PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROFICIENCY EXAMINATIONS

The purpose of physical education is to optimize the quality of life through a long-term commitment to enjoyable  physical activity and sport experiences. The Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance strongly recommends that students enroll in a physical activity class whereby knowledge and skills can be learned and/or enhanced with guided instruction and feedback.

Proficiency examinations are administered to students who are knowledgeable, physically fit, and skillful in a physical/sport activity, and if completed successfully provide the opportunity to earn one (1) academic credit in physical education. Successful completion of the examination awards credit for the following courses: PHEC 123–Jogging, PHEC 117–Racquetball, PHEC 140–Golf,  and PHEC 390–Advanced Swimming. Physical education majors are not eligible to satisfy academic requirements through physical education proficiency testing.

Golf Proficiency Examination

Successful completion of the proficiency testing in golf awards one (1) academic credit for the course PHEC 140 – Golf. The following requirements must be met for the award:

1.      Successfully complete a written examination with a minimum 80% score

2.      Demonstrate a working knowledge of rules, etiquette, and skill of golf by participating in a 9-hole outing (additional fees required) to be arranged at a local golf course.

References:

Lamb, William (2009). Golf Made Simple, 2nd Edition. Dubuque, Iowa. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

McCord, Gary (2011). Golf for Dummies, 4th Edition. Wiley, John & Sons, Inc.

Swimming Proficiency Examination

Successful completion of the proficiency testing in swimming awards one (1) academic credit for the course PHEC 390 – Advanced Swimming. To receive the credit, the following skills must be demonstrated with efficiency and smoothness:

1. Front Crawlstroke (freestyle) – 100 yards

2. Back Crawlstroke  – 100 yards

3. Breastroke – 50 yards

4. Sidestroke – 50 yards

5. Elementary Backstroke – 50 yards

6. Butterfly – 50 yards

7. Tread Water using arms and legs – 3 minutes

8. Headfirst dive and underwater swim – 25 yards

9. Continuous  distance swim using open and/or flip turns – 500 yards

References:

American Red Cross (2012). Lifeguarding Manual

Whitten, Phillip (1996). The Complete Book of Swimming. Human Kinetics.

Jogging Proficiency Examination

Successful completion of the proficiency testing in jogging awards one (1) academic credit for the course PHEC 140 – Jogging. The following requirements must be met for the award:

1. Successfully complete a written examination with a minimum 80% score

2. Complete 1.5 miles (6-laps)  within the time standard of the age and gender1

AGE

MALE

FEMALE

17 – 29

11:58

14:04

30 – 39

12:24

14:34

40 – 49

13:12

15:34

50 – 59

14:23

17:19

60 – 69

15:56

19:04

1The Cooper Institute of Dallas, Texas. Physical Fitness Assessments and Norms for Adults and Law Enforcement

References:

Rosato, Frank (2012). Walking & Jogging For Health & Wellness, 6th edition. Thomson-Wadsworth.

Floyd, Patricia and Parke, Janet (2011). Walk, Jog, Run for Wellness Everyone. Hunter Textbooks Inc.

Racquetball Proficiency 

Examination Successful completion of the proficiency testing in racquetball awards one (1) academic credit for the course PHEC 117 – Racquetball. The following requirements must be met for the award:

1. Successfully complete a written examination with a minimum 80% score

2. Demonstrate the following skills with high accuracy level:

a. Forehand kill shot test – minimum score 18 of 25 points

b. Backhand kill shot test – minimum score 18 of 25 points

c. Serve to forehand corner test – minimum score 16 of 20 points

d. Serve to backhand corner test – minimum score 16 of 20 points

3. Demonstrate a working knowledge of rules, strategy, and skill of racquetball by participating in a match against an opponent

Reference:

Fisher, Dennis (2007). Racquetball : Steps to Success, 8th edition. Human Kinetics.