NHCC | North Hennepin Community College

Course Descriptions

EXSC 1000    Physical Fitness     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to provide cardiovascular and strength enhancement through participation in an aerobic super circuit program. Selected strength training and cardiovascular equipment will be utilized. A pre-assessment of one¿s current level of fitness will aid in the ability to set goals, and a post-assessment will determine improvement/s, as well as areas needing continued emphasis. Healthy lifestyle information will also be presented in order to make fitness and wellness a lifelong goal. This course can be repeated for credit. Note: MANDATORY 2 hour orientation is required on the first day of class.



EXSC 1010    Physical Fitness     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to provide cardiovascular and strength enhancement through participation in an aerobic super circuit program. Selected strength training and cardiovascular equipment will be utilized. A pre-assessment of one¿s current level of fitness will aid in the ability to set goals, and a post-assessment will determine improvement/s, as well as areas needing continued emphasis. Healthy lifestyle information will also be presented in order to make fitness and wellness a lifelong goal. This course can be repeated for credit.



EXSC 1020    Adult Fitness     Credits  0         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to explore the five main components of fitness, what it takes to set and work towards an achievable, personal fitness goal/s, and will utilize various fitness and wellness applications and the internet to record fitness endeavors/workouts.



EXSC 1041    Volleyball     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to teach the beginning volleyball student the basic skills and fundamentals of the game. Through consistent participation and effort, the student will learn the rules of the game, have a basic understanding of the game, and be able to play the game at a beginning or intermediate level. Methods of communication and strategies are included.



EXSC 1042    Advanced Volleyball     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed for students who have experience playing volleyball. Through consistent participation and effort, students will build upon their knowledge of the skills and strategies of the game of volleyball. A closer look at the strategies of the game will take place, allowing teams to match opponents strengths and expose their weaknesses. Game situational drills and game play will be implemented to learn and develop advanced player positioning and rotations, and advanced offenses and defenses of the game. Prerequisite: PE 1041 or Instructor Permission



EXSC 1050    Weight Training     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to introduce students to methods of lifting weights for the development of lifelong physical fitness. Students will develop the basic principles of designing and participating in a safe and effective weight training program. This course can be repeated for credit.



EXSC 1060    Advanced Weight Training     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Advanced Weight Training is a course designed to further the students knowledge, techniques, and comprehension of advanced principles of weight training. Application of these techniques and principles to promote and maintain fitness for is the primary goal for this course. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: EXSC 1050 or Instructor Approval



EXSC 1070    Soccer     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course includes instruction and practice in skills of soccer through drills and game play. Rules, terminology, and strategy also are studied.



EXSC 1110    Co-Ed Softball     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course includes instruction and practice of skills of co-ed softball through drills and game play. History, rules, terminology and strategy are included in this course. NOTE: Students must provide their own softball glove



EXSC 1130    Leisure Time Games     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Introduction and participation in selected individual and team games of a recreational nature are the core of this course. Rules and techniques are included in this course.



EXSC 1140    Recreational Games     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Students learn to teach/present low organizational games. Members of the class will present and participate in the various games.



EXSC 1151    Golf I     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

A beginners class in fundamental skills of golf, full swing, pitching, chipping and putting, this course includes rules, terminology and strategy. Classes meet on campus and at the driving range/golf course. Students are expected to furnish golf clubs and golf balls. Additional fee charged for use of golf course. NOTE: Students must provide their own golf clubs and golf balls.



EXSC 1152    Golf II     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The nine fundamental errors in golf are analyzed to help the student correct individual errors. Match play is arranged between class members using established handicaps. NOTE: Students must provide their own golf clubs and golf balls.



EXSC 1200    Bowling     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course includes instruction and practice in skills of bowling through drills and play. Rules, terminology, and scoring are included. Classes meet at bowling lanes. Additional fee charged for use of bowling lanes.



EXSC 1210    Badminton     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Badminton is a beginning level course designed for those who have little to no experience playing. This course will include the instruction and the practice of fundamental skills through drills and game play. Rules, terminology, and strategy are included.



EXSC 1230    Basketball     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides instruction and practice in skills of basketball through drills and game play. Rules, terminology, and strategy are included.



EXSC 1240    Rock Climbing     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Rock Climbing is a beginning-level class. It is designed to introduce the basics of indoor top-rope climbing to students. Students will learn knot tying, belaying, climbing commands, and gear management. Students will also learn the skills necessary in order to maximize their climbing performance by learning balance, footwork and body position. Emphasis will be placed on making climbing a safe and enjoyable activity. (Additional fee for this course)



EXSC 1250    Wellness for Life     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to investigate the implications of exercise, diet, nutrition, stress, and physical activity in the total health of the individual. EXSC 1250 and HLTH 1250 are the same: credit may not be earned for both. (2 hrs lecture, 2 hrs lab)



EXSC 1260    Kinesthetic Learning     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Students in this course will examine the connection between brain science, physical activity, and becoming a successful college student. This learning community will be particularly helpful for students interested in becoming health education professionals, educators, or want to better understand how to use hands-on/kinesthetic learning in college. (1 hour lecture, 1 hour lab)



EXSC 1270    Studio Cycle     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Studio Cycle is a beginning level class. It is designed to introduce the basics of indoor group cycling as well as cycle science, equipment, and heart rate training. Music is utilized with a combination of a spin bike and an extensive lower body and cardiovascular workout. Students should be in good general health to enroll in this class. This course can be repeated for credit.



EXSC 1310    Disc Golf     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Disc Golf is designed for both the beginning player and those that are more advanced. The course will cover the concepts of game play, the history of the game, rules of the game, ethics, basic strategies, as well as course locations and components.



EXSC 1400    Women's Self Defense     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course consists of the introduction of basic physical and psychological skills to help the student act in crisis and pre-crisis situations to avoid or stop physical assault, harassment, dangerous situations, and encounters. Physical skills, basic recognition skills, avoidance skills, and basic personal safety are covered in this course. Classroom sessions provide information on personal safety, child safety, sexual harassment, domestic abuse, sexual violence, and violence against women.



EXSC 1420    Walk, Jog, Run     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is an introduction to the sport of walking or running for cardiovascular exercise. This class includes individual goals, information on proper technique for improvement in each mode of exercise, and variety of methods to improve conditioning in each area.



EXSC 1430    Tai Chi Chih     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Tai Chi Chih consists of twenty simple, repetitive, non-strenuous, pleasant movements which involve no physical contact, but rather emphasize a soft flowing continuity of motion. Tai Chi Chih can be performed by anyone, regardless of age or physical condition, and the substantial benefits of the practice are surprisingly easy to realize with regular practice.



EXSC 1440    Karate     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will enable the student to obtain a basic knowledge or appreciation of self-defense and the martial arts, specifically the Soo Bahk Do style of martial arts. Students will learn to execute basic self-defense techniques, increase their flexibility, and improve their mental focus. Soo Bahk Do has been taught on campus since 1978 and was one of the "pioneer" arts introduced in Minnesota in the 1960's. Upon completion of the curriculum, the student will be eligible to test for rank recognized by the United State Soo Bahk Do Federation at an additional fee and can continue their training at a local studio.



EXSC 1451    Beginning Tennis     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This is a class for those who have never played tennis or have played very little. Instruction and practice in fundamental skills of tennis - forehand, backhand, serve, and volley - are studied through drills and game play. Rules, terminology, and strategy are included. Students are expected to furnish tennis rackets and tennis balls.



EXSC 1452    Intermediate Tennis     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is for people who have had beginning tennis lessons and reviews the basic skills of forehand, backhand, volley, and serve through drills and game play. Use of these basic skills in game situations will be emphasized. Rules, scoring, and terminology will be reviewed. Lob and smash will be introduced into play. A more thorough knowledge of tennis strategy will be developed through drills and game play. Students are expected to furnish tennis rackets and tennis balls.



EXSC 1500    Foundations of Exercise Science     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is an introduction to the study of exercise science. The course includes the presentation of historical information and philosophical foundations of physical education and exercise science field. Students will investigate a major or minor in exercise science, areas of concentration, and related certifications within the field. The purpose of the class is to acquaint students with prospective career paths within the exercise science field and introduce them to professional organizations which provide certification and career enrichment opportunities. Prerequisite: Placement into Engl 1201



EXSC 1510    Coaching and Management     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course develops skills in areas of coaching and management of sports. Topics include theories of coaching, competency levels, teaching techniques, training, equipment purchasing and inventory, facility management, public relations, fundraising, and legal issues relating to sport. Students will gain the knowledge necessary to coach and/or manage sports at the high school, collegiate and/or recreational levels.



EXSC 1520    Movement Exploration     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to introduce elementary physical education teaching skills. Students will explore various types of body movements and games which are used to improve locomotor skills, spatial elements, tumbling and rhythmic movements, as well as paired and group activities. It will incorporate developing motor skills, sequencing of skill development, and incorporating objectives into lesson plans. Students will plan elementary curriculum and practice elementary teaching skills in a controlled environment.



EXSC 1600    Downhill Sports     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course offers students the ability to choose between Snowboarding and Alpine Skiing. It is intended to either introduce students to snowboarding/skiing and/or develop their current skill level. Using the American Teaching System (ATS), classes are split into 9 skill levels, beginning through advanced.



EXSC 1610    Winter Skills     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course introduces the skills, techniques, equipment, and ethics of winter wilderness-oriented skills, such as winter camping, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. This course provides a variety of exposure to skills so that students may pursue interests beyond this course. This course concludes with a weekend trip.



EXSC 1630    Wilderness Navigation     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides skill, instruction, and experience related to the use of map and compass for off-trail wilderness navigation and problem solving. Navigation techniques will be taught and advanced through practical application. This course concludes with a weekend trip.



EXSC 1640    Outdoor Activity Sampler     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides skill, instruction, and experience related to numerous outdoor activities. Activities may include any or all of the following: canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, rock climbing, adventure ropes course, hiking, camping, natures edibles, and/or outdoor cooking. Students are exposed to a variety of skills so they have the opportunity to pursue interests beyond this course and throughout their lives. This course concludes with a weekend trip.



EXSC 1700    Canoe Camping     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course prepares the student for canoe camping trip in wilderness areas similar to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Students canoeing skills and safety, camping skills and techniques, food/ration planning, and wildlife concerns. Other areas emphasized are water purification, exercising in varying climates, and Leave No Trace ethics. The course culminates with a camping trip in the wilderness.



EXSC 1710    Wilderness Camping     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to prepare students for an extended outdoor trip. Special attention will be paid to assessing environmental and route conditions, proper gear systems, food/ration planning, water purification, exercising in varying climates, Leave No Trace ethics, and leadership skills. The course culminates with a camping trip in the wilderness.



EXSC 1720    Introduction to Camping     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to prepare the student enrolled in the Outdoor Education Program for an extended outdoor trip. Special attention will be paid to water purification, hypothermia, wilderness etiquette, and the principles of minimal impact camping. The course culminates with a camping trip in the wilderness.



EXSC 1730    Conditioning for Rocky Mountain Backpacking     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

A combination strength and aerobic conditioning program designed to help students enrolled in the Wilderness Backpacking package adapt to altitude and climate conditions they will experience on the trip. Students are required to have a physical exam prior to the trip, and should be in moderate to excellent physical condition. NOTE: Participants must provide a physical examination by a physician to clear them for conditioning, and the eventual trip.



EXSC 1740    Hiking     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is an introduction to the outdoor leisure sport of hiking. Students will have the opportunity to explore a number of different parks and experience recreational hiking, either in groups or solo. Instruction includes hiking basics, first aid on the trail, trail navigation, and preparation for a days hiking experience.



EXSC 1750    Yoga     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The focus of yoga will be on the physical dimension. We will stress exercise, movements, and poses which will enhance overall mobility, flexibility, balance, and muscle training. Yoga will train used, underused, and opposing muscles which may improve one's physical quality of life. Yoga instruction will introduce the mental aspect as well. We will begin to develop, practice, and train the relationship between mind and body in order to improve the body's mental and physical communication. This course can be repeated for credit.



EXSC 1751    Yoga I     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The focus of yoga will be on the physical dimension. We will stress exercise, movements, and poses which will enhance overall mobility, flexibility, balance, and muscle training. Yoga will train used, underused, and opposing muscles which may improve ones physical quality of life. In addition, due to the training involved, individual sport performance may also be improved. Yoga will touch on the mental aspect as well. We will begin to develop, practice, and train the relationship between mind and body in order to improve the bodys mental and physical communication. This course may be repeated for credit. NOTE: Students must be in good physical health and report any problems and/or concerns to the instructor prior to the first workout. This course may be repeated for credit.



EXSC 1752    Yoga II     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The focus of Yoga II will be on the physical and mental dimensions. Advanced postures and breathing techniques will be introduced and practiced. A variety of yoga styles will be practice (Hatha yoga, Power yoga, and Iyengar Yoga). Journaling is an integral part of this course.



EXSC 1760    Introduction to Kayaking and Canoeing     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed for the beginner in both kayaking and canoeing. Students will learn how to get in and out of the kayak, wet entry, basic paddling strokes, and safety on the water for flat water kayaking. The canoeing portion covers safety, and proper steering paddling techniques. The course also includes a half day canoe trip and a half day kayak lake tour for skill application.



EXSC 1800    Aerobics     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides instruction and practice in a physical fitness program which involves a series of vigorous movements. Music is utilized with a combination of dancing, jogging, and jumping. This course may be repeated for credit. Good general health is recommended.



EXSC 1810    Step Aerobics     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides instruction and practice in a physical fitness program which involves a series of vigorous stepping movements. Music is utilized with a combination of a stepping apparatus and an extensive upper body workout to raise the heart rate to within the exercise heart rate zone. This course may be repeated for credit. Good general health is recommended.



EXSC 1820    Boot Camp     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course presents a fast-paced, total body workout that focus on optimal performance training through the use of various modalities such as calisthenics, running, body weight training, functional training, and speed, agility, and quickness drills designed to promote physical fitness. Emphasis will be placed on discipline, intensity and goal-oriented exercise programming. Students will also learn the fundamental principles of physical fitness and their impact on life-long health and wellness.



EXSC 1830    Social Dance     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course includes instruction and practice in basic ballroom dance technique, including dance positions and posture, basic step patterns, rhythm, and styles.



EXSC 1840    Zumba     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Zumba is a Latin inspired, dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music and dance movements, creating a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system. The class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using an aerobic/fitness approach to achieve a unique blended balance of cardio and muscle-toning benefits. This course is repeatable for credit.



EXSC 1850    Yoga Core     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

The yoga core class focuses on core stability and strength. Yoga postures that emphasize core strength will be focused on. The use of medicine balls, stability balls and bosu balls will be used to isolate the basic muscles of the core/torso/back.



EXSC 1860    Total Body Strengthening     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This class is a total body strengthening workout. It challenges all of your major muscle groups by using handheld weights. You will perform exercises that target all of your major muscle groups: squats, presses, lifts and curls. This course is in a group exercise format where music is used to motivate and push you to a high level of intensity. High intensity interval training will be used which increases body fat utilization for energy.



EXSC 1880    Fundamentals of Boxing     Credits  1         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course focuses on boxing skill and techniques. Students will be introduced to punching, boxer¿s stance, footwork, balance and stance in movement, training, safety practices, and the health and physical benefits associated with boxing. The class will utilize heavy bags, speed bags, as well as other sport-specific equipment. Methodology, strategy, and self-defense applications will also be included. Excessive force, violence, or aggression are not required or expected and will not be tolerated. All skill levels welcome.



EXSC 1990    Exercise Science Special Topics     Credits  0         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will provide flexibility in offering an in-depth review of topics of immediate importance and topical interest. These topics will go beyond the introductory courses in examining specific aspects of the subject matter.



EXSC 2010    Essentials of Exercise Science     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course provides an in-depth look into topics such as the acute and chronic physiological and psychological responses to exercise, exercise anatomy, exercise metabolism, and how the nervous, skeletal, muscular and endocrine systems respond during exercise. (3 hours lecture) Prerequisite: Placement into Engl 1201 It is strongly recommended that students in the Personal Training Certificate program take EXSC 2010 and EXSC 2100 at the same time in order to sit for the NASM-CPT exam.



EXSC 2100    Concepts of Training     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will allow students to research, explore, discuss, and compare different training strategies based on empirical research that are designed to improve health, wellness, and performance, and to modify lifestyle behaviors. Students will comprehend how and when to apply each training method upon distinguishing individual needs and wants of different persons while adhering to current training guidelines, principles of training, and current accepted Exercise Science training theories. In order to sit for the NASM-CPT exam, it is strongly recommended that students register for both 2010 and 2100 at the same time.



EXSC 2110    Advanced Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to expand the theoretical knowledge of fitness assessment and exercise prescription into practical application of personal training and exercise science. This course will assist students in bridging the gap of research and practical application. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) Prerequisite: EXSC 2100 and EXSC 2010 with a grade of "C" or better



EXSC 2200    Applications of Training     Credits  2         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course will allow students to devise, apply, analyze, and practice different training strategies based on empirical research that are designed to improve health, wellness, and performance, and to modify lifestyle behaviors. Students will apply specific training methods to individuals based on the results of initial fitness testing and interview while adhering to current training guidelines, principles of training, and current accepted Exercise Science training theories. (1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab) Prerequisite: EXSC 2100 with a grade of "C" or better



EXSC 2270    Essentials of Sport & Exercise Nutrition     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course presents the scientific basis for sports nutrition building upon basic nutritional concepts. Students will review, describe, and interpret the macronutrient needs and recommendations for athletic performance (this would include pre-, during, and post-exercise fueling), energy expenditure during resistance and cardiovascular exercise, the diet during training, the timing and composition of the pre- , during, and post- competition fueling, the use of nutritional supplements, and the special needs of various athletic groups. The course provides practical and scientifically based information for those entering the exercise science field as well as the competitive athlete and people of all ages wishing to incorporate nutrition into an active lifestyle. Prerequisite: HLTH 1070 with a recommended grade of "C" or better



EXSC 2300    Concepts of Group Fitness Instruction     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills in group fitness instruction, as well as preparation for a national certification exam in group fitness instruction. Topics include guidelines for instructing safe, effective, and purposeful exercise, essentials of the instructor¿participant relationship, the principles of motivation to encourage adherence in the group fitness setting, effective instructor to participant communication techniques, methods for enhancing group leadership, and the group fitness instructor¿s (GFI¿s) professional role.



EXSC 2390    Current Research Trends in Exercise Science     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course is designed for formulating, designing, and implementing meaningful research into timely and practical educational issues within the exercise science field. The study of a particular topic(s) of special importance, relevance, and currency to those going into the exercise science field will be the main theme. Course content may vary with each offering.



EXSC 2490    Kinesiology     Credits  4         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

Course Content includes study of human movement and the muscular system. Skeletal and major muscular systems will be studied in detail in order to better understand how human movement is produced. Students will anatomically analyze movements and be introduced to the concepts of biomechanics. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisites: BIOL 1120 or BIOL 1001 or EXSC 2010 with a grade of "C" or Better



EXSC 2750    Wellness Coaching & Health Promotion     Credits  3         Goal Areas  n/a     View Course Outline

This course examines theoretical frameworks of evidence-based health interventions and current practices relevant to health/wellness coaching. Students will explore coaching competencies, professional ethics, and diversity all in preparation for a national certification exam in health/wellness coaching. Students will also examine the role of the wellness coach within the corporate wellness field and their ability to facilitate change among employees and corporations. Prerequisites: EXSC 2010 and EXSC 2100 with a grade of "C" or better It is strongly recommended that students have already sat for and passed their CPT exam prior to sitting for the ACE Health Coach exam.