BI214 Personal & Community Health

for S1T 2012

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Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.


BI 214 Personal & Community Health


S1T 2012 DLC


Werts, Brenda Marie


Senior Instructor


MS Biology
MPA - Public Administration
MBA - Masters of Business Administration

Office Hours


Daytime Phone

(210) 520-6792


Semester Dates

Monday, January 16, 2012, through to Sunday, March 11, 2012

Class Days

Monday through Sunday

Class Time




Credit Hours




Health & Wellness, 10th ed
Author: Edlin & Golanty
ISBN: 9780763765934 or 0763765937

Required:  MyPyramidTracker - 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. Please read the Announcement and Units about this project on the course homepage to find links to tutorials to help get you started.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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 or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
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.
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 regarding the roles and responsibilities of an instructor has a direct impact on student performance and success in the classroom. My instructional methodology used in the online classroom is as follows:
1. Course Organization: The instructor must reinforce core learning outcomes, conduct the course according to the expectations and schedule presented in the syllabus, and be consistently well-prepared & organized. Further, students must know on a daily/weekly basis what is expected of them.
2. Instruction: The instructor must be a subject-matter expert. Being a technical expert in the health field is crucial to gaining student confidence. The instructor must be able to explain concepts clearly and effectively. Further, the instructor must stress important points in information resources (lectures, discussions, etc). Finally, the instructor must strengthen students' understanding of course concepts through various interactions. However, my technical knowledge does not mean that I do not learn from my students. An instructor who coveys this message to students will typically enjoy a more lively class.
3. Interaction and Discussion: To effectively fulfill this role, I must lead & participate actively in class discussions. This includes communicating clearly & meaningfully in course discussions, and stimulating ongoing discussion that leads to higher thinking (particularly applicable to ethics discussions). In doing so, I become a facilitator of learning. Finally, the instructor must be responsive to student questions.
4. Assessments, Grading and Feedback: The instructor must be clear and specific in assignment directions and evaluation criteria. The instructor must provide helpful, individualized, and constructive feedback on all assignments including the following: correcting errors, highlighting strengths, and providing suggestions for improvement. To enhance the learning process, grading and feedback must be completed in a timely manner. The instructor must keep students informed of their progress in the course. Lastly, overall course grades must accurately represent students' mastery of course objectives.
5. Classroom Climate: The instructor must maintain a positive atmosphere in the classroom. This includes being sensitive to student difficulty with course work and being easy to communicate with and available for consultation.
6. Professional Engagement: This includes being responsive to formative feedback (from both students and classroom evaluators) to enhance course facilitation/management throughout the term. It also includes staying abreast of recent developments in the health arena. I fulfill this responsibility by reading articles and attending seminars on personal and community health. Also, I routinely make use of textbook publisher's companion websites. These sites are continuously updated with links to articles, message boards, etc. to keep instructors up-to-date.

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:

Core assessment is the final exam consisting of 89 objective questions and 6 discussion question (point value indicated on each).

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)

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

Activity Points
Final Exam 225
Wellness Project 100
Nutrition Project 100
Discussion Threads 160
Mastery Quizzes 120


 TOTAL 865

A = 90-100% Of total possible points

B = 80-89%   "    "       "       "

C = 70-79%   "    "       "       "

D = 60-69%   "    "       "       "

F = < 60%      "    "       "       "

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 mastery quizzes before you will receive credit.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The course week goes from Monday- Sunday. All course work is due by Sunday of that week by 11:59 PM C.S.T. Points will be deducted for late work. [ Monday= 10% deduction, Tuesday= 20% deduction, Wednesday= work not accepted]. Please monitor time and dates for assignments due.  This is the students responsibility.

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.

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 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 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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: .

Additional Information:



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 questions Identified and discussed 4-5 items called for in the nutrition-based questions. Identified and discussed 1-3 items called for in the nutrition-based questions.  
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Defined “lifestyle disease” and gave 6 or more examples.     Discuss how lifestyle, family history, occupation and geography influence your nutritional choices.

Defined “lifestyle disease” and discussed 5 examples.    Discuss three facets: lifestyle, family history, occupation and geography;  influence your nutritional choices. Defined “lifestyle disease” but gave less than 5 examples.    Discuss two or less facets: lifestyle, family history, occupation and geography;  influence your nutritional choices.

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.   Accurately answered 80% of the objective test items Listed the 6 dimensions of wellness then gave basic explanation for each and used health-specific terminology in answering discussion questions.   Accurately answered 60-79% of the objective test items 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.   Accurately answered less than 59% of the objective test items  
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. Demonstrated mastery of 4-6 negative aspects of substance abuse including examples towards oneself and one's community. Demonstrated mastery of 3-5 negative aspects of substance abuse including examples towards oneself and one's community.  
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. Demonstrated mastery of but no implementation of positive lifestyle changes in areas of nutrition, physical wellness, and personal behavior. Demonstrated a cursory understanding but no implementation of positive lifestyle changes in areas of nutrition, physical wellness, and personal behavior.  


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