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Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 001 (GHA) Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits (1.5-3 per semester, maximum of 12) Introduction to selected outdoor pursuit activities, such as, but not limited to, rock climbing, cross country skiing, backpacking, hiking, orienteering.

KINES 001 Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits (1.5)

Introduction to Outdoor Pursuits is a course that is designed to 'introduce' the student to selected outdoor pursuit activities. The selected activities will depend on the time of the year and availability of resources. The activities could include (but are not limited) to rock climbing, indoor wall climbing, trail day hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, orienteering, kayaking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. All selected activities will follow the same basic format of skill development and training procedures, history of the activity, available written resources and professional organizations related to the activity, logistical equipment preparation, safety management/risk assessment, and future opportunities to participate in the activity. It is the sole purpose of this course to allow the student to explore different outdoor pursuit activities and then to make a more informed decision as to which activities they might choose to further develop their skill base and competency necessary to partake in the activity at a more advanced level on a lifelong basis. Students will be evaluated by a combination of evaluation techniques. Some examples could include written exams, skill testing and activity management, short writing assignments of topics related to activity, journal keeping and subjective evaluation of performance. This course fulfills the BPA General Education requirement. After completion of the course, students are encouraged to engage in PSOC (Penn State Outing Club) programs, the advanced skills track in the Department of Kinesiology, and other appropriate courses to help with the continued development of 'life skills'.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2008

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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