EXSC 660 Fitness Assessment and Programming

This course is a study of the laboratory and field tests used for assessing physical fitness components as well as principles of exercise prescription. Test results are used in developing individualized exercise prescriptions to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body weight and body composition, and flexibility.

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

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The purpose of this course is to provide students a greater understanding of how to successfully access physical fitness. With this knowledge students will learn how to plan, develop, and carry out individualized exercise prescriptions to improve on the assessed fitness components.


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

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 350–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 1 citation. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include at least 1 citation.

The student will write a 2–3 page paper in response to a provided Case Study Question. Each question will cover at least 1 if not multiple content areas for each module.

The student will write a 1–2 page proposal, selecting a client and briefly providing the elements he/she plans to include for the Comprehensive Exercise Program Design.

The student will prepare a comprehensive 8–12 page program design appropriate for a self-selected client. Elements of the program design must include a mission statement, client profile, health history, lifestyle history, and goals in various training areas. The student must also include a 6–8 week training cycle chart. The paper must include 3–5 references in an additional reference page.


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