GHTH 100 Spring 09 Syllabus by a69hDM0v


									                                  GHTH 100: Personal Wellness

                                       Dr. Gail Brook Arthur

Section 007: MWF 8am-8:50am                                  Section 0011: MW 2:30pm – 3:45pm
Section 008: MWF 9:05am -9:55 am                             Section 0012: MW 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Contact Information:
E-mail: (preferred)

Phone: 568-8974

Office: HHS Building, Room 3143 B

Office Hours:    MWF: 10: 15am – 11:30am
                 TR: 1 pm – 2pm

Course Information:


                        Graduate Assistant: Stormy Derrow,,
                        Stormy’s office: HHS 3137, Office Hours: Monday- 10:00 to 3:00
                                Tuesday- 9:00 to 11:30, 4:00 to 5:30
                                      Wednesday- 9:00 to 11:30
                               Thursday- 9:00 to 11:30, 4:00 TO 5:30
                                       Friday- 10:00 to 2:30

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the lifestyle behaviors that
contribute to health promotion and disease prevention. Factors affecting health status will be identified
and suggestions will be made as to how health-related behaviors, self-care, and individual decisions
contribute to health and wellness.
Course objectives: At the completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate through testing,
discussion, and personal experience, the following:

        Identification of the dimensions of wellness, as well as the impact of heredity; lifestyle, and
         environment on well-being.
        Understand the dimensions of wellness, the various factors affecting each dimension, and how
         dimensions are interrelated.
        Understand the relationship between personal behaviors and lifelong health and wellness.
        Recognize an individual’s level of health and wellness and understand how these levels impact
         quality of life.
        Identify and implement strategies that improve an individual’s wellness.
        Knowledge about health and its utilization in making meaningful decisions throughout the life
        Examination of personal behaviors related to health and wellness.
        Assessment and interpretation of one’s state of overall wellness, as well as the development
         and implementation of a personal wellness plan.
        The ability to use reputable resources to learn about and evaluate current societal trends in
         health and social behavior.
        The ability to communicate, at an acceptable level, about health needs.
       The ability to work with others to solve common health problems.

Required Text:
Donatelle, R.J. (2008) Access to Health (10 edition) Benjamin Cummings


       Examinations (4 worth 100 points each)
            o There will be four exams given over the course of the semester, specific dates are
                 provided on the tentative course outline. Exam questions will cover text and lecture
                 material. The final exam will not be comprehensive.
            o Students must be present for all exams unless prior arrangements have been made
                 with the instructor. Make-up exams may be scheduled with the instructor. Make-up
                 exams should be arranged in the week following the originally scheduled exam. After 2
                 weeks, the instructor may refuse to allow a make-up exam or provide an alternative
                 exam in order to for the exam results to be reviewed with the class.
       Pre- and Post-Wellness Assessments (2 worth 10 points each, total 20 points)
            o Due January 30, 2009, and April 20, 2009
            o All GHTH 100 students must complete a pre- and post-wellness assignment, which will
                 be further discussed in class and are described in the course manual.
       Wellness Passport Assignment (50 points)

            3 due February 27, 2009; 2 due April 15, 2009. Assignments may be turned in during the
            previous class period but are due no later than noon on the due date at my office.

                      o   This assignment provides students with the opportunity to experience health
                          enhancing activities, programs, and services offered to all JMU students, as
                          well as programs designed specifically for GHTH 100 students.
                      o The assignment is a combination of three responsibilities:
                               1. Attendance at five different Wellness Passport events.
                               2. Having Wellness Passport forms stamped from each event attended.
                                    (These forms are available for purchase in the HHSB Copy Center in
                                    room 1002 for $.15 each or they may be downloaded at
                                    verification forms must be printed on cardstock in order to be
                                    accepted.) Up to 2 points will be deducted if the assignment is not
                                    printed on cardstock.
                               3. Completing the Passport assignment forms to submit to your
                                    instructor by the dates listed above.
                      o A list of pre-selected and approved events will be posted throughout the
                          semester at In order to
                          receive full credit, each student must attend five Passport events, each of
                          which must be from a DIFFERENT dimension of wellness: intellectual,
                          emotional, social, spiritual/environmental, and occupational. For further
                          instructions please go to the Personal Wellness website page:
                Individual Physical Wellness Assignment (30 points)
                     o Due April 22, 2009
                     o This project allows students to construct their own physical wellness plan, and
                         allows them to become more familiar with activities related to physical
                         wellness that are available on the JMU campus. Specific instructions can be
                         found at This activity will
                           be further discussed in class. The student is responsible for keeping his own
                           fitness log and turning it in to the instructor to indicate completion of this
                 Video Journal (35 points)
                      o Throughout this course, the student will view video material to reinforce what
                           is discussed in class. The student will view 7 videos worth 5 points each and
                           record a summary and his/her response to the video online in a journal on
                           blackboard. This assignment will be discussed further in class.
                 Nutritional Assessment (15 points)
                      o Due April 1, 2009
                      o Students will complete a nutritional analysis and submit a meal plan during the
                           section on nutrition and fitness during the course. This assignment will be
                           discussed further in class.
                 Extra Credit
                      o There will be an opportunity to earn up to ten extra credit points by writing a
                           letter to the student’s Congressman or Senator on a health related issue(7.5
                           pts) and participating in a relaxation activity (2.5 pts). The letter to a legislator
                           will be graded on the ability to correctly address a business envelope the ability
                           to correctly structure a business, the ability to support the student’s opinion in
                           the letter with facts or a personal story, the use of appropriate grammar (the
                           ability to correctly address a government official. THE STUDENT’S OPINION IS
                           THE STUDENT’S OWN AND WILL NOT BE GRADED. Corrected letters will be
                           returned to the student and then recollected to be forwarded to the
                           government official. This assignment will be further discussed in class.

Point Distribution:                                                                 Grades:
         Pre- and Post- Wellness Assessments           20                 90% of total points = A-
         Wellness Passport Assignments                 50                 80% of total points = B-
         Individual Physical Wellness Assignment       30                 70% of total points = C-
         Video Journal                                 35                 60% of total points = D-
         Nutritional Assessment                        15                 <60% of total points = F
         Exams (4 @ 100 pts each)             400
                           Total:             550
The +/- system is used at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor DOES NOT round to the nearest
whole number, so students must receive the appropriate number of points to receive a desired grade.
Based on the points for the course, grading should be as follows:

A                 514-550pts                             C+                 423.5-439.9

A-                495-513.9pts                           C                  404-423.4

B+                478.5-494.9                            C-                 385-403.9

B                 459-478.4                              D+                 368.5-384.9

B-                440-458.9                              D                  349-367.9

   Attendance
                 o   Due to the participatory nature of the course, it will be difficult to make up for absences.
                     Therefore, attendance is expected and will be taken during each class period. Students are
                     expected to attend class regularly and on time. Students will be allowed three excused or
                     unexcused absences. If you have 0 absences, you will be awarded 10 bonus points to your
                     final class total. If you have 1-2 absences, you will have 5 points added to your final class
                     total. These bonus points recognize the learning experiences while attending class that are
                     not measured by examinations or assignments. Students missing six or more classes will
                     receive a 50 point deduction from their end of semester final score.
                 o   I expect to start class on time, which requires you to be here. Once you arrive for class, you
                     are expected to remain until the class is over, unless prior arrangements have been made
                     with the instructor. Arriving to class late will not be tolerated.
                 o   CISAT Attendance Policy / Administrative Withdrawal: Any student who does not attend the
                     first two (2) scheduled class meetings may be administratively dropped from class. Students
                     dropped for non-attendance will be notified via e-mail by the Health Sciences Department.
                     Students who fail to attend the first two meetings of class but who do not receive e-mail
                     notification need to be aware that they have not been administratively dropped. Unless
                     these students drop the course through the normal process, they will receive a grade at the
                     end of the semester.

   Late Assignments and Missed Exams
           o An assignment is considered late if it is not submitted in class the day it is due. Assignments that
               are late may be accepted with a 1 point penalty for each day it is late, but only with prior
               notification and approval from your instructor. Without prior notification and approval, no late
               assignments will be accepted.
           o Exams are to be taken the day they are scheduled. In rare instances, and subject to the
               instructor’s approval, a make-up exam may be arranged. However, you must contact your
               instructor and leave a telephone number or e-mail where you can be reached. Without
               notification and approval, no make-up exam will be given. All exams and quizzes are recorded
               using your PeopleSoft number. You must record this number on each test. Failure to correctly
               record your number will void a quiz or reduce an exam by 10 points.
           o If it is determined that an exam cannot be given or an assignment cannot be turned in due to
               inclement weather or any other University emergency, the exam or class assignment will be due
               on the next available class date.
           o Leaving a class during an exam will result in forfeiture of that exam score.

   Class Conduct
        o This is a large class. In order for all students to benefit, everyone must behave in a mature and
            professional manner.
        o All cell phone and pagers must be turned off during class. Any cell phones or pagers that go off
            during class will be confiscated until the end of class.
        o There will be no computers allowed in class unless the student has ADA accommodations or unless
            the student obtains permission from the lecturer.

   American With Disabilities Act (ADA)
       o The Director of Disability Services, Mr. Lou Hedrick (x6705, Wilson 107) is JMU’s designated ADA
           compliance official. Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special
           arrangements in order to meet course requirements, should contact Mr. Hedrick as soon as possible.
           An initial prerequisite to receiving any necessary accommodations is completed documentation on
           file with the Office of Disability Services.
   Problems
           o If students have personal problems or conflicts, please let the instructor know as soon as
             possible. Most things can be worked out ahead of time. Do not assume that things can be
             corrected after the fact.

   Other Information
    o Honor Code Violations: Please consult the 2008-2009 James Madison University Student Handbook for
       information related to the JMU Honor Code. Any student who is found guilty of an honor violation will
       receive a grade of “F” in the course in which the violation occurred, and will not be permitted to re-take
       that course on a repeat/forgiveness basis. Any questions concerning academic dishonesty should be
       directed to the professor.

Tentative Course Schedule: Due to inclement weather or unanticipated events this may be
subject to change.

Week 1                                 Introduction to Personal               Chapter 1
                                       Wellness and Behavior

Week 2                                 No Class Jan. 19                       Chapter 2

                                       Psychosocial Health

Week 3                                 Guest Speaker Jan. 26                  Chapter 3

                                       Coping with Stress

                                       Pre-Wellness Assignment due
                                       January 28

Week 4                                 Addiction                              Chapters 11
                                       Alcohol, Tobacco and Illicit Drugs     Chapters 12, 13, 14

Week 5                                 Alcohol, Tobacco and Illicit Drugs     Chapters 12, 13, 14
                                       Exam 1: February 11, 2009

Week 6                                 Healthy Relationships                  Chapter 5

                                       Violence in America                    Chapter4

Week 7                                 Sexuality and Sexually                 Chapters 6, 7 and end of 17
                                       Transmitted Diseases

                                       3 Passports due February 27
                                       at noon
Week 8                       Sexuality and Sexually           Chapters 6, 7 and end of 17
                             Transmitted Diseases

                             Exam 2: March 4, 2009

March 8-14                   Spring Break No Class

Week 9                       Pregnancy and Child Birth        Chapters 7

                             Nutrition and Physical Fitness   Chapters 8 and 10

Week 10                      Nutrition and Physical Fitness   Chapters 8 and 10

Week 11                      Nutrition and Physical Fitness   Chapters 8, 9, and 10
                             Body Image and Weight

                             Nutrition Assessment due
                             April 1, 2009

Week 12                      Cardiovascular Disease           Chapter 15

                             Exam 3: April 8, 2009

Week 13                      Cancer Topics                    Chapter 16

                             Infectious Disease               Chapter 17

                             2 Passports due April 15

Week 14                      Health Bytes                     Chapter 18

                             Post-Test Wellness
                             Assignment due April 20

                             Physical Wellness Log due
                             April 22

Week 15                      No Class April 27

                             Health Bytes

Final Exams:

Section 0007: Friday, May 8, 2009, 8am-10am, Room 2204
Section 0008: Monday, May 4, 2009, 10:30am-12:30pm, Room 2204
Section 0011: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 10:30am- 12:30pm, Room1301
Section 0012: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 1pm-3pm, Room 1301

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