BI214 Personal & Community Health

for S2T 2013

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BI 214 Personal & Community Health


S2T 2013 DLA


Ladner, Debora C.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Biology/Chemistry
M.S. Biology/Marine Science
PhD. Environmental Science

Office Location


Office Hours

Wednesday, 8:00 pm. - 9:00 p.m., CST


Semester Dates

3/11/13 - 5/12/13

Class Days

Sunday - Saturday

Class Time

24 hours online



Credit Hours



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

Required: Nutrition and Wellness Projects
Use the nutrition analysis program approved by your instructor. 
This requires registration and familiarization with program by end of week 1.

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Course Description:
BI214 Personal and Community Health (LE) : 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 @

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:
Comprehensive Departmental Exam

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; 
  • weekly reading assignments and class activities; 
  • weekly discussion topics;
  • weekly mastery questions;
  • a comprehensive proctored final examination (=core assessment) during Week 8.  (Meets 25% of overall course grade)

    Proctored Final Examination:

    A proctored comprehensive final examination must be taken in a proctored testing environment during Week 8 at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. Because this exam is comprehensive, I urge you to schedule the final for the latter part of Week 8 so that the material for that week may be covered. The Final Exam is closed book/closed note and will take two hours to complete.

    It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor no later than Week 6 of the term. Non-Park proctors must be accepted by your instructor. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Proctor Website. A Proctor Request Form will be made available to you during the second week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade. Proctored examinations require photo identification at the time of the test.
  • 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


     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. Late assignments that are graded will be assessed a penalty.

    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
    FORMAT: A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The class begins the first day of the term and ends midnight the last Sunday of the term. Material for each week will be released on the Friday prior to the start of the week. You can access each week's materials by clicking on the various links (e.g., Lecture, Discussion, Homework, Mastery Quiz). Unless otherwise indicated, assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday at midnight Central Time. It is important to understand that this is not a course where assignments can be posted at any time during the 8-week term and there is a deadline each week for that week's assignments. Assignments posted after the deadline will not receive credit.

    TIME COMMITTMENT: Students are expected to devote a minimum of SIX 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!  

    : When preparing your Discussion postings, Homework and Quiz answers, you must properly cite any and ALL of your sources; including your text book! Copying and pasting of information you find on the Internet (or any other source) without the use of quotation marks and proper citations is plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Please be sure to download the Reference Formats file in the Doc Sharing area that addresses how you should cite your references; your grade on your Discussion postings, Homework and Reports will reflect your ability to do this correctly. Furthermore, proper use of information you find in books, newspapers, journals or on the Internet include:
    • Paraphrasing or summarizing information you find and proper citation of the reference. This means that you MUST USE YOUR OWN WORDS in your responses!!!!
    • Limited direct quotation of phrases using quotation marks. I will NOT accept large amounts of quoted material; you must use your own words whenever possible!
    • Proper citation of the reference (see the Reference Format file in the Doc sharing area)
    The above policy is true for your Discussion postings, Homework assignments, Quiz answers and Reports. If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent it, take some time to review this Plagiarism Tutorial. Additional resources are available in the course Webliography. Penalties for plagiarism in this course are:
    • First offense: You will receive a written Plagiarism Warning from your instructor and a zero for that particular portion of the assignment.
    • Second offense: You will receive another written Plagiarism Warning and a zero for the entire assignment.
    • Third offense: I will submit a written Plagiarism Warning and an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report to an Online Academic Director.
      DISCUSSION ACTIVITIES: A good deal of your learning in this class will take place in our weekly Discussions. 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. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) will not be allowed. There are two Discussion topics 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 (in both topics) by Sunday. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning tool.

      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. NOTE: In many cases, the questions in the Discussions (and Homework) have a "correct" answer and you are expected to search your Textbook, online lectures or other sources to answer them.
      • 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.
      • ALL sources used (including your textbook) MUST be properly cited.
      SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS: All Homework and Project reports must be submitted via the appropriate Dropbox. To access these dropboxes, click on the Dropbox tab at the top of the course page and use the dropdown menu to select the dropbox (e.g., Week 1 Homework). Assignments MUST be uploaded as a SINGLE file attachment (no multiple files will be accepted with the exception of the assessment surveys) to the drop box as either a Word or Rich Text Format document. No other file formats will be accepted for credit. Please do not type your answers directly into the Dropbox comment area. Time permitting, your work may be "pre-graded" if submitted early in the week. So if you are able to submit your Homework early in the week, check back and see if you left any comments in the dropbox. Do NOT count on this happening though! Late work (e.g., submitted after the Sunday deadline) will not be accepted unless under extreme circumstances. You must contact the instructor PRIOR to the deadline in order to make arrangements for late submission (if approved).   If you are confused about any instructions, be sure you FIRST read through the course Announcements; each week I will post a summary of assignments. If you are still unsure, contact me immediately.

      :  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. The quizzes are graded automatically, BUT please note there are a number of fill-in the blank and short answer questions that will need to hand graded; often your answer may be correct but the computer does not recognize it (e.g., misspelling, slightly different phrasing). It is strongly recommended that you submit your first attempt no later than SATURDAYs so that the Quiz can be graded. This is the procedure recommended for completing the Mastery quizzes:
      • 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.
      • Wait 12-24 hrs to allow for hand grading of your quiz and then check the GRADEBOOK. If you have not met the 80% cut-off, you will have a zero. The 15 pts will be entered when you have reached 80%.
      • Note that you may have 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! To access the feedback, click on the grade (or asterisk) in the Gradebook for a given quiz.
      • Retake the quiz if necessary. You only have until Sunday of each week to reach the required 80%.  
      During weeks 1 through 5 you will be working on your Nutrition Project by recording the foods that you eat during Week 2 (normal eating) and Week 4 (healthy eating).  You will use the a dietary analysis to record and analyze your foods.  It is your responsibility to create an account and familiarize yourself with the process of recording foods and generating the required reports during this time.  You are not able to retrieve individual material that you entered earlier in the week, so it is wise to run the daily reports and then simply copy and paste the reports into Word or another wordprocessing program.  Be sure to review the materials provided in the Doc Sharing area.

      During weeks 1-7 you will be working on your Wellness Project.  It will involve a series of worksheets related to wellness.

      : 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.

      : You are responsible for checking the Gradebook weekly to be sure all of your grades have been entered. Associated with each grade will be Feedback on your performance (e.g., discussions, homework, quizzes, project work). It is critical that you READ this information, since it is designed to help you improve or to recognize what constitutes acceptable work. To read individual feedback on each assignment, click on the grade for that assignment. This should bring up any comments for you to read. Files may be attached as well which you should download and read.

      : 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. 
      ATTENDANCE: Attendance in this online course is determined by your keeping up to date with classroom assignments and responses. Your attendance is also tracked by the amount of time spent online. You are required to participate in the weekly discussion topics. Failure to "show up" for the weekly work will count as an absence for that week. Computers do crash, but this is not a legitimate excuse to miss class. It is your responsibility to notify me by phone and/or find another means to submit your work. See Park's attendance policy below as well.
      CHECK YOUR COURSE E-MAIL:  Please be aware that the method of communication via e-mail within the course has changed.  The e-mails sent through the class format are no longer forward to your Park e-mail.  You must enter the course and check under the e-mail tab.

      : In addition to the specific course policies above, students are responsible for reading and adhering to Park's Online Course Policies. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.


      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

      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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

      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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

      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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

      Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

      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 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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