PHED 1301
Foundations of Kinesiology

Western Texas College
Department of Physical Education

  1. Course Description
    1. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to human movement that includes the historical development of physical education, exercise science, and sport. This course offers the student both an introduction to the knowledge base, as well as, information on expanding career opportunities.
    2. Prerequisites – None
  2. Methods of Instruction
    1. Lecture
    2. Handouts
    3. Group work
    4. Individual demonstration
    5. Discussion
  3. Textbook
    1. Foundations of Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport(18th Edition) by Wuest, Deborah and Fisette, Jennifer ISBN# 978-0-07-352277-7
  4. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Upon successful completion of the course the student will:
    2. Distinguish between and identify terminology and research within the sub-disciplines in the field of Kinesiology and their application to diverse careers.
    3. Summarize the historical and philosophical approaches to physical activity, physical education, exercise science and sport.
    4. Identify the characteristics of a physically educated person and the importance of assessment and advocacy in physical education, exercise science, and sport.
    5. Discuss how the changing nature of education and technological advances may influence physical education, exercise science, and sport in the future.
    6. Identify major professional organizations, foundations, and associations supporting physical activity at local, state, national and international levels as well as data tools and resources.
  5. Grade Categories
    1. Discussions........................150 (30 points each)
    2. Tests..................................350 points  (150 points – Midterm, 200 points - Final)
    3. Quizzes..............................300 points (20 points each)
    4. Homework..........................200 points (50 points each)
  6. Course Requirements
    1. Discussions:This course will have five discussions, one for each module. The discussions are to elicit class responses on various physical education topics. Students are to respond to the discussion individually. After completing individual response please read and respond to at least two classmates responses. Please evaluate their response and provide feedback, “This is good”, will not work.
    2. Tests: This course will have two tests. The tests will be worth 35% of course grade. This course has a Midterm and a Final, both Exams must be proctored. The exams are closed book. All exam content comes from chapter quizzes.

      The Midterm will cover chapters 1-7. The Midterm will have 100 questions taken directly from quizzes. The Final Exam covers chapters 8-15. The Final exam will have 100 hundred questions taken directly from quizzes.

    3. Quizzes: There will be a chapter quiz for each chapter covered in course. The quizzes may be taken as many times as student wants, and the content from quizzes will be used on exams. Each quiz loads random questions so the more times you take the quizzes the more questions you will see to cover material for exams. It is recommended to take quizzes at least three times.
    4. Homework: This course has four homework assignments. Each assignment must be completed individually. Grading will be based on rubric.
  7. Late Work Policy - All work is due on dates assigned if student wishes to receive full credit. However I do realize there are some circumstances that can lead to assignments being late. I have therefore have come up with the following policy for all late work.
    1. Quizzes cannot be made up on-line; they will require a written make-up submission by student. The student must request and complete within five days of the original due date of the quiz that was missed.
    2. Except for Module 5, no late work will be accepted.
    3. Homework assignments will lose 5 pts. Per day after due date and must be submitted no later than 5 days after due date. Except for Module 5, no late work will be accepted.
    4. Discussions cannot be made up.
    5. Tests cannot be made up, unless there are extreme circumstances for missed test. This will be at the discretion of the instructor.
  8. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  9. Course Organization & Tentative Schedule*




1st Day

Syllabus and course content

Module 1

Chapter 1. Meaning and scope
Chapter 2. Philosophy, Goals, and Objectives
Chapter 3. Health and Physical Activity in our Society

Quizzes 1-3
Discussion I

Module 2

Chapter 4. Historical Foundations
Chapter 5. Motor Behavior
Chapter 6. Biomechanical Foundations
Chapter 7 Exercise Physiology and Fitness

Quizzes 4-7
Discussion II
Homework I

Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam (This Exam covers content from Modules I and II, Chapters 1-7).

Midterm Exam

Module 3

Chapter 8. Sociological Foundations
Chapter 9. Sport and Exercise Psychology
Chapter 10. Physical Education Pedagogy

Quizzes 8-10
Discussion III
Homework II

Module 4

Chapter 11. Career and Professional Development
Chapter 12. Teaching and Coaching Careers
Chapter 13. Fitness and Health related Careers

Quizzes 11 – 13
Discussion IV
Homework III

Module 5

Chapter 14. Sport Careers
Chapter 15. Issues Challenges and Future Trends

Quizzes 14 – 15
Discussion V
Homework IV

Final Exam

Final Exam (This Exam covers content from Modules III – Module V, Chapters 8-15).

Final Exam



Last Modified: August 23, 2016