Important Details for HE 1 Students

Syllabus for HE 1 Health Education (online)Spring 2011

Professor Susan S. Quatre , RN, BSN, PHN, RN/C med-surg

Course Description

This course is designed for the general education student.  The primary focus of this course is to provide accurate and up-to-date information to promote critical thinking and communication about health related issues.  This course introduces the student to the biological, psychological, social and environmental health issues across the life span.

3.0 Semester Units

Prerequisites: Eligible for English 250 and English 260

Basic computer, word processing, internet and email skills are required for this online course.


Office Hours:  I will be available by email at or anytime.  There is also the MESSAGE widget at the class site that emails me immediately of your need.  If you need urgent help that you have not caused by procrastination, you may call me between 8 AM and 8 PM.  My phone number is at the class site in the NEWS FORUM in the top middle of the class page.  I provide it only to my enrolled students.  I may be out when you call but you can always leave a message with your name, phone number, and best time to reach you.  Please do not hesitate to call if you do not understand anything in an assignment. I am also available for video conferencing via SKYPE ® . My screen name is RN_PRN.  It would be wise to email me a time for the video conferencing so I can be available.  You can download the free SKYPE® by clicking on the link.

I sincerely appreciate the time and effort that you put into an online course. I recognize that it is far more labor intensive than a face to face (f2f) course. Please take a few moments during the first 48 hours of each of the 15 TOPIC's opening to examine the week's ASSIGNMENTS, FORUMS, and LESSONS to ask any questions you may have about early in the week so that I may respond to your questions in a timely fashion. Please allow 48 hours for a reply.

Individual Learning Outcome:

1. The student will identify the concepts of wellness.
ILO: 1, 2, 4
Measure: participation in group discussions (oral report); written test
2. The student will list at least five life stressors and describe
healthy coping strategies.
ILO: 2, 1, 7, 6
Measure: report, written test
3. The student will list the benefits of physical activity.
ILO: 2, 7
Measure: homework
4. The student will appraise the risks and/or benefits of drug,
alcohol and tobacco use/misuse.
ILO: 6, 2, 1, 4
Measure: participation in group discussions (oral report); role
playing; written paper; homework
5. The student will explain the common risk factors that contribute
to diseases such as cancer and CVD.
ILO: 2, 7, 6
Measure: written test
6. The student will examine their intimate relationships and analyze
the consequences of past decisions.
ILO: 2, 1, 4, 6
Measure: group presentation; homework

Student Performance Objectives/Expectations: At the end of the semester, the student will be able to:

Course introduction/overview.  2 hours

Students will be given an opportunity to explore the aspects that they
believe health encompasses.

HW: Read instructor provided handouts and/or first chapter.

SPO: The student will be able to explain their components of health
education and state why they have included them. 
6 Hours

Lectures on definitions of health, the
six-dimensional model of health, suicide, and stress.

HW: Read appropriate chapters in text and answer study questions.
Complete homework assignments, including a self assessment. Start work
on the health related current events articles.

Mental and emotional health.

SPO: The students will be able to: discuss and apply each of the six
dimensions of health, describe the characteristics of an emotionally
healthy person, list the warning signs and discuss the populations most
affected by suicide, and define the terms stress and stressor and
provide ways to deal with stress.
9 hours

Written test on material covered.

Exercise, nutrition, and weight management. Presentations on fitness,
the six classes of nutrients, and weight management. Ethnic and
cultural differences as they relate to the incidence of obesity will be

HW: Read appropriate chapters in text and answer learning objectives
provided for each chapter. Complete homework assignments, which may
include a fitness test and analyzing their eating habits and creating
a plan for change. Work on research paper.

SPO: The students will be able to list the benefits of a
cardiorespiratory fitness program and identify and describe the
components of a complete fitness program. They will be able to define
and summarize the importance to the body of each of the six classes of
nutrients. Students will be able to describe the theories of the
origins of obesity and will participate in a discussion about eating
disorders. They will be able to describe the social and cultural
factors that affect obesity .
9 Hours

Students who selected a topic relating to information covered so far
will discuss their research and turn in their paper.

Written test on material covered.

Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Presentations on their use/misuse,
dependency, and addiction.

HW: Read appropriate chapters in textbook and complete study
questions. Complete assignments, which could include a personal use
paper. Work on research paper and current events articles.

SPO: The students will be able to: define the different categories of
drugs, provide examples, and describe their effects on the body;
discuss consequences that may result with alcohol abuse; and explain
the health risks associated with tobacco.
   9 Hours

Students who chose topics relating to these three areas may discuss
the information they learned from their research and turn in their

Written test on information covered.

Cardiovascular disease, cancer, and infectious diseases. A lecture on
the six major forms of cardiovascular disease and the risk factors will
be presented. This will include providing information that reports the
relationship between hypertension and several ethnic groups and the
incidence of strokes among African Americans. The various types of
cancers and their warning signs and infectious diseases including STD's
will be presented.
  8 Hours

HW: Read related chapters in text and answer study questions.
Complete homework, which may include a take-home quiz on infectious
diseases. Work on paper.

SPO: The students will be able to name and describe the six major
forms of cardiovascular disease, including the risk factors, as
described by the American Heart Association. They will be able to
discuss various types of cancer, including recommendations for early
detection; and to explain the signs, symptoms, treatments, and
preventive measures for STD's.

Students who selected a topic relating to the information covered above
will present their material and turn in their paper.

Written test on material covered.

Topics include sexuality, domestic violence, and rape. Information
provided on the biological and psychosocial bases of human sexuality,
birth control and contraception, domestic violence, and rape. Sexual
orientation will be discussed. 
6 Hours

HW: Read related chapters in the textbook and complete learning
objectives. Complete homework, including self assessment. Work on
research paper.

SPO: The students will be able to: discuss the biological and
psychosocial bases of human sexuality, including sexual orientation;
list the advantages and disadvantages of various birth control methods;
explain the types of domestic violence and provide suggestions for
prevention; and recognize the warning signs for date rape. They will
take part in an open discussion about living in a diverse society.

Students who chose topics relating to information presented above will
discuss their research and turn in their paper.

Written test on information covered.

Topics include consumerism, the environment, and death and dying.
Lectures presented on: being a consumer of health products/services,
the environment and one's health, euthanasia, grief, and death.
  3 Hours

HW: Read appropriate chapters in text and complete learning
objectives. Complete homework, which may include a personal interview.
Continue working on current events articles.

SPO: The student will be able to: name and describe the sources of
health-related information that is available to them; identify sources
of air, water, and land pollution and discuss their health
implications; discuss the pros and cons of euthanasia; and describe the
emotional stages of dying.

Written test on material covered.

Health related current events articles covering the material presented
throughout the semester is due. Students will present their articles.

HW: Review course material for final exam.

SPO: The students will be able to describe the relationship between
their current events article and a topic covered in class.
  2 Hours


Included in content section of course outline.


Participation Policy

Students are expected to participate in the weekly online FORUMS and ASSIGNMENTS.  As these account for 50% of the class grade, failure to participate fully in these have a tremendous impact on the grade.  This online course puts much more weight on FORUMS, ASSIGNMENTS, and the MINI-CHANGE PROJECT, than on QUIZZES and TESTS that only account for a total of 30% of the class grade.

The college policy on attendance, as stated in the catalog is:

“students missing one more class hour than the unit value for

 particular course, without making prior arrangements may, at

the instructor’s option, be dropped without possibility of credit.” 

Specify your implementation of the policy.      


Please be sure to have a minimum of at least one communication with your professor or required class activity every 7 days.  Failure to do so will result in immediate withdrawal from the course.

ADA Accommodation

Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual, or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, or the Disability Resource Center .

Occupational Vocational

Occupational/Vocational students – Limited English language skills will not be a barrier to admittance to and participation in Vocational Educational Programs.

Student Honesty Policy   Click ME !!

Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity.  Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.


You will eventually note that the GRADEBOOK tallies your grades differently than you may be used to in other courses.  All points are not equal.  I use a weighted system of grading.  This means that, in this course, ASSIGNMENTS count three times the points received in a QUIZ, MIDTERM or FINAL  I focus more heavily on ASSIGNMENTS, FORUMS, and your BEHAVIOR CHANGE PROJECT.  Since the QUIZ, MIDTERM and FINAL are open book, they receive less weight.  ASSIGNMENTS, FORUMS, and the BEHAVIOR CHANGE PROJECT require proper internet research and citation; therefore, they receive more credit.  ANY MATERIAL COPIED AND PASTED, retyped word for word (PLAGIARISED), will receive a score of ZERO and may lead to dismissal from this course with a grade of "F", or dismissal from the college.  Please refer to the COLLEGE HONESTY POLICY.

Here's my grading formula.  I use a weighted scale explained below.  As the MIDTERM and the FINAL grading periods approach, I will post a calculator for you to self-examine your cumulative class grade. I will send you a MIDTERM and FINAL grade explanation.

All of your QUIZ scores are worth 10% of your grade.  I total the quiz scores and multiply the total by 0.1.  That will give me the points that represent the 10% QUIZ grade.

All of your ASSIGNMENTs are totaled and multiplied by 0.3 to equal the 30% ASSIGNMENT grade.

All of your FORUM grades totaled are multiplied by 0.2 to equal 20% of the final grade.

Your MINI-CHANGE assignment is worth 20% of your grade.

 The MIDTERM is worth 10% of your final grade.  (Midterm score times 0.1).

The FINAL is worth 10% of your final grade also.

               QUIZZES                                                      = 10%

               MIDTERM                                                     = 10%                        

               ASSIGNMENTS                                            = 30%

               FORUMS                                                      = 20%

               MINI-CHANGE                                              = 20%

               FINAL EXAM                                                 = 10%

               TOTAL                                                         = 100%



93-100% = A

90 - 92% = A-

87 - 89% = B+

83 - 86% = B

80 - 83% = B-

77 - 79% = C+

70 - 76% = C

60 - 69% = D

     < 60% = F