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Basic Instructional Physical Education
BIPE, or Basic Instructional Physical Education, is a program of sports skill instruction offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health in the College of Education and Human Services. The courses are available to all Wright State students regardless of major and regardless of skill ability. Co-ed instruction is provided in several different sports at the beginning (HPR 100) and intermediate (HPR101) levels. The course are competency-based, which means that specific knowledge and skills have been defined, and the students must demonstrate both knowledge and skill ability in order to pass the course. better way to pursue your passion - whether it's literature, mathematics, science, art or baseball - than by teaching it to others. Learning in the classroom is not limited to students; teachers themselves continually learn about their subjects and discover new insights. They get paid to immerse themselves in the subjects they love and to keep abreast of the latest news, research and developments in the fields that interest them most. Teachers also have the opportunity to kindle the same passion in others. Many teachers find that one of the most satisfying aspects of their job is seeing the spark in a child's eye as his or her passion for a subject grows.

The BIPE program for sports skill instruction at Wright State University is one of the best opportunities on campus. The following benefits are to be found:

1. Quality Instruction - The instructors for the sports skill classes are chosen because of their outstanding expertise in the sport they teach.

2. Cost - A student who takes more than 11 credit hours, but less than 17, will not pay an extra instructional fee for the course.

3. Competency Based - You actually learn the sport; both the knowledge and the skills. We believe people enjoy doing what they do best and we teach them the needed skills to enjoy participation.

4. No Extra Equipment - We attempt to provide all the equipment that a first time student will need to try the sport. When a lab fee is required, it is used to pay for the costs above and beyond normal university costs (such as rental fees for bowling lanes). Even then, the cost is minimal and you don't have to insvest $100+ to try a sport you may not like.

5. Social Benefits - This is one of the best ways to take a break from your studies, get some exercise, and meet new friends in a less formal athmosphere such as hiking, walking, dancing, or swimming.

If you have any questions about BIPE program, please ask any of our instructors or call the HPR office at (937) 775-3223.

D. Drew Pringle, Ed.D., FACSM, Chair
Department of Kinesiology and Health

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The BIPE Philosophy
The BIPE program provides competency-based instruction in approximately 40 sports. A competency is an ability or a proficiency. Knowledge and motor skills are defined and stated before instruction. Theoretically, a student could enter the BIPE program with no prior knowledge and no prior skill in a particular sport and progress until he/she knew everything there was to know about the sport. The progression is represented by the following continuum:

No Knowledge
No Skill
All Knowledge
Expert Skill

Why are there different levels?
For purposes of instruction, an attempt has been made to identify the amount of progress the average student can make in a period. A series of courses have been designed to provide the instruction from the beginning level to the advanced level. In some cases this might be as few as two courses or as many as five. The levels have been divided into beginning, intermediate, and advanced. When a further breakdown is needed, these categories are divided into Level I and Level II. Level I is the more basic and Level II is the more advanced classification within the category.

The instructional continuum look like this:

Level I
Level II
Level I
Level II

Competencies have been defined in terms of skill and knowledge for each level. The students must demonstrate these predetermined competencies to receive credit for the course. In many cases this may require practice outside of class time. Competencies for each BIPE courses are on file room 316 Nutter Center.