Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
FT 101
Course Title:
Fitness Technology Seminar
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Course Description

Explores careers in the fitness and health industry. Covers concepts, skills, and methodology required to become a successful instructor of movement. Provides opportunities for practical experience and insight into the role of a fitness/health professional in fitness and health clubs and community based wellness centers, including self-promotion, and psychomotor movement instruction. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Fitness Technology Program or instructor approval, and WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Research and apply data to choose a career path in the health and fitness industry.
  2. Use current trends to determine valid application of motor skill movement.
  3. Teach a physical activity and movement class.
  4. Identify and apply skill sets for self promotion in the health and fitness industry.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

• Attendance and participation records • Class presentations • Research papers • Critical analysis of material • Written Midterm

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Access and interpret articles in health/fitness professional journals. 2. Recognize differences in personality types so as to communicate effectively with others. 3. Compare and contrast health/fitness facilities using pre-determined criteria. 4. Explore careers in the health and fitness field. 5. Communicate effectively with health/fitness professionals in order to access information regarding health/fitness careers. 6. Break down movement skills into basic parts and develop skill progressions. 7. Describe a movement verbally, visually (words and demos), and kinesthetically utilizing the MARS acronym. 8. Evaluate different instructional styles through observation, comparison, and contrast. 9. Create and present lesson plans. 10. Perform €œmini€ teach backs to classmates and apply general teaching concepts to any movement discipline.