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  • Objectives
    Camosun’s exciting full-time, two-year Diploma in Exercise & Wellness prepares you for a career in wellness education, exercise, and physical leadership. Although physical activity and exercise are the central focus of the program, you will also study a broader landscape that includes healthy lifestyle promotion, including nutrition, smoking cessation, stress management and successful aging. Other areas of the study include the psychological, kinesiological and physiological foundations of physical activity, exercise testing and prescription, social/cultural issues, and factors involved in health behaviour change.
  • Practical experience
    An internship is a mandatory component of this program. In order to graduate, the work term must be completed successfully. During your internship you’ll be able to put your theory into action and gain work experience too.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma in Exercise and Wellness
  • Course description
    Year 1              
    Academic Term 1 (Fall)     Credits

    SPEX 110     Fitness for Life     3.0
    BIOL 143     Anatomy for Sport Education     4.0
    EXW 120     Lifetime Sports 1     3.0
    ENGL 150     English Composition     3.0
    PSYC 160     Sport & Exercise Psychology 1     3.0
    Total Credits         16.0
    Academic Term 2 (Winter)     Credits

    BIOL 142     Physiology for Sport Education     4.0
    EXW 121     Lifetime Sports 2     3.0
    EXW 130     Life Cycle Fitness     3.0
    HLTH 110     Heath in Today's World     3.0
    PHYS 160     Biomechanics of Sport     3.0
    Total Credits         16.0
    Year 2           

    Academic Term 3 (Fall)     Credits
    ENGL 165     Sport Literature     3.0
    EXW 220     Lifetime Sports – Fitness Programs     3.0
    EXW 230     Behavioral Fitness     3.0
    SPEX 150     Introduction to Sport Mgmt     3.0
    SPEX 210     Exercise Physiology     3.0
    Total Credits         15.0
    Academic Term 4 (Winter)     Credits

    CHEM 214     Nutrition for Fitness     3.0
    COOP WEP     Workplace Education Preparation     0.0
    EXW 240     Fitness and Health Assessment     3.0
    EXW 270     Environmental Fitness     3.0
    SPEX 160     Sport Mktg & Promotions     3.0
    SPEX 250*     Instructional & Program Design     3.0
    Total Credits         15.0
    Academic Term 5 (Spring/Summer)     Credits

    EXW 101     Internship     3.0
    Total Credits         3.0

    *SPEX 250 can be taken prior to, or concurrently with EXW 101

    Note: You'll need to obtain an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and achieve a complete 'COM' or complete with distinction 'DST' in the Professional Work Experience Term (EXW 101) in order to qualify for a Diploma in Exercise and Wellness - Internship Designation.

    EXW 101 Internship

    (3 credits) PS (0,0,0,17)

    This course gives students an opportunity to apply and extend academic knowledge while in an exercise and wellness setting. This four-month internship provides the students with work experience which is facilitated and monitored by the College.

    Prerequisite(s): Workplace Education Prep (COOP WEP).
    Pre or Co-requisite(s): SPEX 250.
    EXW 120 Lifetime Sports 1

    (3 credits) F (1,0,0,3)

    Hands-on, performance based instruction leading towards teaching competencies in a variety of lifetime activities and sports. The purpose of the course is to equip students with knowledge of equipment, safety and resources plus instructional scope and sequence of downhill skiing, swimming, kayaking and cycling as well as selected racquet sports. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B" in Physical Education 11 or Community Recreation 12, or departmental assessment.
    EXW 121 Lifetime Sports 2

    (3 credits) W (1,0,0,3)

    Hands-on, performance based instruction leading towards teaching competencies in a variety of lifetime activities and sports. The purpose of the course is to equip students with knowledge of equipment, safety and resources plus instructional scope and sequence of backpacking/hiking, off road cycling and X-C skiing as well as selected racquet sports. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): "B" in Physical Education 11 or Community Recreation 12, or departmental assessment.
    EXW 130 Life Cycle Fitness

    (3 credits) W (2,0,1,0)

    Applies the benefits of physical activity to program planning for people of all ages, focusing on children and senior population. Addresses the psychological and physiological similarities and differences across the age groups and between genders. Gender and cultural differences in psychological and physiological adaptations to exercise and motivational differences are presented and analyzed. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): SPEX 110.
    EXW 220 Lifetime Sports - Fitness Programs

    (3 credits) F (1,0,0,3)

    Practical instruction in a variety of facility-based activities focusing on the enhancement of cardiovascular fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility and attainment/maintenance of optimum body composition. Instruction will include, but will not be limited to, resistance training, Powerbar, low impact aerobics, yoga and Pilates. Opportunity for fitness industry certification.

    Prerequisite(s): "B" in Physical Education 11 or Community Recreation 12, or departmental assessment.
    EXW 230 Behavioural Fitness

    (3 credits) F (3,0,0,0)

    The effect of exercise on human behaviour, stress and mental health. Origins and prevention of hypokinetic disorders such as obesity, coronary heart disease and osteoporosis are examined. Study of exercise as a behaviour is structured around personal, activity and environmental determinants. Focus on theories of social, racial and cultural differences.

    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 160, BIOL 141, BIOL 142.
    EXW 240 Fitness & Health Assessment

    (3 credits) W (3,2,0,0)

    Self, field and laboratory assessment of health and performance related tests of cardiovascular fitness, strength/muscular endurance, body composition, physical activity and related health parameters. Validity, reliability and objectivity of tests and measurements. Theoretical basis and practical application of pre-exercise screening, exercise testing, estimates of energy expenditure and interpretation of results. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): SPEX 210.
    EXW 270 Environmental Fitness

    (3 credits) W (3,0,0,0)

    This course addresses the relationship between the environmental determinants such as climate, facilities, business practices, government policies, school programs, elite sport mandates and practices, worksite expectations, transportation, and social norms on exercise adoption and adherence. It also examines how sedentary lifestyles affect the ecology, food growth industry, energy consumption and preservation, pollution and human interaction. (T)

    Prerequisite(s): EXW 230.

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