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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Kinesiology (KINES)

KINES 010 (GHA) Indoor Rock Climbing (1.5) A course designed to provide students with the basic skills, safety, and knowledge of rock climbing.

KINES 010 Indoor Rock Climbing (1.5)

Kinesiology 010 is a course designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the skills, safety, terminology and equipment used in the sport and recreational activity of rock climbing. This course also provides the knowledge base and experience the student needs to evaluate their continued safe participation in rock climbing. Students will be involved from the onset of the course practicing responsibility, cooperation, and collaborative skills. Group work is an essential component to the success of the student and the course as students work together in teams of climber and belayer (method of securing a climber by the use of a rope). This group connection will also develop communication and trust between climber and belayer. Group work provides the climber with feedback and positive encouragement during the climbs. Observing team member(s) learn and practice constructive encouragement and visual observation in evaluating technique and route choice. Also, immediate instructor and peer assessment will be valuable tools in assisting the climber as they practice to achieve a higher proficiency in climbing techniques. One other vital component to be learned and tested is the proficiency of belaying which instills the important responsibility of safe climbing for all. Each class can begin with a physical preparation for climbing focusing on cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility movements with instruction on proper methods and training procedures. Important information on safety issues and equipment will be presented as a visual demonstration or as an individual assignment. Students have the opportunity to write journals to record goals, share what they have learned in the lessons, and evaluate their progress in the class. Other activities may include internet evaluations of rock climbing web sites and interactive sites. Additional evaluation tools may include objective testing, skill proficiency, and safety knowledge. As a final activity, students can participate in a fun team competition that focuses on group work, problem solving, decision making, and cooperation that challenges the skills practiced in this course. The class will be taught every fall and spring semesters with a suggested enrollment of up to 35 students. An indoor climbing facility or wall will be used.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2003

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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