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GHTH 100: Personal Wellness Spring 2009 Todd M. Sabato, Ph.D., CHES Phone: 540.568.2979 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: HHS 3149 Office Hours: M/W 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, T/TH 11:00 – 12:00 PM 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 Knowledge about health and its utilization in making meaningful decisions throughout 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 Recognition of solutions for common health problems The ability to work with others to solve common health problems REQUIRED TEXTS: Donatelle, R.J. (2008). Access to Health. (10th ed.) Pearson Benjamin Cummings. . COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Examinations (4 worth 100 points each, total 400 points) There will be four exams given over the course of the semester, specific dates of which are provided on the tentative course outline. Exam questions will cover text and lecture material. The final exam will not be comprehensive. Students must be present for all exams unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Without prior notification and approval by the instructor, no make-up exams will be given. Pre- and Post-Wellness Assessment (2 worth 10 points each, total 20 points) Due January 29, April 23 All GHTH 100 students must complete a Pre- and Post-TestWell assignment, which will be further discussed in class and are described in the course manual. Wellness Passport Assignment (50 points) 2 due March 5, 3 due April 16 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. The assignment is a combination of three responsibilities: 1) Attendance at five different Wellness Passport events 2) Having Wellness Passport forms stamped at each event attended, and 3) Completing the Passport assignment forms to submit to your instructor A list of pre-selected and approved events will be posted throughout the semester. In order to receive full credit, each student must attend five Passport events, each of which must be from a DIFFERENT dimension of wellness. Individual Physical Wellness Assignment (30 points) Due April 14 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 http://wellness.healthsci.jmu.edu POINT DISTRIBUTION: GRADES: Wellness Assessment Assignments 20 90% of total points = A Wellness Passport Assignment 50 80% of total points = B Individual Physical Wellness Assignment 30 70% of total points = C Exams (4 @ 100 points each) 400 60% of total points = D Total 500 <60% of total points = F 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. CLASS POLICIES Attendance 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 two 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 one letter grade deduction from their end of semester final score. 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. 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 An assignment is considered late if it is not submitted in class the day it is due. Assignments that are late may be accepted in rare instances with a five point penalty, but only with prior notification and approval from your instructor. Without prior notification and approval, no late assignments will be accepted. 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 prior to class and leave a telephone number where you can be reached. Without prior notification and approval, no make-up exam will be given. Problems 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 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 Outline Date Topic Chapter Readings January 13 Introduction to GHTH 100: Personal Wellness 1 January 15 Health and Wellness: The State of America and Virginia 1 January 20 NO CLASS – Inauguration Day January 22 Guest Speaker from UREC January 27 Psychosocial Health: Coping with Stress 2/3 January 29 Coping with Stress: 2/3 Stress Reduction Techniques February 3 Drinking Responsibly: Alcohol Facts 12 February 5 Drinking Responsibly: Alcohol Facts 12 February 10 Illicit Drugs and Controlled Substances 14 February 12 Illicit Drugs and Controlled Substances 14 February 17 NO CLASS – Student Assessment Day February 19 Tobacco and Nicotine 13 February 24 FIRST EXAMINATION February 26 Nutrition: Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle 8 March 3 Nutrition: Eating on a College Budget 8 March 5 Weight Management 9 March 10, 12 SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS March 17 Physical Fitness and Physical Activity: 10 Lifestyle Challenges March 19 Physical Fitness and Physical Activity: 10 Lifestyle Challenges March 24 SECOND EXAMINATION March 26 Sexual Anatomy and Physiology 6 March 31 Sexual Anatomy and Physiology 6 April 2 Human Relationships and Dysfunctions 6 April 7 Reproductive Choices: Contraception and 7 Birth Control April 9 Pregnancy and Childbirth 7 April 14 THIRD EXAMINATION April 16 Sexually Transmitted Infections 17 April 21 Sexually Transmitted Infections 17 April 23 HIV/AIDS 17 April 28 HIV/AIDS 17 April 30 Catch Up Day Please read the fine print1 regarding course changes. Fine Print: 1 While the provisions of this syllabus are as accurate and complete as possible, the instructor reserves the right to change any provision without actual notice if circumstances so warrant. However, every effort will be made to keep students advised of such changes. Information about such changes will be available at all times from the instructor. It is the students’ responsibility to know what changes, if any, have been made to this syllabus and to successfully complete the requirements of this course.
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