2015-2016 Human Performance and Wellness Courses

HPW 101 Basketball (1)
This course provides a recreational environment in which students can participate in the sport of basketball and further their knowledge of the game. An emphasis of the class is to keep the activity and enjoyment level high.
HPW 103 Strength Training (1)
This course serves as an introduction to progressive resistance training on machines and free weights and development of an individualized strength training program. Safety, etiquette, and proper technique are emphasized.
HPW 110 First Aid/CPR/AED for Schools and Community (1)
This course helps program participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program teach skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. This class offers a choice of first aid, CPR, and AED courses to meet the various training needs of a diverse audience. This class has an associated class fee.
HPW 152 Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding (1)
This course is designed for beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Classes are divided based on current abilities. Full area lift passes are included on the Fridays that classes are held. The course includes instruction on safety, technique, and winter sports fitness. An additional fee of $282 is payable to, and at, Brighton. Students are responsible for providing their own equipment. (Note: Many ski/snowboard shops provide seasonal rental equipment.) The course requires attendance of 8 on-hill Friday lessons lasting 2.25 hours, exact dates TBD. Following each lesson students are required to practice for a minimum of 1.5 hours. There is a written assignment at the end of the final lesson.
HPW 156 Exploring Wasatch Mountain Paths, LE (2)
Students will utilize the power of nature to explore their inner selves through hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Millcreek, Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Hikes and snowshoeing will include paths to a variety of lakes or peaks, generally gaining 2,000 vertical feet over 3 miles, and cross-country skiing will take place at several different venues. Our mountain journeys will focus on increasing overall well-being; physical, mental, psychological and spiritual, through meeting the physical challenge in these inspirational settings.
HPW 160 Level I Avalanche Awareness (2)
This course will teach the winter enthusiast how to safely travel in avalanche territory. By combining both classroom and field training, this course will cover the guidelines specified by the American Avalanche Association for a Level I avalanche course. Topics include identifying avalanche terrain, snow grain types, weak and strong snow pack layers and weather and terrain factors contributing to instability. Students will perform field tests to determine snow pack stability, develop route finding skills and safe travel techniques. Avalanche rescue and transceiver use will be practiced.
HPW 170 Volleyball (1)
In this course students learn the rules and fundamental techniques of volleyball. Attention is given to individual skills and overall game strategy.
HPW 200/300 Special Topics in Human Performance and Wellness (1–4)
The exploration of issues, problems, and innovations in Human Performance and Wellness. Prerequisites will vary with course content.
HPW 215 Flexibility for Life and Sport (2)
This course will be geared towards individuals, athletes or otherwise, who want to increase their flexibility. For athletes, the class is best taken concurrent with their sport season. A variety of existing stretching techniques will be examined, although only a couple of these will routinely be used by students in the course. Individual assessments will be conducted, allowing for the design of flexibility programs to meet specific needs. Additionally, students will be exposed to basic principles of anatomy and physiology as it applies to improving range of motion for life, leisure, and sport.
HPW 220 Yoga for Wellness, LE (2)
This course is designed to help students discover the benefits of regular yoga practice and develop a personal practice that can be continued beyond this class. Students will study the history and philosophy of yoga and the practical skills of pose work. Most classes will be devoted to understanding beneficial moving and breathing principles. Students will be encouraged to expand their practice beyond the mat, and bring increased awareness into their lives. Reading and reflective journaling will assist this process. Students will be guided to adapt yoga poses to their needs on a daily basis. Relaxation is part of the daily curriculum; as students strengthen their ability to full rest, learning is absorbed and they become better students. Students will be required to develop a plan for their personal yoga practice.
HPW 224 Yoga for Wellness, Level 2 (2)
This course focuses on exposing students to more of the history and practice of yoga, emphasizing the physical postures (asanas) of the hatha tradition through the idiom of the modern Anusara style and other contemporary hatha styles. It will include physical activity as well as discussion of the historical context, philosophy, and science (structure anatomy and therapeutic benefits, e.g.) of yoga, in order to give students a greater understanding and appreciation of their current practice.
HPW 226 Beginning-Intermediate Ballet (2)
Emphasis for this course is on understanding correct ballet terminology, movement, body placement, muscle development, and flexibility. This class focuses on strength, flexibility, coordination, alignment and basic ballet fundamentals. Students will learn names of positions and dance movements, as they move through barre, dancing center work and dance progressions which include basic turns, jumps and leaps. Students will also learn the general history of ballet and how it is relevant for today.
HPW 230 Beginning Dance and Movement, LE (2)
An introduction to the basic mechanics of movement and dance as they relate to time, space, and energy. Learn how to move with efficiency, power, and grace in new and different ways as well as within your own movement style. The physical knowledge developed in this class accentuates other academic learning modes as well as your own personal growth.
HPW 235 Belly Dance Basics (1)
Uses Middle Eastern dance in a low impact cardio workout to stretch and strengthen muscles, especially core. It can help improve posture and increase concentration while having fun. This class encourages lifetime health and wellness.
HPW 240 Indoor Climbing (1)
Students will develop the skills and knowledge required to safely enjoy the sport of indoor climbing. Bouldering and roped climbing will be experienced as students learn about safety, body movement, conditioning, equipment, teamwork, and themselves.
HPW 245 Advanced Indoor Climbing (1)
This course is designed for students with previous climbing experience who are interested in learning advanced climbing skills. Students will engage in bouldering and roped climbing, including lead climbing; the primary objective of the class is for students to significantly improve their level of climbing and understand advanced techniques. Through their development as climbers, students will learn about safety, body movement, conditioning, equipment, teamwork, and themselves.
HPW 250 Fitness for Life, LE (2)
This course focuses on learning to lead a healthier lifestyle through putting into practice the principles of cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility, core strength training, nutrition, and prevention of common lifestyle-influenced diseases.
HPW 260 Psychological Aspects of Performance and Well Being, LE (2)
The course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of developing theories in “positive psychology” and practical application techniques that apply to students, managers, athletes, and others, in an effort to maximize potential in individuals and inspire optimal living. Participants will read inspirational and informative literature, learn and practice mental training techniques, and examine their perception of the world and their “self” on a deep level. Through reflective assignments and life-specific projects, the course provides an opportunity to make profound positive personal change. Furthermore, with continued engagement in positive and meaningful living, people are able to influence and guide the institutions and world in which they function.
HPW 265 Ladies Only Indoor Climbing (2)
Students will develop the skills and knowledge required to safely enjoy the sport of indoor climbing. Students will learn about climbing safety, body movement, technique, equipment, and climbing history, specifically women in climbing. In the class, there will be ample opportunity to challenge oneself in a supportive and safe environment. This class will provide a foundation for students to pursue outdoor climbing with the outdoor recreation program or on their own.
HPW 270 Beginning SCUBA Diving (1)
Beginning Scuba Diving introduces students to the joy and excitement of scuba diving. Through home study, class sessions and pool sessions, you will learn the essential information to scuba dive safely in a swimming pool. After the initial classes at Dive Utah, you can choose to complete open water training at the Homestead Crater in Midway and complete your PADI Open Water Diver certification. This prestigious certification is internationally recognized and will allow you a lifetime of scuba enjoyment. Course fee is $249 and PADI Certification is $150.
HPW 300 Special Topics  (1–4)
A special topics course highlighting specific areas or themes in human performance and wellness. Prerequisites may vary with course content.
HPW 301 Lifeguard Certification (2)
Lifeguarding Certification teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and to prevent drowning and injuries. Upon successful completion of the requirements of the course, the student will receive American Red Cross Lifeguarding and First Aid certification along with CPR/AED for lifeguard certification. This class has an associated class fee.
HPW 311 Outdoor Trip Leader Training (2)
This course is part of the Outdoor Recreation Program’s Trip Leader Certification. Students in this class will gain professional outdoor leadership training and work as trip leaders for Westminster’s Outdoor Recreation Program. Extensive outdoor experience is not necessary; however, students must have the desire and commitment to learn the required outdoor skills and participate in the full certification process. Students will learn the leadership, communication, group management, and risk management skills necessary to successfully guide students in the wilderness. This will include knowledge of emergency procedures. Certifications such as Wilderness First Responder and/or other skill types such as avalanche and rock climbing certifications will also be required. This course involves additional time commitments for outdoor trips including weekends and fall/spring break. This course is open to freshman, sophomores, and juniors.
HPW 305 Outdoor & Experiential Education 2
This course provides an introduction to and overview of the theory and techniques of experiential education and the sub-discipline of adventure-based education. We will examine the history, philosophy, and ethics involved in this educational approach.  We will specifically focus on the experiential learning cycle, constructivist approaches to teaching and learning, and understanding the nature of effective instruction in adventure-based settings.  We will also discuss and implement the practical skills of planning, facilitation, sequencing, and processing of experiential education activities.
HPW 315 Meditation as Environmental Study (2)
This is an experiential course in mindful awareness practice, also known as “insight meditation” or “vipassana.” The practice of meditation has much in common with appreciation of and advocacy for the natural environment. Meditation practice both inspires and is inspired by our relationships to the natural environment. From the Gaia principle to Gandhian civil disobedience, nature inspires activism and creative problem solving, as much as it offers solace and comfort to a body, mind, and spirit wearied by “fighting the good fight.” In-class meditation instruction, practice, and discussion will focus on the relationships between various meditative experiences and issues of the natural environment, supplemented by weekly readings. Sitting, walking, mantra, visualization, and other meditation tactics will be covered.
HPW 320 Pilates for Wellness (2)
This course helps students discover the benefits of regular Pilates practice and develop a personal practice that can be continued beyond this class. Students will learn the history behind Pilates and its practical application to daily movement and living. The Pilates principles and muscle functions for the exercises will be addressed. Students will have assigned reading and will learn names and variations of exercises, proper alignment, breath and form associated with each exercise. A journal is required to keep track of experience and progress.
HPW 325 Introduction to Athletic Training (2)
This course examines the athletic trainer’s role in sports medicine, mechanisms of athletic injuries, tissue response to injury, and introductory techniques of the assessment and evaluation of athletic injuries and emergency procedures. Provides an opportunity for students to observe the function of an athletic training facility and become aware of the various duties performed by a Certified Athletic Trainer. Course methodology includes lecture, discussion, and hands-on application. This class has an associated class fee.
HPW 330 Personal Trainer Exam Review (2)
This course provides theoretical knowledge and practical skills in preparation for a national certification exam in personal training. Topics include guidelines for instructing safe, effective, and purposeful exercise; essentials of the client-trainer relationship; conducting health and fitness assessments; and designing and implementing appropriate exercise programming.
HPW 335 Intro to Adventure Therapy (2)
This course will provide an introduction, exploration and application of theoretical models and frameworks, practical applications and ethical considerations of Adventure Therapy (AT). Specifically, we will focus on how the Walsh and Golins Outward Bound Model and the Affect, Behavior, Cognitive-Relationship (ABC-R) assessment tool informs client assessment, program structure and experiential processing. We will also discuss and implement the major characteristics of AT and how they are applied in the practice of AT. Special attention will be paid to ethical considerations in the field of AT.
HPW 340 Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding (1)
This classroom and field-based course is designed to give students with some previous avalanche awareness education the opportunity to apply this information in backcountry terrain.  Students enrolling in this course will continue to develop their skills and knowledge of backcountry skiing and splitboarding.  Topics covered on this course include an overview of backcountry touring information, appropriate terrain selection, weather and snowpack factors that lead to avalanche hazard, group management in avalanche terrain, leadership skill development, use of avalanche safety equipment, and avalanche rescue practice. This course also includes two classroom sessions to brief/debrief backcountry exercises, review avalanche-related topics, and discuss reading and writing assignments.
HPW 350 Nutrition for HPW (2)
This course focuses on nutrient metabolism, nutrition science, and exercise physiology as it applies to sports performance, exercise, and health. Topics may include the following: the role of carbohydrates, protein, lipids, water, and vitamins and minerals in human nutrition; the relationship of nutrition to maintenance of health and prevention of disease; or the role of nutrition in weight control, exercise and sport.
HPW 355 Outdoor Leadership (2)
This outdoor leadership course is designed for students with an interest in organizing and leading outdoor trips. Topics covered include basic wilderness survival, navigation skills, route planning, hazard awareness, group dynamics, communication and leadership techniques, food rationing and outdoor cooking, emergency procedures, and Leave-No-Trace skills. Students will participate in both classroom and wilderness settings, including weekend trips to apply knowledge.
HPW 356 Wilderness First Responder (1–2)
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of wilderness guides, expedition leaders, and outdoor instructors. They are the outdoor education and recreation industry standard for wilderness medical training. The course is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC), one of the leaders in wilderness medicine education. WMTC is the only wilderness medicine provider to offer a complete distance learning course in wilderness medicine. The distance learning WFR course has three distinct components: a didactic distance learning component, on-line testing, and an on-site practical session. You MUST complete the didactic material—using WMTC’s text, field manual, and animated DVD—and on-line testing prior to attending the on-site practical session. The time required to complete the didactic material and testing ranges from 25–50 hours depending on the individual student. The five-day, 50-hour practical session completes the course with skills labs and simulations designed to fully align the academic work with practical application.
HPW 370 Advanced SCUBA (1)
Advanced Scuba Diving is designed to introduce students to advanced SCUBA techniques which will allow students to both explore more difficult terrain and to learn advanced safety procedures.   Through home study, class sessions and pool sessions, students will learn about five advanced areas of diving.  Successful completion of the five learning modules and training dives will certify the student as a PADI advanced Open Water Diver which is a prestigious certification that is recognized internationally.  Completion of this advanced training will allow a student if they choose to move forward in their dive training to learn rescue diving techniques.
HPW 401 Directed Studies (1–4)
A tutorial-based course used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and school dean.
HPW 410 Seminar Outdoor Education and Leadership (3)
This is the capstone course for the Outdoor Education and Leadership Minor.  We will explore historical and theoretical foundations of Outdoor Education and Leadership as well as current issues and trends in the field.  Topics will include Outdoor Education and Leadership as it applies to society (both local and global), public land management (federal, state, and local), ethics (environmental and virtue-based,) practical application of research, opportunities for further education in the field, and career opportunities.  During the course, students will identify their individual context for Outdoor Education and Leadership.  They will research that particular area, write a literature review, and then present their personal professional philosophy and how they plan to contribute to the field based on their career goals and education thus far.
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