Syllabus for FIT-250

Principles and Programs for Fitness and Wellness Services


Principles and Programs for Fitness and Wellness Services introduces concepts, definitions, and theories of fitness. The course discusses the effects of exercise on humans, concepts of wellness, specific methods to improve fitness, and the research bases of the applications of techniques. The course also reviews the variety of settings in which these programs are offered.



After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain how various factors impact health and wellness.
  2. Describe the basic principles of wellness and the impact of physical activity on the dimensions of wellness.
  3. Discuss the primary adaptations that take place as a result of cardiovascular endurance exercise.
  4. Apply the basic principles of exercise training required to induce cardiovascular adaptations in realistic settings.
  5. Discuss the primary muscular fitness adaptations that take place as a result of training.
  6. Apply sound weight loss guidelines using a combination of diet and exercise.
  7. Discuss wellness and fitness principles applicable to a variety of physical activity and cultural settings.
  8. Explain the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes.
  9. Describe exercise guidelines and safety principles for pregnant women, aging people, and youth.
  10. Perform risk assessments to screen for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
  11. Discuss strategies for behavior change.


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

Required Textbooks

  • Fahey, T. D., Insel, P. I., Roth, W. T., & Insel, C. I. (2015). Fit and well: Core concepts and labs in physical fitness and wellness (11th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

ISBN-13: 978-0-07-352347-7


Section 1: Physical Activity and Fitness

Module 1 : Wellness, Fitness, and Lifestyle Management

Module 2 : Developing Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Module 3 : Developing Muscular Fitness

Section II: Physical Activity and Weight Control

Module 4: Obesity and Health Risk

Module 5: Nutrition and Energy Balance

Module 6: Designing Weight Control Programs

Section III: Physical Activity and Health

Module 7: Cardiovascular Disease

Module 8: Musculoskeletal Health

Module 9: Cancer and Diabetes

Module 10: Special Populations and Issues

Section IV: Lifetime Physical Activity, Health and Fitness

Module 11: Children and the Elderly

Module 12: Leading a Physically Active Life


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete case studies and written assignments, complete selected lab summaries, and take a final exam. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.

Discussion Forums

In addition to the ungraded Introductions Forum, there will be six graded online discussion forums during the term. Students will be asked to reflect on questions and sometimes to provide comments relative to their current work situation. Credit is given based on the quality of the reflection.

Case Studies

These are six simulated “real-world” scenarios in which the student applies principles learned to a client. Students will complete each assigned case study and follow the directions for submission to their mentor through the course site.

Written Assignments

There are eleven written assignments including activities, posed questions, and problems to solve. The intent is to reinforce the concepts and stimulate application. Students submit their responses through the course site.

Module Labs

Most of the modules include one or more lab activities. Students will complete selected labs and submit a report of their results for each assigned lab. The intent of the labs is to provide some personal feedback and assessment as well as help students develop skills to be used by the health/fitness professional.

Final Exam

The final exam will be open-book, open-note, and problem-based. The final exam has four sections. Students will be able to use any resources to design exercise plans, weight loss programs, and complete other application-type problems. The intent of the exam is to determine the extent to which the student can apply information learned to real-world environments.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

Online discussions (6)—12%

Case studies (6)—21%

Written assignments (11)—33%

Module Labs (10)—10%

Final exam—24%      

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 course not in your area of study), 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:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University 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.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University 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 University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

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, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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