BI214 Personal & Community Health

for F2B 2006

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BI 214 Personal and Community Health


F2B 2006 BL


Strunk, Maya


Senior Instructor


B.S. Biology New Mexico State University
M.S. Cell/Developmental Biology New Mexico State University


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Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Core Concepts in Health.  10th ed.  Insel, Paul A. & Roth, Walton T.

ISBN:  0-07-297238-6 t/a

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Additional Resources:
Lecture Handouts will be given on a regular basis.

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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:
I encourage students to read Health oriented literature on a daily basis.  Material presented in lectures, exams, and handouts will provide students with the information needed to make healthier lifestyle choices in their daily lives.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1.  Describe personal and community Health issues.
  2. 2.  Assess one personal helath issue.
  3. 3.  Identify tools to improve personal and community Health issues.
  4. 4.  Evaluate improvement strategies for personal and community health issues.
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:

2 exams (100 points each) consisting of multiple choice, true/false and essay questions.

Individual Student presentations:  Approximately 10-15 minutes in length, visual aide required.  Written essay to accompany presentation.  (100 points each).

Quizzes on lecture handouts:  3 at 5 points each.

Quizzes may only be done during class, there are no make up quizzes.  If the final exam is missed, arrangements must be made with the instructor to re-schedule the exam at a later time and before final grades are due.  5 points will be subtracted from the final exam grade.

Projects and Assignments:  The Nutrition Wellness Projects must be submitted as specified in the course calendar.  Class Assignments can only be submitted during class, not before or after. *Any late work will have 5 points deducted.

Nutrition Project 1:

1.  Go to and do the following:  1.)  Enter your age, gender, activity level and click enter. 

2.  Print your Pyramid Plan.

3.  Under "My Pyramid Plan" click on the PDF results.

4.  Print the PDF Results for your Pyramid Plan.

5.  Under "My Pyramid Plan" click on the Meal Tracking Worksheet.

6.  Print the Meal Tracking Worksheet.

7.  Keep record of your diet for 1 day in the Meal Tracking Worksheet.

8.  After completing the Meal Tracking Worksheet:  A.)  Go to My Pyramid Tracker.  B.)  Go to Assess your Physical Activity.  C.)  Enter your Physical Activity information.  D.)  Print the following reports:  Physical Activity Results

9.  Under "My Pyramid Tracker" Go to Assess your Food Intake.

10.  Enter your diet intake.

11.  Once you enter your diet intake, print the following reports:  The 2005 Dietary Guidelines (DG) Recommendations, Nutrition Intakes, Comparison for your intake with My Pyramid Recommendations, Energy balance summary (top menu).

12.  Type a 2 page report summarizing your findings in regards to your current diet, your current physical activity assessment, energy balance summary and the 2005 Dietary Guidelines.

13.  Submit Nutrition Project in a report format with your name on the cover in the following order:  Cover with your name, 2 page report, My Pyramid Plan, PDF Results of your plan, My Pyramid Wprksheet, Energy Balance Summary, Physical Activity Results, The 2005 Dietary Guidelines Recommendations, Nutrition Intakes, Comparison of your Intake with My Pyramid Recommendations.

Wellness Project 1: 

1.  Identify a target behavior you want to change or make improvements on.

2.  Go to www.

3.  Click on the Student link.

4.  Click on Chapter 1.

5.  Click on Behavior Change Worksheets.

6.  Complete Worksheet #8.  Contract for Behavior Change and Print it out.

7.  Complete Worksheet  #2.  Gathering Information about yout target Behavior and Print it out.

8.  Complete Worksheet #9.  Building Motivation and Commitment and Print it out.

9.  Keep a journal with daily entries of your progress and or/set backs from October 12 to November 1.

10.  Type a 2 page report summarizing your progress.  Reason for setbacks, did you accomplish your goal, how could you improve even more, how will you go about your goal differently next time-if there is a next time, etc.

11.  Submit Wellness Project inside a manilla envelope with your name on the cover in the follwoing order:  Cover page with your name on it, 2 page report, Contract for Behavior Change Worksheet, Gathering information About your Target Behavior Worksheet, Building Motivation and Commitment Worksheet, Journal.


Course Grade:

100% of grade:  3 Quizzes (10% each or 30%), 1 Final Exam (25%), Attendance (10%), Nutrition Project (15%), Wellness Project (20%).

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students absent or arriving late on examination days will be subjected to a make-up exam to be given at another time, essay in format.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are required to turn cell phones off or place in a silent mode before each class period.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Oct. 10: Overview of syllabus and course expectations. Handout 1 (Chapter 1).

Oct. 12: (Quiz 1) Taking Charge of your Health: Wellness, Choosing Wellness, and Reaching that Wellness goal, Being Healthy for Life.

Oct. 17: Alcohol & Tobacco (Chapter 8). The Chemistry of Alcohol, Alcohol & Health, Why people use tobacco and alcohol, How you can quit.

Oct. 19: Nutrition Basics (Chapter 9). Components of Proteins, Lipids, and Carbohydrates. Define Vitamins and Minerals, Importance of Water. How to make informed choices about foods.

Oct. 24: Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins. (Handout).

Oct. 26: (Quiz 2). Weight Management (Chapter 11). Managing your weight, Factors that contribute to excess body fat, Choosing a Healthy Lifestyle, Body Image and Eating Disorders.

Oct. 31: Cardiovascular Disease & Cancer. (Chapter 12). Number 1 killer of women, Risk Factors, Major forms of Cardiovascular disease, What is Cancer?, Common types, Causes, and Prevention.

Nov. 2: (Quiz 3). Immunity & Infections. (Chapter 13). Body's defense system, Antibodies. Proteins, Pathogens and Disease, Ways to support your Immune system, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's), Protecting yourself.

Nov. 7: Types of Birth Control Methods.

Nov. 9: Psychological and Physical Effects of Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Nov. 14: Movie (TBA).

Nov. 16: Nutrition Project due

Nov. 21: Wellness Project due.  Review for Final Exam.

Nov. 23: No Class (Thanksgiving)

Nov. 28: Final Exam.

Nov. 30: Final Grades distributed.  Projects returned.

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

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

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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Last Updated:9/25/2006 10:10:00 AM