BI214 Personal & Community Health

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BI 214 Personal and Community Health


FA 2006 HOB


Williams, Donald L.


Associate Professor of Biology


BA, Kansas Wesleyan University, Biology and Secondary Education
MA, Western State College, Biology
Ed. D., Ball State University, Science (Biology)

Office Location

SC 101

Office Hours

Monday & Thursday, 1-4 (or by appt.)

Other Phone

Office Tele. 816-584-6516 (x6516)


Web Page

Semester Dates

Aug. 21-Dec. 15, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 12:15 PM



Credit Hours


Insel, P. M., & W. T. Roth.  2006.  Core Concepts in Health, 10th ed.  McGraw-Hill Publishers.  ISBN:  0-07-297230-0

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
See Dr. William's web page for additional links to resources.

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:
In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment utilizing lectures, class discussions, homework, exams, quizzes, various technologies, laboratory activities, and guest speakers (when appropriate and available).  Each student is strongly encouraged to participate within the structure of the course via discussion and debate of his/her views and personal beliefs.  Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth about the natural world. Course topics will be presented and discussed with these foundations in mind.  It is the belief of this instructor that everyone can understand and utilize scientific principles, and that science can be fun; therefore, this course will be taught from these premises.
This instructor has an “open door” policy towards students.  Please feel free to come in or call if you have any questions concerning course items or college life in general.

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:
COURSE ASSESSMENT: All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant or “Core”Departmental Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.   The core assessment for this course will be the final exam which will be comprehensive. Additional assessment items will include text assignments, lectures, and lab topics which will follow the syllabus schedule as much as possible.  (This instructor reserves the right to change or alter the schedule if necessary.)  The following items will be used during the teaching of this course to assess student learning.  Each item will be given a point value and the student's grade will be determined via a percentage completion of that value.
• Video tapes, slides, etc. will be used to enhance and clarify concepts when such materials are available.  These, many times, will be used during the lab sessions.
• Major exams will be given according to the printed schedule.  Concepts covered on exams may not have been fully addressed in lab or lecture.  It is the student's responsibility to have text and lab materials fully studied.
• Lecture and laboratory quizzes.
• Outside reading to enhance one's own understanding is strongly encouraged.   Specific articles may be assigned by the instructor on a periodic basis.
• Whenever possible, community resource persons may give presentations and/or field trips may be taken.  If you have any suggestions for outside speakers, please inform the instructor.

Exams               3 @ 100 = 300 pts
Final                          200 pts
Genogram/paper            100 pts
Wellness Project          100 pts
Nutrition Project          100 pts
Quizzes                           50 pts
Participation/hmwk               50 pts
Total                          900 pts

A = 90.0% and higher
B = 80.0%
C = 70.0%
D = 60.0%
F = less than 60.0

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due by the end of the class period on their due date.  Late assignments will receive a grade of zero.  An absence from the session at which an assignment is due does not exempt one from the assignment due date; it is the student's responsibility to get assignments to the professor on or before the due date, especially in the case of excused absences as mentioned, above.  Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Basic old-fashioned courtesy is expected from each student at all times (whether the instructor, a guest speaker, or a fellow student has the floor).  One should expect to be called on to respond in class relative to the terms and concepts under discussion, to which a reply is required.  Students are expected to behave in a manner that is not disruptive to the learning environment.  The classroom is a place for learning and intellectual development for all in attendance; therefore,
• CD players, cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not welcome where they may disrupt the learning process.  Please be respectful of the professor and your peers by turning off such devices or not bringing them to the class.  
• Students suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be removed from the class and reported to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Smokeless tobacco is not to be used during class sessions.
• Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) during class time will result in removal of the student from the class for the day and the student will be considered absent.  Multiple disruptions over the semester may lead to dismissal of the student from the class and a subsequent failing grade being given for the course.
• Computers make writing and revising papers and assignments much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize, though, that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
1 Introduction    Ch.  1
2 Nutrition   Ch. 12
3 Excercise Ch. 13
4 Weight management  Ch. 14
5 EXAM (Chapts. 1,12-14) and Sress Ch. 2                (9/25, 1st Wellness Assn. due)
6 Psychological health  Ch. 3
(10/2, 1st Nutrition Assn. Due)                            
7 Sexuality and Reproduction  Chs. 5 & 6
8 Birth Control, Abortion, Pregnancy  Chs.7 & 8
FALL BREAK (10/15-22)
9 EXAM (Chapts. 2,3,5-8) and Drugs  Ch. 9
(10/27, 2nd Wellness Assn. due)      
10 Drugs
(11/3, 2nd Nutrition Assn. due)                                  
11 Alcohol Ch. 10
12 Tobacco Ch. 11
13 EXAM (Chapts. 9-11) and Cancer   Ch. 16
14 Immunity and Infection    Ch. 17
15 STDs Ch. 18
(12/8, Genogram Assn. due)

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 "WH".
  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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
It is the opinion of this instructor that class performance directly relates to class attendance.  Regular attendance at lectures, therefore, is imperative.  The attendance policy as printed, above, will be followed as a minimum requirement.  Attendance will be taken on a regular basis both in lab and lecture; unexcused and/or excessive absences (more than 5) will result in a lowered course grade of at least one letter grade.  For excused absences due to illness, emergencies, scheduled field trips, university sanctioned sports trips, etc. it is the student's responsibility to communicate such with the instructor well in advance of the absence for assignment makeup, etc.

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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