BI214 Personal & Community Health

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BI 214 Personal & Community Health


FA 2010 HOB


Whitehill, Heidi K.


Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography


M.S. Geography, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
B.S. Geography, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Office Location

Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 004

Office Hours

As scheduled

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Aug. 16 - Dec. 7, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

10:10- 11:25 AM

Credit Hours



Health & Wellness, Tenth Edition

Authors: Edlin & Golanty

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett

ISBN: 978-0-7637-6593-4

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Course Description:

BI214 Personal and Community Health LE (MGE): 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:

The journey is the goal.  The instructor is a guide through this course.  The class, including the instructor, will work together to fully understand the class material through an array of learning methods: lectures, discussion and constructive debate, projects, individual projects, film, quizzes and exams. 

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:
 The class will be assessed utilizing semester examinations, assignments, and a comprehensive final exam. Additional assignments may be assigned at the instructors’ discretion to enhance students' knowledge. Pop quizzes may be utilized to assess students' comprehension of the course material. The pop quiz scores will be added to the total semester points. During the course lecture, the instructor will mention various different outside readings designed to enhance the students’ awareness of the material presented in the course. The instructor highly recommends these readings. The instructor reserves the right to alter the course syllabus during anytime of the semester.   



4 @ 100 = 400 pts

Wellness Project

                  100 pts

Nutrition Project         

                  100 pts


                    50 pts

Participation & hmwk     

                    50 pts

 Total Semester Grade

    (your pts/700 pts) x 100

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due by the end of the class period on their due date.  Late assignments will receive a grade of zero.  An absence from the session at which an assignment is due does not exempt one from the assignment due date; it is the student’s responsibility to get assignments to the professor on or before the due date, especially in the case of excused absences as mentioned, above.  Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The following rules of conduct ALWAYS apply:

1) Demonstrate respect for yourself, your classmates, and your instructor.

2) Be honest with yourself and others.

3) Keep your sense of humor.

4) Participate in discussions and activities, and invite others to participate as well.

5) Respect the ideas and opinions of other, even when you do not agree.

6) Contribute to an atmosphere conducive to learning, including eliminating distractions such as electronic devices (such as cell phones, iPods, etc.--i.e., turn them OFF) and off-topic conversations with others. 

7) Arrive on time for class and do not leave early unless you have a valid excuse.

8) NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, plagiarize.

In addition:

Class participation is considered an essential part of the learning process.  Part of your course grade specifically consists of your participation in class discussions and learning activities and you can only earn this credit if you are present (exceptions will only be made for those students who have properly submitted documentation for an excused absence).  Also, be aware that the instructor is required to submit attendance for each class period and that the Park University attendance policy will be strictly followed.  This policy states that any student who has two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences will be administratively withdrawn.   

- The instructor strives to create an informal and non-threatening classroom environment for class discussion.  Since this is an educational forum, the instructor expects each student to act accordingly.  Therefore, students will be expected to treat fellow students and the instructor with respect.  Disruptive or disrespectful behavior toward another student or the instructor will not be tolerated, and the offending student(s) will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the period (which will affect the student's class participation score).  Repeated occurrences of such behavior will be grounds for further administrative action as allowed by the Park University student code of conduct. 

- All students will be held accountable for any material presented or discussed or through assigned readings.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain all materials and information missed during a class session, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused by the instructor.  Failure on the part of the student to acquire missed information – for any reason (excused or unexcused absence, leaving class early, etc.) – will not excuse the student from questions over that material on any assessment activity (quiz, exam, portfolio assignment, etc.).
- Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  However, students must recognize that technology can also be problematic.  Students are expected to be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technological problems that may be encountered.  Therefore, computer problems will NOT automatically be considered grounds for having late work excused.  Be sure to save copies of your work to both a disk and your computer hard drive and print extra paper copies for backup purposes. 

- While students may use personal laptop computers for notetaking during class, they should NOT be used for surfing the internet, emailing, gaming, or any other activities that may distract the student or other students from learning the material being discussed.  Students who fail to adhere to this policy may be asked to no longer use their computers in class.

- All electronic devices (cell phones, laptop computers, etc.) must be turned OFF and put away during exam periods.  Students may not answer phone calls or text messages during an exam.  Any use of such devices during an exam may result in the student being given NO CREDIT (i.e., ZERO points) for the exam.  If you are anticipating an important message during an exam period, you should talk with the instructor in advance about scheduling another time for the exam.

- Repeated failure to adhere to any of these guidelines for classroom conduct may result in a deduction of one letter grade to the student's final grade for each occurrence after the instructor has discussed the issue with the student.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Topic Read Chapter(s) Assignment Due/Exam
1 Syllabus, Achieving Personal Health 1  
2 Choosing a Nutritious Diet 5  
3 Managing a Healthy Weight 6  
4 Physical Activity for Health & Well Being 7  
5 Mind-Body Communications Maintain Wellness 2 Exam 1 (Chapters 1, 5-7) 
6 Managing Stress: Restoring Mind-Body Harmony Mental Health & Mental Illness 3&4  
7 Sexuality & Intimate Relationships Understanding Pregnancy & Parenthood 8&9  
8 Choosing a Fertility Control Method Protection Against Sexually Transmitted Disease & AIDS 10&11 Wellness Assignment
9 Using Drugs Responsibility 16 Exam 2 (Chapters 3, 4, 8-11) 
10 Drugs Continued Eliminating Tobacco Use  16 & 17  
11 Eliminating Tobacco Use Continued Using Alcohol Responsibility 17 & 18  
12 Using Alcohol Responsibility Continued 18  
13 Reducing Infection and Building Immunity: Knowledge Encourages Prevention 12 Exam 3 (Chapters 16-18) 
14 Cancer: Understanding Risks and Means of Prevention  13 Nutrition Assignment
15 Cardiovascular Diseases: Understanding Risks 14  
16 Final Exam: TBA    

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
If you have an questions about if what your doing is or is not plagiarism, ask your instructor.

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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: .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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.  
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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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