PED 170-270 Syllabus

Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                           Date:  February 2014

Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Any curriculum requiring a PED elective

Course Number and Title:  PED 170-270, Tai Chi I-II

Credit Hours:   1-2cr. Each           Hours/Wk Lecture:   0-1 each      Hours/Wk Lab: 2-4 each                Lec/Lab Comb:    2-4 each

      I.        Catalog Description: Develops an understanding of the Theories and practices of Tai Chi. Explores the energy of exercise that will tone muscles, improve circulation and increase flexibility and balance. Discusses history and philosophy of exercise and relaxation techniques for stress reduction. Part II is an extension of part I.


    II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:  These classes enable students to develop and refine their personal wellness goals through an understanding of Tai Chi


   III.        Required background:  None


  IV.        Course Content:

A.   Chinese ideas of health and well-being

B.   108 Shyun Tai Chi forms

C.   Proper body alignment

D.   Diet

E.   Breathing techniques

F.    Methods of relaxation

V.  Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the students

will know:

VI.  Evaluation


Attendance, exam, tests


A.   The sixteen movement Shyun Tai Chi form.

B.   Chinese health and healing processes.

C.   How to increase leg strength and flexibility.

D.   How to improve their dietary habits

E.   How to improve their sleep patterns

F.    Methods of stress reduction.

G.   How to use Tai Chi as a health and relaxation tool for a lifetime.


VII.    This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:

Cultural and Social Understanding
Personal Development