BI214 Personal & Community Health

for S2T 2005

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Instructor Information





Dr. Carol Sanders


Fall I - 2005

  Park University

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, 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

Overview and Course Goals

Welcome to Personal and Community Health (BI 214) online!  The overall goal of this class is to synthesize the facts and concepts of a variety of scientific areas including biology, physiology, anatomy, psychology, and sociology into a meaningful study that will motivate the student to modify their health practices to a high level of effective and enjoyable living.  The emphasis of this course will be on healthful and intelligent living and the application of the fundamental principles of health. By the end of this course, students should have the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding their own health and general well-being.

Each week we will focus on different aspects of health, its application to us personally and to the world (community) as a whole.  The focus will be reinforced and expanded by the weekly Discussions, the reading of the text assignments, some long-term personal assignments, and links provided in the lecture.

Core Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast science and pseudoscience.

  2. Plan for, prepare, implement, and assess/refine for re-implementation, a positive lifestyle behavior change using behavior change strategies.

  3. Describe and demonstrate the ability to analyze dietary information for the major nutritional categories.

  4. Summarize the importance and describe the roles of vitamins, minerals, water, carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids in human nutrition.

  5. Delineate the role of exercise in maintaining and improving health.

  6. Conduct an appraisal of their relative strength, flexibility, and endurance.

  7. Compare and contrast the costs and benefits of many birth control methods.

  8. Demonstrate a knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and psychology of pregnancy and birth.

  9. Describe the major classes of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and their effects.

  10. Differentiate between physical and psychological addiction.

  11. Define and summarize the types of sexually transmitted diseases including their symptoms, prevalence in society, treatment, and transmission.

  12. Describe characteristics of infectious diseases and explain the role of the immune system on their control.

  13. Evaluate the role of stress on wellness.

  14. Describe types of cancers, its stages and other chronic diseases

  15. Distinguish between and describe the major cardiovascular chronic disorders, their causes and treatment.

  16. Describe health-related behaviors practiced by people every day contribute markedly to cardiovascular disease.

  17. Explore the issues facing the aging population.

Required Texts/Materials

Health & Wellness, 8th ed
Author:Edlin & Golanty
ISBN: 0763748196

AND enroll in free membership
   You should enroll in this program at your earliest opportunity, using your Park email, and practice both inputing material and learning about the reports and how to copy and past them into documents.


Schedule of Topics Covered

Topic Chapter Week
Introduction & Physical Activity 1 & 7 1
Nutrition & Weight Management 5 & 6 2
Stress & Psychological Health 3 & 4 3
Sexuality & Reproduction 8 & 9 4
Birth Control & STDs 10 & 11 5
Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco 16, 17 & 18 6
Immunity & Infection, Cancer 12 & 13 7
Cardiovascular & Aging 14 & 22 8

Because this course is concerned with your long term health, there are a couple of long term projects built into the course. One of the involves the use of the diet analysis program. This program is free, you do not need to provide any financial information; however, you should enroll with your Park email address. This project will extend over a 2 or 3 week period, but does involve daily recording of foods. You are not able to retrieve individual material that you entered earlier in the week, so it is wise to run the daily report and then simply copy and paste the report either into word or into the provided dropbox. The second project involves physical fitness or wellness and extends over a longer period of time. 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 behavior that you might want to change might not be in physical arena but may be something else. The goals that you establish should be reachable goals with appropriate rewards.

Course Policies and Ground Rules

This course is offered online using the eCollege course delivery system. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The class begins the first day of the term and ends midnight the last Sunday of the term. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday at midnight Mountain Time of the week assigned. 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. All assignments must be submitted via the dropbox or journal or through the discussion threads. I do not accept assignments emailed to me. There are two or three Discussion Threads in each week, so be sure to do them all.  An initial post in each one should be made by Thursday morning with at least one response to a posting from other students by Sunday evening.  This is important.  The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning tool.  Full value will not be awarded to an initial posting, no matter how complete, if it is done after Thursday.

The Classroom is for public messages. Students should use e-mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. All e-mails sent to the instructor must include "BI214, purpose of the e-mail, and student's full name" in the subject line of the e-mail. E-mails without this information will not be recognized. It is required that you use Pirate Mail for your online class. All information about class will be sent through Pirate Mail.

Like any class, it is important to 'attend'. Attendance is 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 threaded weekly discussions. 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 phone and/or find another means to submit your work.

In many ways, online classes have an advantage over face-to-face classes in that you can choose your own time to complete the assignment. Students are expected to devote a minimum of five hours per class week logged on to the classroom in online activities. Other activities such as completing assignments, sending/receiving email, exploring the text web site and conducting research over the web will be in addition to this.

All students will participate in discussions through responses. Basic old-fashioned courtesy is expected from each of you at all times. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course. Students are expected to behave in a manner that is not disruptive to the learning environment (yes, even this environment). Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) will not be allowed.

Students should have current anti-virus software and update their software weekly as a protection to themselves as well as others who are participating in this call. This is everyone's responsibility.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Grading Policy

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

Activity Points
Final Exam 350
Wellness Project 100
Nutrition Project 100
Discussion Threads 170
Mastery Quizzes 105
Participation/Homework 175


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

  • Grading Rubrics/criteria for each listed item are included within the assignment.
  • Mastery Exam questions are randomly taken from a bank of questions for each week. The exam may be taken multiple times—in fact I strongly encourage this. It is likely that it will contain some different questions each time you take it. However, you must score at least 80% on each week's exam before you will receive credit.
  • Submission of Late Work: Late work will not be accepted unless under extreme circumstances (at the instructors discretion).
  • Proctored final examination/Project - A final comprehensive proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week 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. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
    • Other Information on proctored exams:
      • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
      • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
      • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first 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.

Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing a minimum of 4-6 responses each week.
  • Completing weekly reading assignments and class activities.
  • Completing weekly discussion topics.
  • Completing weekly mastery questions.
  • Completing journal entries as assigned.
  • Completing a comprehensive proctored final examination during Week 8.

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.


Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.

  • Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed. Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
  • Plagiarism involves the use of quotation 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 assignments (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
  • Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
  • Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
    • Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
    • Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
    • Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.


In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge. Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University. Park University's academic honesty policy and related procedures can be found in full in the 2004-2005 Park University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.


Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work.  Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.

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.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

For more details see Park University Undergraduate Catalog or the Park University Graduate Catalog.

Student Resources

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.

Park University Online Bookstore - Select "Distance Learning - Graduate," or "Distance Learning Internet," and then click on the appropriate course code (ex. AC 201, PA 501) to see the list of required and optional texts for each course that you are enrolled in.

Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Your Campus Center Administrator can provide advising to you, please contact them for assistance. If you need contact information for your Campus Center, click here.

Online Tutoring Services - Park University has arranged for Online students to receive five hours of free access to Online tutoring and academic support through Smarthinking. If you would like Online tutoring, please contact me to receive their recommendation and information on how to access the Online tutoring.

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.

Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.

Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024.


Carol Sanders is an Associate Professor of Biology located at the home campus in Parkville, Missouri.  Carol wears many different hats as a part of her profession.  She is Director of the Degree with Honors Program, chair of the Scholarship Subcommittee, and chair of the Academic Enhancement Committee.  Early in her professional life Carol was a secondary-level science and math teacher in Arkansas and Mississippi.  Carol obtained her B.S.E in math, minor in biology, and her MS in biology from the University of Central Arkansas.  She returned to school after starting a family and received her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).  For leisure activities, Carol works with stained glass as well as making all types of silk flower arrangements and crafts.