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First Course Syllabus

Class Name:

Health 11                      Principles pf Healthful Living


Spring 2009


Heather Eubanks


# 0353 Online


(818) xxx-xxxx



Faculty Web Page: http://www.lamission.edu/health-pe/eubanks/


(UC:CSU) 3 UNITS Prerequisite: None | Lecture 3 hours

Implements the World Health Organization’s definition of health that Health is the state of physical, mental and social well being, not merely the absence of disease.

Student Learning Outcomes : Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

·         Identify and explain in writing the dimensions of health and how they relate to total wellness

·         Analyze 'overall wellness' and what one can do to maintain and improve it


  • Self Motivation and Self Discipline - To succeed in this class you must do all the assignments on time! You will need to make sure you are staying current with all reading, assignments, and activities.
  • Take an Active Role- The instructor’s role in this class will be to provide you with resources and opportunities to explore and use them. I am here to guide you through as you learn therefore you will need to take active role in the learning process.
  • Time Requirements - This is a regular 3 unit class. You will need to spend at least the same amount of time you would working on traditional format classes. (approximately 6 hours a week)
  • Interaction - In online classes we stress interaction with your fellow students. Many times you will learn just as much from each other as from your instructor. Look forward to finding solutions, applications and other neat stuff and sharing it with your fellow classmates.

Attendance and Participation Policy

You will be expected to participate actively in class discussions and activities. It will be to your advantage to log in to the class website at least 3-4 times a week to check on discussions and to work on activities. If you will be traveling or otherwise unable to access the class website for a period of more than a few days, drop me a note and let me know so that I won't wonder where you disappeared to!

Office Hours

I maintain virtual office hours: Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 P.M. This means you can reach me using your computer and a telephone at this time. Here is where you can get a response a little more quickly. Typically I will respond within 24-48 hours to most questions. To access the virtual office hours you go to www.cccconfer.org and log in. I have created a link under the Communication Tools to take you there directly. There is also a document I created titled "How to Use Virtual Office Hours."  This document is listed under Important Class Documents and will give you directions on how to use the virual office hours

Contact Instructor

If you are going to have serious problems that prevents you from completing assignment or quiz on time, you must let me know PRIOR to missing the assignment. I prefer you send me email to: <font color="#3f87f3">heubanks@sierracollege.edu.

Dropping the Class

Circumstances may arise that will keep you from completing the course. If this is the case, drop the class. As a policy, I do not exclude students.

Required Text

  • An Invitation to Health, Brief Fifth Edition By Dianne Hales

    Published by Thomson Wadsworth 2008, 2006

  • From time to time in the course I will post other online readings for you.

Additional Materials Needed :

  • Computer access - you will need access to a computer with MS Word installed. You computer must be reliable, and accessible
  • Internet access -you can use a dial up connection, but it would be best for some of the class if you have a DSL or Cable connection. Most importantly, it must be reliable.
  • Plug Ins - you will need to insure you have the following plug-in installed on your computers:
  • Email -we will make extensive use of email. Make sure you update your profile with your current email information. If you do not have email, there are several ways you can get one for free such as www.yahoo.com or www.hotmail.com.

Grading: A traditional grading scale will apply. Grades will be determined by the following criteria and values:

A = 100-90%         (865 to 778 points)

B= 89-80%            (777 to  692 points)

C= 79-70%            (691 to  605 points)

D= 69-60%            (604 to 519 points)

F= 59% or less       (518 or less points)       



Point Value



Forum Discussions (weekly)

Your post= 5 points

Replies to classmates= 5 points each x 2 




Private Journal Entries (15 weeks)



Written Assignments 

4 assignment @ 25 points




Quizzes (by Chapter)




4 Exams @ 50 points 





 Cumulative Final Exam





Total Points Possible




Posting of Grades:

Your grades will be posted on the class web site. Only you can see your grades. It is your responsibility to insure you have received the proper grades for your assignments, quizzes and tests. Please bring any discrepancies to my attention ASAP do not wait until the end of the course. I will assign numeric grades to several assignments. Some assignments will be graded as Credit or No Credit.

Course ground rules: For example,

·         Participation is required

·         Students are expected to communicate with other students in team projects

·         Learn how to navigate in your Course Management System

·         Keep abreast of course announcements

·         Address technical problems immediately

·         Observe course netiquette at all times. Instructor guidelines for communication by email, discussion groups, chat, and the use of web resources. Some examples are:


1.     Always include a subject line.

2.     Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.

3.     Use standard fonts.

4.     Do not send large attachments without permission.

5.     Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.

6.     Respect the privacy of other class members.

Discussion groups

  1. Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  2. Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  3. Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other's ideas.
  4. Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  5. Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  6. Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  7. Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Disabilities Policy :

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all qualified students enrolled in this course are entitled to "reasonable accommodations." Please notify the instructor during the first week of class of any accommodations needed for the course.

Disabled Students Program & Servicesoffice strives to accommodate any special need requirements.

Class Schedule

Week #


Weekly Topics


Feb 9-14

Class Overview, Navigating Class Webpage, Introductions


Feb 15-21

Chapter 1: An Invitation to Health


Feb 22-28

Chapter 2: Psychological Health


Mar 1-7

Chapter 3: Personal Stress Management


Mar 8-14

Chapter 4: The Joy of Fitness


Mar 15-21

Chapter 5: Personal Nutrition


Mar 22-29

Chapter 6: Taking Control of Your Weight


Mar 29-Ap 4

Chapter 7: Relationships and Sexuality


Spring Break


April 12-18

Chapter 8: Reproductive Choices


April 19-25

Chapter 9: Preventing Infectious Diseases


April 26-May 2

Chapter 10: Lowering Your Risk of Major Diseases


May 3-9

Chapter 11: Drug Use, Misuse, and Abuse


May 10-16

Chapter 12: Alcohol and Tobacco Use, Misuse, and Abuse


May 17-23

Chapter 13: Protecting Yourself, Your Rights, and Your Health


May 24-30

Chapter 14: Working Toward a Healthy Environments


June 2-8

 Final Exam

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