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SPHE460 - Business Aspects of Fitness and Wellness

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE460 Course ID: 4686 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides the student with the tools to pragmatically conduct business within the fitness and wellness industry. The student will develop parameters of management within a business structure including financial, facility, marketing, risk management, leadership, and personnel.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

  1. Interpret fundamental business practices within the fitness industry.
  2. Examine the interrelationships between business operations and stakeholders within health fitness facilities.
  3. Interpret the process of fitness facility design and its relationship to risk and operations management.
  4. Predict future business trends within the fitness industry in the United States and Internationally.
  5. Analyze the financial and economic components of the fitness industry.
  6. Appraise the risk management and leadership roles of personnel within the fitness industry.
  7. Analyze staff, programs, and facilities through performance appraisals.

Reading Assignments: Will be evaluated as demonstrated in forum discussions and written essays.

Supplemental Readings: Are found in the “lessons” tab in the online classroom.

Forum Assignments: All forums require an initial post of at least 250 words due by Wednesday 11:59 PM EST of the assigned week and at least 2 responses to classmates of at least 100 words by Sunday 11:59 PM EST of the assigned week. Please see forum description for rubric.

Assignments: Assignment directions are found in the “Assignments” tab of the online classroom. All assignments are due no later than 11:55pm EST each Sunday of the corresponding week. All written submissions should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable and neat. It is recommended that students try to adhere to a consistent format, which is described below.

Quizzes: Quizzes are located in the “Quizzes” tab of the online classroom. There are no formal quizzes however “Industry Applications” assignments will be submitted in this area.

This course uses Open Access Resources. All of the resources for this class are located in the LESSONS area of our classroom under the heading Course Materials at the top of the Lessons page, or the Reading and Resources for each week of the course. Simply click on this link to access the Required Readings and Resources, from which you will find a clickable link to each week’s list of readings and resources.

Required Readings: See note above, the weekly Outline, and the Lessons area for each week in the classroom.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage


Required Readings: See Course Syllabus Outline above.

Additional Resources: In the Course Materials folder there are additional course articles and up to date APA handouts.

Book Title:The Concise Handbook of Management: A Practitioner's Approach - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Scott, Jonathan
Unit Cost:$109.20
Book Title:The 30 Day MBA: Your Fast Track Guide to Business Success, 4th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Kogan Page
Author:Barrow, Colin
Unit Cost:$24.95
Book Title:Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Jones & Bartlett Lib
Author:Kraus, Richard
Unit Cost:$53.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.