NAT112 - Physiology of Fitness

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Last revision date Feb 20, 2020 10:54:20 AM
Last review date Feb 20, 2020 10:54:20 AM

Subject Title
Physiology of Fitness

Subject Description
NAT112 is the General Education Course which is designed to be both theoretical and practical, combining traditional classroom activity and practical application of health and fitness theory. Students participate in lectures and practical physical fitness and health activities that present how the body responds and adapts to exercise stress and explore contemporary fitness and health issues such as the role of physical and mental stress as well as sleep on the body.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category. Students in the Fitness and Health Promotion program are not permitted to take NAT112 for credit.  Students who have taken NAT160 or NAT280 as a general education elective, or who have taken EST560 cannot take NAT112.”

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Define and differentiate among physical fitness, health, and wellness.
2. Comprehend the following principles of exercise: overload principle, progressive resistance exercise principle, principle of specificity, principle of recuperation, and reversibility of training effects.
3. Identify the components of a proper exercise program: fitness goals, mode of exercise, warm-up, primary conditioning period (frequency, intensity, duration), and cool down
4. Possess an understanding of the five basic components of physical fitness: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
5. Describe the health benefits of being physically active.
6. Understand the role of nutrition for health and weight control

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Note:  If you have taken a health and body, fitness or nutrition-based class and have prior knowledge, you will not receive a credit for this course.  Students in the Fitness and Health Promotion program are not permitted to take NAT112 for credit.  Students who have taken NAT160 or NAT280 as a general education elective, or who have taken EST560 cannot take NAT112.

Topic Outline

  • Components of Health
  • Principles of Exercise
  • Cardiorespiratory Endurance
  • Muscular Strength and Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Nutrition and Weight Management

Mode of Instruction

This course is a hybrid (mixed mode online) course. 

As specified by the professor, some weeks will be solely online, whereas other weeks will be traditional classroom sessions.  Additional participation in fitness activity outside of regular class time is necessary for the completion of some assignments.
Note: Students enrolled in the NAT112 course must complete a ParQ- or ParQ-X form.  All students participating in fitness testing and other units that may be held in the Seneca Fitness Center and/or outside must be present in class for the preparatory safety lectures and instructions.   Students who are not prepared and/or present for the preparatory safety classes prior to the assessments forfeit their right to complete the assignment resulting in a grade of zero on both the practical lab and the assignment attached to that lab.

All students are expected to meet the essential requirements of the course.  Should you wish to discuss your academic accommodation, please connect with your counselling and accessibility office to book an appointment with your counsellor at extension 22900.

Prescribed Texts
Please see professor’s addendum for specific texts.

Reference Material
All references and bibliographic entries must be cited in APA format, although MLA format will also be accepted.

Required Supplies

All students must maintain an active license of their online subscription in order to access the online component (labs, quiz, tests, videos etc.) of this hybrid course.

Only the soft cover package (including Connect) or the E-book version with the Connect card access are acceptable for this course.

Student Progression and Promotion Policy

Grading Policy

A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

To be successful in this course you must achieve a final grade of 50% or higher.
Exams for Online Courses
The final exam for this course will be held at Newnham campus. It is your responsibility to ensure that you make the necessary arrangements to write the final exam at Newnham. Should you happen to have another final exam that conflicts with your exam for this course, please inform your professor as soon as possible.

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices. (

Modes of Evaluation
Marks are accumulated from the following schedule:

  • Course Work (assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.)                   70%
  • Final Examination:                                                               30%
Evaluation of Work
Evaluation is based on correct language usage, organization and mastery of the subject at a post- secondary level.  Students are expected to learn professional standards of performance in the subject areas, and tests and assignments will be graded on that basis.  In recognition of the significance of exceptional communication skills in the work place, marks are deducted for language errors on all tests and exams. 

Academic Support and Expectations
Missed Tests / Presentations / In-Class Assignments
Students who miss scheduled tests, presentations, or in-class or online assignments will receive a grade of zero.  If there are valid reasons for missing the test, presentation, or in-class assignment, the student MUST:
a)         Contact the professor or student advisor by email prior to the start time of the test, presentation, or in-class or online assignment, and
b)         Provide documentation where appropriate.
At the professor’s discretion, a make-up test/in-class assignment or new date for the presentation may be granted or the value of the test may be added to a subsequent test or final exam. 
Participation in Online Courses
Consistent online access is important for success in this subject. You are responsible for all online material and assignments; in addition, you need to be checking your Seneca e-mail on a daily basis for updates and other related information. While weekly updates and related e-mails will be provided, it is your responsibility to keep up with the content and maintain an active online presence.
Considerate online conduct, adequate preparation, and constructive online participation will be expected from each student and will enhance your academic experience and that of your fellow students. In particular, you are asked to be prompt, courteous, responsible, and collaborative, where relevant.
Learning Centre
The Learning Centre offers academic support to all Seneca students in the form of one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring, and workshops and can be located at either the Newnham, Markham, York, or King campus.  Students can visit The Learning Centre in person to book an appointment or watch a tutorial on booking a tutoring appointment online at  
Dropping a Subject
There are two deadlines for dropping this subject.  If you drop by Day 10 of the semester, the subject will not appear on your transcript.  If you drop by the last drop date, the subject will appear on your transcript with a grade of DNC.  To drop, please notify your professor, complete a “Timetable Change Form,” and return it to Registration by the deadline.  Discuss any possible negative consequences of dropping the subject with your academic coordinator or student advisor.

Approved by: Amanda Nowensky