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General Information PHED 1010 online

Online PHED 1010 is designed for those who need flexibility in their schedule, feel comfortable communicating by email, have some experience using the Internet, and are self-motivated.†It is a great way to learn at home with a course based on individual assignments.†The only on-campus meeting is a proctored final exam. Course materials will be delivered through both the text and the course webpage.

Students must have regular access to a computer and the internet, and be EXTREMELY disciplined to be successful in this course.† Students will work independently by reading the textbook and accessing the class webpage on the internet to complete the posted assignments. This course does NOT use DVDs.

Past experience shows that students taking this course often include: non-traditional students juggling full-time employment and other commitments, students who regularly successfully complete distance learning course options, students with successful previous college experience, or any student highly motivated to complete the course in an online format.† In general, this course is not well-suited to those students struggling academically, the average incoming freshman who has no previous college experience, and those who require a high level of face-to-face instructor contact to remain on track.

Description of PHED 1010

PHED 1010 Concepts of Fitness and Health is required for graduation from GHC; this course also meets the physical education requirements for graduation for Kennesaw State University and University of West Georgia. The course is academic in nature; learning and understanding the science behind fitness concepts and the science of personal health issues. Assessment labs for components of fitness and health risks are part of the workload as well as a course project that illustrates studentsí understanding of the application of the concepts.

What is the work load?

As this course is a 2 credit hour course, students can expect to spend 3 to 6 hours a week involved in course work. If you use your home computer, you will save the drive time of going to and from campus twice a week. There are times when you can complete assignments ahead of the course schedule which may help with your time management and balancing your other responsibilities.

What about the Course Materials and delivery?

The course uses Desire 2 Learn (D2L) to deliver the syllabus, weekly assignments, quizzes, projects, and discussions. Students are expected to feel comfortable using VD2L and must also be willing to seek help immediately from GHC IT should D2L problems occur. If D2L problems make it difficult to complete course work, the student is expected to notify the instructor immediately and must be open to using other solutions to complete coursework. All exams ecxcept for the final exam are taken online; the final exam must be taken at a campus assessment center.

†Am I ready for an online class?†Will you be successful in this course?

If this is your first online course, I would highly recommend that you take the Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator (READI) to assess your readiness, your goals, and your learning preferences. †

You can find the READI at†

On that page you will find several User Names and Passwords.† Select and use the one that best fits your major area of study.† When the READI opens, you will notice a navigation bar on the left side. The items listed in the bar are the areas that you will be measured on by the indicator.† This assessment will take at least 15 minutes. At the end, a report will be displayed which you can use to help you prepare to be successful as a distance-learning student. If you find you are not a successful candidate for online learning, it is recommended you withdraw from the course.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system
  • Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email
  • Able to use a Web browser.
  • Able to use Desire 2 Learn
  • Reliable internet connection

** If students do not have access to Microsoft Office, LibreOffice is a free download for similar office suite products:††

Mandatory Attendance:†

All weekly assignments and exams, except for the final, will be submitted online. The instructor has access to information that indicates the amount of time a student spends on D2L. Students are expected to access Vista at least twice a week, especially to read email or receive any announcements posted by the instructor. All email communication must occur via D2L.

The final exam will be given through the campus testing centers. An email regarding the process of signing up for the testing center of your choice and the date and time will be sent to you as soon as that information is available. You will need to show your ID to enter the testing center.

Required Materials:

  1. Textbook: Fit and Well, Concepts in Fitness and Health, Fahey, et al, current edition preferred. Check with instructor or syllabus for current edition number.† Make sure you purchase the textbook that has 15 chapters.
  2. Reliable Internet access.
  3. Microsoft Word 2007 or later.

Course Contents

The course completion requirements mirror those of the face-to-face classes

Course Performance Evaluation

The components of the evaluation will include online exams, a proctored exam, assignments related to chapters, and a course project.

Students may contact Dr. King with questions at

Site updated Spring 2013

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