Health & Physical Education Courses

Messiah College Course Catalog

HPED 170 Concepts of Conditioning (2)
Introduction to the basic foundations of physical fitness and wellness concepts. Particular emphasis is placed on the fitness components of cardiovascular endurance, body composition, muscle strength and endurance, and labs emphasizing flexibility. Students design and implement individualized exercise programs, and significant class time is devoted to vigorous sport and exercise sessions.

HPED 223 Community Health Strategies (3)

Study of major community health problems and effective methods of community health education. Particular emphasis is given to the influence of society on human health behavior. Includes an in-depth look at the areas of consumer health, stress, safety, and sexuality. (Alternate years, offered Spring 2013.)

HPED 224 Personal Health Strategies (3)
Explorations in the personal health areas of drug dependency, nutrition, weight control, and disease. Emphasizes individual responsibility for making sound personal health decisions.

HPED 227 Foundations of Physical Education (3)
Overview of the physical education profession; brief history; philosophical, scientific, and sociological foundations and principles; a brief introduction to career opportunities plus overall education objectives of health and physical education programs. (Offered Fall Semester only.)

HPED 229 Motor Learning (3)
An introductory investigation of principles affecting performance and retention of motor skills. Topics include learning stages, information processing, feedback, transfer, practice conditions, memory, arousal, task analysis, data analysis, fundamental experimental and statistical concepts. (Alternate years, J-Term 2013.)

HPED 236 Medical Aspects of Sport (2)
Basic injury prevention and care course for those majors involved in coaching, fitness programs, and physical activity supervision. Involves the application of basic injury care, conditioning of athletes, basic taping techniques, legal and ethical issues, and nutritional concepts. Lab sessions and practical experience are provided.

HPED 305 Contemporary Issues in Health (3)
An in-depth study of selective, contemporary health issues. An emphasis on exploring Healthy People 2000 Objectives is included.

HPED 309 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Physical Education (3)
Theories, principles, and practices related to curriculum development and instruction in elementary physical education. Practical experience is included.

HPED 312 Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Physical Education (3)
Theories, principles, and practices related to curriculum development and instruction in secondary physical education. Practical experience is included.

HPED 321 Kinesiology (3)
Detailed study of human balance and motion, including the application of physical laws to action of bones, muscles, and their articulations. Practical application to physical education activities.

HPED 322 Exercise Physiology (3)
Physiological adjustments of major organs and systems to exercise, including theories and principles for improving performance. Examination of current literature and research. An analysis of ethical and physiological implications of using scientific technology to enhance performance.

HPED 323 Exercise Physiology Lab (1)
This course will give the student a practical, hands-on learning experience with experiments that demonstrate the principles of the human body’s response to exercise. Students will use laboratory equipment to gather data that they will interpret for written reports. Topics covered will coincide with material presented in HPED 322. This course must be taken in synchrony with HPED 322.

HPED 326 Curriculum and Instruction in Health Education (3)
Curriculum planning, methods, materials, and teaching techniques for teaching health to grades K–12. Prerequisite: Health and Physical Education major or Instructor’s consent.

HPED 329 Sport in Society (3)
Study of race, sexism, social stratification, social mobility, and religious orientations pertaining to sports. Contemporary realities, myths, and issues concerning social differentiation will be examined by utilizing a variety of disciplinary approaches, including the following theories: functionalism, conflict, critical, and feminist. Analysis of the social influences and structure that have affected and exist within, between, and among societies, nations, and cultures will also be explored as they pertain to sport. Prerequisite: IDCR 151. Meets General Education Pluralism in Contemporary Society requirement.

HPED 332 Teaching Adapted Physical Education (3)
Principles and practices concerning conditions and diseases (e.g., orthopedic, neurological, emotional, etc.) which influence participation in physical education and recreation.

HPED 422 Assessment in Health and Physical Education (2)
Guidance in appropriate selection, construction, and administration of motor skill, fitness, and knowledge assessment tools as well as interpreting and using results of data collection to improve student learning. (Offered Fall Semester only.)

HPED 423 Principles of Administration (3)
A study of leadership, basic skills, processes, and functions of management pertaining to physical education, fitness, and sport. The development of an extensive policies and procedures manual that includes, but is not limited to the following components: mission statement, objectives/goals, code of ethics, organizational plan, policies, facility plans, and operational budget. The case study approach is heavily utilized for the student practice decision-making skills. (Offered Spring Semester only.)

HPED 433 Student Teaching Seminar (2)
The seminar is designed to provide opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate teaching experiences, to research and debate special topics and to continue the process of planning for future professional involvements.  The seminar is conducted concurrently with student teaching. (Pass/Fail grade only.)

HPED 491 Independent Study in Physical Education (1–3)
Independent research with faculty supervision.

HPED 497, 498 Majors Honors (3, 3)
Independent research program for students who have a strong academic record for a minimum of five previous semesters of college study. Overall GPA of 3.5 and department approval required for enrollment.