Course Descriptions

Sports Skills

PE1090 - Beginner Basketball Skills

Students will be introduced to the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. Basic game strategy and rules will also be taught. Course may not be repeated.

PE1100 - Beginner Tennis Skills
Students will be introduced to the basic skills of serving, volleying, racquet preparations, footwork, various shots and doubles play. Court position, etiquette and rules will also be taught. Course may not be repeated.

PE1110 - Beginner Golf Skills
Golf instruction is intended for beginners and is divided into several disciplines: the short game, the swing, and tactics/trouble shots. Classes for the short game (chipping and pitching) are held on campus. The swing and ball striking is held at a local driving range. Reference for the class is from Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible. This is the most comprehensive and widely used reference for shots inside of 100 yards. The goal of the course is to have students make solid contact with the ball, understand the tactics of the game including club selection, and to make them competent and ready for the golf course. Course may not be repeated.

PE1120 - Beginner Volleyball Skills
Students will be introduced to the basic skills of serving, volleying, digging and spiking. Court position, etiquette and rules will also be taught. Course may not be repeated.

PE1560 - Advanced Volleyball Skills
Advanced Volleyball Skills will introduce students to high-level tactical concepts, such as court movement and offensive/defensive patterns of play. Advanced Volleyball Skills will also familiarize students with moderate to difficult technical skills, such as blocking, tipping and attacking. Classes will begin with an overview of advanced volleyball skills, followed by a review of tactical skills and court play. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1140 - Beginner Baseball Skills
In the Baseball Skills course, the basic areas of the sport will be reviewed and remediated. Areas such as batting, fielding, throwing, base running, strategizing, and conditioning will be covered. The class will utilize the Click Center Gymnasium, the fields on campus and will spend time in a batting cage hitting against a pitching machine. The goal is to help build both skills and confidence in the sport of baseball as well as giving a foundation of knowledge in this athletic endeavor. Students will need to provide their own glove and be prepared to run in each class. Course may not be repeated.

PE1570 - Advanced Baseball Skills
Advanced Baseball Skills will introduce students to high-level tactical concepts, such as field plays and base running strategies. Advanced Baseball Skills will also familiarize students with moderate to difficult technical skills, such as bunting, hitting nuances, sliding and pitching. Classes will begin with an overview of advanced baseball skills, followed by review of tactical skills and field play. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1170 - Beginner Softball Skills
In this course, you'll practice the basic softball skills that are necessary for competing, such as throwing, catching, fielding and hitting. You'll learn the rules of the game and develop teamwork. Members of the class are encouraged (but not required) to be a part of Landmark's women's softball team. Course may not be repeated.

PE1450 - Beginner Lacrosse Skills
This class will focus on fundamental stick skills for beginning lacrosse players. The skills of cradling, scooping, passing and shooting will be emphasized. Basic rules of lacrosse will also be taught. Students are encouraged to bring their own sticks. Mouth guards are required for participation in the class. Course may not be repeated.

PE1480 - Beginner Soccer Skills
Beginner Soccer Skills will introduce students to basic soccer skills, including dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, defending, field positions and rules. Classes will begin with an overview of beginning soccer skills, followed by a review of tactical skills and field play. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1580 - Advanced Soccer Skills
Advanced Soccer Skills will introduce students to high-level tactical concepts, such as field plays and corner kick scenarios. Advanced Soccer Skills will also familiarize students with moderate to difficult technical skills, such as advanced dribbling and passing skills, penalty kicks and throw-ins. Classes will begin with an overview of advanced soccer skills, followed by a review of tactical skills and field play. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

 

Yoga/Mind-Body

PE1010 - Vinyasa Yoga
This course supports students interested in exploring mind/body integration and offers an appealing option for balancing academic work with a healthy lifestyle. Conditioning, breathing techniques and self-awareness are covered. Assessment based on a willingness to explore yoga practice through regular attendance and participation. Course may not be repeated.

PE1020 - Stress Reduction and Relaxation
This course will introduce students to techniques for relaxing physical and mental tension through aerobic exercise, breathing, guided relaxation and visualization, movement, sound and learning to listen and respond to their body/mind messages. They will also learn ways to calm the mind and focus concentration to enhance learning potential. There will be an emphasis on developing a personal system of tension release based on self-assessment. Course may not be repeated.

PE1460 - Movement and Learning
This course uses movement to explore and strengthen body awareness and integration, spatial orientation, and creative problem solving as a support for learning. Drawing on Chi Gong, Laban Movement Analysis, Brain Gym, Body/Mind Centering, Swiss Ball work, Interplay methods, and contemporary dance, students explore pattern, balance, rhythm, focus, self-awareness, observation, improvisation, and physical interactions that underlie perception and the integration of our senses. Course may not be repeated.

PE1590 - Gentle Flow Yoga
Gentle Flow Yoga will introduce students basic yoga poses, body alignment, attention to breathing and mindfulness. Students will be encouraged to challenge their flexibility in mostly seated positions and will be guided through exercises to facilitate a connection between the body and breath. Gentle Flow Yoga deemphasizes the push-ups (chaturanga) commonly found in Vinyasa Yoga and instead focuses on range of motion in the hips, balance and flow. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1610 - Beginner Pilates
Beginner Pilates will introduce students to the twenty basic Pilates movements and many of their variations. Participation in Beginner Pilates will help students gain an understanding of their body alignment and will challenge students to develop their muscular strength and flexibility. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1620 - Advanced Pilates
Advanced Pilates will introduce students to complex variations of the twenty basic Pilates movements. Participation in Advanced Pilates will help students increase their understanding of body alignment with more challenging movements and exercises to improve form, flexibility and endurance. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

 

Fitness

PE1000 - Beginner Bike Exploration
This one credit course introduces students to the fundamentals of various bike riding techniques while emphasizing safe group riding and emergency bicycle repair. Course may not be repeated.

PE1202 - Advanced Bike Exploration
This two credit course will cover advanced bike maintenance skills and riding techniques. Course may not be repeated.

PE1204 - Exercise and Cognition
Exercise and Cognition will prepare students for a day of learning by engaging them in research-based exercises that ‘speak’ to the brain’s attentional and information processing systems. Each class will include a warm-up, stretches, cardiovascular exercise to early exhaustion and a cool-down/mindfulness exercise that will focus the brain on upcoming learning tasks. Exercise and Cognition is graded on a credit/no credit basis. Course may not be repeated.

PE1301 - Fitness for Education and Life
Students will engage in aerobic, strength, endurance and flexibility exercises focusing on walking, running, weight training and use of Landmark College machines. Students complement their physical activities by exploring fitness and health-related topics through regular readings and the maintenance of a personal daily journal. Students are assessed on attendance, weekly quizzes, journal and effort in class. Course may not be repeated.

PE1410 - Walking for Health
This course is designed for students who are interested in beginning a low-impact exercise regimen of walking on varied terrain using optimal striding and breathing techniques. Course may not be repeated.

PE1490 - Beginner Hip Hop
Beginner Hip Hop will introduce students to the foundations of hip hop dance, including breaking, popping, locking, waves, glides, commercial styles and choreographed routines. Classes will include an overview of hip hop skills, followed by an introduction to choreography. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1510 - Advanced Hip Hop
Advanced Hip Hop will introduce students to the advanced skills of hip hop dance. Students will be asked to complete complex choreography and dance forms. Classes will begin with an overview of advanced hip hop skills, followed by an introduction to choreography. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

 

Martial Arts

PE1030 - Kickboxing/Self Defense
Students will learn the basic skills, rules, and physical conditioning necessary to participate in kickboxing. The physical conditioning will consist of development of the student's cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility, as well as their agility, coordination, and self-confidence. Additionally, the student will learn basic self-defense techniques, strategies, and principles that could be utilized, if necessary, outside the classroom. Course may not be repeated.

PE1040 - Karate/Self Defense
Students will learn the basic skills, principles, and values associated with this ancient Okinawan martial art. The word "Karate" can be translated as "empty hand technique" and through the physical training the student strives for balance of the mind, body, and spirit. Additionally, the student will learn basic self-defense techniques, strategies, and principles that could be utilized, if necessary, outside the classroom. Course may not be repeated.

PE1060 - Beginner T'ai Chi Chuan
In this one credit course, students will learn the Yang Style Short Form. The entire form consists of 37 sequential postures. The class will focus on the first third of the form while exploring the basic principles that underlie this meditative practice. The goal of the class is to help students focus on their own inner activity, develop a greater sense of being centered in the world, and to discover a system that promotes overall health. Students must be willing to participate in a slow moving, silent, meditative practice. The course will not include any required reading, but references to Taoist philosophy (Lao-Tzu) and commentaries by T'ai Chi masters will be an integral part of the class. Course may not be repeated.

PE1520 - Advanced T'ai Chi Chuan
In Advanced T’ai Chi Chuan, students will be introduced to advanced forms practiced in T’ai Chi Chuan. The goal of the class is to help students focus on their inner mental activity, develop a greater sense of being centered in their environment, and to develop an appreciation of physical and mental well-being. Students must be willing to participate in a slow moving, silent, meditative practice. Classes will begin with an overview of advanced T-ai Chi skills, followed by a review of forms. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1180 - Level I Rapier Fencing
In this one-credit class, students will learn the basic theory and techniques of 17th century Italian fencing using a sword called a Rapier. While some history will be taught to provide context, the majority of the class will be dedicated towards physical hands-on work. Classes will consist of a roughly even mixture of drill/lesson and sparring and will be presented from a martial arts and educational perspective rather than as a competitive sport. As a result, this fencing class is ideal for students who are seeking a physical activity outside of a team sport. All equipment will be provided. Course may not be repeated.

PE1530 - Level II Rapier Fencing
In this one-credit class, students will learn the advanced theory and techniques of 17th century Italian fencing using a sword called a Rapier. While some history will be taught to provide context, the majority of the class will be dedicated towards physical hands-on work. Classes will consist of a roughly even mixture of drill/lesson and sparring and will be presented from a martial arts and educational perspective rather than as a competitive sport. All equipment will be provided. Classes will begin with an overview of advanced rapier skills, followed by a review of forms and drills. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1540 - Level I Japanese Long Sword
Slow-paced and emphasizing movement meditation, Japanese Long Sword (Iaido) was developed as an art form to increase participants’ states of awareness. Japanese Long Sword (Iaido) will introduce students to the basic skills practiced in Iaido: cutting, thrusting, forms, controlling the breath and movement meditation. Classes will include an overview of Iaido skills, followed by an introduction to forms and drills. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1550 - Level II Japanese Long Sword
Slow-paced and emphasizing movement meditation, Japanese Long Sword (Iaido) was developed as an art form to increase participants’ states of awareness. Level II Japanese Long Sword (Iaido) will introduce students to advanced cutting and thrusting techniques, forms, and movement meditation. Classes will begin with an overview of advanced sword skills, followed by a review of forms and drills. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

 

Outdoor Recreation

PE1080 - Introduction to Rock Climbing
This course is designed for students with no prior rock climbing experience. Students will be introduced to the basics of rock climbing in a safe environment and will learn basic knot tying skills, beginner climbing techniques, how to care for equipment and rock wall safety. Students will complete a belay certification test during the course. Course may not be repeated.

PE1130 - Hiking and Cross Country Skiing
This course will use the Putney School cross country trails and various hiking milieus to teach cross country skiing and hiking for esthetic and fitness reasons. The course meets once per week for the entire semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1190 - Fly Fishing
Students will begin class with safety instruction, stream entomology, reading water, and fly selection. We will move on to casting technique in the gymnasium and outside when weather permits. We will plan outings to nearby sites to try our luck with what has been taught. Students must be able to wield a fly rod, wade in knee-deep running water, and come prepared to buy a Vermont non-resident fishing license at $41.00. All rods, reels, leaders and flies will be supplied. Course may not be repeated.

PE1420 - Ski and Snowboard
This one-credit course is designed exclusively for students enrolled in the January Term who are interested in improving their skiing or snowboarding/pipe skills. Course may not be repeated.

 

Equestrian

PE1150 - Intro to Practical Equine Management
Students will begin this one-credit class with safety instruction, equine behaviorism, and the philosophy of “Natural Horsemanship.” Students will learn skills such as correct leading, tacking, feeding and general working around horses in diverse situations. They will move on to managing the range of horse behaviors that occur on an average level such as aggression, fear, and spooky behavior. Students will learn unique skill sets that allow them to manage horses in difficult situations both on the ground and under saddle. This course differs from others in that students will delve specifically into behavior modification for horses that is not aggressive-or punishment-oriented in any way, but rather creates control through bonding and building trust between horse and rider. For this program, a student will be introduced to the available horses and will choose one to work with for the whole semester. This ensures that students can measure the goals and achievements that they attain during the course. Course may not be repeated. Practical equine management lessons will be held on Wednesday and conducted at Winchester Stables/SOVTRC in Newfane. Van transportation provided by Landmark will leave the LMC Click Center at 6:30pm and arrive back at Landmark at 9:30pm. Each lesson is 1.5 hours long and $25/lesson plus applicable transportation fees. Once the course drop period ends, students will be invoiced for all remaining lessons in the term regardless of attendance. There are two waiver forms students must complete prior to attending the first class; forms can be found outside the PE office in the Click Center.

PE1310 - Beginner Horse Riding Lessons
Students will review basic riding skills at the walk, trot and canter in a safe, controlled environment. These skills will include effectively guiding the horse through communication of legs, voice, hands and seat. The method used to teach these skills is all about learning to be balanced and centered at all gaits. Riders will demonstrate knowledge of the correct diagonal at the trot, have control at the canter, demonstrate the ability to recognize correct leads and jump if appropriate. Exercises are part of learning to be “one with the horse” and are part of most lessons. When the weather allows, riders will ride out in the field or trail. Riders will groom and tack their horse for each lesson as well as put them away groomed and cooled out. Course may not be repeated. Lessons will be conducted at Winchester Stables/SOVTRC in Newfane, VT. Students must travel to equestrian lessons via van transportation provided by Landmark College. Each lesson is 1.5 hours long and $40/lesson. Once the course drop period ends, students will be invoiced for all remaining lessons in the term regardless of attendance. Due to stable policy, there is a 185lb weight limit for this class. There are two waiver forms students must complete prior to attending the first class; forms can be found outside the PE office in the Click Center. Course may not be repeated.

PE1320 - Intermediate and Advanced Horse Riding Lessons
Students will review intermediate to advanced riding skills at the walk, trot and canter in a safe, controlled environment. These skills will include effectively guiding the horse through communication of legs, voice, hands and seat. The method used to teach these skills is learning to be balanced and centered at all gaits. Riders will demonstrate knowledge of the correct diagonal at the trot, have control at the canter, demonstrate the ability to recognize correct leads, and jump if appropriate. Exercises are part of learning to be “one with the horse” and are part of most lessons. When the weather allows, riders will ride out in the field or trail. Riders will groom and tack their horse for each lesson as well as put them away groomed and cooled out. Course may not be repeated. Lessons will be conducted at Winchester Stables/SOVTRC in Newfane, VT. Students must travel to equestrian lessons via van transportation provided by Landmark College. Each lesson is 1.5 hours long and $40/lesson. Once the course drop period ends, students will be invoiced for all remaining lessons in the term regardless of attendance. Due to stable policy, there is a 185lb weight limit for this class. There are two waiver forms students must complete prior to attending the first class; forms can be found outside the PE office in the Click Center. Course may not be repeated.

PE1330 - Introduction to Therapeutic Riding
This introductory course that may be taken only once in the Physical Education Department provides an overview of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) with its history, organization, principles, and procedures. To be clear, it is the rider and not the equine involved in Therapeutic Riding. Thus, Landmark students observe instructors teaching riders and occasionally instruct on their own. The course emphasis focuses on how equines benefit people of all ages and abilities, particularly those with learning differences or other disabilities. Students will learn to assess riders for experiences that will be safe, fun, and beneficial according to the riders’ needs. This course includes examination of the organization and administration of Therapeutic Riding Programs as well as evaluating Therapeutic Riding activity facilities. Classes are held in a standard classroom and with hands-on practicum at the stable: observing EAAT lessons, leading lessons on their own, and helping riders. Course may not be repeated. Classes will be held on Tuesdays at both the Landmark campus and also Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center at Winchester Stables in Newfane, VT, a certified site for Therapeutic Riding. Van transportation provided by Landmark will leave the LMC Click Center at 6:15pm and arrive back at Landmark at 8:30pm. Each lesson is 75 minutes long. Applicable transportation fees apply. Due to stable policy, there is a 185lb weight limit for this class. There are two waiver forms students must complete prior to attending the first class; forms can be found outside the PE office in the Click Center.

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Rebecca Shangraw, Ed.D
Assistant Professor, Physical Education
802-387-6867
rebeccashangraw@landmark.edu