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What You Should Already Know

If you are enrolling in intermediate swimming, you should already have a basic understanding of swimming. It is not important that you can swim every stroke correctly, but you should feel comfortable in the water.

Learning Outcomes

During this course, your swimming technique and cardiovascular endurance will improve by following each outcome listed below. Each unit will also have its own outcomes and assignments for you to complete. You will need to complete all of the lessons for a unit before going on to the next unit.

After you have successfully completed this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Maintain an increased level of cardiovascular fitness through a regular swimming schedule.
  2. Establish swimming and general exercise goals.
  3. Design swimming workouts suited to your exercise goals.
  4. Successfully perform the four competitive swimming strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
  5. Design a swimming fitness program that you can maintain over a lifetime.
  6. Assess your fitness level and monitor your progress.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Before beginning any exercise program, consult your doctor. Participants and their legal guardians should understand and acknowledge that participation in any exercise program or related activity carries with it inherent dangers which may result in personal injury or even death. Participants and their legal guardians assume complete responsibility to (a) consult with a physician to ensure that there are no health-related reasons or problems that would prevent a participant from engaging in a particular exercise program or related activity and (b) procure adequate health insurance necessary to provide for and pay any medical costs that may result directly or indirectly from such participation. Accordingly, participants and their legal guardians assume all responsibility and risk associated with participation in any exercise program or related activity.

Course Materials

All of the unit material you will need is contained in this course.

You will also need to have a swimming suit and goggles. Some facilities will provide towels; otherwise you will need to provide one for yourself. You will also need a kickboard (a small, foam board used for flotation while kicking). These are available at some recreation centers at the pool deck (ask the lifeguard), or you can purchase one at a sporting goods store.

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This course consists of seven units. The first unit contains an instructor graded assignment; you will submit medical clearance forms, fitness tests, and the first portion of your swimming log. The first unit will also introduce you to basic swimming information, and help you set some fitness goals. Units 1 through 7 include practice assignments called Self Checks and Units 2 through 7 also have graded assignments called Unit Quiz (computer-graded) assignments. Most of these units will focus on swimming technique and filling out your swimming log, as well as fitness for life. Then, you will have an instructor-graded assignment; you will submit your final fitness test (a graded 1000-yard, or 900-meter, swim) and completed swimming logs (ten weeks of swimming at least five days a week must be completed to receive credit for the course). When you finish all of the coursework, you will take a final examination.

Unit Quizzes

There are six unit quiz assignments in this course. They are found in units 2 through 7. Unit quiz assignments are computer processed so you can receive immediate graded feedback. These assignments will help test your understanding of the concepts presented in the discussion material of each unit . These assignments are also helpful in studying and preparing for the final exam at the end of the course.

Each unit quiz assignment is worth 5 percent of your grade (30 percent total). Although Unit 1 does not have a unit quiz assignment, you will be tested on the material in a combined unit quiz assignment in Unit 2.

Instructor-graded Portfolio Assignments

Some assignments will be graded by your instructor. Refer to assignment pages for more specific instructions on how to complete and submit your assignments.

Note: Each instructor-graded assignment is broken down into points and percentages. The point system is to help you keep track of how well you do on each assignment. The percentage shows how much each assignments is worth to your total grade.

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The final exam consists of seventy multiple-choice questions and is worth 20 percent of your grade.

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Your grade is based on the following activities and assignments.

Assignment Percentage of Grade
Unit Quiz Assignments 30%
Unit 1 Portfolio Assignments 10%
Unit 8 Portfolio Assignments 40%
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%
Note: You must pass the final exam with a 60 percent in order to pass the course.
Grading Scale
A 100–93 (465–500 points)
A− 92–90 (450–464 points)
B+ 89–87 (435–449 points)
B 86–83 (415–434 points)
B− 82–80 (400–414 points)
C+ 79–77 (385–399 points)
C 76–73 (365–384 points)
C− 72–70 (350–364 points)
D+ 69–67 (335–349 points)
D 66–63 (315–334 points)
D− 62–60 (300–314 points)
E (fail) 59 or below (<300 points)

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