Program Structure

Physical Education

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB.

Lifestyle

Physical Education courses teach students to become more responsible for their own health and wellness. In this course, students examine the relationship between various lifestyle behaviours and health. Through physical activity, students learn the effect exercise has on their physical and mental well-being, and through experimentation with different activities, they can identify those activities which best suit their personal abilities, interests and needs.

Students must come to their first physical education class of each semester fully prepared to actively participate.

EXAMPLES OF 109-101-MQ COURSE OFFERINGS:
AQUATICS

Swim Activities: Students engage in a variety of fitness activities and games. Must be able to swim in deep water and comfortably swim 50 meters. Must not be allergic to pool chemicals.

FITNESS
  • Circuit Training: Students combine stretching, relaxation, aerobic, and strength exercises in a time-efficient workout;
  • Fitness Conditioning: Students learn basic conditioning principles to improve their aerobic and muscular fitness. A variety of aerobic and weight training activities and equipment are incorporated to develop personal fitness;
  • Mind Body Fitness: Students will experience a blend of disciplines, such as yoga, pilates, tai chi and various relaxation techniques.
  • Ballet Fit: Students will incorporate movements and stretches at the ballet barre to tone and stretch the body. The inclusion of dance elements also creates a wider variety of movements to help sculpt long, lean and strong muscles. Open to dancers and non-dancers alike.
  • Sustainable Fitness: Students learn a variety of outdoor activities that have little to no cost and little to no impact on the environment.
INDIVIDUAL
  • Martial Arts: Students are introduced to a variety of martial arts to develop personal fitness. No prior knowledge or experience in martial arts is required;
  • Archery/Fitness: Students are introduced to a variety of aerobic and weight training activities to develop personal fitness. As well, they learn the fundamentals of archery as a fitness activity;
  • Squash-Fitness: Students will experience a variety of fitness activities as well as learn the basic skills and rules to play squash. Students must provide their own ball and eye protection.
OUTDOOR

Introduction to Outdoor Education: Students apply physical fitness principles to a number of outdoor activities. Activities may include rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, orienteering, shelter-building, and/or cross-country skiing, depending on the time of year. Must be able to swim in deep water and comfortably swim 50 meters. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate; also bring a swimsuit, towel and lock for pool work.

RACQUETS

Squash/Badminton: Students learn basic skills and rules to play these games. Must provide own ball and eye protection.

TEAM

Team Sports: Students participate in four or five team sports: activities may include basketball, volleyball, ball hockey, indoor soccer, and/or non-stop football.

SUSTAINABLE FITNESS

Sustainable Fitness: This is a new course offering which pairs one intensive Humanities World Views course with one Physical Education course to better understand the world we live in through diet, exercise, mindfulness and connecting with nature. These combined courses match their activities, assignments and content, and partner with McGill’s Agricultural campus and Arboretum, to provide students with an opportunity to expand their world views around the process of growing and acquiring food, foraging, preparing produce for the market, and sampling different dietary options. They will experience all of this while preparing and living the physical and mental work involved in working outdoors.
Students must also register in Humanities “Sustainable Health (Intensive)” 345-102-MQ


STUDENT EVALUATION:

Each course is evaluated in the following manner: 100% competency based. Individual instructor’s interpretations of this general guideline may vary. Precise breakdowns appear in the course outline distributed during the first class.


COURSE EVALUATIONS:

The Physical Education Department incorporates student evaluation components into all course offerings. This feedback plays an important role in helping improve the curriculum and quality of instruction.


MEDICAL EVALUATIONS:

At the start of each semester, students in Physical Education classes are required to complete a medical questionnaire. These questionnaires help instructors become aware of any medical situations that may potentially arise.


MEDICAL PROBLEMS / LEARNING DISABILITIES:

All students must take a Physical Education course. Questions concerning medical problems, unique disabilities or specialized courses should be directed to the Chair of the Student Access Centre or the Chair of the Physical Education Department.


RESOURCE CENTRE:

Resource materials and the expertise of faculty members are available to students in the Physical Education Resource Centre, C-114D.


ACTIVITY

This course requires students to set personal objectives or goals specific to their chosen activity and to later evaluate their attainment of these goals. Throughout the semester, students evaluate their skills and identify any difficulties they encounter. Students learn to respect the rules and safety procedures specific to their chosen activity.

Students must come to their first physical education class of each semester fully prepared to actively participate.

EXAMPLES OF 109-102-MQ COURSE OFFERINGS:
OUTDOOR
  • Alpine Skiing: Is a compressed class: includes 3 classes on campus and 4 at the ski hill. Classes at the ski hill finish at 9 p.m. at night. Course is restricted to students at beginner and intermediate levels only. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate;
  • Kayaking: Students learn basic skills and safety precautions to participate in this activity. This course consists of 10 classes and 2 day trips to a whitewater river. Must be able to swim in deep water and comfortably swim 50 meters. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate; also bring a swimsuit, towel, and lock for pool work.
    Snowboarding: Is a compressed course: includes 3 classes on campus and 4 at the ski hill. Classes at the ski hill finish at 9 p.m. Course is restricted to students at beginner and intermediate levels only. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate;
  • Cross Country Skiing: Is a compressed course: includes 10 classes on campus, plus 2 day tours or one weekend trip. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing indoor exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate;
  • Orienteering: Is a compressed course: includes 10 classes on campus, plus 2 orienteering meets, which take place on weekends. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate;
  • Rock Climbing: Students learn basic skills and safety precautions to participate in this activity. Instruction takes place indoors using the climbing wall in gym 3. This course is offered in two formats: 8 classes with an outdoor weekend excursion; 15 classes in Gym 3 using our state-of-the-art climbing wall. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate;
    Winter Camping: Course develops snowshoe backcountry travel and winter camping skills. Is a compressed course: includes 8 classes on campus and 1 weekend trip. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate;
    Mountain Biking: An introductory course to learn basic skills, safety, and bike maintenance. Is a compressed course: includes 8 classes and a 2-day bike trip. Students must provide their own mountain bike, which must be in excellent condition. Must also provide or rent own camping equipment. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate;
  • ECO Camping: Course focuses on the relationship between health and wellness and the conservation of wilderness areas. Is a compressed course: includes 8 classes on campus and 1 weekend trip. A course fee is charged. Students must provide suitable hiking boots;
  • Paddling Skills: Course develops canoeing and kayaking skills. Is a compressed course: includes 9 classes and two 1 day paddling excursions on local waterways.
AQUATICS
  • Swim Conditioning: Students apply physical fitness principles to a swim conditioning program. Activities include training for fitness and muscle toning, stroke improvement, and games. Must be able to swim in deep water and comfortably swim 50 meters. Must not be allergic to pool chemicals. 1st class: Students should be wearing swimsuits and bring towels, prepared to swim;
  • Water Polo: Students are introduced to the basic skills and rules of water polo. Must be able to swim in deep water and comfortably swim 200 meters in 5 mins. and tread water continuously for 10 mins. Women need a full one-piece bathing suit. Must not be allergic to pool chemicals. 1st class: Students should be wearing swimsuits and bring towels, prepared to swim.
FITNESS
  • Pilates: Students are introduced to the practice of Pilates. Fundamental movements are taught, along with associated cues, to facilitate efficient learning. Supervised individual practice of each movement is followed by work in pairs;
  • Yoga: Students will experience different types of yoga, developing flexibility and strength, and participating in an overall challenging workout;
  • Jogging: Students learn how to improve their aerobic fitness through jogging. This is an outdoor fitness course geared to the ability of the students.
INDIVIDUAL
  • Golf: Students learn basic skills, rules, etiquette, and game procedures for golf. Course is held indoors in the gymnasium;
  • Martial Arts: Students are introduced to a variety of martial arts skills. No prior experience in martial arts is required.
TEAM
  • Basketball: Students learn basic skills and rules to play this game;
  • Soccer: Students learn basic skills and rules of the game;
  • Volleyball: Students learn basic skills and rules of the game, as well as mini-volleyball tactics;
  • Touch Rugby: Students learn basic skills and rules of the game.
RACQUETS
  • Badminton: Students learn basic skills and rules to play this game;
  • Squash: Students learn basic skills and rules to play this game. Must provide own ball and eye protection. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to play;
  • Tennis: Students learn basic skills and rules to play this game. Is a compressed course: includes 10 classes held on campus and 2 weekend tournaments. Must provide own racquet. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students will meet on campus; classroom to be announced.

STUDENT EVALUATION:

Each course is evaluated in the following manner: 100% competency based. Individual instructor’s interpretations of this general guideline may vary. Precise breakdowns appear in the course outline distributed during the first class.


COURSE EVALUATIONS:

The Physical Education Department incorporates student evaluation components into all course offerings. This feedback plays an important role in helping improve the curriculum and quality of instruction.


MEDICAL EVALUATIONS:

At the start of each semester, students in Physical Education classes are required to complete a medical questionnaire. These questionnaires help instructors become aware of any medical situations that may potentially arise.


MEDICAL PROBLEMS / LEARNING DISABILITIES:

All students must take a Physical Education course. Questions concerning medical problems, unique disabilities or specialized courses should be directed to the Chair of the Student Access Centre or the Chair of the Physical Education Department.


RESOURCE CENTRE:

Resource materials and the expertise of faculty members are available to students in the Physical Education Resource Centre, C-114D.


ACTIVE LIVING

Prerequisite: 109-101-MQ & 109-102-MQ

The two previous physical education courses are prerequisites to this one, which is an extension and amalgamation of both. Students learn to plan, practice and evaluate activities from a health perspective. They plan and execute their own programs and practice within the context of the realities of their lives. At the completion of this course, students have the necessary tools to take control of their healthy and active futures.

Students must come to their first physical education class of each semester fully prepared to actively participate.

EXAMPLES OF 109-103-MQ COURSE OFFERINGS:
AQUATICS

Individual Swim Program: Students design and execute a personal activity program both within a pool environment and outside of class. Activities include training for fitness and muscle toning, stroke improvement, and games. Must be able to swim in deep water and comfortably swim 50 meters. Must not be allergic to pool chemicals. 1st class: Students should be wearing swimsuits and bring towels, prepared to swim.

FITNESS
  • Individual Fitness Programs: Students learn to design and train using personalized aerobic and muscular programs. A variety of aerobic and weight training activities and equipment are incorporated to develop personal fitness.
  • Mind Body Fitness: A blend of disciplines such as yoga, pilates, tai chi and various relaxation techniques, students will practice these and develop their own personal routines.
  • Spinning: Spinning is an indoor group cycling class where students do speed and climbing drills to music. It is a high intensity, low impact activity that can be adapted to any level of fitness.
  • Core Strength Training: Students improve their balance, posture, and coordination, as well as muscle tone, flexibility, and spinal stability.
INDIVIDUAL
  • Golf: Students learn basic skills, rules, etiquette, and game procedures for golf. Course is held indoors in the gymnasium;
  • Martial Arts: Students learn to set individual goals and work to achieve them by practicing selected stand-up striking martial arts techniques. No prior knowledge or experience in martial arts is required;
  • Triathlon: Practice and learn training techniques in all 3 domains: Swim, Bike, and Run. Students must have a bicycle and helmet. Students must be competent swimmers.
OUTDOOR
  • Bicycle Camping: Students prepare for 10 weeks leading up to a weekend bike trip. Is a compressed course: includes 10 classes and 1 weekend trip. Must provide own mountain bike, which is in excellent condition. Must also provide or rent own camping equipment. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be changed appropriately to run outdoors in any weather;
  • Canoe Camping: Is a compressed course: includes 8 classes and 1 weekend trip. Students must provide or rent their own camping equipment. Must be able to swim in deep water and comfortably swim 50 meters. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate; also bring a swimsuit, towel, and lock for pool work;
  • Canoe / Kayak Camping: Is a compressed course: includes 7 classes and 1 weekend trip. Students must provide or rent their own camping equipment. Must be able to swim in deep water and comfortably swim 50 meters. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate; also bring a swimsuit, towel, and lock for pool work;
  • Mountain Hiking and Camping: Is a compressed course: includes 8 classes and 1 weekend trip. Students need hiking boots. Must provide or rent own camping equipment. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate;
  • Urban Outdoor Activities: Experience outdoor physical activities in an urban setting. Is a compressed course: includes 8 classes and 1 weekend trip. A course fee is charged. Students must provide or rent camping gear. Proper hiking footwear is required;
  • Outdoor Survival: Students learn all aspects of outdoor survival, including basic skills and safety. Is a compressed course: includes 7 classes and 2 two-night camp trips. Personal rain gear is required. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to participate.
RACQUETS
  • Squash: Students learn basic skills and rules to play this game. Must provide own ball and eye protection. 1st class: Students should be wearing exercise clothes and running shoes, ready to play;
  • Badminton: Students learn basic skills and rules to play this game;
  • Tennis: Students learn basic skills and rules to play this game. Is a compressed course: includes 10 classes held on Campus and 2 weekend tournaments. Must provide own racquet. A course fee is charged. 1st class: Students will meet on campus; classroom to be announced.
TEAM
  • Team Sports: Students participate in four or five team sports: activities may include basketball, volleyball, ball hockey, indoor soccer, non-stop football and/or other team sports;
  • Volleyball: Students learn skills and rules of the game; also mini-volleyball and team tactics;
  • Soccer: Students learn basic skills and rules of the game;
  • Basketball: Students learn basic skills and rules of the game.

STUDENT EVALUATION:

Each course is evaluated in the following manner: 100% competency based. Individual instructor’s interpretations of this general guideline may vary. Precise breakdowns appear in the course outline distributed during the first class.


COURSE EVALUATIONS:

The Physical Education Department incorporates student evaluation components into all course offerings. This feedback plays an important role in helping improve the curriculum and quality of instruction.


MEDICAL EVALUATIONS:

At the start of each semester, students in Physical Education classes are required to complete a medical questionnaire. These questionnaires help instructors become aware of any medical situations that may potentially arise.


MEDICAL PROBLEMS / LEARNING DISABILITIES:

All students must take a Physical Education course. Questions concerning medical problems, unique disabilities or specialized courses should be directed to the Chair of the Student Access Centre or the Chair of the Physical Education Department.


RESOURCE CENTRE:

Resource materials and the expertise of faculty members are available to students in the Physical Education Resource Centre, C-114D.


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