Syllabus for FIT-230

Individual Assessment in Fitness and Wellness


Individual Assessment in Fitness and Wellness is a comprehensive entry-level course that builds upon courses like Anatomy & Physiology and Principles of Fitness and Wellness Programming. This course allows the student in the fitness and wellness industry the opportunity to obtain skills in fitness assessment. Students will be required to interpret, describe, discuss, and justify the assessment process prior to executing an exercise program designed for adults with varying levels of fitness and health conditions. Topics covered in this course include: differentiating field testing from laboratory testing, selecting appropriate assessment protocols for the five domains of physical fitness, maintenance and calibration of fitness equipment, pre-test health screening, cautions and contraindications to exercise testing, monitoring clients during exercise assessments, interpreting assessment results, determining client needs and goals, and designing client-based exercise programs. Additional topics such as: Exercise and nutrition, exercise and daily life skills and exercise and technology will be covered. Students will develop a comprehensive personal, physical fitness and wellness plan based upon their assessment of themselves.



The primary objective of Individual Assessment in Fitness and Wellness is to allow students who are interested in careers in the fitness industry an opportunity to develop field-test assessment skills that will help to clearly define the relationship between physical activity and wellness. After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Select and administer appropriate field-test protocols for assessment of cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and joint flexibility.

  1. Demonstrate basic skills in operational use, safety, maintenance, and calibration of fitness equipment.

  1. Identify the primary adaptations that take place as a result of cardiovascular endurance exercise.

  1. Design appropriate exercise prescriptions that are progressive and adaptable to environmental and lifestyle changes.

  1. Demonstrate competence in evaluating the worth and value of non-print media in the fitness industry.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct, available at

Required Textbooks

  • Heyward, V. (2010). Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription (6th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

ISBN: 978-0736086592

  • Delavier, F. (2010). Strength training anatomy (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

ISBN: 978-0736092265

Additional Materials (not available from MBS Direct):










For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete a written assignment and nine labs, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Learning activities will include assigned readings from the prescribed text or suggested articles, engaging in course-generated activity labs that may require either written or video recording of results, and the completion of study units grouped around eight module themes.


Study assignments and activity labs will be aligned with the appropriate fitness themes. Most of the labs require access to fitness equipment, a fitness facility, as well as volunteer or client assistance to act as the "subject" for your assignments. These labs will also require the use of a video camera, which will be used to keep a running "video" log of activities and will be submitted as part of the final project, some editing may be required. Students will be required to complete a number of selected exercises in each study unit before advancing to the next study unit. Assignments will be submitted at regular intervals for evaluation and grading. At the end of the academic semester, students will create a final project and will be required to provide a video that clearly demonstrates: their ability to manage a cardiorespiratory fitness assessment; their ability to select an appropriate test protocol; their ability to accurately determine heart rates and blood pressures at rest and during exercise; their ability to accurately locate anatomic landmarks and then use skinfold calipers to measure body composition; and their ability to determine joint flexibility. Students will then develop a complete written exercise prescription that must include all the domains of physical fitness.


To best organize yourself and your files for this course, follow the below recommendations: You should create a Fitness Portfolio file on your computer to keep all of the forms and documents you create in association with this course. You will have the opportunity to download many forms in the course and save them into your Fitness Portfolio file for your future use. Each assignment will need to be referenced later, when completing your final project and may be valuable for you in your current or future job.


We also suggest that at the beginning of this course you review the requirements of the Final Project and review the each of the Module and Assignments requirements. This will help you understand the goals of the course and help you to tailor each of the assignments and video productions to the final project. Reviewing the final project now and during each assignment will save you a lot of time at the end of the course.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete four (4) discussion forum assignments. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete one (1) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Activity Labs

You are required to complete nine (9) activity labs on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.


For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Final Project

This course requires each student to complete a final project.  The project will be your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the ability to transfer and utilize knowledge learned throughout this course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Online discussions (4) — 10%

Written assignment (1) — 4%

Activity lab (9) — 36%

Final project—50%

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a non-area of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.


Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at




Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin


Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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