HLTH103 Life and Health

Department of Kinesiology and Sport Studies: Health

I. Course Number and Title
HLTH103 Life and Health
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course meets the General Education requirement for Critical Thinking.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is an introduction to perplexing personal and social health problems in contemporary society, providing opinions, data, and facts that help the student investigate these problems. A synthesis of knowledge is presented from a variety of disciplines, such as medicine, psychology, physiology, sociology, sexology, and child development.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. analyze and interpret current literature on health guidelines and disease to connect ones' own lifestyle behaviors to disease prevention and treatment [Critical Thinking];
    2. identify personal health guidelines, based on scientifically valid data;
    3. demonstrate understanding that his or her health is affected by physical, mental, social, and spiritual interactions and variables;
    4. identify physiological, psychologicall, and epidemiological variables related to chronic diseases, transmitted diseases, diseases of addiction, and mental illnesses;
    5. demonstrate an understanding of humans' impact on the environment and identify ways to protect it for future generations; and
    6. employ stress management techniques into everyday situations.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    Course Outline:

    1. Taking Charge of Your Health
    2. Stress: The Constant Challenge
    3. Mental Health
    4. Substance Use and Abuse: Making Responsible Decisions
      1. Tobacco
      2. Alcohol
      3. Psychoactive Drugs
    5. Nutrition Facts and Fallacies
    6. Weight Control
    7. Exercise for Health, Fitness, and Performance
    8. Cardiovascular Health
    9. Cancer
    10. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    11. Sexual Behavior and Intimate Relationships
    12. Immunity and Infection
    13. Aging
    14. Dying and Death
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students will be assessed through exams, assignments, papers and/or group projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Department-selected textbook or handouts provided. Details provided in the course syllabus created and distributed by the instructor of the course section to each student on enrollment and class attendance.

Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 6/04; New Core 8/2015