology, class design, music progressions and effective choreography flow and transition. Students will identify and prepare for a variety of accredited certifications. (Spring).

PED338 - Supplemental & Ergogenic Aids (2 cr.)

A study of research, research findings, and issues in the physiology and psychological effects of ergogenics on human performance in sport and exercise. Topics include doping, drug testing, clinical and scientific research on use and abuse of performance-enhancing substances, legal issues and application for personal fitness and fitness professionals. (Spring). Liberal arts.

PED401 - Fitness Field Experience I (2 cr.)

Supervised field experience for Wellness and Fitness Leadership majors; 120 hours on site. Three seminar classes will be scheduled for field experience participants. Students will be placed in a professional role and fitness site that serves clientele in profit, non-profit, college, high school, clinical, or other setting. (Fall). Prerequisites: PED 214, American College of Sports Medicine® (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer Certification, permission of program coordinator, and junior standing in Major.

PED402 - Fitness Field Experience II (2 cr.)

Supervised field experience for Wellness and Fitness Leadership majors; 120 hours on site. Three seminar classes will be scheduled for field experience participants. Students will be placed in a professional role and fitness site that serves clientele in profit, non-profit, college, high school, clinical, or other setting. (Spring). Prerequisites: PED 401and junior standing.

PED403 - Fitness Field Experience III (2 cr.)

Supervised field experience for Wellness and Fitness Leadership majors; 120 hours on site. Three seminar classes will be scheduled for field experience participants. Students will be placed in a professional role and fitness site that serves clientele in profit, non-profit, college, high school, clinical, or other setting. (Fall). Prerequisites: PED 402 and senior standing in Major.

PED404 - Fitness Field Experience IV (2 cr.)

Supervised field experience for Wellness and Fitness Leadership majors; 120 hours on site. Three seminar classes will be scheduled for field experience participants. Students will be placed in a professional role and fitness site that serves clientele in profit, non-profit, college, high school, clinical, or other setting. (Spring). Prerequisites: PED 403 and senior standing in Major.

PED410 - Fitness Management (3 cr.)

Fitness and Wellness Leadership capstone course that examines the fitness industry, management practices and operational issues in commercial, corporate, clinical, community settings. Topics include managing and operating facilities for front-of-the-house (member and guest services) and back-of-the-house (facility and equipment maintenance, business office and financial management, legal issues and insurance matters) and the planning and evaluation processes. PREREQUISITE: MKE 280, MKE290, MGM311; PED336, PED 337.

Nutrition Course Description

FNI211 - Human Nutrition (3 cr.)

Introduction to the science of nutrition, with emphasis on nutrients, their action, interaction and balance relating to health. Consideration given to selection of food to meet nutrient requirements. Liberal arts. Prerequisite: CHE101 or equivalent.

Business (Accounting/Marketing/Management/Economics) Course Descriptions

ACC201 - Principles of Accounting I (3 cr.)

An introduction to financial accounting as an information system with emphasis on measuring, reporting, and using accounting information related to operating, investing, and financing activities. Detailed discussion of accounting concepts and issues concerning the financial position, income statement, and statement of cash flows. Increase awareness of the importance of accounting ethics and values. (Fall - Spring). Prerequisite: at least second-semester standing.

BUS 388 Seminar in Professionalism (3 cr.)

This course provides a context for students to focus on five areas to develop a successful career path 1) ethics 2) managerial leadership skills 3) information technology 4) internships and 5) career assessment. By exploring the concepts of "professionalism," students will gain insight and appreciation of the characteristics that constitute an effective business leader. Prerequisite: SBE Major, junior, or senior standing.

ECO101 - Principles of Economics (3 cr.)

Principles of macro and micro economics; analysis of policies concerned with employment and national income, including fiscal and monetary policies, international trade and finance, and economic growth and development. Micro topics include consumer behavior, the theory of the firm and resource allocation. Also covered: economic issues including pollution, poverty, productivity and minority and gender issues. (Fall - Spring - Summer). Liberal arts.

MKE290 - Principles of Marketing (3 cr.)

Basic problems in marketing management and the marketing mix elements of product, price and promotion and distribution are presented in the context of a dynamic global environment. The impact of the legal, political, social, ethical, technological, economic, and competitive factors upon marketing activities are discussed. (Fall - Spring). Prerequisites: ENG101; ECO101 or ECO110 or ECO111.

MKE321 - Principles of Advertising (3 cr.)

Advertising from the advertiser's point of view. Explores marketing institutions in advertising, advertising research, advertising strategy, copy development, media strategy, and advertising budgeting and controls. Includes hands-on project. Prerequisites: MKE290.

MKE328 - Services Marketing (3 cr.)

This course introduces students to marketing issues that pervade the rapidly growing and changing U.S. Health Care System. The goal is to understand why and from where these changes emanate as well as their consequences for the different participants. A special emphasis is placed upon the marketing of services (professional), perceived service quality and its measurement, the impacts of consumer driven markets, distribution of services and distribution of power within channel of distribution; delivery system of health care and major forces for change; as well as traditional marketing decisional areas such as pricing, advertising, product planning, etc.

MGM280 - Principles of Management (3 cr.)

Management theories and practices applicable to all organizations: domestic and international, profit and nonprofit, manufacturing and service. The functions of planning, organizing and controlling, along with managerial skills and tools, from a systems perspective; organizational theory and behavior on a macro and micro level. Prerequisites: ENG101, either ECO101 or both ECO110 and ECO111.

MGM311 - Organizational Behavior (3 cr.)

Applied behavioral science topics as they relate to the management of human behavior in organizations. Individual, group and organizational levels of analysis; such topics as perception, learning, motivation, communication, leadership, decision making and change. Prerequisites: MGM280.

Recommended Courses to Receive the Marketing Minor (select 2 of the courses below):

MKE323 - Retail Store Mgmt (3 cr.)

Introduction to technical and theoretical practices of retail management. Overview of organizational structure, merchandising practices and procedures, promotional activities, store planning and control. Prerequisites: MKE290.

MKE401 - Interactive Marketing & E-Commerce (3 cr.)

This course focuses on E-commerce and interactive marketing methods of advertising, selling, distribution, and customer relationship management. All interactive media, with particular emphasis on the Internet, Worldwide Web, and other electronic technological advancements, will be introduced. Students will learn how interactive marketing differs from traditional marketing and how interactive marketing and E-commerce fits into an organization's marketing promotional mix and marketing strategy in both business-to-customer or business-to-business contexts. The course makes use of lectures, readings, guest speakers, and a student project. (Every 3rd semester, Fall) Prerequisite: MKE290.

MKE410 - Franchising: US/CA/MX (3 cr.)

Students learn about the evolution of franchising, different types of franchising, franchisor and franchisee obligations, government regulations and legal issues related to the franchise agreement, and are exposed to a comparative view of franchising in the US, Canada, and Mexico. (Spring). Prerequisite: MKE290.

MKE442 - Selected Marketing Topics (3 cr.)

Seminar offered occasionally covering advanced marketing topics of particular temporal interest: public relations, franchising in the U.S./Canada/Mexico, Latin American marketing, the creativity process in marketing, services marketing and direct marketing. Prerequisite: MKE290.

MKE498 - Marketing Internship (3 cr.)

One Required Course to Receive the Business Minor:

ACC351 - Legal Env of Business (3 cr.)

The impact of regulation by state and federal governments upon individuals, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations in such areas as product liability, discrimination, unfair labor practices, pollution and consumer protection. Rights and responsibilities of the individual regarding contracts, torts and litigation. Ethical, social and political implications are explored as an integral part of each topic area. (Fall - Spring).

Comments, Questions, Suggestions?

If you have any questions about the fitness and wellness leadership major, please feel free to contact me:

Ken Baldwin, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
Office: Memorial Hall 214
Phone: (518) 564-3149
Email: kenneth.baldwin@plattsburgh.edu