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Course Description: 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
Educational Philosophy: 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, injury, personal safety, substance abuse, environmental health, etc. 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.
Learning Outcomes:COURSE OBJECTIVES:
To define wellness and describe its components.
To discuss strategies to promote mental well being and manage stress.
To describe the components of a well-balanced diet.
To describe the theoretical and practical components of weight management.
To describe strategies to design an optimal exercise program.
To describe strategies to minimize illness due to communicable and chronic diseases.
To identify the steps required to analyze community health issues and developing health plans.
To describe the function of various voluntary and governmental health agencies.
To describe the components of environmental and ecological health.
To identify the abuse, prevention and treatment of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
To identify methods of preventing unintentional injuries and violence.
Course Assessment: Midterm Examination: The midterm examination will consist of multiple choice and short answer. Questions will focus on the chapters covered in the first four weeks of class plus lecture information from the instructor.
Chapter Overview Participation and Critical Thinking Discussion: The focus will be on verbal overviews by small study groups on key chapters. The study groups and chapters will be assigned on the first night of class. Students should demonstrate knowledge of the contents of the chapters and utilize critical thinking skills associated with improving personal and community health. Grading will also be based upon organization of presentation and oral delivery. Presentations will not be read by individual students.
Study Group Research Project: Study groups will develop, write and orally present a project designed to improve the health of a special population (e.g., children, youth, medically underserved, seniors, etc.). The project can also be topic specific (e.g., diabetes, medical emergency, etc). The format of the presentation should be in three parts:
Problem identification of the health and/or environment issues affecting the targeted population.
The existing or current solutions that have been implemented and the limitations of such initiatives.
The group's recommendation(s) for further corrective action.
Each group will adhere to the following format when presenting material.
30-45 minutes in length
Each participant in the group will write a three to five page paper of their own individual presentation.
Use of visual aids.
A minimum of ten references.
Minimal or no reading of the presentations.
Demonstrate ability to handle questions from the instructor and class participants.
Grading: Grades are based on a percentage scale:
Study Group Research Project
Chapter Overview Participation and
Critical Thinking Discussions
Late Submission of Course Materials: All assigned course material is due on the dates specified by the instructor. No credit will be given if assignments are late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: For each unexcused absence there will be one full letter grade deducted. Excused absences are limited to illness, work related requirements or death in the family. Students missing three classes equals more than one third of the course and a passing grade cannot be justified because the course objectives cannot be attained. Extra credit and/or make-up work will not be substituted for lack of attendance and class participation. Make-up work will be required for absences whether excused or unexcused. If make-up work is not completed, then the final grade will be reduced by 10 points for each assignment (per chapter) not turned in. This also includes make-up work for critical thinking questions, lectures by the instructor, as well as, final project presentations by students.
Plagiarism: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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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