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BI 214 Personal & Community Health
DeCanio, Donald


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

BI 214 Personal & Community Health

Semester

F1T 2009 DLC

Faculty

DeCanio, Donald

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Doctor of Chiropractic
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology

Office Location

Parkville Campus

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

913-681-8000

E-Mail

DeCanio.Donald@park.edu

Semester Dates

08/17/2009-10/11/2009

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Health & Wellness, 10th ed
Author:Edlin & Golanty
ISBN: 9780763765934
 
Required:  MyPyramidTracker
http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov - Free registration
You will use this website to track your diet during Weeks 2-5. However, I recommend that you register and familiarize yourself with this website as soon as possible.

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FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


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:
My educational philosophy is to guide students’ from memorization education to an understanding educational mindset. This task is accomplished through a Socratic teaching method and cross disciplinary educational instruction. The Socratic teaching technique, promotes a thinking atmosphere due to the continuum of instructor inquiry which allows the student to think and formulate their own answers based on the application of their current course knowledge in addition to, knowledge which has been obtained from previous preparatory course work. Based on the latter modus operandi, the student accelerates from memorization education to thought provoking learning. Although, thought provoking education creates an initial atmosphere of frustration, long term exposure to this mode of learning decreases study hours, academic frustration, and increases the retention rate of current and future course material. 

Evaluative processes of students are provided through a multitude of testing disciplines. Lecture evaluation is accomplished through testing formats which adhere to Blooms Taxonomy. The latter mentioned evaluation process utilizes test questions which challenge the students’ different degrees of knowledge. Test questions range from the simplest level of knowledge, memorization regurgitation, to the most complex degree of knowledge, processing and application. Laboratory assessment is accomplished through practical examination which includes the identification of structures appearing on anatomical models, diagrams, in addition to, educational film analysis. Students are also evaluated in the laboratory thorough laboratory experiments which require further research, as well as, documentation of their experiment and research results. 

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.


Core Assessment:

Core assessment is the final exam consisting of 80 objective questions (2 pts each) and 8 discussion question (point value indicated on each).


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:

Assessment items include the final examination, weekly mastery quizzes, projects, homework assignments and participation in discussion threads.

Each student is responsible for:

Completing a minimum of 4-6 Discussion Thread 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.

The core assessment for this class is a comprehensive final exam which consists of 76 objective items and 7 essay type written discussion items.  (Meets 25% of overall course grade)

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

Activity Points
Final Exam 224
Wellness Project 100
Nutrition Project 100
Discussion Threads 160
Mastery Quizzes 120
Participation/Homework

160

 TOTAL 864

Grading Rubrics/criteria for each listed item are included within the assignment. Mastery Exam are to be taken each week. The exams may be taken multiple times, however, you must score at least 80% on the exam before you will receive credit.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will NOT be accepted unless under extreme circumstances (at the instructors discretion). If you know you are going to miss a deadline, please contact me PRIOR to the deadline so that we can try to make alternative arrangements.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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.
 
 

READ OVER THESE "RULES" CAREFULLY! YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BEING AWARE OF THEM.

All assignments must be submitted via dropbox, or through the discussion threads. I do not accept assignments emailed to me unless specifically requested by me. There are two Discussion Threads in each week, so be sure to do both of them. An initial post in each one should be made by Wednesday 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 Wednesday.

TIME COMMITTMENT: 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 FOUR hours per class week logged on to the classroom in online activities. Other activities such as completing assignments, sending/receiving email and conducting research over the web will require additional hours
 

 DISCUSSION ACTIVITIES: All students will participate in discussions through multiple responses. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course. By using a word processing tool you have ready access to some type of spell check capability, please use it. Basic old-fashioned courtesy is expected from each of you at all times. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) will not be allowed. There are two or three Discussion Threads in each week, so be sure to participate in them all. An initial post in each one should be made by Wednesday with at least one response to a posting from other students by Sunday. 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 Wednesday.

Be sure to read the Discussion grade rubric so that you understand what is expected of your posts. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning activity.

  • Initial responses must address the questions fully and contain references to any sources used (see Reference Formats in the Doc Sharing area)
  • Follow-up responses must be substantive and provide additional information or insight.
  • Full value will not be awarded to an initial posting, no matter how complete, if it is done after Wednesday.

Tips for success in the Discussions:

  • Read ALL postings by both your instructor and your fellow students; you will learn a lot from these!
  • Answer any questions posed to you by your instructor (these do not count as follow-up responses).
  • Run your responses through the Plagiarism Checker BEFORE posting them!
  • Complete your textbook readings and lecture before posting any responses.
  • Conduct additional research if necessary and cite all of your sources (including your textbook).
  • Use the "What's New" feature at the bottom of the course homepage to determine when new postings have been made.

      SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS: All assignments must be submitted via the appropriate Dropbox. Use the dropdown menu to select the appropriate dropbox (e.g., Week 1 Homework). Please submit assignments as a SINGLE file attachment to the drop box as a Word document.   

      All assignments can be submitted at anytime during a specific week however; homework assignments are due no later than Sunday evening of the specific week.   

      Please be sure to review all deadlines within a specific week for further clarification of changes in submission deadlines and other submission deadlines associated with other assignments.  

          

      MASTERY QUIZZES:  Each week you will need to complete a Mastery quiz that covers your readings. You can take this quiz as many times as necessary, but in order to receive credit (15 pts) for the quiz, you must attain an 80% or better. Your FIRST attempt is due no later than SATURDAY of each week, but you will have until the end of the following Monday to resubmit if necessary. The quizzes are graded immediately, BUT please note there are a number of fill-in the blank and short answer questions that I will need to check; often your answer may be correct but the computer does not recognize it (e.g., misspelling, slightly different phrasing). Therefore, this is the procedure I recommend for completing the Mastery quizzes:

      1. After you have completed the readings and read the lectures, complete the quiz. Disregard the grade that comes back since the final grade may actually be higher.
      2. Wait 12-24 hrs to allow me to hand grade your quiz and then check the GRADEBOOK. If you have not met the 80% cut-off, I will enter a zero. I will enter 20 pts if you have reached 80%.
      3. Note that I will often leave you general feedback as well as specific feedback for some of the short answer questions; this feedback is designed to assist you in meeting the required 80%, so take advantage of it!
      4. Retake the quiz if necessary. You only have until the following Monday of each week to reach the required 80%.

      After everyone has completed a particular week's Mastery quiz, I will release the correct ANSWERS so that you can go back and use these quizzes to study for the final exam. YOU MAY WANT TO STUDY THESE QUIZZES FOR THE FINAL EXAM!

      COURSE HANDOUTS - DOC SHARING: There are a number of files that you will be required to use throughout the term. Please be sure to go to the Doc Sharing area of the course and download these files now (click on the tab at the top of the screen). That way they will be available to you as you need them.

     

    GRADES AND FEEDBACK: You are responsible for checking the Gradebook weekly to be sure that I have entered all of your grades. I will try to have your assignments graded no later than the following Monday or Tuesday (at the latest) of each week.

    EXTRA CREDIT: There is NO extra credit available in this course! If you want to attain an A in this class, then complete all the assignments at the A level.

    CHECK YOUR PIRATE MAIL:  Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. All emails sent to the instructor must include "BI210: Purpose of message" in the subject line of the email. Emails without this information will not be recognized. It is required that you use PirateMail for your online class, so check your PirateMail daily! I will be sending out weekly reminders and other correspondence via PirateMail so you will be missing a lot of information if you do not check your mail.
     

     

    References & Plagiarism: Copying and/or pasting from all sources is unacceptable and can be misconstrued as plagiarism. All submitted documents are to be a SUMMATION of your research and readings. In addition, all submitted documents (homework, discussions, nutrition, wellness, etc.) must contain proper references in an attempt to avoid plagiarism. Any information submitted without references, and is not a summation of researched materials, will earn a grade of ZERO for the whole assignment. Clarification of plagiarism will occur during our week one discussion.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Topic Chapters 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 these 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 weeks 2 -5and involves 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 any questions please contact the instructor.

    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

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

    Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

    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 .



    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Evaluation/Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Outcomes
    2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    Identified and discussed 6 or more items called for in the nutrition-based question 82. Identified and discussed 4-5 items called for in the nutrition-based question 82. Identified and discussed 1-3 items called for in the nutrition-based question 82.  
    Application/Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Defined “lifestyle disease” and gave 6 or more examples. (85)

    Discuss how lifestyle, family history, occupation and geography influence your nutritional choices. (81)

     
    Defined “lifestyle disease” and discussed 5 examples. (85)

    Discuss three facets: lifestyle, family history, occupation and geography;  influence your nutritional choices. (81)

     
    Defined “lifestyle disease” but gave less than 5 examples. (85)

    Discuss two or less facets: lifestyle, family history, occupation and geography;  influence your nutritional choices. (81)

     
     
    Content & Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Listed the 6 dimensions of wellness then elaborated on each with 2 or more examples; consistently used health-specific terminology in answering discussion questions.  (86)  Accurately answered 80% of the objective test items (Qs. 1-80) Listed the 6 dimensions of wellness then gave basic explanation for each and used health-specific terminology in answering discussion questions.  (86)  Accurately answered 60-79% of the objective test items (Qs. 1-80) Listed 1-5 dimensions of wellness but did not explain each or did so in a cursory manner and did not use health-specific terminology in answering discussion questions.  (86)   Accurately answered less than 59% of the objective test items (Qs. 1-80)  
    Civic Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    3, University Mission & Vision                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    Demonstrated mastery of 7 or more negative aspects of substance abuse including examples towards oneself and one's community.  (87) Demonstrated mastery of 4-6 negative aspects of substance abuse including examples towards oneself and one's community. (87) Demonstrated mastery of 3-5 negative aspects of substance abuse including examples towards oneself and one's community. (87)  
    Values Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    Outcomes
    1, 2, 3 University Mission & Vision                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Demonstrated mastery of and implementation of positive lifestyle changes in areas of nutrition, physical wellness, and personal behavior. (81, 82, 85, 86, 88) Demonstrated mastery of but no implementation of positive lifestyle changes in areas of nutrition, physical wellness, and personal behavior. (81, 82, 85, 86, 88) Demonstrated a cursory understanding but no implementation of positive lifestyle changes in areas of nutrition, physical wellness, and personal behavior. (81, 82, 85, 86, 88)  

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