LAS109 - Physical and Mental Preparedness

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Subject Title
Physical and Mental Preparedness

Subject Description
This subject focuses on the concepts of personal fitness and wellness as they relate to the Ontario Physical Evaluation for Police (PREP) test. The subject also focuses on the occupational relevancy of components including: Nutrition, Stress Management, Time Management, and Physical Training. The Course builds on theoretical classroom lessons through practical physical experiences creating tangible results. Students will be expected to participate in physical activity throughout this Course. As an additional important outcome, the lessons developed in this Course will allow for healthier and more productive lifestyles beyond occupational needs.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Investigative Sciences and Police Studies Certificate program

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

1. Complete the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q).
2. Recognize occupational standards for physical fitness.
3. Identify the components of the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test.
4. Assess their own nutritional choices.
5. Describe the nutritional needs for a healthy lifestyle including the proportions of protein, carbohydrate and fat required for athletes.
6. Design and implement healthy nutritional strategies.
7. Recognize the risk of cardiovascular disease caused by lifestyle choices.
8. Identify the effect that stress has on overall health, including cardiovascular disease.
9. Understand the benefits of Time Management and its effect on stress.
10. Identify good stressors and bad stressors and their effect on productivity and performance in the workplace.
11. Identify the components of physical fitness and wellness that contribute to employment standards.
12. Assess their own fitness level before beginning a fitness and wellness program.
13. Design a personal fitness and wellness program that will improve the capability of succeeding at the PREP test.
14. Specify the benefits and differences between aerobic and anaerobic training, strength training and flexibility, core training and agility.
15. Participate effectively in the designed fitness and wellness program through out the Course.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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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 Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Medical clearance is recommended

Topic Outline
1.    Overview of the Ontario Government Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)

2.    Occupational standards for police physical fitness tests

3.    Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test

4.    Nutritional choices and the need for a healthy lifestyle

5.    Time Management skills and its effects on stress

6.    Good stressors and bad stressors and their impact on productivity and performance in the workplace 

7.    Distinguishing the risk of cardiovascular disease caused by lifestyle choices

8.    Benefits between aerobic and anaerobic training, and strength and core training 

9.    Evaluate your own level of fitness and getting ready for the Provinces (PREP) test

10.  Training and stress circuit sessions

Mode of Instruction
Online:  All class work is completed in a fully online environment.  Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. . If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered. 

Students interested in pursuing online studies must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

Prescribed Texts

Fitness and Lifestyle Management for Law Enforcement, 4th edition
By Nancy Wagner Wisotzki, Emond Montgomery Publications, ISBN#9781552394731

Log Book (Sent to registered student after the start date of the course)
By Gerry Bertrand

Reference Material
Pocket Dictionary of Canadian Law, 4th Edition;
By Daphne A. Dukelow; Carswell Thomson Professional Publishing, ISBN#0-459-24407-8

Required Supplies

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

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

Modes of Evaluation
Theory and Practical Components.
To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes specified in this subject outline.  This achievement is determined through the completion of all subject components. 

Students must complete a PARQ form and are advised to acquire the appropriate medical clearance prior to beginning the course. Students will have to join a recognized fitness center and train a minimum of three times per week. A student must achieve a minimum of 50% and complete the PREP to pass the course.

Students will be responsible for scheduling the PREP (Physical Readiness Evaluation for Policing) test prior to the end of the course. Any expenses incurred for this are the responsibility of the student. Note: The PREP is a course requirement and failing to complete the PREP will lead to an automatic "F" grade in this course.

Grading Scheme LAS109:

Online :

     Tests (2)             10% each            20%
     Assignment                                     10%
                              Total                         30%

Practical Component:
     PREP                                                40%
     Training Log                                    30%
                               Total                        70%

Total Overall Grade:  Theory + Practical = 100%

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy



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