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Fitness & Conditioning Activities

Course Details

Course Number
KNES 2423
Section Number
KNES 2423
Spring 2018
D.L. Ligon Coliseum
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Section X20- Tuesday 11:00-12:20 


Section X21- Thursday 11:00-12:20

Dr. Stacia Miller (view Profile)
Course Objectives

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify lifetime fitness and conditioning activities appropriate for fitness across the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate a level of skill competence needed for engaging in and teaching a variety of lifetime fitness and conditioning activities.
  3. Identify relevant information related to fitness and conditioning activities such as equipment, etiquette, safety, etc.
  4. Demonstrate and apply knowledge in planning exercise programs and designing appropriate learning experiences for participants.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in the selection and effective use of verbal and non-verbal cues in the group exercise setting, including anticipatory, motivational, safety, and education.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of strategies and techniques for adapting and individualizing instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners and persons of various fitness levels.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to create a positive community that encourages learners/participants of all abilities to participate in physical activity (motivation, self respect).
  8. Demonstrate the ability to teach the components of an exercise session (including warm-up, aerobic phase, cool-down, muscular strength/endurance, and flexibility).
  9. Demonstrate comprehension of basic prerequisite exercise science principles.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of proper exercise, safety principles, and lifting techniques.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to recognize proper and improper technique in the use of resistive equipment such as stability balls, weights, bands, resistance bars, etc.


Course Expectations




Grading Scale: 


Exams (2)





Connect Assignments/Homework





Class Engagement and Participation (12 pts/day)





Student Led Drills-Lesson, Implementation, & Participation



Below 460


BUCKET of SKILLS (2 @ 25 pts each)





Entrance/Exit Slips










Total Points






Grading Standards

See expectations tab. 


Final Exam 05/07/2018 Online
Submission Format Policy

.  All assignments must be typed for credit (work will not be accepted unless it is typed). 

Format – FOR ALL PAPERS: 12 point Times New Roman font, one (1) inch margins, and doubled spaced.  The title page should have your names, the class and section number, and the semester centered on the page. Papers that do not follow this format will not be accepted or graded. 

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Late assignments will have a minimum automatic 25% point deduction for each day/partial day late.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Attendance is expected at all class meetings and please do not confuse attendance with “participation” (which I refer to as

“engagement” – see the rubric).  Class begins at TIME.  You are expected to be on time. Roll is taken, and if you are not in       

your seat, you will be counted absent. Leaving class early without prior permission will result in your being counted absent

for the class session.


WCOE Attendance Policy

Absence Policy - Professional teachers are dependable, reliable, and responsible. Therefore, candidates are expected to be on time and in attendance at every class, and to stay for the entire class. Tardiness, leaving early, and excessive absences (3) are considered evidence of lack of dependability, and are taken seriously. Candidates will receive a grade of F on the third absence. If a candidate is taking ‘blocked’ courses that are taught at a Professional Development School, requiring field experience, the candidate will be dropped with an F from those classes as well.


Instructor Drop.

An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class

assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to dropping the student from the class. An instructor’s drop of a student takes precedence over the student-initiated course drop of a later date. The instructor will assign a grade of either WF or F through the first 8 weeks of a long semester, the first 6 weeks of a 10-week summer term, or the 11th class day of a 4 or 5 week summer term consisting of 20 days. After these periods the grade will be an F. The date the instructor drop form is received in the Office of the Registrar is the official drop date.

Other Policies

Exams – The exams may include multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.  Exams, as well as any quizzes or postings will cover both lecture and book/reading materials. Exams can ONLY be made up in the direst of circumstances, and at the Instructor’s discretion. 

Grammar will be graded as part of any assignment.  The MSU writing lab is available to all MSU students.

The office of Disability Support Services provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations information and assistance, arranges accommodations and staff. A student/Employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Support Services.

In accordance with the law, MSU provides students with documents disabilities academic accommodations. If you are a student with a documented disability, please contact the instructor before classroom accommodations can be provided.  The Disability Support Services may be contacted at 940-397-4140 (voice), 940-397-4515 (TDD),, or visit 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 168.

Class Engagement

This counts as 120 points of your final grade.  It is NOT the same as attendance. It includes intelligent statements and sincere questions, and clear preparation for class, including dressing out appropriately.

Dress Code:

* All students are required to dress out for every class, unless otherwise notified.

* Shorts of proper length and proper shoes are of your choice (no flip-flops, boots, or sandal type shoes).



Readings will be assigned for certain days of class. Not all of the reading assignments are listed in the syllabus. These are to be

read before coming to class and you are to be prepared to discuss your reactions to the readings, as well as to any of the current events, as they are applicable to class. Your class engagement grade relies heavily on this preparation.


Academic Integrity

Student Honor Creed "As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so." You are expected to practice the highest possible standards of academic integrity.  Any deviation from this expectation will result in a minimum of your failing the assignment, a possible failing grade in the course, and may result in additional, more severe disciplinary measures.  This includes improper citation of sources, using another student’s work, and any other form of academic misrepresentation.  When in doubt on collaboration, citation, or any issue, please contact me before embarking on a perilous path.  Please see for more information.


General WCOE Classroom Policies

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment which is conducive to learning.  In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction—this includes, but is not limited to, pagers and cell phones. Electronic communications devices will be turned off anytime the class member is in the school building—in our classroom or in a field experience classroom. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result, minimally, in a request to leave class and a Professional Fitness Form will be filed for review with the college. If the instructor must file a Fitness Alert Form for any reason, including failure to demonstrate appropriate teaching dispositions, the student may receive an instructor drop with an "F" for the course.

·       This class will engage in open discussion – all students are to address one another and the instructor with respect and courtesy, this includes speaking when recognized by the professor. The proper way to be recognized is to raise your hand and wait until you are called on. This is not Parliament – you never “have the floor.” I will let you know when you have been recognized and when your turn to speak is complete. If you disagree with a point or classmate, you are expected to express yourself in a principled and dignified fashion.  I trust and feel confident we will engage in discussion and debate that exemplifies the ideals and spirit of the founders of our country. I will accept no less.

·       Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th  Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

·       Concealed Carry at Professional Development Schools: Although MSU follows the requirements of concealed carry on its campus, this does not negate nor supersede state laws regarding the carrying of firearms on K-12 public school campuses. You may not carry a firearm on a K-12 campus. Some public schools campuses have authorized specific personnel to carry a concealed handgun. This does not apply to you.

·       Any disrespectful or disruptive behavior – including, but not limited to: sleeping, reading, side discussions, overt disruptions, harassing behaviors, etc - will result in your dismissal from the class, and may result in your dismissal from the course with a “WF” (Withdraw Failing), and/or a referral to the Office of Student Conduct.

·       CELL PHONES (READ THIS TWICE, PLEASE). There are NO cell phones permitted to be out and/or in my (or your) sight in this class. This class requires your engagement, and cell phones serve to detract from that engagement. Additionally, your phone should be not only put away, but on “silent” (NOTE: vibrate is NOT silent). If your phone is out and/or in sight, you will be asked to put it away, and you will lose 10 points off of your FINAL grade. Should your phone ring/vibrate during class, you are dismissed for the day. You are to silence it immediately, and quietly leave the class session. You will be counted absent for the session. Failure to adhere to this will result in more stringent disciplinary action.

·       I am to be addressed as “Professor” “Dr.” or “Ms.” Miller. Decorum in emails and other communications should reflect the same professionalism.

·       Instructor Response: During the week, I will typically respond to your emails within 24-48 hours. Any emails received over the weekend will receive a response no later than Tuesday, 8 AM. Emails received on holidays typically will receive a response no later than 8 AM on the second business day after the holiday.

·       Three Then Me Rule: Before you email me, make sure to follow the "Three then Me" rule. The "Three then Me" rule says that you search for your answer regarding the course in at least three other places before you email me. For example, if you have a question about an assignment, you could consult your syllabus, the assignment description on D2L, or another student in the class. Remember, check three sources before you email me your question. It is very likely you'll find the answer and not need to email me. If you don't find the answer, and need clarification, feel free to email me.

·       The instructor reserves the right to amend these rules as necessary throughout the term.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at