Feb 21, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



2 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in their freshman and sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

HPE6322 - Theory of Tennis (2 hrs.)

This course is designed for tennis players, prospective tennis players, or athletes to understand mental skills and strategies necessary to improve their tennis performance. Skills like mental toughness, performance evaluation and planning, and match strategies will be discussed in a manner to allow students to improve their performance on and off-court.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge concerning strategy and techniques of competitive tennis.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to effectively use different strategies, techniques, and mental toughness skills to be more successful on the tennis court.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content, not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Mental Effects on Physical Performance

Outcomes: Student will become more aware of the effect the mind has on physical performance and how to use that to their advantage.

  • Understand the effect the mind has on physical performance
  • Use mental techniques to improve on-court play
  • Use visualization techniques to improve mental and physical preparedness
  • Demonstrate techniques to improve your tennis play

UNIT 2: Mental Competition

Outcomes: Student will learn to use mental skills to become more effective on the tennis court.

  • Use critical thinking skills on the tennis court
  • Physically and mentally prepare for competition
  • Maintain and change mental state during competition
  • Demonstrate between point and after match rituals to improve future success

UNIT 3: Post-Match Evaluation

Outcomes: Students will learn to evaluate and plan improvement based on match performance.

  • Evaluate yours and others on-court performance
  • Develop a practice plan from your match evaluations
  • Use better communications skills with teammates and coaches
  • Demonstrate and explain doubles strategies to be successful on the court
  • Demonstrate and explain strategies to be successful on the singles court

Projects Required:



Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Materials/Equipment Required:


Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching, and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class, which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.