Course Descriptions

Physical Education Service Courses

Course Descriptions

PES 101 Physical Fitness (0-2-1). The course focuses on principles of physical fitness, risk factors for cardiovascular disease and how to avoid/overcome them through weight control, exercise, and nutrition. Students work to improve personal fitness levels and develop individualized fitness programs for future participation. Return to top

PES 102 Physical Fitness Orientation (1-2-2). This is an introduction to personal fitness programs with emphasis on measurement, evaluation, and the development of physical fitness and positive long-term fitness attitudes. Return to top

PES 104 Jogging (0-2-1). This is an introduction to techniques, principles, and benefits of jogging. Return to top

PES 105 Weight Training (0-2-1).This is an introduction to techniques, principles, and benefits of weight training. Return to top

PES 106 Walking for Aerobic Fitness (0-2-1). This is designed to progressively develop cardiorespiratory endurance by walking. Individuals who are at below-normal physical fitness levels will benefit most. Regular walking outside of class is required. Return to top

PES 107 Cross-Training (0-2-1). This is a program of fitness activities that stresses cardiovascular aspects of training. Emphasis is placed on the use of several sports for the purpose of training for one specific sport. Whole-body fitness includes strength, flexibility, and anaerobic power. Return to top

PES 108 Muscle Madness (0-2-1). This class involves resistance training to music; athletic movements work all major muscle groups; pre-choreographed routines use high repetitions and low weights to increase muscle endurance and strength. It is conducted off-campus at the Downtown YMCA. Return to top

PES 109 Distance Running (0-2-1). Prerequisite: Ability to run continuously for 30 minutes. This course is intended for the person who has progressed through the beginning stages of jogging and running. Knowledge and abilities are expanded with respect to the physiological and psychological changes that occur for the distance runner. Return to top

PES 110 Basketball (0-2-1). This is an introduction to basic rules of basketball and fundamentals of team play; emphasis is placed on individual skill development. Return to top

PES 111 Volleyball (0-2-1).This is an introduction to basic rules and concepts of coed volleyball; emphasis is placed on individual skill development. Return to top

PES 112 Intermediate Volleyball (0-2-1). This course is designed to give the volleyball enthusiast an opportunity to explore advanced skill techniques of the game. Focus is on the development of strategies that apply to the game of "Power Volleyball." Return to top

PES 113 Personal Training Instructor (0-2-1). Three certifications are earned in this intensive fitness class: CPR, principles of YMCA health and fitness, and YMCA personal training instructor. Learn how to properly use cardiovascular and strength (free weights and selectorized) equipment, set up workouts for others, effective goal setting, and communication strategies. It includes muscle anatomy and physiology, practical sessions with various equipment, and case studies. Textbooks and manual are required at additional cost. Return to top

PES 114 Relaxation Training (0-2-1). The course is designed to assist students in understanding the impact of stress on their lives, recognizing early warning signs of stress, and developing strategies to reduce levels of stress and tension. Course focuses on the variety of techniques used to achieve a state of attentive relaxation. Return to top

PES 115 Spinning I (0-2-1). This is a beginning stationary cycling program. Learn how to properly use the bike and manipulate it to create a challenging workout. Experience a journey of flat roads, sprints, jumps, uphill climbs, and downhill runs. Motivational music is used to get into the rhythm of the ride. Return to top

PES 116 Spinning II (0-2-1).This is an intermediate stationary cycling program. Learn how to properly use the bike and manipulate it to create a challenging workout. Experience a journey of flat roads, sprints, jumps, uphill climbs, and downhill runs. Motivational music is used to get into the rhythm of the ride. Return to top

PES 117 Rock Climbing (0-2-1). Experience "free climbing" and "bouldering" in an indoor rock environment; basic climbing and movement techniques; belay techniques and basic climbing-specific knot tying; become belay certified; additional fee required; conducted at CSU rock wall facility and off-campus at Cleveland Rock Gym. Return to top

PES 118 Intermediate Wallyball (0-2-1). This is an introduction to the basic rules and concepts of coed wallyball (similar to volleyball except played in a racquetball court); emphasis is on refinement of skills of the game of volleyball. Return to top

PES 119 Field Hockey (0-2-1). This course is designed to develop fundamental skills and knowledge of rules, game-play strategies, and skill techniques in the game of field hockey; game-specific physical conditioning is also emphasized. Return to top

PES 120 Beginners Swimming - Level 1-4 (0-2-1). This course is for both the non-swimmer and low-skilled swimmer; it includes Red Cross beginner and advanced beginner training. Return to top

PES 121 Intermediate Swimming - Level 5-6 (0-2-1). This course is for the individual with middle-range swimming skills; it is based on the Red Cross learn-to-swim format. Return to top

PES 122 Swimmers - Level 7-8 (0-2-1).This course is for the individual who has mastered the middle-range swimming skills and who wishes to develop greater swimming competency; it based on the Red Cross learn-to-swim format. Return to top

PES 123 Synchronized Swimming (0-2-1).This is an introduction to basic stunts of synchronized swimming; emphasis is placed on individual skill development. Return to top

PES 125 Water Exercise Certification (1-2-2). Prerequisite: Certification as aerobics instructor, life guard, or Water Safety Instructor (WSI). This course involved the development of skills and knowledge to create and instruct safe and effective water aerobic/exercise classes; preparation for becoming certified by the Aquatic Exercise Association. Return to top

PES 126 Lifeguard Training (1-2-2). Prerequisites: Swim 500 yards continuously performing at least 50 yards each of the front crawl, breast stroke, side stroke, lifesaving stroke, elementary backstroke; surface dive to 9 feet and retrieve 10-pound brick; surface dive to 5 feet and swim 15 feet underwater; and tread water for 1 minute. This is the regular Red Cross course leading to certification in lifeguard training. Standard First Aid and CPR must be current by conclusion of course. Return to top

PES 127 Water Safety Instructor (1-2-2).This course involves instruction leading to Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification. Emphasis is placed on the development of swimming skills and methods of organization, teaching, and skill analysis of swimming programs. Return to top

PES 128 Aquatic Fitness (0-2-1). Prerequisite: Intermediate swimming skills. The course focuses on principles of physical fitness applied to aquatic activities. Students work to improve personal fitness levels through swimming and other activities in the pool. Return to top

PES 130 Beginning Springboard Diving (0-2-1).This is basic diving instruction from both the one- and three-meter boards. Return to top

PES 132 Skin Diving (0-2-1).Prerequisites: Swim 50 feet underwater, perform survival float 20 minutes, tow an inert swimmer 40 yards, swim 300 yards in a maximum of 10 minutes. This is an introduction to the safe handling of mask, fins, and snorkel, and the related underwater environment. Return to top

PES 134 Scuba Diving (1-2-2).Prerequisites: Swim 75 feet underwater, perform survival float 20 minutes, tow an inert swimmer 50 yards, swim 400 yards in less than 10 minutes, permission of instructor only. This is an opportunity to learn safe skin- and scuba-diving skills. N.A.U.I. and Y.M.C.A. certification are available upon successful completion of course work plus additional open water tests. Additional fee is charged. Return to top

PES 136 Canoeing and Small Crafts (0-2-1).This course is designed for gaining knowledge of small craft safety and acquiring practical experience in the proper handling of small crafts; emphasis is placed on canoeing. Previous minimum background through Red Cross Intermediate Swimming is recommended. Return to top

PES 138 Basic Sailing (0-2-1).This course is offered in conjunction with American Red Cross. It provides hands-on experience in boat handling, points of sail, types and classes of boats, sails and rigging, required and recommended equipment, safety and rescue techniques, artificial respiration. Return to top

PES 140 Modern Dance I (0-2-1).This is an introduction to the fundamental theories and skills of modern dance. It may be repeated for up to 4 hours. Return to top

PES 141 Modern Dance II (0-4-2).This is the continued study of the fundamental theories and skills of modern dance. It may be repeated for up to 8 hours. Return to top

PES 146 Jazz Dance I (0-2-1).This is an introduction to the fundamental theories and skills of jazz dance. It may be repeated for up to 4 hours. Return to top

PES 147 Tap Dance I (0-2-1).This is an introduction to the skills, rhythms, and stylization of tap dance. Return to top

PES 148 Tap Dance II (0-2-1). This course is expanding on previous techniques of Tap Dance I with emphasis on complex phasing. Return to top

PES 150 Ballet I (0-2-1). This is an introduction to the fundamental theories and skills of classical ballet. It may be repeated for up to 4 hours. Return to top

PES 151 Ballet II (0-4-2). This is the continued study of the fundamental theories and skills of classical ballet. It may be repeated for up to 8 hours. Return to top

PES 154 African Dance (0-2-1)This course focuses on performance, understanding, and enjoyment of West African traditional dance in order to develop a fundamental awareness and appreciation of it as an art form and its social and cultural contributions to society. Return to top

PES 156 Traditional Social Dance I (0-2-1). This is an introduction to the basic steps of various social dances, including the fox trot, waltz, jitterbug, polka, and cha-cha. Return to top

PES 157 Traditional Social Dance II (0-2-1). This course is the continued study of various social dances, including the fox trot, waltz, jitterbug, polka, cha-cha, and tango. Return to top

PES 158 Aerobic Jazz (0-2-1). This course includes basic jazz exercises and a variety of easy and fun-filled dance routines. Dances are combined into an aerobic framework (continuous rhythmic movement), warm-ups, high-level activity, and cool-down periods. Return to top

PES 160 Water Aerobics (0-2-1). This is a non-swimming aerobic and dance exercise class for adults of all age groups and activity levels. Taught in the shallow water, this course uses choreographed movements to provide toning, conditioning, and aerobic benefits along with aesthetic experiences and body awareness. The activity uses the water to cushion joints, neutralize gravity, and add buoyancy. Return to top

PES 162 Yoga I (0-2-1). This course involves comprehensive instruction in the three basic aspects of classical Yoga: exercise, correct breathing, and relaxation/meditation. Yoga theory, scheduling, stress management, and nutrition are discussed in relation to individual goals. American Yoga Association instructors. Return to top

PES 163 Yoga II (0-2-1). Prerequisite: PES 162. The course emphasizes the exercise portion of the curriculum and increasing the number and the difficulty of exercises while working within individual limitations; several new breathing techniques are also taught. American Yoga Association instructors. Return to top

PES 165 Self-Defense (0-2-1). This is the study of preventive measures and self-protection techniques. Return to top

PES 166 Beginning Fencing (0-2-1). For the beginner, this course focuses on the attack and defense techniques using the foil. Return to top

PES 167 Intermediate Fencing (0-2-1). Prerequisite: PES 166 or equivalent. This course involves further development of attack and defense techniques using the foil. Return to top

PES 168 Beginning Tae Kwon Do (0-2-1). This is an introduction to the traditional Korean martial art of self-defense, including basic principles of punching, kicking, striking, blocking, and practical self-defense skills. Rank/belt promotional test is available at the end of the course. Return to top

PES 169 Intermediate/Advanced Tae Kwon Do (0-2-1). Prerequisite: PES 168 or permission of instructor. The skills of the novice are developed through reinforcement of basic techniques. Advancement of rank/belt is possible at the end of the course. Return to top

PES 170 Aikido I (0-2-1).This is an introduction to this graceful, dancelike, and nonviolent Japanese art of self-defense, and includes study of the basic movement and tumbling skills, principles of centering, energy flow and focus, and blending of energies. Return to top

PES 171 Aikido II (0-2-1). Prerequisite: PES 170 or permission of instructor. This course involves the continued practice of the basic techniques and principles learned in beginning Aikido as well as the introduction of skills and techniques. Testing for rank is possible at the end of the course. Return to top

PES 174 T'ai Chi Ch'uan I (0-2-1). This is an ancient nonaggressive Chinese martial art which also serves as a form of moving meditation and exercise. There is a short-form course consisting of 33 movements which can be learned and understood in a semester session. Return to top

PES 176 Golf (0-2-1).This is an introduction to fundamental golf skills, rules, etiquette, equipment, and playing opportunities. Analysis of swing by instant video replay is used. Return to top

PES 178 In-Line Skating (0-2-1). The course covers basics to more advanced moves for both novice and experienced in-line skaters; street smarts, safety techniques, and how to care for equipment; training steps for in-line racing; students must supply own equipment. Return to top

PES 179 Cycling (0-2-1). The course covers basic riding techniques and essentials of training for mountain biking, touring, commuting, racing, or pleasure-riding; how to ride safely and confidently in traffic; meets the needs of the serious cyclists and those riding for fun and fitness. Students must supply own equipment. Return to top

PES 180 Badminton (0-2-1).The course designed for various levels of badminton skill with individual and group instruction in basic skills and strategies for singles and doubles play. Return to top

PES 182 Beginning Tennis (0-2-1).This is an introduction to the basic rules of tennis and fundamentals of singles and doubles play; emphasis is placed on individual skill development. Return to top

PES 183 Intermediate Tennis (0-2-1). This is the continuation of individual skill development with emphasis on technique and game strategy. Return to top

PES 185 Bowling (1). This course is for all levels of bowling skill from beginner on up; it is a programmed recreational activity conducted off campus. Return to top

PES 187 Beginning Squash (0-2-1).This is an introduction to the fundamental skills, knowledge, and values of the game of squash racquets including application of abilities in game situations. Return to top

PES 188 Beginning Racquetball (0-2-1). This is an introduction to the rules, strategies, and etiquette of racquetball; and an opportunity to play all four-wall variations of the game: singles, cut-throat, and doubles in a coed setting. Return to top

PES 189 Intermediate Racquetball (0-2-1). This course is designed to give the racquetball enthusiast an opportunity to explore advanced skill techniques of the game, focusing on the development of strategies for the improvement of a player's skill and understanding of the game. Return to top

PES 190 Tumbling and Trampoline (0-2-1). This is an introduction to skill techniques needed to perform basic moves on the mats and trampoline. Focus is on values and safety. Activities designed to develop body awareness and progression from simple to complex skills. Return to top

PES 195 Skiing (0-2-1). This course involves the development of knowledge and skills in beginner, intermediate, or advanced, intermediate snow skiing; it is conducted off campus. Additional fee is charged. Return to top

PES 198 Adapted Physical Education Programming (0-2-1). This course is offered to all students who, because of permanent or temporary disabilities, cannot participate in the regularly offered physical activity courses. Students are involved in activities designed to deal with their specific problems, and receive 1 hour for their efforts. It may be repeated for up to 8 hours. Return to top

PES 199 Special Programs (0-2-1). Prerequisite: Permission of department chairperson. This course is designed for the student who may wish, because of special interest, to receive hour for participation in recreational or sports activities not included in the courses listed above. Students wishing to receive hour for this must report to the Physical Education office to make arrangements for approval and verification of the activity.It may be repeated for up to five hours. Return to top

PES 240 Modern Dance III (0-4-2). Prerequisite: PES 141 or permission of instructor. This course is the further study of modern-dance theory and skill, with emphasis on increasing physical competence and understanding of underlying theory. It may be repeated for up to 8 hours. Return to top

PES 250 Ballet III (0-4-2). Prerequisite: PES 151 or permission of instructor. This is the further study of the theory and skills of classical ballet, with emphasis on increasing physical competence and understanding of underlying theory. It may be repeated for up to 8 hours. Return to top

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