HED 260 Syllabus


The City University of New York

Department of Health Education

Title of Course: Wellness and Cardiovascular Health


Class Hours: Mon, Wed 10:00-11:40/ Gym , S756

HED 260                                                                                              Semester: Spring 2011

Professor:  D. Machovic
Phone: 212-220-1453                                                                          Office: N744
Credits: Three Credits


Course Description: This elective course focuses on preventive heart care; utilizing nutritional plans, cardiovascular management, cardiovascular knowledge, and individual cardiovascular fitness programs. In both the classroom and fitness laboratory, students will explore, devise and practice educational and fitness strategies to improve their overall cardiovascular health..

Below are the college’s general education learning outcomes, the outcomes that are checked in the left-hand column indicate goals that will be covered and assessed in this course.  


Student Learning Outcomes



A. Students will gain a basic understanding of:  

1) the concept of health and wellness;

2) The six dimensions of health and wellness how they interrelate with one another;

3) The dynamic process of making changes in health behaviors.   

Students will:

a.   Examine health in terms of physical, emotional ,and social wellness

b.  Discuss factors that contribute to health

c.   Evaluate the role of exercise as it contributes to weight management

d examine the importance of SMART goals

B. Students will gain an understanding of:

1) the nature of  exercise and its relationship to mental health,  physical health and social wellness

2) the principles of physical fitness



Students will:

a.   describe how much physical activity is recommended for developing health and fitness

b.    identify the components of physical fitness and the way each component affects wellness
c.     describe the principles involved in designing a well rounded exercise program

d.    Examine stressors that affect college students and strategies for reducing them.

C. Students will gain a basic understanding of:

 1) the interrelationship between fitness and

 cardio respiratory endurance.



Students will:
a.  describe how the body produces the energy it needs for exercise.

b. list the major effects and benefits of cardiorespiratory  endurance exercises

c.  describe how frequency, intensity , time and type of exercise affects the development of cardiorespiratory endurance

d.  explain how cardiorespiratory endurance is measured and assessed

E. Students will gain a basic understanding of:

1) Nutrition

Students will:

a.  Review the importance of nutrition in evertday living

b.  Describe the guidelines that have been developed for people to choose a healthy diet

c.  Expain how food labels and other consumer tools help students make informed choices about foods

e. Review a personal nutrition plan that promote wellness today and in the future  



D. Students will gain a basic understanding of:

1)the role of muscular endurance and strength as it relates to overall fitness and wellness

2.)the role of flexibility and lower back health 


Students will:

a.  Describe the basic physiology of muscles and explain how strength training affects muscles

b.  Define muscular strength and endurance

c. Apply the FITT principle to create a safe an successful strength training program

d. Describe exercises that promote strength training and endurance

e.  Identify the benefits of flexibility and stretching exercises

f. Describe the different types of stretching exercises and how they affect muscles

g.  Explain how low back pain can be prevented and managed










Required Text: Fit & Well: Core Concepts and Labs in Physcial and Wellness Ninth Edition.  Fahey, Insel & Roth, McGraw Hill Publishing, New York.

Other Resources: Health Education Department Wellness Lab.  Online Learning Center for Connect Core Concepts in Health


Use of Technology (If Applicable): Web-based Platform for Connect Core Concepts in Health

Evaluation and Requirements of Students

            Exam 1                        25%

            Exam II                       25%

            Exam III                     25%

            Lab Assignments       25%





Week of





Orientation, Introduction to Health

Classroom Intro Wellness/Gym

Course Requirements



Cardio Exercise Routine Begins

Intro to Wellness/Gym

Chapter 1



Cardio Exercise

Intro to Wellness/Gym

Chapter 1



No Class




Principles of Physical Fitness

Cardio Exercise/Gym

Chapter 2



Principles of Physical Fitness

Cardio Exercise/Gym

Chapter 2



Cardio Exercise/Gym

3/9 EXAM ONE- Chapters 1 and 2




Cardiovascular Endurance

Cardio Exercise/Gym

Chapter 3



Cardiovascular Endurance

Cardio Exercise/Gym

Chapter 3



Muscular Strength

Cardio Exercise/Gym

Chapter 4



Muscular Strength

Cardio Exercise/Gym

Chapter 4



Cardio Exercise/Gym

4/13  EXAM TWO- Chapters 3 and 4






Chapter 5



No class




Body Composition

Cardio Exercise/Gym

Chapter 6




Cardio Exercise/Gym

Chapter 8


Cardio Exercise/Gym

5/18 EXAM THREE- Chapters 5, 6, & 8





·        College policy allows 4hrs (2 absences) of absences without grade penalty.

·        Three (3) absences will result in one (1) grade deduction.

·        Four (4) absences (excessive absences) will result in a Failure (F) grade.

·        Two (2) lateness’s will count as one (1) absence.


College Attendance Policy

At BMCC, the maximum number of absence hours is limited to one more class hour than the contact hours as indicated in the BMCC college catalog.  For example, you may be enrolled in a four hour class that meets four times a week.  You are allowed five hours of absence, not five days.  In the case of excessive absence, the instructor has the option to lower the grade or assign an “F” or “WU” grade.

Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments for this course must contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. BMCC is committed to providing equal access to all programs and curricula to all students.

BMCC Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Statement

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas, words or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one’s own creation. Using the idea or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotations require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism. Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The library has guides designed to help students to appropriately identify a cited work. The full policy can be found on BMCC’s website, www.bmcc.cuny.edu. For further information on integrity and behavior, please consult the college

bulletin (also available online).