Physical Education Courses
PE 100 Personal Fitness and Wellness
This course will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for developing and maintaining a healthy, physically active lifestyle throughout one's lifespan. General topics include major health issues such as physical fitness, nutrition, stress management, substance abuse and disease prevention. Students will participate in both lecture and activity during each week. (Wel)
PE 110 Skills Classes
Activities available may include: aerobics, archery, badminton, basketball, biking, bowling, conditioning, cross-country skiing, fly fishing, golf, individual and dual sports, orienteering, personal fitness and wellness, pickleball, pilates, racquet sports, racquetball, scuba diving, social dance, swimming (including lifeguarding and W.S.I.), team sports, tennis, volleyball, weight training, and yoga. (Skl)
PE 130 Experiential Leadership
This course will examine current and historical leadership theories and practices that have effectively instilled change in education and society. Students will explore personal leadership styles through experiential application and example. A personal leadership profile will be completed. This course is specifically designed to follow the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) curriculum.
PE 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics
PE 180 Wellness and Fitness Abroad
This physical education course affords students a unique opportunity to explore wellness concepts and participate in fitness activities in an international setting. The course is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and increase the enjoyment of physical activity. The international setting, which may vary from year to year, exposes students to a different culture and unique fitness activities. This course will fulfill the health and physical education general education skills requirement. Consent of instructor. (Skl)
PE 185 First-Year Seminar
A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.
PE 190 First Aid
Instruction, preparation, and practice in first aid techniques, principles, and procedures necessary in providing emergency care. The test for First Aid and CPR certification from either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association will be administered to students enrolled in this course. Students successfully meeting the minimum standards set by the appropriate agency will be certified.
PE 221 Lifetime Skills and Activities
This course will provide students with instruction and participation in selected physical activities and lifetime skills. In addition, students will receive specialized instruction that focuses on preparation and implementation of these activities in education, corporate, or commercial settings where exercise programming is a primary focus. Activity selections will vary depending upon societal or industry trends.
PE 223 Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning
The course will be taught in accordance with the principles recommended by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Course content will include: facility organization and management; equipment purchase and maintenance; program design and organization; theory of strength training and conditioning; and experiential learning in weight training and conditioning.
PE 224 Principles of Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription
Theories of fitness training, review of clinical and diagnostic cardiovascular information, and program design and evaluation will be discussed. Areas of emphasis will be population characteristics, participant screening and referral process, and fitness planning and prescription.
PE 226 Ropes/Challenge Course Programming: Theory and Practice
In this course students will study the integration of ropes/challenge course programming in physical education. This course prepares students to use and implement ropes/challenge course curriculum in elementary and secondary physical education. Students who successfully complete the course will test for Level 1 Challenge Course Certification endorsed by the ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology). Students may become aware of and understand the use of adventure activities and ropes/challenge course programming for various purposes and various populations. Prerequisite: PE 110: Ropes Course suggested.
PE 229 Elementary Physical Education, Health, and Wellness: Methods and Materials
Required for elementary (K8) majors, this course provides students with a strong foundation in elementary physical education content, basic health concepts, and methods, with an emphasis on developmentally appropriate physical education. Designed to introduce elementary education majors to the dynamic and rapidly changing field of elementary physical education, this course will: 1) familiarize students with current terminology and trends; 2) explore various activities, materials, units, teaching techniques, and methods of instruction; and 3) integrate elementary physical education with basic health, fitness, and wellness concepts. Practical teaching experiences are included with emphasis on unit and lesson planning, and implementation. Prerequisite: EDUC 185/215 or consent of instructor.
PE 231 Psychological Skills Training
This course is designed to teach skills and techniques that can be used to enhance performance and personal growth in sport and exercise. Managing competitive stress, emotion management, improving confidence, controlling concentration, performance preparation, and increasing communication skills will be emphasized. Offered alternate years during January Term.
PE 243 Sport and Society
Students will examine how sport has influenced their lives and their perspectives and take a broader look at how sport has been influential in American society (e.g. family, gender, race, education, media, and politics). Offered alternate years.
PE 244 Psychology of Coaching
Intended to familiarize prospective coaches with the area of sport psychology, this course focuses on the coach's role and influence on the psychological well-being of athletes, coaching philosophy, coaching styles, team building, and other topics. Offered alternate years.
PE 247 Foundations of Physical Education
An introductory course involving historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of physical education, exercise science, and sport. An overview of the field, as well as contemporary issues concerning physical education and the related areas of exercise science and sport, are examined. Emphasis is placed upon career opportunities in this multifaceted profession. Prerequisite: first-year or sophomore status recommended.
PE 248 Foundations of Sport Psychology
This course examines psychological theories and research related to sport and exercise behavior. The course is designed to introduce students to the field of sport and exercise psychology by providing a broad overview of the major topics in the discipline. Offered alternate years.
PE 250 Coaching of Sports
Theory and technique of coaching baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling. Taught in 2 credit hour units. A maximum of 4 such credit hours may be counted toward the 128 required for graduation. Some sports are offered alternate years.
PE 251 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Instruction and practice in the recognition and initial care of injuries to physically active individuals. Instruction and practice in preventative measures and first aid techniques relating primarily to settings in physical education and athletics.
PE 260 Adaptive Physical Education
A study of the nature of neuromuscular and skeletal-muscular limitations of an atypical student and the methods of adapting physical and recreational activities to fit the student's needs and abilities. The primary emphasis is on experiential learning. Luther students work individually with young students (ages 3-18) from local and area school districts to adopt activities to their special needs.
PE 261 Applied Human Anatomy
A study of the essential features of anatomy with special reference to the principles of structure in the human body. Applications of human anatomy to health, athletic injury, movement and principles of sports skills will be made. (NWNL when combined with PE 365)
PE 285/295 Directed Study
2, 4 hours
An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. PE 285 can be taken only during January term, PE 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.
PE 342 Growth, Development, and Motor Learning
This course is an examination of the growth and development patterns across the lifespan, with emphasis placed upon early childhood, childhood, and adolescent stages. Basic principles of motor learning theory will be incorporated as related to teaching movement at selected life stages. This course involves a laboratory and service-learning component. Prerequisite: PE 247 or consent of instructor. (W)
PE 343 Elementary School Physical Education Content, Methods and Assessment I
This course is an examination of the teaching techniques, strategies, practical applications, and methods commonly used by master teachers of elementary physical education (K6), according to NASPE standards. Emphasis is placed upon lesson and unit planning, evaluation procedures, class and behavior management, teaching strategies, health promotion concepts, assessment, reflection, and the importance of physical education as an integral part of general education. Prerequisites: EDUC 185/215, PE 247, and admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).
PE 344 Elementary School Physical Education Content, Methods, and Assessment II
This course is designed to study the dynamic and rapidly changing field of elementary physical education (grades K6), while acknowledging that the motor domain is integral to the complete education process. Current trends, assessment techniques, components of the elementary physical education program, core content, and NASPE standards will be discussed. Emphasis is placed upon developmentally appropriate physical education content: movement experiences and body mechanics; fundamental locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative skills; fitness activities; rhythmic activities; stunts and tumbling; simple games and relays; sport skills and activities. Prerequisites: admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), PE 343 and EDUC 366.
PE 345 Middle/Secondary School Physical Education Content, Methods and Assessment I
This course provides the knowledge, theory and practical application of physical education within the middle and secondary school setting, according to NASPE standards. Students will explore various teaching techniques, class and behavior management strategies, and methods used to teach and evaluated middle and high school students. Students will: 1) design and implement course unit and lesson plans; 2) develop appropriate skill practice sessions; 3) evaluate activities and cognitive knowledge appropriate for middle and secondary students; and 4) discuss the importance of becoming a reflective practitioner. Prerequisites: admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) and PE 343.
PE 346 Middle/Secondary School Physical Education Content, Methods and Assessment II
This course will provide students with the knowledge and understanding required to develop quality middle and high school physical education programs, according to NASPE standards. Applications of fundamental movements in traditional sports and games, adventure activities, and lifetime or leisure-oriented activities will be examined. Students will: 1) develop a conceptual and practical understanding of health-related fitness, as well as an awareness of the vital role that physical education plays in assisting students in maintaining health-related fitness levels; 2) refine the skills and knowledges needed to select physical activities that are appropriate for middle and high school students; and 3) develop knowledge of assessment, evaluation, and grading procedures appropriate for the content presented. Prerequisites: admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), PE 345 and EDUC 366.
PE 365 Kinesiology
Designed to introduce students to the study of human movement. It will include the identification of planes of motion and the movements possible at the various joints. It will focus on the primary muscles that accomplish each movement and those which serve to assist and stabilize. It will also include the analysis of basic movement patterns such as walking, running, jumping, throwing, and striking. The class will meet twice a week. Pre-/corequisite: PE 261. (NWNL when combined with PE 261)
PE 366 Physiology of Exercise
Designed to provide scientific background and laboratory experience essential for understanding the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory system responses and adaptation to physical stress. Prerequisite: BIO 115, 151, 152, or PE 261, or consent of instructor. (NWL)
PE 370 Personal Trainer Practicum
This experiential learning course is designed to give students the opportunity to apply knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired in the classroom. Students will serve as a personal trainer for members of the campus community, provide physical assessments, prescribe appropriate exercise, provide proper instruction on equipment usage, and develop and retain a client base. Prerequisites: PE 223, 224.
PE 380 Internship
Supervised on- or off-campus work situations in public or private organizations.
PE 395 Independent Study
1, 2, or 4 hours
PE 456 Administration and Curriculum in Physical Education
Administrative and curricular issues in physical education will be explored. Current topics and trends involving physical education and athletic programs will be examined. Students will also explore curriculum models and be afforded practical work in projects involving the elementary or secondary physical education setting. Prerequisite: PE 247.
PE 485 Seminar
PE 490 Senior Project
1, 2, or 4 hours
PE 493 Senior Honors Project
A yearlong independent research project. Applications are completed on the Honors Program form available at the registrar's office, requiring the signatures of a faculty supervisor, the department head, the honors program director, and the registrar. Interdisciplinary projects require the signatures of two faculty supervisors. The project must be completed by the due date for senior projects. The completed project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the faculty supervisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from outside the major department. All projects must be presented publicly. Only projects awarded an "A-" or "A" qualify for "department honors" designation. The honors project fulfills the all-college senior project requirement.