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BI 214 Personal and Community Health
Pagano, Biagio


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: BI214

COURSE TITLE: Personal and Community Health

COURSE DESCRIPTOR: MGE

TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Spring 1 (S1J05)

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Biagio Pagano

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Senior Instructor

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: (913) 573-6708 (w), (913) 334-5213

FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: bpagano@wycokck.org

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: N/A

DATES OF THE TERM: January 10 to March 6, 2005

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Thursday,

CLASS SESSION TIME: 5:30 – 9:50pm

PREREQUISITE: None

CREDIT HOURS: 3

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

 

VISION STATEMENT

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

 

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, 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.

 

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.

 

TEXTBOOK LIST: Paul M. Insel and Walton T. Roth. Core Concepts in Health, ninth edition.  McGraw Hill, 2004. (Brief Version)

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

 

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—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.”

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability

 

CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE:

Week

Topics

1

Introduction of course

Overview of Public Health Dept. Services

Open Discussion of General Health Issues

2

Taking Charge of Your Health

Stress

Psychological Health

3

Nutrition Basics

Exercise and Fitness

Community Health Assessments and Health Planning

4

Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

Immunity and Infection

5

Midterm Exam

Alcohol and Tobacco

6

Use and Abuse of Psychoactive Drugs

Personal Safety (Unintentional Injuries and Violence)

7

Environmental Health

Group Project Presentations

8

Group Project Presentations (continued)

 

GRADING POLICY: Grades are based on a percentage scale:

Midterm Examination

35

Study Group Research Project

35

Chapter Overview Participation and

Critical Thinking Discussions

30