BI214 Personal & Community Health

for FA 2006

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BI 214 Personal and Community Health


FA 2006 HOA


Burns, Douglas M.


Associate Professor of Biology


Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University
B.A. in Biological Sciences (Zoo/Mic),  University of Missouri - Columbia

Office Location

SC 101A

Office Hours

9-10 MWF; 11-12 M; 12-2 R

Daytime Phone



Web Page

http://      None at this time.

Semester Dates

Aug.  21 -- Dec 17, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM

Credit Hours


PM Insel & WT Roth
Core Concepts in Health, 10th edition
McGraw-Hill Publishers, 2006
ISBN:   0-07-297230-0

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Additional resources will be presented in class as they become available.

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.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
Educational in nature with emphasis on personal hygiene, community healthand health education, this course covers diverse topics such as wellness, mental health, stress, nutrition, weight management, communicable disease, non-communicable 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

Educational Philosophy:
Learning is an active and interactive process. Ideally, it would best be promoted by a combination of questioning and feedback that actively involves each student. Within this course the instructor will emphasize an organized interactive style based on consideration of lecture material, readings, quizzes, projects, discussions, problem sets, examinations, internet websites, and similar materials. Each student is strongly encourged to participate within the structure of the class.
     -- Learning requires work; it is a real job. Rigor leads to achievement, and new material needs to be considered carefully and reviewed several times. Thus, each student should expect to spend approximately 3 hours of study per credit hour outside of class each week in order to receive the average grade of 'C.' There is no known substitute for study and review. In science it is usually important that students transform main elements from a lecture or reading into their own words.
    -- It appears that true knowledge results from active construction/reformulation and repeated cross-referencing of material by the learner. Thus, building conceptual frameworks and internalizing detailed material are essential skills in all college-level science classes. Students should not expect to learn something new simply by memorizing lists of details; this process supplements, rather than enables, conceptualization. 

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:

Comprehensive Final Exam which consists of 98 objective items and 8 essay type written discussion items.  (Meets 25% of overall course grade)

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:

There will be no assignments in this class for extra credit. Assessment will be based solely on performance on 3 Unit Exams, 1 Final Exam, 5-10 unannounced quizzes, class participation (as follow-up to homework and projects), and finishing 3 multicomponent projects (the Wellness, Nutrition, and Genogram Assignments). 

      Points are distributed as detailed below, and grades will be determined on a straight percentage scale. Ninety % or greater will be an A; 80% or greater will be a B; 70% or greater will be a C; 60% or greater will be a D; and less than 60% will earn a grade of F.



Unit examinations:  3 at 100-pts ea.  =    300  pts

FINAL examination                                200  pts

Lecture quizzes/participation                   50  pts

Wellness Assignment                             100  pts

Nutrition Assignment                             100 pts

Genogram/paper                                   100 pts

Total Points                                       850 pts




Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work will not be accepted after the stated deadline -- except under only the most severe of extenuating circumstances. Any such emergency must be documented by specific writen evidence (which will be judged by the instructor as to its acceptability). Missing a session (for any reason) where an assignment is due does not in any way exempt a student from completing the assignment by the specific deadline. It is always the student's responsibility to get things to the professor on or before the stated deadline.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students must follow the common rules of acceptable and courteous behavior while within the classroom. There can be no disruptive or crude behavior (as deemed by the instructor) during class. Students should prepare in advance for each class. Students should also expect to be called on in class and be prepared to respond in a coherent and mature manner.
   -- Disruptive bahavior will result in removal of the student(s) and recording of an absence for that day.Students exhibiting intoxicated behavior will be removed from class and reported ot the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
   -- All cell-phones, CD's, iPODs, beepers should be turned off during classtime. Do NOT bring a laptop computer, cellphone, or communication device into class during any examination or quiz!


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The following schedule is TENTATIVE and therefore subject to change.

Week-1:   Introduction    Chapter 1

Week-2:     Nutrition   Chapter 12

Week-3:    Exercise      Chapter 13

Week-4:    Weight Management        Chapter 14

Week-5:  EXAM-1 (1, 12-14)
            and     Stress    Chapter  2         First Wellness Assignment.

Week-6:   Psychological Health        Chapter 3             First Nutrition Assignment

Week-7:  Sexuality and Reproduction      Chapters 5 & 6

Week-8:  Birth Control, Abortion, Pregnancy     Chapter 7 & 8

Week-9:  EXAM-2 (2,3,5-8)
                 and     Drugs     Chapter 9                  Second Wellness Assignment

Week-10:  Drugs                  Second Nutrition Assignment

Week-11:  Alcohol        Chapter 10

Week-12:  Tobacco       Chapter 11

Week-13:  EXAM-3

Week-14:  Immunity & Infection        Chapter 17

Week-15:  Sexually Transmitted Diseases       Chapter 18        Genogram Assignment is Due

Week-16:  FINAL EXAM at a time to be announced (new material + Core Assessment 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89
Park University will not tolerate cheating or plagarism on examination, quizzes, papers, or any other course assignment. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the university.
  -- In particular, students should not copy or share answers for any assignment, including lab write-ups, exam answers, and projects, and students should NEVER copy verbatim from the text, lab manual, or any other source. At a minimum, identically worded correct or incorrect answers from multiple students will result in all concerned receiving grades of "0" on that assignment, for such answers have been copied from somewhere. (Even someone who permits another student to copy from their paper has engaged in academic dishonestry, and they will receive the same treatment.)

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "W".
  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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
7. Only the most severe of extenuating circumstances will be considered a valid excuse for missing a class without a recorded absence. Any such emergency must be documented by specific writen evidence (which will be judged by the instructor as to its acceptability).

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)
Identifies and discusses 6 or more items called for in the question. Identifies and discusses 4-5 items called for in the question. Identifies and discusses 1-3 items called for in the question. No evidence of operationally defined competency. 
Accurately discusses 3 key components of physical fitness and applies them to their own situation. Accurately discusses 3 key components of a physical fitness program. Accurately discusses 1-2 key components of a physical fitness program. No evidence of operationally defined competency. 
Accurately analyzes the question items, giving 2 or more examples of each. Accurately analyzes the question items, defining both and giving one example of each. Accurately analyzes the question items but fails to give examples. No evidence of operationally defined competency. 
Defines “lifestyle disease” and gives 3 or more examples. Defines “lifestyle disease” and discusses 2 examples. Defines “lifestyle disease” but gives only 1 example. No evidence of operationally defined competency. 


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