Core courses in kinesiology are divided into three categories: Personal Fitness (PER 101-112), Leisure and Lifetime Activities (PER 120-159) and Sport, Dance and Society (160-189). See the academic catalog for more detailed descriptions.

2016–17 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Jogging and Road Racing

This class will focus on knowledge and application of running mechanics as they apply to the spectrum of jogging and running. This class will also focus on developing or enhancing the student?s routine participation in jogging and/or running to increase cardiorespiratory and muscular endurance.

  • Course code: PER-101
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Nordic Walking

This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and activity requirements to maintain active lives through walking. Students will walk twice a week in class and once on their own.

  • Course code: PER-102
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Road Cycling

This course offers students an introduction to bicycle fitness, riding technique, and distance touring. Personal fitness will be emphasized, with coverage of other topics including, proper equipment, bike maintenance, route planning, and safe group travel. Bicycle and helmet rental are available.

  • Course code: PER-103
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Core Strength & Balance Training

This course offers students an introduction to exercises which help develop and improve stability, as well as promote symmetry of strength and mobility on both sides of the body. Special emphasis will be placed on assessment and addressing weaknesses related to core strength and balance. Proper use of Physio-Balls, bands, and Bosu balls will all be implemented.

  • Course code: PER-104
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Aerobic Dance

This course is designed to emphasize personal fitness development. Students will participate in a variety of activities, including step aerobics, aerobic dance, Zumba and other workouts as means to improve fitness.

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Cardio Cross Training

This course emphasizes personal fitness through a variety of cardiovascular modalities, including, jogging, spinning, agilities, circuit training, and water aerobics.

  • Course code: PER-106
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Weight Training

The emphasis in this course will be fitness development and maintenance through the modality of resistance training. Proper technique, program development, basic muscular physiology will all be highlighted in this class.

  • Course code: PER-107
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Aquatic Fitness

This course is designed to use the water, in particular, lap swimming and other activities to improve cardiovascular fitness. This is NOT a skills class; rather the students will spend most of their time being very active in the water. Classes will be adjusted for different abilities. Students must provide goggles and appropriate swim wear.

  • Course code: PER-108
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Water Aerobics

This course emphasizes the development of personal fitness levels. Students will participate in a variety of activities in the pool. Water will be used as a resistive force as a means of improving conditioning levels. Classes will be adjusted for different ability levels.

  • Course code: PER-110
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Special Topics in Personal Fitness

A course in this area is designed to provide

  • Course code: PER-112
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Scuba Diving

This course is designed to allow students to gain certification in Scuba. Course fee will be required.

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Swim I

This course emphasizes the fundamentals of freestyle, flip turns, streamlines and good lap swimming habits, so the student will appreciate moving through the water and feel more comfortable adding lap swimming to their fitness plan. Students must provide goggles and appropriate swim wear.

  • Course code: PER-124
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Swim II

This course is designed to develop swimming skills. Students will be required to learn all four competitive strokes. The class will also cover strategies and methods of using the water to reach fitness goals. Goggles and appropriate swimwear are required.

  • Course code: PER-125
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Cross Country Skiing

This course offers students an introduction to aerobic fitness through the modality of cross country skiing. Proper technique, equipment choice, route planning, and safety will all be addressed.

  • Course code: PER-126
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Downhill Skiing

This course offers students an introduction to downhill skiing technique. Proper apparel, safety, and etiquette will all be covered with special emphasis on stopping, turning, getting up, and proper pole use.

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Ice Skating

This course is designed for students to develop ice skating skills. Students will be instructed in basic and intermediate ice skating skills. Skate rental is available and a course fee is required.

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Karate

This course focuses on a Korean style of Karate called Pu Kang Tang Soo Do. Students will learn technique execution, low stances, high chambers for kicks, erect posture and flowing and focused movements. The four basic skill components include marching basics, kata, one-steps and slow motion sparing.

  • Course code: PER-129
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Women's Self-Defense

This course is designed to equip women with a wide array of physical and mental skills so they can make effective decisions and responses in pre-assaultive and assaultive situations. Students will learn strategies to avoid an assault, basic strikes and blocks, releases from a variety of holds, weapon defense, confrontation skills, societal issues related to the objectification of women, and defense against rape and abusive relationships.

  • Course code: PER-130
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Golf I

A beginning golf course is designed to teach basic skills and techniques used in the game of golf. Proper stance, grip, and swing of the club will be explained and demonstrated. Students will receive further instruction as they participate in practicing the basics. Training principles will also be discussed as applicable to the game of golf. *Students are required to bring their own clubs.

  • Course code: PER-132
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Golf II

An advanced golf course is designed to build on earlier skills gained in beginning golf classes or in actual play of the game. The students will learn advanced skills, techniques and strategies used by advanced golfers. This will include more advanced skills such as knowing how to hook or slice in order to adapt to the challenges of a golf course. Students will receive expanded instruction as they participate in actual play on the course. *Students are required to bring their own clubs.

  • Course code: PER-133
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Bowling

The course provides beginning bowling skill instruction and practice so that the student will enhance skill and enjoy participation in a lifetime sport. History, rules, etiquette, scoring, technique, and game play strategies will all be covered. There will be a course fee.

  • Course code: PER-137
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Wilderness Pursuits

A course in this area is designed to provide

  • Course code: PER-138
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Spec Topics: Lifetime & Leisure

A course in this area is designed to provide

  • Course code: PER-140
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Rock Climbing I

This course offers students an introduction to basic rock climbing skills. The objective of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to examine, practice, and demonstrate individual proficiency in climbing safety, essential knots, basic top-rope systems, climbing technique, belay systems and techniques, introductory top-rope anchor construction, climbing site safety, and route selection.

  • Course code: PER-141
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Rock Climbing II

This course offers students an introduction to intermediate and advance rock climbing skills including advanced technique, performance climbing training program, sport climbing (lead), introduction to traditional lead climbing, and an introduction to outdoor climbing systems and anchors. Students entering this course are required to have taken PER 141, have basic knot and hitch proficiency, and/or climb 5.9 (or above) routes.

  • Course code: PER-142
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Canoeing

This course offers students an introduction to lake and river canoeing skills. It is the objective of this course to provide students with the opportunity to examine, practice, and demonstrate individual proficiency in tandem canoeing. This course will begin by focusing on equipment, equipment use, and proper posture. The class will then learn a variety of essential and advanced strokes and bracing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to apply canoeing skills to both flat-water and river canoeing environments. The course will also cover safety, risk and hazard evaluation, basic rescue skills, and general trip planning. Off-site classes and a Saturday trip will be required. There is a course fee.

  • Course code: PER-143
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Frisbee

This course is designed to learn the skills needed to play the game. Basic fundamentals of skills including throwing forehand and backhand and catching will be explained and demonstrated. After reviewing basic skills, the students will learn advanced skills, techniques, strategies and how to perform and execute all the skills. The fundamental game strategies and rules will be emphasized.

  • Course code: PER-144
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Fly Fishing

This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of fly fishing. The course will involve activities to teach students the basics of fly fishing to include terms and equipment, casting, knot tying, aquatic entomology, fly selection, reading water, wading techniques and safety, and fly fishing tactics.

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Educational Dance

This course is focused primarily on dance in Elementary Education and is required for that program. Students will explore the doing and creating of dance (process and product) and the planning and teaching of dance (lesson design and pedagogy) in the elementary classroom. Students will gain a working knowledge of the fundamentals of dance and apply them across the elementary curriculum. Students will create and peer-teach lessons in folk dance and creative dance.

  • Course code: PER-150
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Tap Dance I

This is a beginning-level course in basic tap dance technique. Students will perform steps, combinations and dances learned in class for their final skill test. Students are required to supply their own tap shoes.

  • Course code: PER-151
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Jazz Dance I

This is a beginning-level course in basic jazz dance technique. Students will perform dances learned in class for their final skill test.

  • Course code: PER-152
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Modern Dance I

This is a beginning-level course in basic modern dance technique. Students will perform 3 dances learned in class for their final skill test.

  • Course code: PER-153
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Sacred Dance I

This is a beginning-level course that explores dance with sacred meaning. Students will study basic modern dance technique to learn dances of prayer and praise. The final project will include a presentation of student choreography.

  • Course code: PER-154
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Ballet I

This is a beginning-level course in basic ballet technique. Students will perform ballet combinations and dances learned in class for the final skill test. Students are required to supply their own ballet shoes.

  • Course code: PER-155
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Creative Dance

This is a beginning-level course that introduces and explores the basic elements of dance through improvisation. Students will choreograph and perform group dances for the final project. Required for the Dance Minor.

  • Course code: PER-156
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Rhythm in Dance

This is a beginning-level course that explores the use of rhythm in dance. Students will learn the basics of various dance styles in different rhythmic structures. Dance students will partner with music students to perform a final composition.

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Social Dance

This is a beginning-level course in basic social dance styles of 20th Century America. Students will perform dances such as waltz, polka, foxtrot, Lindy-Hop and swing for their final skill test.

  • Course code: PER-158
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Square & Folk Dance

This is a beginning-level course in American Square Dance and international folk dances. Students will perform dances learned in class for their final skill test.

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Tap Dance II

This is a second-level course in tap dance technique. (Pre-requisite: 151 Tap Dance I or equivalent experience). Students will learn intermediate techniques and will perform dances with elements of their own choreography for the final skill test. Students are required to supply their own tap shoes.

  • Course code: PER-161
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Jazz Dance II

This is a second-level course in jazz dance technique. (Pre-requisite: 152 Jazz Dance I or equivalent experience). Students will learn intermediate techniques and will perform dances with elements of their own choreography for the final skill test.

  • Course code: PER-162
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Modern Dance II

This is a second-level course in modern dance technique (Pre-requisite: 153 Modern Dance I or equivalent experience). Students will learn intermediate techniques and will perform dances with elements of their own choreography for the final skill test.

  • Course code: PER-163
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Ballet II

This is a second-level course in ballet technique (Pre-requisite: 155 Ballet Dance I or equivalent experience). Students will learn intermediate techniques and will perform dances taught in class for the final skill test. Students are required to supply their own ballet shoes.

  • Course code: PER-165
  • Semester: Interim
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Period Styles of Dance

This is a beginning-level course in historic Western dances. Specific dances in their historical contexts will include: Renaissance Court Dances, 19th Century Waltz, Foxtrot and Swing progression. The instruction will focus primarily on dance for the theater. Students will perform dances learned in class for the final skill test.

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Visual Design in Dance

This is a beginning-level course that explores the visual elements of dance in partnership with an art class. Elements within student artwork such as line, shape, color and texture are the basis for dance compositions, shown to fellow dancers and artists in the final course project.

  • Course code: PER-168
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Special Topics in Sport, Dance & Society

  • Course code: PER-170
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Racquetball

This course is designed to learn the skills needed to play the game. Basic fundamentals of skills and shots, including serves, forehand and back hand will be explained and demonstrated. After reviewing basic skills, the students will learn advanced skills, techniques, strategies and how to perform and execute all the skills. The fundamental game strategies and rules will be emphasized *Students are required to bring their own racquet and protective eyewear (goggles).

  • Course code: PER-171
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Water Polo

This course is designed for students to learn the skills, rules and strategies of water polo.

  • Course code: PER-172
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Basketball

This course offers an introduction to basketball skills, strategies, and rules. Emphasis is placed on skill development through drill work, and game play.

  • Course code: PER-173
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Volleyball I

A beginning volleyball course is designed to teach the basic skills and techniques used in the game of volleyball. Basic fundamentals of skills including serving, receiving, setting, blocking and spiking will be explained and demonstrated. The fundamental game strategies and rules used in the actual game and training principles will also be discussed as applicable to the game of volleyball.

  • Course code: PER-174
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Volleyball II

An advanced volleyball course is designed to build on earlier skills gained in beginning volleyball classes or in actual play of the game. The students will learn advanced skills, techniques, strategies and how to perform and execute all the advanced skills such as team offence/defense and serving and spiking. Students are expected to be very familiar with the rules of volleyball.

  • Course code: PER-175
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Cooperative World Games

This course is designed to expose students to variety of cooperative games. Students will participate in and lead the class in activities, specifically focusing on working together and developing community. Games are from the United States and around the world.

  • Course code: PER-176
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Slow-Pitch Softball

This course is designed to help students learn the basic skills and strategies for playing this lifetime sport. Students must provide their own gloves.

  • Course code: PER-177
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Badminton I

A beginning badminton course is designed to teach the basic skills and techniques used in the game of badminton. Basic fundamentals of skills including overhead and underhand clears, short and low serve, and high and deep serve will be explained and demonstrated. Positions and movement on the court for singles and doubles will be taught. The fundamental game strategies and rules used in both singles and doubles play will also be discussed.

  • Course code: PER-180
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Badminton II

An advanced badminton course is designed to build on earlier skills gained in beginning badminton classes or in actual play of the game. The students will learn advanced skills, techniques, strategies and how to perform and execute all the advanced strokes such as powerful overhead smashes, drop shots that go down rapidly, and drive shots. Students are expected to be very familiar with the rules of badminton.

  • Course code: PER-181
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Tennis I

A beginning tennis course is designed to teach the basic skills and techniques used in the game of tennis. Basic fundamentals of skills including serving, receiving, and ground strokes will be explained and demonstrated. Positions and movement on the court for singles and doubles will be taught. The fundamental game strategies and rules used in both singles and doubles play will also be discussed. * Students are required to bring own racquet.

  • Course code: PER-182
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Tennis II

An advanced tennis course is designed to build on earlier skills gained in beginning tennis classes or in actual play of the game. The students will learn advanced skills, techniques, strategies and how to perform and execute all the advanced strokes such as passing shots, overhead smashes, volley and half volley, drop shots, and backhand slices. Students are expected to be very familiar with the rules of tennis. *Students are required to bring own racquet.

  • Course code: PER-183
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Soccer

This course is designed to teach the basic skills needed to play the game. In addition, students who are already familiar and experienced with soccer will be able to improve their skills. Basic fundamentals of skills including passing, receiving, shooting will be explained and demonstrated. After reviewing basic skills, the students will learn advanced skills, technique, game strategies and how to perform and execute all the skills.

  • Course code: PER-185
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Adapted Physical Education

This course is available to students with special

  • Course code: PER-190
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
CODE NAME CREDITS
PER-101 Jogging and Road Racing 1
PER-102 Nordic Walking 1
PER-103 Road Cycling 1
PER-104 Core Strength & Balance Training 1
PER-105 Aerobic Dance 1
PER-106 Cardio Cross Training 1
PER-107 Weight Training 1
PER-108 Aquatic Fitness 1
PER-110 Water Aerobics 1
PER-112 Special Topics in Personal Fitness 1
PER-120 Scuba Diving 1
PER-124 Swim I 1
PER-125 Swim II 1
PER-126 Cross Country Skiing 1
PER-127 Downhill Skiing 1
PER-128 Ice Skating 1
PER-129 Karate 1
PER-130 Women's Self-Defense 1
PER-132 Golf I 1
PER-133 Golf II 1
PER-137 Bowling 1
PER-138 Wilderness Pursuits 1
PER-140 Spec Topics: Lifetime & Leisure 1
PER-141 Rock Climbing I 1
PER-142 Rock Climbing II 1
PER-143 Canoeing 1
PER-144 Frisbee 1
PER-145 Fly Fishing 1
PER-150 Educational Dance 1
PER-151 Tap Dance I 1
PER-152 Jazz Dance I 1
PER-153 Modern Dance I 1
PER-154 Sacred Dance I 1
PER-155 Ballet I 1
PER-156 Creative Dance 1
PER-157 Rhythm in Dance 1
PER-158 Social Dance 1
PER-159 Square & Folk Dance 1
PER-161 Tap Dance II 1
PER-162 Jazz Dance II 1
PER-163 Modern Dance II 1
PER-165 Ballet II 1
PER-167 Period Styles of Dance 1
PER-168 Visual Design in Dance 1
PER-170 Special Topics in Sport, Dance & Society 1
PER-171 Racquetball 1
PER-172 Water Polo 1
PER-173 Basketball 1
PER-174 Volleyball I 1
PER-175 Volleyball II 1
PER-176 Cooperative World Games 1
PER-177 Slow-Pitch Softball 1
PER-180 Badminton I 1
PER-181 Badminton II 1
PER-182 Tennis I 1
PER-183 Tennis II 1
PER-185 Soccer 1
PER-190 Adapted Physical Education 1

2016–17 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Lifeguard Training

The courses listed in this series are offered to meet the special interests of students. Students may select a course from this group based on interest or academic program. These courses will count toward the total graduation requirement, but will not count as core courses.

  • Course code: KIN-191
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Independent Activity

The courses listed in this series are offered to meet the special interests of students. Students may select a course from this group based on interest or academic program. These courses will count toward the total graduation requirement, but will not count as core courses.

  • Course code: KIN-199
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Introduction to Kinesiology

An exploration of human movement in work, leisure, play, sport, fitness and similar settings. This study of personal development in, about, and through physical activity builds on a Christian understanding of the human body and the place of physical activity and personal development in the Christian life and includes biological, social and philosophical factors that affect health and wholeness in populations around the world. A gateway course designed to develop wonder and possibilities from and for professions and content areas in Kinesiology and related fields.

  • Course code: KIN-201
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Curr/Instr Principles for Teaching PE

An overview of curricular concepts, planning principles and management skills necessary for effective teaching and learning in physical education. This course is designed to give prospective teachers insights into the nature of physical education and effective instructional strategies. The course involves discussions, written assignments, research readings, observations, task teaching, and assessment applications. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 201.

  • Course code: KIN-204
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
  • Pre-requisites: PE 201
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Anatomical Kinesiology

A study of human motion based on structural foundations. Particular attention is given to bone, joint, muscle, connective and nerve structures, and the movement patterns specific to these structures. An analysis of efficient anatomical movement patterns for loco-motor, manipulative, and sport skills are studied in the course. Prerequisite: Biology 205 (may be taken concurrently), or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: KIN-212
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
  • Pre-requisites: Biology 205, or permission of the instructor
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Biomechanics

A study of human movement based on the body?s anatomical structure and mechanical function. Includes a review of anatomical movement patterns with in-depth kinematic and kinetic analysis of loco-motor, manipulative, and sport skills. Students determine patterns of efficient movement for various sports skills based on physical and mechanical principles of human movement. Pre-requisite: Kinesiology 212 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: KIN-213
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
  • Pre-requisites: KIN 212 or permission of the instructor
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Applied Kinesiology

The course will study pragmatic and field based material related to human anatomy, kinesiology and biomechanics. Primary focus will be applied to the study of major muscle and joint groups as they are involved in the science of human movement. Students will be required to learn the basic neuro-anatomical structures and functions of the musculoskeletal system. Students will also learn the basic mechanical laws that govern movement and apply these principles to common movements in sport, exercise, dance, and other physical activities. Prerequisite: Sophomore status and Biology 115.

  • Course code: KIN-214
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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PE & Recr for Person with Disabilities

Philosophy and basic concepts relating to planning and conducting programs in educational and community settings for individuals with disabilities. Concepts and techniques in program planning, leadership, and adaptations of facilities, activities, equipment in physical education and recreation services for individuals with special needs are reviewed and discussed.

  • Course code: KIN-215
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Medical Terminology

This fulfills the prerequisite for pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, physician?s assistant, and therapeutic recreation graduate programs. The course includes basic medical word structure, organization of the body, word parts (roots, suffixes, prefixes), medical specialties, and case reports. The course includes chapter quizzes, practice reading and writing medical records, a faith perspective paper, and a comprehensive final exam.

  • Course code: KIN-216
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Administration of Athletics

This survey course will introduce students to the profession of sport management and its relationship to the broader fields of physical education and recreation. The course will include an overview of the major aspects of sport management including sport facility design, sports marketing and fundraising, leadership and personnel management in sport, and sport law. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 201.

  • Course code: KIN-218
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Movement & Health in Elem Classroom

The course provides working knowledge of the fundamentals of health and physical education, emphasizing aspects that can be integrated into the elementary classroom. Particular attention is given to the rationale, curriculum, resource materials, and learning activities most important to elementary students. An overarching theme within the course is to examine God?s gifts of human movement and health and a Christian response to these gifts. The course is required for all elementary education students and will substitute for the physical education core requirement in the category of sport, dance and society. Prerequisite or corequisite: Education 102.

  • Course code: KIN-223
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Cardio-Respiratory Fitness Assessment

This class and lab-based course will introduce students to the methods and skills necessary for cardio-respiratory fitness (CRF) appraisal and prescription for healthy adults, as well as the principles of group and one-on-one aerobic exercise leadership. Topics include 1) risk factor identification and stratification, 2) relative contraindications to exercise testing, 3) informed consent and health questionnaires, and 4) submaximal and maximal aerobic exercise testing skills including blood pressure and heart rate. The benefits and risks of exercise testing and training, and the accepted modalities for exercise leadership will be discussed and practiced in the laboratory and both a fitness and aquatic center setting. Prerequisites: personal fitness core.

  • Course code: KIN-240
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Muscular Fit Assess, Prescription & Lead

This class and lab-based course will introduce students to the methods and skills necessary for muscular strength and flexibility (MSF) assessment and prescription for healthy adults, as well as the principles of strength training group leadership and individualized personal training. Topics include muscular strength, endurance, power, and flexibility assessment, 2) the benefits and risks associated with resistance training, 3) selection and prescription of appropriate resistance and flexibility training modalities based on fitness assessment, 4) common orthopedic considerations, and 5) ability to safely demonstrate and lead exercises. Students will learn to conduct a comprehensive workout to include evaluation, warm-up, training bout, cool-down, and flexibility modali-ties. Prerequisites: personal fitness core.

  • Course code: KIN-241
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Sport Psychology

This introductory course examines the ways in which psychological factors influence one?s sport performance. Research based topics include an examination of attentional styles and issues, causal attributions, motivational factors, somatic and cognitive competitive anxiety, and issues related to mood states, self-talk, self-concept and self-efficacy. This course also examines an array of research based psychological principles and skills which an individual can employ to enhance her/his motor performance. Such topics include the use of imagery, motivational strategies, goal setting, thought-stopping techniques, cognitive restructuring, methods to manage somatic and cognitive anxiety, attentional control skills, and strategies to enhance one?s self-concept and self-efficacy. Students are evaluated on in-class participation, a group or individual research project and presentation, homework assignments and written tests. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 201.

  • Course code: KIN-243
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Sports Medicine

The course covers physiological principles as they apply to physical conditioning and rehabilitation from injuries. Specific types of conditioning programs and general first aid techniques are studied. Laboratory topics include taping techniques. Prerequisite: Biology 115, Kinesiology 212 or equivalent.

  • Course code: KIN-255
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Elementary Physical Activity & Developme

A study of basic knowledge, skills, and strategies involved in the various educational activities appropriate for elementary school physical education programs. This course focuses on methods and resources for the elementary school curricula. Course includes lectures, discussions, demonstrations, laboratory teachings, student presentations, and resource material compilations. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 204.

  • Course code: KIN-305
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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High School Activity & Skill Acquisition

This course focuses on methods and resource materials appropriate for secondary school physical education programs. Coverage includes team sports, individual and dual sports, fitness building activities, recreational sports activities, and adaptive activities. The course includes lectures, discussions, demonstrations, laboratory teachings, student presentations, and compilation of re-source materials. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 204.

  • Course code: KIN-306
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
  • Pre-requisites: Prerequisites: KIN 204.
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Sociology of Sport

A study of the social and social-psychological dynamics of sports in modern society. Areas receiving special attention are youth sports, interscholastic sports, and professional sports. Emphasis is put on describing and understanding sports participants, observers, and the relationship of sport as an institution to the rest of the social structure. Also offered as Sociology 315.

  • Course code: KIN-315
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Sports Marketing & Public Relations

This course explores the breadth of the sports marketing industry and its consumer and communication realities. Students study market selection and how to plan, create, and assess sports marketing communication programs that include advertising, marketing, public relations, and new media. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 218 or permission of instructor

  • Course code: KIN-320
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Physiology: Physical Activity

A study of physical efficiency and physiological principles involved in human exercise. Emphasis will be placed on the responses of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and muscular systems. The course includes the physiology of factors affecting performance such as the environment and the use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. The laboratory will help students apply principles and techniques used in assessment of physiological responses to exercise. Prerequisite: Biology 115, 141 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: KIN-325
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Physiology: Physical Activity Lab

  • Course code: KIN-325L
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Advanced Practices in Exercise Science

An in-depth survey of clinical exercise physiology, exercise pathophysiology, and biomechanics. Emphasis will be placed on resting and exercise electrocardiography, health and fitness appraisal and exercise prescription for specific populations (adults, pregnancy, the elderly) and disease modalities (cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuromuscular, orthopedic, cancer) and advanced biomechanical skills in sport skills and motion analysis. The course incorporates significant lab work, research and analysis. Prerequisite: junior standing, Kinesiology 213 and Kinesiology 325, or permission of instructor.

  • Course code: KIN-328
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Phil of Phys Educ & Sport

This course provides students with a survey of philosophical inquiry about sport and physical education. Topics include the nature of play and sport, sport as meaningful experiences, ethics in sport and physical activity, and contemporary issues such as drugs, violence, and gender. Throughout the course, students are confronted with issues from a Christian and Reformed perspective in order to develop their own Christian perspectives. Prerequisites: biblical foundations I or theological foundations I, developing a Christian mind, and philosophical foundations.

  • Course code: KIN-332
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Field Internship

An internship or field experience at an approved agency, institution, or service as specified by a student?s major and advisor in kinesiology. Where applicable, the seminar focuses on the problems and issues involved in relating theory to professional practice. Prerequisite: Recreation majors must first complete all courses in the recreation program. Other kinesiology majors must have junior or senior standing. All students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) and the approval of the department advisor.

  • Course code: KIN-346
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Student Teaching Seminar

The seminar deals with perspectives and methods of teaching physical education. This course should be taken concurrently with Education 346 and will provide a forum for discussion of problems and issues that develop during student teaching. Before taking this course, students must be admitted into directed teaching by the education and Kinesiology Departments. Students must complete the physical education major prior to student teaching.

  • Course code: KIN-359
  • Semester: fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Individual Compencies

This course assists students in the development of a portfolio documenting essential skills and experiences needed to prepare them for professional practice in the disciplines of health, physical education, recreation, and dance. Students will document their skill competence in a variety of fitness, movement/dance and sport activities, as well as document proficiency in teaching, administrative, and professional competencies.

  • Course code: KIN-380
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Kinesiology Independent Study

  • Course code: KIN-390
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
CODE NAME CREDITS
KIN-191 Lifeguard Training
KIN-199 Independent Activity
KIN-201 Introduction to Kinesiology 3
KIN-204 Curr/Instr Principles for Teaching PE 2
KIN-212 Anatomical Kinesiology 3
KIN-213 Biomechanics 3
KIN-214 Applied Kinesiology 3
KIN-215 PE & Recr for Person with Disabilities 3
KIN-216 Medical Terminology
KIN-218 Administration of Athletics 3
KIN-223 Movement & Health in Elem Classroom 3
KIN-240 Cardio-Respiratory Fitness Assessment 2
KIN-241 Muscular Fit Assess, Prescription & Lead 2
KIN-243 Sport Psychology 3
KIN-255 Sports Medicine 3
KIN-305 Elementary Physical Activity & Developme 3
KIN-306 High School Activity & Skill Acquisition 3
KIN-315 Sociology of Sport 3
KIN-320 Sports Marketing & Public Relations 3
KIN-325 Physiology: Physical Activity 4
KIN-325L Physiology: Physical Activity Lab 0
KIN-328 Advanced Practices in Exercise Science 3
KIN-332 Phil of Phys Educ & Sport 3
KIN-346 Field Internship 3
KIN-359 Student Teaching Seminar 3
KIN-380 Individual Compencies 1
KIN-390 Kinesiology Independent Study 1

2016–17 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Leadership in Recr Programs

This course is designed to conduct an in depth investigation of basic leadership skills related to the delivery of recreation programs and related human services within a Christian worldview. An overview of the leadership theories, concepts, and strategies related to the delivery of human services will be provided. A leadership lab will be used to develop and practice team building skills, group facilitation, and leadership techniques, as well as problem solving skills that will be useful in leading recreation programs.

  • Course code: RECR-203
  • Semester: Fall, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Therapeutic Recr & Diagnostic Groups

A general orientation to therapeutic recreation and its role in serving the needs of persons with varying abilities. The etiology, characteristics, and considerations for treatment of persons with a wide range of common diseases and disorders are reviewed and discussed. Practical application and adaptations for serving the recreation and leisure needs of persons with disabilities will be made.

  • Course code: RECR-205
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Management of Leisure Services

A study of principles, policies, theories, and procedures involved in the organization and administration of leisure services in a variety of settings. Students will develop a professional portfolio and explore career opportunities in their discipline. Topics Include: staffing and human resources, organizational culture and structure, and legal aspects and employer relations. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 201 or Recreation 203.

  • Course code: RECR-304
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
  • Pre-requisites: KIN-201 or RECR-203
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Program Planning & Development

A study of the principles and techniques of recreation, sport, and health program development. The application of a program development model, which is used in the organization and planning of recreation programs, is emphasized. Students will design a program from the bottom up, including: needs assessment, mission and goals, staffing, risk management, promotion, and evaluation. This course is a requirement for Recreation, Sports Management, and Exercise Science majors and will be offered once each academic year. Prerequisite: Sophomore status.

  • Course code: RECR-305
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Recr. Prog. & Facility Management

This course will review the principles and procedures related to the operation and care of private and public recreation resources, areas, and facilities. Topics will include: Establishment of legal authority for operations, developing policies and guidelines, interagency coordination and/or competition, safety and security, and systems evaluation. Prerequisite: Recreation 305 or permission of the instructor.

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Theory & Philosophy of Leisure

Core capstone course. This seminar course reviews the theories and philosophies of work, play, and leisure and their influence on contemporary culture. Discussions on selected readings help develop an understanding of the political, sociological, psychological, economic, and theological aspects of work, play, and leisure in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on the development of a Reformed Christian perspective and its implications for personal life and professional practice. Prerequisites: biblical foundations I or theological foundations I, developing a Christian mind, and philosophical foundations.

  • Course code: RECR-310
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Special Topics in Recreation

This course will provide a format to investigate relevant topics that are not sufficiently covered in the core recreation curriculum. Given the broad range of topics within the recreation profession, a rotating curriculum enables students to study various issues in greater detail. Topics may include: 1) Alternative (i.e. volunteer, community-based) travel & tourism, 2) Wilderness & Ad-venture Education and 3) Social Entrepreneurship. Topics will rotate and the course will be offered every other year. This course is a requirement for Recreation majors. Prerequisite: Sophomore status.

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Programming Principles of Ther Recr

An introduction to the history, philosophy, and concepts of therapeutic recreation. An orientation to the role and function of therapeutic recreation personnel in the treatment of persons with psychological impairments, physical impairments, developmental impairments, pediatric illnesses, and the problems of aging are presented. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 201 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: RECR-314
  • Semester: fall, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
  • Pre-requisites: KIN 201 or permission of the instructor
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Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Practice

An introduction to the basic methods and techniques used in the delivery of therapeutic recreation services. Skills in interpersonal and helping relationships are reviewed and practiced in the context of their application to specific treatment approaches including leisure counseling, play therapy, physical confidence classes, stress challenge, and physical fitness programs. Prerequisites: Kinesiology 201 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: RECR-324
  • Semester: fall, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
  • Pre-requisites: KIN 201 or permission of the instructor
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Intervention Techniques in Recreation

Therapeutic recreation (TR) programs contain a theoretically sound and effective set of treatment protocols. It is important for practitioners to be able to identify client needs and select appropriate interventions to meet those needs. This course will provide students with clinical skills related to diverse treatment modalities and facilitation techniques through intentional observations of the programs delivered by master clinicians and hands-on experience of diverse treatment interventions. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 201 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: RECR-326
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
  • Pre-requisites: KIN 201 or permission of the instructor
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Field Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic recreation students work with field and college supervisors to develop an understanding of the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation process in therapeutic recreation settings. Case studies from the agency and from selected publications provide the framework for these learning outcomes that are developed in a weekly seminar. Prerequisite: Kinesiology 201

  • Course code: RECR-345
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
  • Pre-requisites: KIN 201 or permission of the instructor
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Field Internship in Recreation

An internship or field experience at an approved agency, institution, or service as specified by a student?s major and advisor in recreation. Where applicable, the seminar focuses on the problems and issues involved in relating theory to professional practice. Prerequisite: Therapeutic Recreation majors must first complete all courses in the recreation program. All students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) and the approval of the department advisor.

  • Course code: RECR-346
  • Semester: fall, spring and summer
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Individual Compencies

This course assists students in the development of a portfolio documenting essential skills and experiences needed to prepare them for professional practice in the disciplines of health, physical education, recreation, and dance. Students will document their skill competence in a variety of fitness, movement/dance and sport activities, as well as document proficiency in teaching, administrative, and professional competencies.

  • Course code: RECR-380
  • Semester: fall and spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Independent Study

  • Course code: RECR-390
  • Semester: fall, interim and spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Honors Project and Presentation

  • Course code: RECR-391
  • Semester: Fall, Spring, Interim
  • Department: Kinesiology
CODE NAME CREDITS
RECR-203 Leadership in Recr Programs 3
RECR-205 Therapeutic Recr & Diagnostic Groups 3
RECR-304 Management of Leisure Services 3
RECR-305 Program Planning & Development 3
RECR-308 Recr. Prog. & Facility Management 3
RECR-310 Theory & Philosophy of Leisure 3
RECR-312 Special Topics in Recreation 3
RECR-314 Programming Principles of Ther Recr 3
RECR-324 Therapeutic Recreation Clinical Practice 3
RECR-326 Intervention Techniques in Recreation 3
RECR-345 Field Seminar in Therapeutic Recreation 3
RECR-346 Field Internship in Recreation 3 or 12
RECR-380 Individual Compencies 1
RECR-390 Independent Study 1
RECR-391 Honors Project and Presentation

2016–17 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Dance in Western History

A study of the historical development of western dance from early lineage-based societies In Europe to contemporary forms In European and North American cultures. Emphasis is placed upon the development of dance as a performing art. The course investigates parallel trends in the arts of music, visual art, drama, and dance throughout western history. Satisfies college core in the arts.

  • Course code: DAN-202
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Dance in Physical Education

Required of all physical education/ teacher education majors and minors. This course explores the doing and creating of dance (process and product) and the planning and teaching of dance (lesson design and pedagogy) in the physical education curriculum K-12. Students gain a working knowledge of the fundamentals of dance within Physical Education. Students study, perform, create, plan and teach various dance forms (folk, square, social and creative dance) with special attention to appropriate resources and pedagogy. Learning occurs through lectures, discussions, studio activity, teaching opportunities and the collection of dance resources.

  • Course code: DAN-242
  • Semester: fall, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Dance in World Culture

A study of the relationship of dance to issues of contemporary culture: the role and power of dance to define and reflect community, societal, and religious values and the role of dance within the arts of diverse cultures. An investigation of the dance traditions of many cultures through video, readings, dancing, lecture, discussion, and writing. The course is designed to broaden students? cross-cultural understanding through the art of dance. Satisfies college core in global and historical studies.

  • Course code: DAN-310
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Dance Composition & Performanc

An intensive engagement with the art of choreography. Students explore the concepts of body, space, rhythm, choreographic forms, meaning, and group design. Students create movement studies through improvisation. They develop analysis and evaluation skills through observation, reflection, discussion, and written critiques that prepare them to design and evaluate dance. Students choreograph a final dance and perform it for an audience. They present the process and the application to their lives as Christians through writing and oral presentation. Prerequisite: Physical Education 156 or permission of the instructor. Satisfies college core in the arts.

  • Course code: DAN-330
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
  • Pre-requisites: per-156
CODE NAME CREDITS
DAN-202 Dance in Western History 3
DAN-242 Dance in Physical Education 2
DAN-310 Dance in World Culture 3
DAN-330 Dance Composition & Performanc 3

2016–17 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology

This is a study of the major theories of biology as applied to humans. The student is introduced to the concepts of cells, genetics, ecology, and evolution through the study of anatomy, physiology, and development of the human body and health. Students apply these concepts to contemporary issues in human biology, society, and the environment. The laboratory utilizes methods of biological investigation, with an emphasis on human anatomy and physiology. Laboratory. Cross-listed Biology 115.

  • Course code: HE-115
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology Lab

  • Course code: HE-115L
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Foundatns of Health Education

This course will provide students with an introduction to basic issues in the development of health education. In addition to the history and philosophy of health education, topics will include the following: Health promotion, professional competencies, ethics, faith perspectives, and professional organizations.

  • Course code: HE-202
  • Semester: fall, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
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First Aid and Emergency Care

This course will enable the student to acquire increased accident and safety awareness, as well as understand the liability aspects of administering first aid. The course will cover the cognitive and practical skills of standard first aid, artificial respiration, and CPR. Opportunity for American Red Cross Certification in adult, child, and infant CPR and first aid will be offered as part of the course.

  • Course code: HE-203
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Nutrition

This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of human nutrition. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of food and nutrients in sustaining optimal health. Specific topics of study will include nutrition as it relates to athletic performance, the onset of diseases, and obesity. Prerequisite: Biology 115, 206, or equivalent. This course is limited to students with kinesiology majors, nursing majors and students in the pre-professional programs for veterinary, physician assistant.

  • Course code: HE-254
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Basic Health Concepts

This course is designed to provide students with basic health content. Topics to be discussed include a Christian perspective on health and wellness, mental health and stress, physical fitness, sexuality and reproduction, addictive behaviors, and aging and death. Prerequisite: Biology 115 or equivalent.

  • Course code: HE-265
  • Semester: fall, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Health Concepts:disease, Community & Env

This course is designed to prepare health education minors with a wide variety of health education content include the following: A reformed perspective on health, risk factors for lifestyle diseases, consumer health, environmental health, lifestyle and communicable diseases, substance abuse, and cancer. Prerequisite: Biology 115 or permission of the instructor. This course may be taken before Health 265.

  • Course code: HE-266
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Community Health

This course focuses on the health needs of individuals in a variety of community settings. Students will learn about current health and non-health conditions affecting U.S. communities. Open to all juniors and seniors interested in health-related professions.

  • Course code: HE-307
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Administration and Methods

This course is designed to provide experiences that will enable the student to develop methodology, management, administrative, and instructional skills required to plan and implement a contemporary health education program in school settings. Prerequisite: Health 202 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: HE-308
  • Semester: spring, alternate years
  • Department: Kinesiology
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Independent Study

  • Course code: HE-590
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Kinesiology
CODE NAME CREDITS
HE-115 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology 4
HE-115L Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology Lab 0
HE-202 Foundatns of Health Education 3
HE-203 First Aid and Emergency Care 2
HE-254 Nutrition 3
HE-265 Basic Health Concepts 3
HE-266 Health Concepts:disease, Community & Env 3
HE-307 Community Health 3
HE-308 Administration and Methods 3
HE-590 Independent Study 0