Fitness for Life


  2. A. Course Title: Fitness for Life
    B. Course Number: PY 111H - 30303
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 10:45:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 1
    F. Instructor: Becker, Jeff
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 1:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 1:00:00 PM-3:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST); 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: CAC160

    This is a physical education activity course that is required for most degree seeking students. The student will be introduced to all the concepts and components necessary for incorporating physical fitness into their current lifestyle and the benefits of lifelong physical activity. This is a one credit hour course.


    Besides enhancing your physical exercise regimen, this course will meet the requirement for a one hour Physical Education credit at New Mexico Junior College; however, you may want to inquire with the institution of your choice to see if it meets their transferability.



    ISBN: 978-1308138794 Book: Concepts of Physical Fitness, Fitness for Life Lab Manual, Spiral notebook suitable for keeping a journal.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Grading Policy
    90-100% = A
    80-90%= B
    70-80= C
    60-70= D
    Below 59= F

    Students grades will be based on a point system and will consist of the following:
    1400 Total points
    1260-1400 A
    1120-1260 B
    980-1120 C
    840-980 D
    840 and below F

    There is a total of 15 weeks of class at 30 points per week.
    15 x 30 = 450 points
    M/W/F class = 10 points per session
    T/Th class = 15 points per session
    If a student is tardy or leaves early, 2 points will be deducted.

    There are 10 weeks in which students will work out 2 times per week at 20 points each.
    2 x 20 = 40 points per week
    10 x 40 = 400 points

    Lab Assignments
    There are 25 total assignments at 10 points each.
    25 x 10 = 250 points

    Student will keep a weekly journal which will be checked weekly.
    Journal = 100 points

    Mid Term Test = 100 points Institutional assessment artifacts.

    Final Test = 100 points


    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The overall objective of this physical activity course is to help students adopt and maintain a regular balanced physical exercise routine, improve health and fitness through regular physical activity, decrease personal stress levels,and to modify determinants of good health and fitness.


    By the completion of this course, students should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate methods of incorporating health, wellness, and fitness in their lifestyle.
    2. Demonstrate the physiology of exercise principles.
    3. Practice the principles of weight management.
    4. Incorporate the Physical Activity Pyramid and the FITT Formula into their workouts.
    5. Demonstrate the five components of health related fitness.
    6. Manage stress more effectively.
    7. Develop and perform proper workouts that will improve individual health and wellness.
    8. Calculate and monitor their exercise heart rate.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether itís a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    I. Course Outline

    Week 1

    Cover syllabus
    Fill out Fitness Questionnaire
    Discuss Concept 1 & 2

    Assignments: The Healthy Lifestyle Questionnaire, Lab 1A, Lab 2A & 2B

    Week 2

    Discuss Concept 3 & 4

    Assignments: Lab 3A, 3B, 3C, & 4A

    Week 3

    Discuss Concept 5 & 6

    Assignments: Lab 5A, 5B (Pre Fitness Assessment)
    (Be prepared when you come to class for workouts from this week forward.)

    Week 4

    Discuss Concept 7

    Calculate Target Heart Rates

    Assignments: Lab 7A & 7B (Walking Test) & weekend homework-Read Concepts 8, 9, & 10

    Week 5

    Discuss & demonstrate various aerobic activities,
    Discuss & demonstrate various flexibility exercises
    Discuss & demonstrate muscle strength & endurance exercises
    Introduce the Exercise Log (handout)

    Assignments: Lab 8A & Begin Exercise Log (handout)

    Week 6

    More in depth discussion of Concepts 8, 9, & 10
    Sit and Stretch Flex test (optional)
    Begin individual exercise routines
    Complete & record 2 individual workouts

    Week 7

    Discuss Concept 11

    Demonstrate safe alternative exercises
    Complete & record 2 individual workouts
    Assignments: Lab 11A & 11B (includes the Healthy Back Tests)

    Week 8

    Mid Term Test and Mid Term Exam (Institutional Assessment Artifacts)
    Complete & record 2 individual workouts

    Week 9

    Discuss results of the Mid Term Exam
    Discuss Concept 12
    Complete & record 2 individual workouts
    Discuss mid-term grades

    Week 10

    Discuss Concept 13
    Complete & record 2 individual workouts
    Assignments (extra credit): Lab 13B & 13C

    Week 11

    Discuss Concepts 14 & 15
    Complete & record 2 individual workouts

    Assignments: MyPyramid Tracker (page325), 15A & 15B

    Week 12

    Discuss Concept 16
    Complete & record 2 individual workouts

    Assignments: 16A & 16B

    Week 13

    Discuss Concept 17
    Complete & record 2 individual workouts
    (Focus on relaxation exercises as a group)

    Assignments: 17A

    Week 14

    Discuss Concept 18
    Complete & record 2 individual workouts
    Assignments: 18B & Technology Update (Review paper on one of the sites)

    Week 15

    Discuss Concept 19
    Complete & record 2 individual workouts

    Assignments: Lab 19C or 5B (Post Fitness Assessment)

    Week 16 In Class Final Exam- Monday, May 8th at 10:00 AM