BI214 Personal & Community Health

for S2T 2009

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BI 214 Personal & Community Health


S2T 2009 DL


Dr. Nancy Bowers


Adjunct Online Instructor


PhD Ecology The Pennsylvania State University
MS Zoology Virginia Polytechnic and State University
BS Zoology University of Massachusetts

Office Location

Richland, WA

Office Hours

By arrangement

Daytime Phone

(509) 554-7781

Other Phone

iChat/AIM ID: tchnoqn


Web Page

Semester Dates

16 March - 10 May 2009

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours



Health & Wellness, 9th ed

Authors:Edlin & Golanty
ISBN: 0763741450

Also required:  MyPyramidTracker - Free registration required
You will use this website to track your diet during Weeks 2 and 3. However, I recommend that you register and familiarize yourself with this website as soon as possible.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
BI214 Personal and Community Health (MGE): Educational in nature with emphasis on personal hygiene, community health and health education, this course covers diverse topics such as: wellness, mental health, stress, nutrition, weight management, communicable disease, noncommunicable disease, reproductive health, parenting, substance abuse, aging and ecology. Socioeconomic and sociocultural factors that impact the wellness of specific cultural groups will also be discussed. This course does not count toward a biology major. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Plan for, prepare, implement and assess/refine for re-implementation, a positive lifestyle behavioral change.
  2. Describe and demonstrate the ability to analyze personal dietary information for the major nutritional categories.
  3. Summarize the major classes of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and their effects and addictions.
  4. Interpret characteristics, processes, and treatments of various infectious and noninfectious diseases.
  5. Identify and explain human sexual anatomy and physiology, STDs, contraception and reproductive processes.

Core Assessment:

Core assessment is the final exam consisting of 76 objective questions (2 pts each) and 7 discussion question (point value indicated on each).

Assignment Issues:

  1. List and discuss the attributes of the six dimensions of wellness.
  2. Define physical fitness and explain the key components of a physical fitness program.
  3. Describe and demonstrate the ability to analyze dietary information for the 6 majornutritional categories.
  4. Compare and contrast the characteristics of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids.
  5. Summarize the importance and describe the roles of vitamins, minerals, and water in human nutrition.
  6. Identify the organs of the human reproductive system and explain their physiological role.
  7. Compare and contrast the costs and benefits of many birth control methods.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and psychology of pregnancy and birth.
  9. Describe the major classes of drugs and their effects.
  10. Explain the short- and long-term effect of alcohol and tobacco use.
  11. Define and summarize the types of sexually transmitted diseases including their symptoms, prevalence in society, treatment, and transmission.
  12. Define what is "lifestyle disease."  Discuss examples.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Each student is responsible for completing the following:

  • a minimum of 4-6 Discussion thread responses each week
  • weekly Reading assignments and Homework
  • weekly mastery Quiz (you must attain at least an 80% to be given credit)
  • two major class Projects (Wellness and Nutrition)
  • a comprehensive proctored Final Examination (= core assessment) during Week 8. Meets 25% of overall course grade. 
Proctored Final Examination:
A proctored comprehensive final examination must be taken in a proctored testing environment during Week 8 at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. Because this exam is comprehensive, I urge you to schedule the final for the latter part of Week 8 so that the material for that week may be covered. The Final Exam is closed book/closed note and will take two hours to complete.

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor no later than Week 6 of the term. Non-Park proctors must be accepted by your instructor. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Proctor Website. A Proctor Request Form will be made available to you during the second week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. Proctored examinations require photo identification at the time of the test.

Grades for this course will be determined using the following assessment items:

Activity Points
Final Exam 224
Wellness Project 100
Nutrition Project 100
Discussion Threads 160
Mastery Quizzes 120


 TOTAL 864

Grading Rubrics/criteria for each listed item are included within the assignment. Mastery Quizzes are to be taken each week. The Quizzes may be taken multiple times; however, you must score at least 80% on the Quiz before you will receive credit.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work will not be accepted unless under extreme circumstances (at the instructors discretion). If you know you are going to miss a deadline, please contact me PRIOR to the deadline so that we can try to make alternative arrangements. Late assignments that are graded will be assessed a penalty.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


FORMAT: A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The class begins the first day of the term (16 Mar) and ends midnight the last Sunday of the term (10 May). Material for each week will be released on the Friday prior to the start of the week. You can access each week's materials by clicking on the various links (e.g., Lecture, Discussion, Homework, Mastery Quiz). Unless otherwise indicated, assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday at midnight Mountain Time. It is important to understand that this is not a course where assignments can be posted at any time during the 8-week term and there is a deadline each week for that week's assignments. Assignments posted after the deadline will not receive credit.

TIME COMMITTMENT: Students are expected to devote a minimum of SIX hours per class week logged on to the classroom in online activities. Other activities such as completing assignments, sending/receiving email and conducting research over the web will require additional hours!

PLAGIARISM, PARAPHRASING and CITING REFERENCES: When preparing your Discussion postings, Homework and Quiz answers, you must properly cite any and ALL of your sources; including your text book! Copying and pasting of information you find on the Internet (or any other source) without the use of quotation marks and proper citations is plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Please be sure to download the Reference Formats file in the Doc Sharing area that addresses how you should cite your references; your grade on your Discussion postings, Homework and Reports will reflect your ability to do this correctly. Furthermore, proper use of information you find in books, newspapers, journals or on the Internet include:

  • Paraphrasing or summarizing information you find and proper citation of the reference. This means that you MUST USE YOUR OWN WORDS in your responses!!!!
  • Limited direct quotation of phrases using quotation marks. I will NOT accept large amounts of quoted material; you must use your own words whenever possible!
  • Proper citation of the reference (see the Reference Format file in the Doc sharing area)
The above policy is true for your Discussion postings, Homework assignments, Quiz answers and Reports. If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent it, take some time to review this Plagiarism Tutorial. Additional resources are available in the course Webliography. Penalties for plagiarism in this course are:
  1. First offence: You will receive a written Plagiarism Warning from your instructor and a zero for that particular portion of the assignment.
  2. Second offence: You will receive another written Plagiarism Warning and a zero for the entire assignment.
  3. Third offence: I will submit a written Plagiarism Warning and an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report to an Online Academic Director.

DISCUSSION ACTIVITIES: A good deal of your learning in this class will take place in our weekly Discussions. All students will participate in discussions through multiple responses. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course. By using a word processing tool you have ready access to some type of spell check capability, please use it. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) will not be allowed. There are two Discussion topics in each week, so be sure to participate in them all. An initial post in each one should be made by WEDNESDAY with at least one response to a posting from other students (in both topics) by Sunday. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning tool.

Be sure to read the Discussion Grade Rubric so that you understand what is expected of your posts. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning activity. NOTE: In most cases, the questions asked in our Discussions (and Homework) have a "correct" answer and I expect you to use your BOOK, online LECTURES or other SOURCES to answer them. 

  • Initial responses must address the questions fully and contain references to any sources used (see Reference Formats in the Doc Sharing area)
  • Follow-up responses must be substantive and provide additional information or insight.
  • ALL sources used (including your textbook) MUST be properly cited.
SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS: All Homework and Project reports must be submitted via the appropriate Dropbox. To access these dropboxes, click on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course page and use the dropdown menu to select the dropbox (e.g., Week 1 Homework). Assignments MUST be uploaded as a SINGLE file attachment (no multiple files will be accepted with the exception the assessments and surveys) to the drop box as either a Word, WordPerfect or Rich Text Format document. No other file formats will be accepted for credit. Please do not type your answers directly into the Dropbox comment area.

Time permitting, I may "pre-grade" your work if submitted by Friday of each week. So if you are able to submit your Homework by Friday, check back and see if I have left you any comments in the dropbox. Do NOT count on this happening though! Late work (e.g., submitted after the Sunday deadline) will not be accepted unless under extreme circumstances. You must contact the instructor PRIOR to the deadline in order to make arrangements for late submission (if approved). I do not accept assignments emailed to me.
If you are confused about any instructions, be sure you FIRST read through the course Announcements; each week I will post a summary of assignments. If you are still unsure, contact me immediately.

MASTERY QUIZZES:  Each week you will need to complete a Mastery quiz that covers your readings. You can take this quiz as many times as necessary, but in order to receive credit (15 pts) for the quiz, you must attain an 80% or better. The quizzes are graded automatically, BUT please note there are a number of fill-in the blank and short answer questions that I will need to hand grade; often your answer may be correct but the computer does not recognize it (e.g., misspelling, slightly different phrasing). I strongly recommend that you submit your first attempt no later than SATURDAYs so that I can grade your Quiz. This is the procedure I recommend for completing the Mastery quizzes:

  1. After you have completed the readings and read the lectures, complete the quiz. Disregard the grade that comes back since the final grade may actually be higher.
  2. Wait 12-24 hrs to allow me to hand grade your quiz and then check the GRADEBOOK. If you have not met the 80% cut-off, I will enter a zero. I will enter 15 pts if you have reached 80%.
  3. Note that I will often leave you feedback for some of the short answer questions; this feedback is designed to assist you in meeting the required 80%, so take advantage of it! To access the feedback, click on the grade (or asterisk) in the Gradebook for a given quiz.
  4. Retake the quiz if necessary. You only have until Sunday of each week to reach the required 80%.  
  5. NO CREDIT will be given if you do not make the 80% cut-off. You have all week to reach this grade. 
After everyone has completed a particular week's Mastery quiz, I will release the correct answers so that you can go back and use these quizzes to study for the final exam.

During weeks 2, 3 and 4 you will be working on your Nutrition Project. It will involve recording the foods that you eat during Week 2 (normal eating) and Week 3 (healthy eating). You will use a program called MyPyramidTracker to record and analyze your foods. It is your responsiblity to create an account and familiarize yourself with the process of recording foods and generating the required reports during Week 1.  NOTE:  You are not able to retrieve individual material that you entered earlier in the week, so it is wise to run the daily reports and then simply copy and paste the report either into Word or another wordprocessing program. Be sure to review the Sample Nutrition Reports file in the Doc Sharing area. 
During Weeks 1-7 you will be working on your Wellness Project. It will involve a Wellness and Fitness Evaluation (Week 1) and the development of Personal Fitness Contract and Schedule (Week 2). The goals that you establish should be reachable goals with appropriate rewards. Although the directions are specific about the activities that you participate in, if there are circumstances that prevent you from completing them please contact me and we will work on a different aspect for you. The Project will culminate with a Final Report due in Week 7. Please be sure to see the Sample Personal Fitness Contract and Schedule in the Doc Sharing area.

COURSE HANDOUTS - DOC SHARING: There are a number of files that you will be required to use throughout the term. Please be sure to go to the Doc Sharing area of the course and download these files now (click on the tab at the top of the screen). That way they will be available to you as you need them.
GRADES AND FEEDBACK: You are responsible for checking the Gradebook weekly to be sure that I have entered all of your grades. I will try to have your assignments graded no later than the following Monday or Tuesday (at the latest) of each week. Associated with each grade will be Feedback on your performance (e.g., discussions, homework, quizzes, project work). It is critical that you READ this information, since it is designed to help you improve or to recognize what constitutes acceptable work. To read individual feedback on each assignment, click on the grade for that assignment. This should bring up my comments for you to read. I may attach files as well which you should download and read.

NOTE: I strongly suggest that you check the Gradebook each Monday in case there are any problems with your submissions!

EXTRA CREDIT: There is NO extra credit available in this course! If you want to attain an A in this class, then complete all the assignments at the A level.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance in this online course is determined by your keeping up to date with classroom assignments and responses. Your attendance is also tracked by the amount of time spent online. You are required to participate in the weekly discussion topics. Failure to "show up" for the weekly work will count as an absence for that week. Computers do crash, but this is not a legitimate excuse to miss class. It is your responsibility to notify me by phone and/or find another means to submit your work. See Park's attendance policy below as well.

CHECK YOUR PIRATE MAIL:  I will be communicating with you regularly via your PirateMail email account. It is required that you use PirateMail for your online class, so check your PirateMail daily! Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. All emails sent to the instructor must include "BI101: Purpose of message" in the subject line of the email. Emails without this information will not be recognized.

PARK UNIVERSITY'S ONLINE COURSE POLICIES: In addition to the specific course policies above, students are responsible for reading and adhering to Park's Online Course Policies. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK 1 (16-22 March Jan 2009)
Topic: Introduction and physical activity
Readings: Chps 1 and 7 and online lecture
Assignments: Discussion topics, homework, Nutrition project, Wellness project, Mastery 1

WEEK 2 (23-29 March 2009)
Topic: Nutrition and weight management
Readings: Chps 5 and 6 and online lecture
Assignments: Discussion topics, homework, Nutrition project, Wellness project, Mastery 2

WEEK 3 (30 March-5 April 2009)
Topic: Stress and physiological health 
Readings: Chps 3 and 4 and online lecture
Assignments: Discussion topics, homework, Nutrition project, Wellness project, Mastery 3

WEEK 4 (6-12 April 2009)
Topic: Sexuality and reproduction
Readings: Chps 8 and 9, online lecture and additional websites
Assignments: Discussion topics, homework, Nutrition project, Wellness project, Mastery 4

WEEK 5 (13-19 April 2009)
Topic: Birth control and STDs
Readings: Chps 10 and 11, online lectures and additional websites
Assignments: Discussion topics, homework, Wellness project, Mastery 5

WEEK 6 (20-26 April 2009)
Topic: Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
Readings: Chps 16, 17 & 18, three online lectures and additional websites
Assignments: Discussion topics, homework, Wellness project, Mastery 6

WEEK 7 (27 April-3 May 2009)
Topic: Immunity, infection and cancer
Readings: Chps 12 and 13 and online lectures
Assignments: Discussion topics, homework, Wellness project, Mastery 7

WEEK 8 (4-10 May 2009)
Topic: Cardiovascular diseases and aging
Readings: Chps 14 and 22, online lectures and additional websites
Assignments: Discussion topics, homework, Mastery 8, and a comprehensive final exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism Warnings will be issued for the following reasons (true for ALL assignments, including your Quizzes):

1. If you use direct quotes (e.g., copy directly) from your source without the use of quotation marks. NOTE: Simply providing a citation for your source is NOT sufficient; you MUST also use quotation marks.
2. If you poorly paraphrase material from your source.
3. If you do not properly cite all of your sources (including your textbook).

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Identified and discussed 6 or more items called for in the nutrition-based question 82. Identified and discussed 4-5 items called for in the nutrition-based question 82. Identified and discussed 1-3 items called for in the nutrition-based question 82.  
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Defined “lifestyle disease” and gave 6 or more examples. (85)
Discuss how lifestyle, family history, occupation and geography influence your nutritional choices. (81)
Defined “lifestyle disease” and discussed 5 examples. (85)
Discuss three facets: lifestyle, family history, occupation and geography;  influence your nutritional choices. (81)
Defined “lifestyle disease” but gave less than 5 examples. (85)
Discuss two or less facets: lifestyle, family history, occupation and geography;  influence your nutritional choices. (81)
Content & Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Listed the 6 dimensions of wellness then elaborated on each with 2 or more examples; consistently used health-specific terminology in answering discussion questions.  (86)  Accurately answered 80% of the objective test items (Qs. 1-76) Listed the 6 dimensions of wellness then gave basic explanation for each and used health-specific terminology in answering discussion questions.  (86)  Accurately answered 60-79% of the objective test items (Qs. 1-76) Listed 1-5 dimensions of wellness but did not explain each or did so in a cursory manner and did not use health-specific terminology in answering discussion questions.  (86)   Accurately answered less than 59% of the objective test items (Qs. 1-76)  
Civic Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
3, University Mission & Vision                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Demonstrated mastery of 7 or more negative aspects of substance abuse including examples towards oneself and one's community.  (87) Demonstrated mastery of 4-6 negative aspects of substance abuse including examples towards oneself and one's community. (87) Demonstrated mastery of 3-5 negative aspects of substance abuse including examples towards oneself and one's community. (87)  
Values Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
1, 2, 3 University Mission & Vision                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Demonstrated mastery of and implementation of positive lifestyle changes in areas of nutrition, physical wellness, and personal behavior. (81, 82, 85, 86, 88) Demonstrated mastery of but no implementation of positive lifestyle changes in areas of nutrition, physical wellness, and personal behavior. (81, 82, 85, 86, 88) Demonstrated a cursory understanding but no implementation of positive lifestyle changes in areas of nutrition, physical wellness, and personal behavior. (81, 82, 85, 86, 88)  


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