Course Content and Outcome Guide for FT 202 Effective Summer 2015

Course Number:
FT 202
Course Title:
Fitness and Aging
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Course Description

Explores physiological aspects of aging as applied to fitness and exercise. Prerequisites: FT 131, HE 295 and PE 295 (or HPE 295); or instructor approval. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

We will examine the neurological, physiological, and psychological changes occurring during late adulthood, the effects of exercise on aging, and the implications for physical activity programs for the older adult population. The format of this class will be lecture, class discussion, group work, and/or presentations. You are encouraged to ask questions and are expected to actively engage in class discussions.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, the student should be able to: 

A. Apply basic exercise physiology principles when working with an aging population.
B. Analyze the trends and research in fitness and aging to make informed decisions regarding exercise testing and programming for older adults.
C. Solve problems, adapt to new situations, and communicate knowledge effectively when working with older adults.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

• Case studies • Written quizzes/exams • Attendance and participation records • Research papers • Presentations • Written problem solving assignments • Critical analysis of material

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Apply physiological terms, concepts, and systems from previous coursework to new concepts about exercise physiology for older adults. 2. Describe the profile of aging in America and the aging process. 3. Identify physical and functional changes with aging and their relationship to disease development. 4. Identify cognitive, emotional and social changes that may occur with aging. 5. Describe the benefits of physical activity for older adults. 6. Identify programming considerations and modifications for teaching exercise to older adults. 7. Describe techniques to enhance motivation and adherence among older adults. 8. Discuss ethical and professional issues relevant to working with older adults. 9. Communicate knowledge and demonstrate critical thinking in a succinct, clear, and effective manner through writing, discussions, and oral presentation.