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Courses - September 2022

Level 1

Course Details

College Reading & Writing Skills
COMM1085

Description:

This course introduces students to the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse a variety of texts and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising to produce writing that meets the expectations of selected audiences and purposes. The course prepares students for college-level writing tasks, research, and documentation by asking them to produce clear, informed, and purposeful documents relevant to both academic and professional contexts.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Group Fitness Leadership I
FIT1045

Description:

This course focuses on applying the principles of group fitness instruction through practical demonstrations that incorporate the professional skills and expectations required of group fitness leaders. Topics include class design, music, cueing and effective leadership as well as safety concepts in relation to group exercise. Students will practice and demonstrate effective group fitness leadership skills by conducting group fitness classes. Completion of this course prepares students to challenge the OFC and Canfitpro Fitness Instructor Certification exam.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Exercise Science I
HEAL1045

Description:

This course focuses on anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical concepts as a foundation for fitness and health programming. Students will learn how body systems work independently and collectively in preparation for understanding the body’s adaptation to exercise and human movement. Emphasis will be placed on the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription I
HEAL1055

Description:

This course introduces students to the principles of physical fitness, assessment, and exercise prescription. Students will learn the practical skills necessary to conduct introductory client fitness assessments and apply the results to design basic exercise programs. Emphasis will also be placed on a client-centered approach between the practitioner and the client. Topics will include principles of assessment and training, exercise monitoring, correct exercise execution and program design specific to the primary fitness components.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Introduction to Nutrition
HEAL1095

Description:

This course focuses on nutrition concepts, guidelines, and recommendations to promote healthy food consumption. Topics will focus on the macro and micronutrients of a healthy diet including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. Students will also examine the link between diet and healthy body weight. Throughout the course, application of nutrition concepts for personal health promotion and healthy nutrition habits will be emphasized.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Student Success in Fitness and Health Promotion
HEAL1830

Description:

This course will prepare Fitness and Health Promotion student's with the soft skills and professionalism necessary to be successful in the FHP program and industry. In addition, students will engage in self-reflection and discovery activities to examine their learning style, and consolidate skills development and professionalism. Student's will also examine articulation agreements and pathways to other programs, as well as industry certifications available to them upon graduation. Lastly, student's will be introduced to outcome-based learning, and the importance of maintaining strong academic integrity in their courses and at practicum.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 2

Course Details

Entrepreneurship and Business Practices of Fitness & Health Promotion
ENTR1070

Description:

This course focuses on fundamental entrepreneurial and small business theory with an emphasis on the fitness and health industry. Students will learn how to develop business plans for a fitness and health venture using business theory and marketing principles. Students will also gain an understanding of the elements that contribute to the success and/or failure of small business within the fitness and health industry.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Group Fitness Leadership II
FIT1110

Description:

This course extends application of concepts learned in Group Fitness Leadership I with a focus on integrating current trends in group exercise. Students will discuss, practice and perform group fitness principles in relation to a variety of specialized class formats with small group fitness equipment. Application of effective, safe and professional leadership skills for diverse populations will also be emphasized. Students will continue to practice, apply and refine their group leadership skills in preparation to challenge the OFC and/or Canfitpro Fitness Instructor Certification exam.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites: FIT1045
  • CoRequisites:

Exercise Science II
HEAL1065

Description:

This course builds on Exercise Science I and continues to develop anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical concepts as a foundation for fitness and health programming. Students will learn how body systems work independently and collectively in preparation for understanding the body’s adaptation to exercise and human movement. Emphasis will be placed on digestive, urinary, endocrine, nervous, lymphatic and immune systems. Further, students will examine biomechanics in relation to efficient movement patterns and exercise.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL1045
  • CoRequisites:

Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription II
HEAL1075

Description:

Building on Introduction to Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, students will assess client fitness levels using industry standards. Further, students will apply appropriate exercise prescription principles and communication skills (listening, speaking, thinking, and non-verbal) necessary to construct effective exercise programming based on clients’ goals, needs and assessment results. Emphasis will be placed on the utilization of the client-centred approach; students will apply coaching tools to motivate clients towards active, healthy lifestyles.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL1055
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Lifestyle Psychology and Behaviour Change
HEAL1085

Description:

This course focuses on the exploration of lifestyle psychology and common characteristics of lifestyle behaviours. Emphasis will be placed on health behaviour change and modification theories. Additionally, specific lifestyle choices will be examined such as: physical activity, healthy eating, and others. Students will also consider the role of behaviour change and its uses in health promotion practices, policies, and programs.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Safety in the Workplace
OHS1320

Description:

This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of general Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 3

Course Details

Exercise Science III: Adaptations & Pathophysiology
HEAL2040

Description:

Building on concepts from Exercise Science I & II, students will examine physiological adaptations to physical activity and analyze the impact of inactivity, injury and disease on body systems. Further, students will integrate aspects of qualitative biomechanics for the prescription of safe and efficient exercise programs.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL1065
  • CoRequisites:

Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription For Diverse Populations
HEAL2050

Description:

This course extends foundational fitness assessment and exercise prescription concepts by applying them to diverse groups of individuals and those who exhibit physiological conditions that impair health and functional ability. Based on a client-centered approach, students will adapt fitness assessment and exercise prescription protocols to meet specific client needs. Emphasis will also be placed upon self-reflection to refine practical skills necessary for effective client inter-personal relationships.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL1075
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Motivational Interviewing and Coaching
HEAL2060

Description:

Using behaviour change and modification theory, this course focuses on applying theoretical concepts of motivational interviewing and lifestyle coaching for clients who are ambivalent about making healthy lifestyle choices. Students will practice and develop introductory motivational interviewing skills, as well as focus on developing client change plans.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL1085
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Health Promotion I
HEAL2070

Description:

This introductory course in Health Promotion will address the field of health promotion from an individual and population based perspective. Students will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate quality health promotion programs. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing health promotion models, theories, and the stages of the health promotion planning cycle to create an effective evidence-based program.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL1085
  • CoRequisites:

Nutrition for Health and Performance
HEAL2080

Description:

This course will examine the importance of nutrition as applied to health and performance. Topics will focus on the role of macro and micronutrients in relation to physical activity, weight management, dieting and training needs for health and performance. Examining reliable nutrition information, diet planning for weight management, exercise and disordered eating patterns in the health, fitness and performance industry will also be explored. Throughout the course, practical applications of information are emphasized.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL1095 OR NUTR1000
  • CoRequisites:

Campus Internship I
HEAL2090

Description:

Under the guidance of program faculty, Campus Internship I provides students with the opportunity to apply and practice relevant theory and practical skills obtained throughout the program. Fitness and Health Promotion students will develop, implement and evaluate health and wellness programs/services for the College population. Fitness and Health Promotion students may work alongside other students from various disciplines as an inter-professional experience that facilitates peer-to-peer learning across community and health-related fields. Emphasis will be placed on professional practices and self-reflection for personal and professional development.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL1075 AND OHS1320 AND OHS8320
  • CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Level 4

Course Details

Field Placement (Fitness and Health Promotion)
FPLT2150

Description:

Field placement provides students with the opportunity to broaden, deepen, and apply skills and understanding of the fitness and health promotion industry. Through a combination of field experience and clinical/practice immersive simulation students will be exposed to the broad range of practice encountered in Fitness and Health Promotion field. This may include practice in facilities providing a variety of fitness, wellness and health promotion services and programs. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to various agency activities that allow the student to consolidate and demonstrate theory, practical skills, professional practice and leadership qualities. Through guided reflections students will examine their field placement experiences and professional development.

  • Hours: 140
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL2040 AND HEAL2050 AND HEAL2060 AND HEAL2070 AND HEAL2080 AND HEAL2090 AND OHS1320 AND OHS8320
  • CoRequisites:

Applied Motivational Interviewing and Coaching
HEAL2100

Description:

This course builds on the concepts applied in Motivational Interviewing & Coaching. Students will integrate theoretical foundations and motivational interviewing processes for building effective interviewing skills. In addition, students will cultivate their motivational interviewing skills through practice and preparation of client change plans to encourage strong commitment to behaviour change goals.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL2060
  • CoRequisites:

Applied Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription
HEAL2110

Description:

This course focuses on the consolidation, application and extension of the concepts learned in Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription I, II, Diverse Populations and Exercise Science I, II and III. To build on this knowledge, students will also examine the role of therapeutic assessment and prescription to broaden their understanding of diverse client population needs. Students will integrate both theory and skills associated with safe and effective assessments and prescription for a variety of populations and clients including those with or without a therapeutic need. Through self-awareness, students will reflect on their experiences with the client-centered approach.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL2050
  • CoRequisites:

Management and Professional Practices
HEAL2120

Description:

This course introduces students to the concepts and practices involved in the management and administration of fitness and health facilities. Topics include management and administration principles, program development and marketing, personnel management, health and safety, risk management, and facility maintenance. Concepts and practices that contribute to the success and efficiency of a facility, and positive working relationships are also discussed.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: ENTR1070
  • CoRequisites:

Health Promotion II
HEAL2130

Description:

In this course, students will be required to extend their learning of the health promotion planning cycle methodology to create effective and evidence-based programs for workplace settings with an emphasis on data and the application of workplace health promotion theory. Students will also reflect on the use of health promotion theory for other potential settings such as schools and specific communities.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL2070
  • CoRequisites:

Campus Internship II
HEAL2140

Description:

Campus Internship II builds on student practice and application in Campus Internship I. With support from program faculty, Campus Internship II provides students with additional opportunities to consolidate fitness and health promotion theory and practical skills. Students will develop, implement and evaluate health and wellness programs/services for the College population. Fitness and Health Promotion students may work alongside other students from various disciplines as an inter-professional experience that facilitates peer-to-peer learning across community and health-related fields. Emphasis will be placed on autonomous skill development and practice, as well as appraising personal goals ideal for the professional practice of fitness and health promotion practitioners.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites: HEAL2090
  • CoRequisites:

Program outcomes

  1. Conduct an assessment of the physical fitness, activity level and lifestyle of the client using standardized protocols, to build an individualized exercise program.
  2. Develop, implement and evaluate safe training programs grounded in fundamentals of anatomy, bio-mechanics, cardiorespiratory physiology, and nutrition to support the fitness and wellness goals of clients.
  3. Instruct individual clients and groups in the correct techniques for executing fitness and training programs to achieve results that meet their goals for fitness, active living, and wellness.
  4. Select and apply interview tools and coaching strategies that will enable clients and groups improve their fitness, and wellness in sustainable ways.
  5. Develop business plans for a fitness and/or training business organization to ensure sustainability and viability while mitigating risks.
  6. Support community health promotion strategies for active healthy living in the general population.
  7. Establish and maintain positive working relationships with clients, staff, allied health professionals and volunteers in the delivery of programs, activities, and the use of facilities.
  8. Provide positive reinforcement to empower clients and help them sustain their efforts.
  9. Develop plans and implement strategies for ongoing professional growth and development.
  10. Communicate information persuasively and accurately in oral, written, and other media formats.