EXSC 650 Promoting Physical Activity in the Community

This course will examine the promotion of physical activity in the community setting. The techniques, theories, and strategies for physical activity promotion will be examined.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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This course will provide the student with the opportunity to apply his/her knowledge of physical fitness and exercise to a variety of community settings, including neighborhoods, families, churches, etc. This course will offer students the opportunity to apply their knowledge from other health science classes to make real change in his/her community. It is increasingly important that students in the field of Exercise Science know the importance of community health and how to develop and implement these programs to increase the knowledge and health of those around them. This dissemination of knowledge is at the heart of Jesus Christ’s message to support and help their fellow man.

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Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Couse Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 500 words; demonstrate course-related knowledge; and include at least two scholarly references in addition to the course textbook and at least one biblical principle. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words and reference the course textbook and one other scholarly or biblical source. All citations must be in current APA format.

Case Study Assignment

The student will be presented with a Case Study scenario and required to demonstrate his/her knowledge from the Learn material. The completed Case Study must be at least 500 words and contain at least two scholarly references in current APA format as well as citations from the course textbook and the Bible.

Video Presentation Assignment

The student will write a speech advocating his/her position on the importance of physical activity in schools. The student will then record a 4–7 minute video of his/her speech as though presenting it to a group or school board. The speech must include a minimum of 5 scholarly references that the student states during the speech.

Game Design Assignment

The student will design/create an interactive game (board, computer, brain, etc.) based on a provided prompt and include at least 20 different terms/facts from the textbook. The game may be created using a variety of online tools of the student’s choosing and must be playable for at least 10 minutes. The goal of the game is to address the needs set forth in the prompt while being instructive, fun, and unique.

PowerPoint Presentation Assignment

The student will create a slideshow presentation about an environment of their choosing (built, urban, worksite, etc.) and explain the issues/challenges to physical activity in that setting, the importance of physical activity, and an intervention technique to promote physical activity. The assignment must include at least 20 slides of content (title and reference slides not included) and at least five references in APA format.

Creative Demonstration Assignment

The student will choose a creative format (animated short video, short story, comic, parable, etc.) and integrate the 10 Key Steps to an Effective Partnership in order to promote physical activity.

Final Project Assignments (2)

Physical Activity Plan: Checkpoint Assignment

The student will begin assembling a Physical Activity Plan for the community of their choice and identify the five societal sectors that he/she will address for the Final Project. The assignment will include several sections, including a 300-word description of the community. Any references used must be in current APA format. 

Physical Activity Plan: Submission Assignment

The student will expand upon the five societal sectors they selected and provide strategies and tactics to promote physical activity within their community. The assignment should include a total of 15 strategies (three for each sector) and a total of 45 tactics (three for each strategy). The completed Physical Activity Plan must be at least 20 pages and look professional. All references must be in current APA format.

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