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GGP 365 Geography of Disease
Hoffman, Brian L.


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

GGP 365 Geography of Disease

Semester

FA 2009 HO

Faculty

Hoffman, Brian L.

Title

Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

BA Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics - Park College 1986
PhD Cell and Molecular Biology - Saint Louis University 1996

Office Location

SC 103

Office Hours

MTRF 10-11:30 AM

Daytime Phone

584-6477

E-Mail

brian.hoffman@park.edu

Class Days

TR

Class Time

11:35-12:50

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
None - Instructor authored modules will be made available in the eCompanion site for this course.

Additional 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.
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.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
This course will study the origin, distribution patterns, and cultural biases of disease. Topics to be emphasized include: disease classification, spread of diseases, and major types of diseases.(HIV+), 3:0:3.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and categorize the basic patterns of diseases and their causative agents/factors
  2. Explain how health surveillance agencies collect information on the distribution of diseases in human populations.
  3. Analyze the relationship between communicable and noncommunicable diseases and human population patterns.
  4. Assess the impact diseases have (past, present, and future) on the global community.


Class Assessment:
 

The teaching techniques utilized in this course include: traditional lectures by the instructor, individual and group assignments, and laboratory application of material learned in lecture. Student preparedness for lecture will be measured through the periodic administration of "pop" quizzes. The student's overall command of geography will be measured with three regular examinations over lecture material. The examinations will be composed of short answer, matching and short essay problems.

Grading:
 

The following weights will be applied to course assignments:

Examinations (3) – 60%

Course Project (Core Assessment) – 30%

Quizzes and other course assignments – 10%

The grading scale for this class is:

100-90 = A (4.0 honor points)
89+-80 = B (3.0 honor points)
79+-70 = C (2.0 honor points)
69+-60 = D (1.0 honor point)
Below 60 = F (no honor points)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Homework is due at the start of the assigned class period. Homework turned in after roll is taken is late. Late homework will be reduced in credit by 25% for each day or part of day that the work is late. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other school-sponsored events must turn in all homework PRIOR to their absence. Exceptions: students who miss class due to an extended illness requiring hospitalization will be allowed to make up missed homework assignments. Other cases may be considered at the discretion of the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

A. Cellular Phones, Beepers, Other Communications Devices

While in class, the class should be your primary focus. Disruption of class due to communications devices has become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students). For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be inactivated during class (lecture and laboratory).

B. Student Alcohol or Drug Use

Because the classroom is a professional environment students who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be removed from class. This also meets our legal obligation to provide a drug- and alcohol-free workplace. Such instances will be reported to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Students will not be admitted back into class unless such arrangements are made through the V.P. for Academic Affairs.

C. Student Work, Appointments...Etc.

The student who has signed up for the course has made an obligation to participate in those activities scheduled during regular class times. The student must not make other obligations during this time, or that student alone will be responsible for the consequences. The consequences may include reduced or no credit for that portion of the class and inability to make-up the missed work.

D. Withdrawals

The enrollment status of the student in this course is solely the responsibility of the student. If you wish to change your status in this course, be sure that you file the appropriate paperwork with the registrar before the appropriate deadlines. If you wish to drop, do not just stop coming to class!!! Two weeks of consecutive absences will result in your removal from the class. If you do not file withdrawal papers with the Registrar, you will receive an F in this course.

E. Extra Credit

It is your responsibility to get work done on time in an acceptable form. For this reason, no extra credit will be extended during the course of the semester.

F. Technology Issues

Computers make writing and revising 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. Papers will be submitted to the drop box in the eCompanion website for this course.

G. Make-Up Examinations

The student will be given the opportunity to make-up one examination during the course of the semester, provided that an adequate excuse is provided to the instructor within 24 hours of the missed examination. The instructor will be the final judge of what constitutes an adequate excuse. The makeup examination will be administered on Friday, December 14 at 8:00 AM and will be a cumulative final.

If you miss two exams, one will be scored as a zero and included in your examination average. Missing three examinations will result in a grade of "F" for the course. Four lecture examinations are scheduled for this semester. Your examination average will be calculated from all four test scores. If you feel that one test score is not representative of your effort, you may opt to take the make-up examination.  Failure to sit for the final examination will result in a grade of "F" for the course.

Exceptions:
athletes involved in sports contests or students participating in other school-sponsored events will be allowed to take the examination prior to the scheduled date. The instructor must be given prior notice of such an event.

DISABILITY GUIDELINESPark 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: http://www.park.edu/disability.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

WEEK

TOPIC

1

Intro to Geography of Disease

2

Concepts of Health and Disease

3

Infectious Disease Diffusion Models

4

Mapping / Tuberculosis

5

Epidemic Influenza

6

Pandemic Influenza - Avian/Swine Flu

7

Cholera

8

Malaria

9

FALL RECESS

10

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

11

Noninfectious Disease –Heart Disease

12

Noninfectious Disease - Cancer

13

Africa - Poverty, War, Corruption, Colonialism and Disease

14

Eradicating Disease – Smallpox and Measles

15

Helminth and nematode diseases

16

HIV/AIDS

17

FINALS

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
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 student.


• Cheating includes, but 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 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.
• Falsifying academic records includes, but not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
• Other acts include:
o Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member
o Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student
o Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.

Procedures
In the event of alleged academic dishonesty on the part of an undergraduate student, a faculty member will document the incident on an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report and submit a copy of the form to the Department Chair, Academic Director, or Associate Dean. A student who wishes to report an alleged incident of academic dishonesty may do so by completing the Academic Dishonesty Incident Report form and submitting it to the faculty member for the course, who will submit copies as outlined above. Forms are available online and in the offices of Department Chairs, Academic Director, or Associate Dean. Once an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report Form has been submitted, the faculty member will schedule a conference with the student who has been accused of academic dishonesty.
If the student does not dispute the charge, the faculty member may then assign a penalty, such as a verbal reprimand or lowered grade. Possible sanctions are listed below in the section titled Penalties in the Event of Academic Dishonesty. Any penalty imposed will be recorded by the faculty member on the incident form and filed with the appropriate Department Chair, Academic Director, or Associate Dean.
In all cases in which the student disputes the charge, s/he may request a review of the issue by the appropriate Department Chair or Academic Director within 10 business days following the initial meeting with the faculty member. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, an undergraduate student may contact the appropriate Associate Dean to request a formal hearing. The Associate Dean will appoint a Hearing Committee to conduct a hearing within 20 business days.
The individual making the allegation will present the case to the Hearing Committee. During the hearing, each side will have the opportunity to present their case and to question the other side. The Hearing Committee may also ask questions. The hearing shall focus on evidence for the specific allegation and may include up to three witnesses for each side of the dispute. All evidence presented at the hearing will become a part of the hearing file. The hearing file will be submitted to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs within five business days. Upon receipt, the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs will scan the appropriate documentation.


Hearing Committee


• The Hearing Committee shall be comprised of two faculty members (not including any of the student's current faculty) and one student appointed by the Academic Director or Associate Dean. One faculty member shall be appointed chair. At an academic hearing the Park University policy does not include the right to have legal representation. Students may select a Park University student, staff or faculty member as an adviser to be present for consultation purposes during the hearing. The adviser may not address the committee members or witnesses.
• Following the hearing, the committee will make a recommendation to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs who will make a post-hearing decision. The student will receive written notice of that decision within 15 business days after the hearing. The notification will be mailed via “Certified Mail Receipt.”
• A student may appeal the decision of the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs in writing to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs within 72 hours of receipt of the decision. The decision of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is the final decision of Park University. Grades and/or degree(s) may be withheld pending the outcome of the appeal process.

Penalties in the Event of Academic Dishonesty
In the event of academic dishonesty, the following courses of action are available to Park University, based upon the severity of the violation:
• Verbal reprimand.
• Assignment of a lower grade on the test/paper/project in question, with an explanation from the faculty member.
• Assignment of a grade of “F” in the course.
• Expulsion from the course with the assignment of a passing grade (W).
• Expulsion from the course with the assignment of a failing grade (WH).

If the instructor finds evidence that one or more students have conspired to cheat in any way on an examination or assigned papers, the students involved will be given a grade of "F" for the course, and it will be recommended that the student be dismissed from Park University.

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. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Attendance at all class meetings is mandatory. Part of the education of college is preparation for professional conduct. Attendance at work or graduate or professional school is mandatory for remaining employed or in school. Get in the habit of being here all of the time now. Education is also a cooperative effort. You are as responsible for furthering the education of your fellow classmates and the instructor as the instructor is for yours.

It is recognized that personal emergencies will arise during the course of the semester. Three absences (for any reason: illness, personal appointments, doctors appointments car problems...etc.) are allowed without penalty. After 3 absences, 5% will be deducted from the students grade for each subsequent absence. Eight absences is considered excessive, and the student missing eight classes will fail the course. Students who miss class will be responsible for the assignments made and material covered in that class period. Students who enter class after roll is taken will be counted tardy. Two tardies count as an absence. Students who are 15 minutes late (by my watch) will be counted absent.

Exceptions: Athletes who miss class for an athletic contest or students who miss class due to other school sponsored events will not be penalized IF AND ONLY IF THE INSTRUCTOR IS GIVEN TWO LECTURE MEETINGS PRIOR NOTICE AND WORK IS TURNED IN AND EXAMS TAKEN BEFORE THE CLASS IS MISSED!!!!!!!!!! If you have an illness that requires extended hospitalization, have someone contact me!

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Last Updated:8/7/2009 8:01:21 PM