Course Description

Class Journal


Class Roster

    2/1 Week 1: What Is Exercise?

    2/8 Week 2: The Physical Intelligence Model

    2/15 Week 3: Visual and Kinesthetic Perception

    2/22   Monday Schedule: no class

    3/1 Week 4: Physical Thinking

    3/8 Week 5: Orientation Strategies: Balancing

    3/15 Week 6: Learning Movement

    3/22   Spring Break

    3/29 Week 7: Designing Physical Intelligence

    4/5 Week 8: E-motion

    4/12 Week 9: Applying Physical Intelligence


Patriot's Day Holiday: No Class

    4/26 Week 10: Complex Coordination: Walking

    5/3 Week 11: Z-Center Lobby Exhibition Set-Up

    5/12 Week 12:




Week 1: What is Exercise?



Tour of DAPER facilities as "incoming research/design collective"



PowerPoint presentation on the history of exercise in Western civilization.


Class summary

After a hello by Candace Royer, DAPER Department Head/Athletic Director, in the main lobby of the Z Center, we set out on an activity-based tour of the Department's facilities--ice rink, indoor track, fitness center, pistol range, ending in the duPont gymnastics gym which will function as our primary laboratory. Upon playing in the gym to better know the range of movement it offers, we retired to the conference room for further introductions, initial discussions on ideas for projects, and a slide show discussion on "what is exercise", including historical and cultural perspectives.





Assignment Assignment 1
Due: Tuesday, Feb. 8th
What is Exercise?

Document (video/photo/writing etc.) five real-world examples of exercise.
Use the documentation to make a “concept map” addressing these 5 questions:

What is being exercised?
What purposes are being met?
What senses are involved?
What is the environment in which the exercise is taking place? (ex. Inside, outside, pool, fitness center etc.)
How do your five images differ and/or how are they the same?

Concept map:

Start with a large piece of paper.

Imagine that you are developing a landscape representing relationships between the various images/writing etc.

Use color, words, collage—any expressive means and media--to convey to a reader of the map what each “image” represents, how they are similar/dissimilar, what the overall picture says about what exercise is and how we practice it in this time and place.