Fundamentals of Physical Activity and Health

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2012
Days & Times


Koby Styles (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Students will be able to identify the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.


1.                  To introduce students to basic information about physical fitness and health.

2.                  To help students become familiar with the seven dimensions of wellness.

3.                  To give students an understanding of their own physical fitness and how they might be able to alter their overall health status.

Grading Standards

1.                  Labs- Labs will be due by the beginning of the next class and will be graded on a 10-point scale.  Some of our laboratories will include physical activities that must be completed during the assigned class-no make up labs will be accepted.

2.                  Exercise Logs- Each student will create a physical activity log that will document what exercise or physical activity they participated in each week of the semester.  This log is required.  Blank logs will not be accepted.  Each completed log will be worth 5 points; there will be a total of 12 logs.

3.                  Group project- There will be one group project assigned in which each group will be given a topic to research.  Each group will present their topic to the class.

4.                  Final- There will be a comprehensive final. I will give a study guide for the test.  The test will cover all lectures, including the group presentations.


Available Points







5 Labs

50 points

Exercise Logs

12 Logs

60 points

Group Project


40 points



50 points

Total Available Points


200 points












Grading Scale:

A         ≥180 points

B         160-179 points

C         140-159 points           

D         120-139 points           

F          <120 points

Submission Format Policy

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.

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

Students are expected to attend class. Each student is allowed 1 unauthorized absence (as per the MSU student handbook) after which 10 points will be deducted from the student’s final grade for each additional absence.  Absences should be brought to the instructor’s attention before class is missed whenever possible.  Missed lectures are the responsibility of the student.  NO make-up exams will be given unless legitimate extenuating circumstances exist.

Other Policies

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities:

            The instructor will modify the course to meet the specific needs of individuals according to the Individuals with Disabilities Act.  These accommodations will be made on an individual basis once the student has discussed the disability with the instructor.  Every attempt will be made to make appropriate modifications to the course.


Health Insurance Recommendation

Participation in this course may lead to accidents.  All students are strongly encouraged to have health insurance coverage.  Information is available through the Midwestern State University Student Health Center.

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