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Physical Education

Life Fitness and Health Division

GENERAL INFORMATION:
All physical education classes are co-ed unless otherwise stated in the course description and/or Schedule of Classes.
The dress for Merced College Physical Education activities classes is dependent upon the nature of activity; students will be advised of proper dress at time of orientation.

Staff members of the Life Fitness and Health Division will screen all students participating in physical activity classes who show a medical problem which may adversely affect their participation. Students so identified will be required to obtain a physician's clearance. When appropriate, screening may be achieved through the Disabled Student Services Office. Students who lead a sedentary lifestyle or who have a history of heart disease or other medical conditions should check with their physician before starting any exercise program.

Students are advised to use caution when participating in physical activity classes. Strains, pulls, and similar injuries may be caused by improper use of equipment, or failure to follow directions of instructors.

PHED-01 INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
2 units: 10 hours lab.
Limitation on enrollment: This is a varsity team sport requiring coach's or academic athletic advisor's approval.
This is a course teaching theory, practice, and game performance of the designated competitive sport. This course may be repeated two times. (2/00)

1A Baseball (Men) Advisory: PHED-12A
1B Basketball (Men/Women) Advisory: PHED-12B
1C Cross Country (Men/Women) Advisory: None.
1D Football (Men) Advisory: PHED-12C
1E Golf (Coed) Advisory: PHED-11D
1F Soccer (Men/Women) Advisory: PHED-12D
1G Swimming (Men/Women) Advisory: PHED-13H
1H Tennis (Men/Women) Advisory: PHED-11C
1I Track and Field (Men/Women) Advisory: None.
1J Water Polo (Men/Women) Advisory: PHED-13F
1K Softball (Women) Advisory: PHED-12H
1L Volleyball (Women) Advisory: PHED-12E

PHED-02 PEP SQUAD
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Limitation on enrollment: Enrollment limited to result of tryouts. Advisories: PHED-10A or PHED-14D1.
This is a course designed to teach the cheerleaders/pep squad members the drill routines and activities for athletic events. This course may be repeated three times. (3/00)

PHED-03 VARSITY CONDITIONING
2 units: 6 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is an open laboratory experience designed for those people who desire an individualized strength and body building program using a combination of exercise machines and free weights. This class is geared to athletes and individuals who are interested in preparing for varsity competition. Six hours of workouts are required per week. This course may be repeated three times. (3/00)

LIFE FITNESS ACTIVITY

PHED-10A AEROBIC DANCE
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Advisory: Good general health.
This is a choreographed exercise program set to music, which strengthens the heart muscle while conditioning and toning the whole body. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

PHED-10B AEROBIC CIRCUIT TRAINING
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Advisory: Good general health; absence of medical conditions that would prevent physical activity.
This class uses a variety of aerobic activities to improve cardiorespiratory endurance. Circuit machines used include steppers, treadmills, cycling, rowing, recumbent bikes, and cross trainers. Emphasis will be placed on monitoring psychological response to exercise and teaching proper stretching, warm-up, training at target rate, and warm down methods. A pre-test and post test will be administered to evaluate fitness level and monitor improvement. The course may be repeated three times. (4/04)

PHED-10C CIRCUIT WEIGHT TRAINING
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Advisory: Good general health; absence of medical conditions that would prevent physical activity.
This is a fitness class requiring three workouts per week. The equipment (single station exercise machines) and routine utilized in the fitness lab are designed to exercise all major muscle groups for a well-rounded fitness program with the non-athletic in mind. In addition to regular students, circuit training has proven especially beneficial for women, older men, and others not interested in weight training but who desire increased muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness. This course may be repeated three times. (4/04)

PHED-10D WEIGHT TRAINING
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Advisory: Good general health; absence of medical conditions that would prevent physical activity.
This is an open-laboratory experience for those people who desire an individualized strength program using a combination of exercise machines and free weights. This class is designed specifically to improve strength. The class is suited for athletes and men and women of all age groups who are interested in muscle toning and muscle building. This course may be repeated three times. (4/04)

PHED-10E FITNESS THROUGH ACTIVITY
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
Students will attain optimal levels of fitness by applying techniques used in a variety of team and/or individual activities. Drills and activities closely emulate actual conditions of competition performance. This course may be repeated three times. (3/00)

PHED-10F FLEXIBILITY AND CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS
2 units: 6 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
Practical applications of all aspects of flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning are presented and performed. A system of class presentation is used to insure a gradual, safe, and total physiological adaptation of the student to exercise. A gradual, progressive, safe, and eventually total body fitness experience is pursued. Geriatric fitness adaptations are emphasized. The course may be repeated three times. (3/00)

PHED-10G FITNESS EVALUATION AND EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
Students in this physiologically-based program will receive individualized exercise programs based on results obtained from tests administered in the fitness laboratory. Tests given include V02, strength, flexibility, body fat, cholesterol level, and nutritional analysis. In addition to fitness evaluation and exercise prescription, the course will include lectures, consultations, and demonstrations on a variety of physiologically-based exercise and nutrition material. Lab fees will be charged for some optional tests.

PHED-10H WALKING FOR CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING AND FLEXIBILITY
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This course is designed to improve cardiovascular efficiency, flexibility and strength through use of walking and related activities. Students will use the latest research techniques to improve knowledge of walking activities. This course may be repeated three times. (12/99)

INDIVIDUAL OR DUAL ACTIVITY

PHED-11A BADMINTON
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is a course teaching basic skills of badminton. The following shots, backhand and forehand smash, overhead clear, drop shot and serve, will be covered along with rules and strategy of the game. Class play will consist of singles, doubles, mixed doubles, and tournaments. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

PHED-11B RACQUETBALL
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is an introductory course in racquetball that teaches the basic strokes, scoring, and strategy. Class play will consist of singles, doubles and tournaments. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

PHED-11C TENNIS
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This course will teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced skills of tennis including gripping the racket, body positioning, footwork, swing, and follow through. Also introduced will be the forehand drive, backhand drive, and the serve. The volley and half volley wiil be added, as well as the drop shot and underhand serve. Drills and actual game participation are emphasized. History, rules, scoring, and tennis etiquette are also taught. This course is repeatable three times. (9/99)

PHED-11D GOLF
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
Through lecture, demonstration, video tapes, and drills, the basic, intermediate, and advanced principles of the golf swing will be studied and analyzed, as well as the principles of golf. The design of the golf course will be studied in addition to the types of equipment. Golf course and player etiquette will be stressed in addition to the rules of golf. This class also includes student participation, practicing golf shots, playing golf holes, and learning about tournament competition. This course is repeatable three times. (9/99)

PHED-11E BOWLING
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is an introductory course in bowling that teaches delivery, scoring, and rules. The class is conducted as an instructional league. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

TEAM ACTIVITY
PHED-12A BASEBALL

1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is a course designed to teach fundamentals of baseball. Batting, throwing, catching, base running, team play, rules, and strategy will be covered in the class. Team competition is also included. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

PHED-12B BASKETBALL
1 unit: 3 hours lab.

Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This course offers the student opportunity to develop and improve fundamental skills involved in basketball, such as ball handling, shooting, defensive and offensive tactics, and physical endurance. Rules, strategy and sportsmanship are also stressed. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

PHED-12C FOOTBALL
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This course offers the student opportunity to develop and improve the fundamental skills involved in football, such as passing, receiving, kicking, blocking (with the aid of blocking dummies), team play, and strategy. Rules and class competition will also be included. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

PHED-12D SOCCER
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is a course designed to present basic fundamentals, tactics, and techniques of soccer with emphasis on learning through playing. Rules, strategy, and class competition will be included. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

PHED-12E VOLLEYBALL
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
The course begins with basic skills and court positions necessary to enjoy the sport. Intermediate and advanced skills and court positions are introduced as the level of ability of the class will allow, with classes progressing to playing multiple offenses. Each class session begins with warm-up exercises and "dry-land" drills. The skill period ends with class participation in a volleyball match. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

PHED-12F RECREATION VOLLEYBALL
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
Recreation volleyball is designed to develop, through participation in team play, the basic skills and strategy of the sport. History, rules, officiating, and etiquette will be included. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

PHED-12G INTRAMURAL ACTIVITIES
0.5 unit: 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This course is designed to allow all students opportunity to engage in a variety of competitive sports and activities in an intramural environment. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

PHED-12H SOFTBALL
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is a course designed to teach fundamentals of softball. Batting, throwing, catching, base running, team play, rules, and strategy will be covered. Team competition is also included. This course may be repeated three times. (9/99)

AQUATICS

PHED-13A BEGINNING SWIMMING
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is an introductory course for non-swimmers or those with limited skills in swimming. Basic swimming strokes taught will be the crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, basic front dive, underwater swimming, and other related aquatic skills. May be repeated three times. (4/01)

PHED-13B LIFEGUARD TRAINING
2 units: 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Advisory: Demonstration of swimming proficiency.
This course teaches theory and analysis of advanced swimming skills, instruction and certification in lifesaving, and cardiovascular resuscitation. A course recommended for anyone who wishes to become a lifeguard, it may be repeated one time. (9/99)

PHED-13C WATER CALISTHENICS
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This course will include isometric calisthenics and aerobic types of exercise performed in water to increase one's strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. No swimming skills are required, as exercises are done in waist- to chest-deep water. Water games, relays, and music will add further interest to the exercising. Both swimmer and non-swimmer will benefit from this class. This course may be repeated three times. (10/99)

PHED-13D FITNESS THROUGH AQUATICS
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Advisory: PHED-13A.
The course is a personal fitness program designed to use swimming as a method to reach a desired level of cardiovascular fitness. May be repeated three times. (4/01)

PHED-13E WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTION
2 units: 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Limitations on enrollment: This class is limited to those students who have completed the American Red Cross Water Safety course or PHED-13B (Life Guard Training) or PHED-13H (Swimming Skills). Minimum age requirement for this course is seventeen.
This course is designed to certify students who complete all required work as certified Red Cross swimming instructors. It includes instruction in teaching techniques, stroke analysis, skilled swimming, class organization, and pool safety. There will be practice teaching assignments with peers and a practical and written final. The course may be repeated one time. This course is offered during spring semester only. (3/00)

PHED-13F WATER POLO
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Advisory: PHED-13A.
This course is designed to develop the basic skills, rules, and strategy of water polo. Opportunity will be given for class participation through which students will increase their swimming skills and conditioning. This course may be repeated three times. (3/00)

PHED-13G DIVING
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture: 1.5 hours lab.
Advisory: PHED-13A.
Basic techniques of diving are presented in this course, which includes approach, position, and form of water entry for front, reverse, inward and twisting dives. This course maybe repeated three times. (3/00)

PHED-13H SWIMMING SKILLS
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture: 1.5 hours lab. Advisory: PHED-13A.
The course will include review of fundamental swimming strokes and skills. Additional strokes taught will include the butterfly, inverted breaststroke, overarm sidestroke, and trudgen strokes. Also included in the course will be shallow dives, flip turns, treading water, and underwater skills. This course may be repeated three times. (10/99)

DANCE

PHED-14A DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY (Also: DNCE-14A)
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is a course teaching the student of dance how to use "language of the body" to communicate an idea, theme, or story. Utilizing time, space, and energy, the student learns to conceive, develop, and put movements together. May be repeated three times.

PHED-14B MODERN DANCE (Also: DNCE-14B)
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is a course designed for the students to express themselves creatively through various modern dance forms, and to increase skills of body posture, flexibility, coordination, and strength. Students will study technical components which include time, effort and kinetic awareness. May be repeated three times.

PHED-14C BALLET (Also: DNCE-14C)
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is a course designed to teach the basic steps and skills of ballet. Students will have the opportunity to learn and perform routines. History and terminology will also be covered. May be repeated three times.

PHED-14D1 BEGINNING JAZZ DANCE (Also: DNCE-14D1)
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is a course designed to introduce the basic techniques, rhythms, and combinations of jazz movement. The class will include stretching exercises, coordination exercises, and general body conditioning exercises. This course may be repeated once. (2/00)

PHED-14D2 INTERMEDIATE JAZZ DANCE (Also: DNCE-14D2)
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite: PHED-14D1.
Students will be introduced to intermediate dance techniques. Basic dance skills will be reviewed with an emphasis on conditioning and flexibility. Additional technical study includes double pirouettes, chaŒne and piqu‚ turns. Students will be required to develop and perform short routines in class. This course may be repeated once. (2/00)

PHED-14D3 ADVANCED JAZZ DANCE (Also: DNCE-14D3)
1 unit: 0.5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Prerequisite: PHED-14D2.
This course emphasizes advanced conditioning, control, stage presence, and dance-quality performances. Students must be available for rehearsal and performances of productions to which they may be assigned. This course may not be repeated. (2/00)

ADAPTIVES

PHED-15 ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
Adapted Physical Education provides individual instruction for the physically disabled student or other students requiring individual approaches to health-related fitness activities. Students will engage in health-building activities designed to create self confidence, enhanced self image, and physical independence. May be repeated three times.

THEORY AND PRACTICUM

PHED-20 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND EXERCISE SCIENCE
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-A.
This is a survey class designed to introduce the professional foundations of physical education and exercise science. The course includes historical and philosophic development of physical education. This course will also acquaint the student with current issues, qualifications, and opportunities in the field. (01/05)
PHED-31 TECHNIQUES OF SPORTS OFFICIATING
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Advisory: ENGL-84.
This class is designed to provide the individual with knowledge, rules, skills, methods, and techniques of officiating football, volleyball, and basketball. Emphasis will be attaining practical experience in a classroom situation while laboratory hours by arrangement will include officiating competitive events such as physical education games, intramurals, junior high games, and recreational games. (3/00)

PHED-32 TECHNIQUES OF SPORTS OFFICIATING
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Advisory: ENGL-84.
This class is designed to provide the individual with knowledge, rules, skills, methods, and techniques of officiating track and field, baseball, and softball. Emphasis will be attaining practical experience in a classroom situation while laboratory hours by arrangement will include officiating competitive events such as physical education games, intramurals, junior high games, and recreational games. (3/00)

PHED-36A THEORY AND ANALYSIS OF FOOTBALL
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course presents fundamental knowledge of football through lecture and discussions. This course is recommended for physical education, recreation, and recreation-aide majors. This course may be repeated once. (3/00)

PHED-36B THEORY AND ANALYSIS OF BASKETBALL
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course presents fundamental knowledge of basketball through lecture and discussions. This course is recommended for physical education, recreation, and recreation-aide majors. This course may be repeated once. (3/00)

PHED-36C THEORY AND ANALYSIS OF BASEBALL
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course presents fundamental knowledge of baseball through lecture and discussions. This course is recommended for physical education, recreation and recreation-aid majors. This course may be repeated once. (3/00)

PHED-36D THEORY AND ANALYSIS OF TRACK AND FIELD
1 unit: 1 hour lecture. Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course presents fundamental knowledge of track and field through lecture and discussions. This course is recommended for physical education, recreation, and recreation-aide majors. This course may be repeated once. (3/00)

PHED-70L5 SPECIAL TOPICS IN WATER EXERCISE
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This course uses water exercises as a means to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. Swimmers and non-swimmers may take the course. This course may be repeated three times. (3/00)

PHED-70L6 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION LAB
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This is a course teaching a variety of special topics in physical education which have current interest to students. This course may be repeated three times. (3/00)

PHED-90 ADAPTIVE PE
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory: None.
This course is a continuing program of individualized instruction for the physically disabled student, allowing that student long-range participation in an adapted exercise physiology environment designed to create more physical independence for the student. May be repeated three times. (5/97)

 


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