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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 1
Hours: 3 laboratory per week (36 total per quarter)
Advisory: This course is included in the Strength Development family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in PHED 50C.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area VII: Lifelong Learning
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • students will become aware of their body fitness levels and body composition.
  • Understand RDA's and food pyramid


A study of nutritional concepts, body fat assessment and work-out programs for lifetime fitness.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. recognize proper nutritional needs
B. develop a personal assessment profile for nutrition and fitness
C. develop goals; use goals and assessment to design and implement a personalized fitness program
D. apply nutritional concepts to create a healthier lifestyle
E. understand RDA and the food pyramid

Course Content

A. Assessment of body composition
1. Methods of assessment and standards
2. Pre and post body composition testing
3. Interpretation of body composition results
4. Proper methods for weight loss or gain
B. Nutritional analysis
1. Daily dietary log that will be entered into the computer and critiqued by the instructor
2. Meet with the instructor for individual nutritional instruction and data review
3. Review of nutritional and exercise literature to be distributed bi-weekly
4. Individual instruction on use of wellness equipment and application for total body nutritional fitness
C. Increasing physical abilities
1. Increasing length and variety of cardio workout by using machines in the Fitness Center
2. Weight and strength training using free weights and machines
3. Proper stretching techniques

Lab Content

Fitness, weight training, and conditioning exercises.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Fitness Center equipment
B. Computer access
C. When taught as an online distance learning or hybrid section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous internet and email access.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Individual nutritional plan
B. Completion of notebook
C. Class participation
D. Physical Improvement

Method(s) of Instruction

Discussion, cooperative learning exercises, self-paced, oral presentations, laboratory, demonstration.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Hopson, Janet L., Rebecca J. Donatelle, and Tanya R. Littrell. Get Fit, Stay Well! 3rd ed. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Education, 2014.

Powers, Scott K., Stephen L. Dodd, and Virginia J. Noland. Total Fitness and Wellness: With Behavior Change Log Book and Wellness Journal. 4th ed. San Francisco, CA: Benjamin Cummings, 2013.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Daily nutritional log can be written or completed with approved online food and fitness log resource.

B. Articles pertaining to fitness and nutrition, for example Berkeley Wellness Letter.



Physical Education