PHED 1470-001 Handgun Familiarization/Safety

Extra fee: $98.55

Instructor:Charlie Pardue

Office Number: 2880 Standing Stone Hwy, Cookeville, TN 38506

Office Phone: 931-498 – 2829

Email:  cpardue@cpardue

Class Location & Time

PHED 1470-001MG 125M 3:00-4:20

Prerequisites: None

Office Hours: 9:00  to 4:00  Monday thru Saturday

PHED 1470-001 Handgun Safety and Familiarization 1 semester hour  


The mission of the College of Education at Tennessee Tech is to provide unique and rigorous, learner-centered academic experiences for our students to achieve their highest potential as life-long learners, professionals, and citizens.


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Conceptual Framework

The College of Education prepares effective, engaging professionals through a clinically rich, evidence-based program with a network of mutually beneficial partnerships.

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is teach the safe handling of handguns and help prepare for a handgun carry permit

Required Texts:

BASICS OF PERSONAL PROTECTION INSIDE THE HOME by the National Rifle Association  ISBN: 978-0-935998-79-5

Objectives of the Course:

By the end of the semester, the student should be able to:

  1. Handle a firearm safely.
  2. To hit an 11 ½ X 8 inch piece of paper at 7 yards 70% of the time

Major Teaching Methods: Lecture, discussion, application

Special Instructional Materials:  Safety glasses.

COVID-19 University Protocols

  1. Each student must take personal responsibility for knowing and following the university’s COVID-19 protocols. Students are expected to follow all COVID-19 directives published by Tennessee Tech on its official COVID-19 webpage:
  2. As conditions related to the pandemic change, the university’s COVID-19 protocols are also likely to change. Students are expected to monitor the university’s official COVID-19 webpage to stay up to date on all university COVID-19 protocols.
  3. If the university’s COVID-19 protocols include the wearing of face coverings inside campus facilities, then face coverings must be worn covering the mouth and nose. Protocols will apply to all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
  4. Students who refuse to comply with university protocols will be reported to the Tennessee Tech Dean of Students.  
  5. Students should direct all requests for excused class absences related to COVID-19 to Tennessee Tech’s Health Services by following the student link at the following website: .  The Office of Student Affairs will provide notifications to faculty members of student absences and the expected length of the absence.  
  6. Students can get a COVID-19 vaccine on campus at Tech Health Services. Call ahead to schedule at (931) 372-3320. COVID-19 vaccines are given free of charge daily, as well as testing.
  7. Per CDC guidelines, you are considered fully vaccinated:

·   2 weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, OR

·   2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Course Procedures:

Class sessions will normally be conducted using lecture and group discussionand time on the shooting range In addition to lecture and discussions, group work, video presentations, and guest lecturers will be used to enhance the learning experience

Grading & Evaluation Procedures:

  1. Three exams (short-answer ) will be used to assess student ability to:
    1. Explain concepts of firearm safety.
  2.    Students will also be evaluated on in-class activities and discussions that will require  them to apply basic handgun shooting skills
AssignmentsGrading Scale
*Quizzes & Labs  – 100 pointsA = 90-100%
Exam 1 – 25 pointsB = 80-90
Exam 2 – 25 pointsC = 70-80
Exam 3 – 25 points Attitude and participation  25 – pointsD = 60-70 F = less than 60%
 I = Failure to pay fees
X = faiure to take an exam
  *Number of points could change due to addition/deletion of quizzes & labs. 

Class Attendance:

College work proceeds at such a pace that regular attendance is necessary for each student to obtain maximum benefits from instruction. Regular and punctual attendance at all class and laboratory sessions is a student obligation, and each student is responsible for all the work, including tests and written work in all class and laboratory sessions. No right or privilege exists that permits a student to be absent from any given number of class or laboratory sessions except as stated in the syllabus for each course. At the same time, it is obvious that students have valid reasons for missing classes; the instructor is expected to be reasonable in the demands they place on students. Faculty who impose penalties for excessive absences must keep accurate attendance records. Student work schedules are entirely irrelevant to course attendance and/or completion of course assignments.

Absence Policy:

Attendance is expected.

EXPW departmental policy now states that: No food or drink other than water is allowed in the classroom. Any student who brings food or drink other than water will be asked to leave the class.

School Sponsored Activity:

All absences due to school sponsored activities which would include athletics (student-athletes, managers, trainers, etc.), field trips, student body, etc. will be excused with prior notification from the coach, professor, or governing body. However, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the professor before the absence to clarify any missed assignments, quizzes, or exams. All assignments, quizzes, and exams must be turned in or taken before the absence. NO assignments, quizzes, or exams will be accepted or allowed after the absence unless agreed upon by the instructor.

Classroom Atmosphere:

  • All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner becoming mature adults and aspiring professionals. They are expected to take their assignments, class attendance, and class participation seriously.
  • Students will not converse among themselves during class except when instructed to do so. When a student creates a disturbance in the classroom, the instructor will either ask the student to desist immediately or speak to the student at the conclusion of class. If the disturbances persist, the instructor retains the right to dismiss the student from the class meeting.
  • No use of profanity at any time once you enter the classroom and during classroom discussions.
  • Students will be issued a text book upon payment of extra class fee of $93.08

Cell Phones, Beepers, and Electronic Devices:

Cell phones, beepers, and all other electronic devices (except for opening up e-books) are to be turned OFF and PUT AWAY prior to the start of class. One disruption from a phone, beeper, or any other electronic device will result in dismissal from class. A second disruption (at any subsequent point during the semester) will result in dismissal from the class for the rest of the semester. Please step outside before class or after class if you have to make a call or otherwise use your cell phone.

Student Academic Misconduct Policy

Maintaining high standards of academic integrity in every class at Tennessee Tech is critical to the reputation of Tennessee Tech, its students, alumni, and the employers of Tennessee Tech graduates. The Student Academic Misconduct Policy describes the definitions of academic misconduct and policies and procedures for addressing Academic Misconduct at Tennessee Tech. For details, view the Tennessee Tech’s Policy 217 – Student Academic Misconduct at Policy Central.


All work submitted under your signature in this course is pledged as being your own work. This applies to quizzes, exams, and homework. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any student caught plagiarizing will be reported to the Chair of the EXPW department. The student could possibly receive an F in the course and/or be dismissed from the class permanently.  Plagiarism

TTU Library Online Access:

The Tennessee Tech Library is available to all candidates enrolled at TTU. Links to the library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources are available to complete assignments. To access the online databases, use your TTU PC Lab username and password. If you do not know your TTU username and password see the following: TTU Username & Password. More information on electronic media is available at the TTU Library TTU Library.

Copyright and Fair Use:

All projects created in this course should follow appropriate copyright and fair use guidelines. Additional information is available at: Copyright and Fair Use

Please note: TTU personnel may display your work created during the scope of this course during accreditation, conference presentations, workshops, and/or future classes.

Pandemic Plan:

Should normal classroom activities at your placement be disrupted by a pandemic outbreak, the format for this course may be modified to enable completion. In that event, new instructions for the continuation of the course will be provided (Source: TTU University Faculty Meeting, August 25, 2009).

Make-up Work:

If students are unable to attend class they will NOT be able make-up any work missed on that day which includes in-class activities, quizzes or exams unless the student discusses with the professor prior to the absence. 

Inclement Weather Policy:

Tennessee Technological University does NOT generally cancel classes for inclement weather. Public announcements will be made if there is to be a closing, otherwise, class will be held according to the published schedule.   Students are not to call Safety and Security or the President. Personal safety should be considered in any decision to travel to class during inclement weather conditions.  If classes are not cancelled despite inclement weather, students are responsible for any academic work they miss as a result of inclement weather. Instructor will e-mail as early as possible if classes are cancelled due to weather.


Fire Safety: 

The fire exit for MG 112 is out the classroom door; turn left or right and go out the glass doors straight ahead.  

Privacy Policy:

In compliance with the college and federal regulations, without specific college directive, the instructor is not permitted to discuss a student’s course status or grade with any third party, including parents, guardians, or relatives. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. Among them is the right to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by the college; a person or company with whom the college has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another university official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibilities. Upon request, the college discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

Disability Accommodation:

Students with a disability requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS).  An Accommodation Request (AR) should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week of the course.  The ODS is located in the Roaden University Center, Room 112; phone 372-6119. For details, view the Tennessee Tech’s Policy 340 – Services for Students with Disabilities at Policy Central.

Email Policy:

Email correspondence with Mr. Pardue  should take place through

PHED 1470-001 Handgun Safety and Familiarization for Fitness and Wellness

Course Schedule (Tentative and subject to change)

(printable copy of class schedule)

Schedule: Handgun Monday  001


01 / 22 / 24        1          Orientation. at TTU in the MG room 125

01 / 29               2          Tennessee laws (by law enforcement personnel).  Bring two questions      on you and handguns in Tennessee for discussion.

02 / 05               3        Gun familiarization. This and the rest of the classes will be at The Bend of the River. 1 0 miles north of the campus on highway 136 (north     Washington Ave. Out past the new high school). If you pass Hardy’s Chapel Fire Dept., STOP and turn around. You have gone 2 miles too far. Map to Bend of the River. ** Chapter 1, page 3, Chapter 20 page 183.

02 / 12                4          Alternatives to shooting – live fire. ** Chapter 5

02 / 19                5          1/3 term exam

02 / 26                6          Cleaning and reloading – And live fire. ** Appendix A page 203

03 / 04                7          Ammunition -live fire. ** Chapter 21 page 189

03 / 11 to 15             SPRING BREAK   No Class

03 / 18                  8       Introduction to basic competitive shooting. ** Page 111

03 / 25                  9       1/3 term exam.

04 / 01                 10       Fundamentals of shooting Chapter 7 page 37 ,   Review – live fire

04 / 08                 11      Review       Live fire   Big Guns

04 / 15                 12      Shoot state course of fire.

04 / 22                 13      1/3 term exam (final for this class).

*Class Schedule may change depending on weather, etc.

Additional Links:

copy of agreement for printing


PHED 1470-001 Handgun Safety and Familiarization

Instructor: Charlie Pardue

I have read the entire course syllabus for this class. I understand that there is an extra fee for this class of $98.55 payable to the Bend of the River. This fee covers use of firearms and ammunition, and ear protection I will provide suitable safety eye protection.  I fully understand the class policies, assignments, requirements, and expectations. I agree to all the terms of this class and I will follow all the directions, duties, and responsibilities set forth in the course syllabus and by the instructor of this course. If I do not follow these directions, duties, and responsibilities, I agree to accept the consequences for my actions and fully understand that I will be held accountable. I also understand that the syllabus for this course does not set forth all of the rules and policies of the Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness program. I understand that, throughout the semester, the instructor of this course will establish and explain additional rules and policies. By signing below, I agree to follow all of the written and unwritten rules and policies of the Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness program at Tennessee Technological University. 


Student Name

__________________________________________                        __________________

Student Signature                                                                               Date

Confirmed: _________________________________                     ____________________

Charlie Pardue                                                                                    Date