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PHED 2022

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Personal And Community Health
Prerequisite(s) NONE
Corequisite(s) NONE
Catalog Description
Current information is provided in the areas of personal health, nutrition, physical fitness (including wellness and exercise), mental health, disease, drugs, conception, contraception and abortion as they apply to healthful living.  In addition, current community and world problems in the area of community health are discussed.


An Invitation to Health  Dianne Hales;  Thompson/Wadsworth, (newest edition).

Expected Educational Results
After completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Identify the major causes of illness and poor health in our society
2. Develop and implement a personal plan of action to promote favorable health behaviors
3. Identify any positive and negative factors which impact mental and emotional health and influence personality.
4. List drugs commonly abused, their specific effects on the human body, and identify the types of treatment facilities available and the types of therapy for the treatment of chemically abused individuals.
5. Summarize the psychological, sociological, and biological aspects of human sexuality and the reproduction process.
6. Describe the functions of the various body systems which combat infectious diseases, and identify the factors which influence the spread of such diseases.
7. Describe the epidemiology of cancer, its' probable causes, and the importance of early treatment.  List steps to reduce one's risk of developing cancer.
8. Discuss the major risk factors contributing to cardiovascular disease and list ways to minimize the risks of developing cardiovascular disease.
9. Outline an adequate diet program for personal health and weight control.
10. Identify the role of exercise for personal health and fitness and outline a lifetime fitness program.
11. Utilize current technology and/or access specific web sites for professional interests, research, and the preparation of course materials.

General Education Outcomes
I. Students develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the following ways:
1. They develop their speaking skills through peer group activities, class discussions, and more formal activities such as panel presentations and individual oral presentations.
2. They develop their listening skills through notetaking in class and responding to oral and technical presentations.
3. They develop reading skills through comprehension of textbook materials, analysis of research materials and evaluation of secondary sources.
4. They develop writing skills by planning, composing, and revising short reports and research papers.

II. Students demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:
1. They learn to analyze and interpret research materials.
2. They learn to understand and incorporate others’ ideas.
3. They learn to collaborate within a group to produce a group report, consensus or position.

III. Students apply basic concepts of health and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness in the following ways:
1. They learn the various components of health and wellness and strategies to incorporate changes in behavior to promote those components.
2. They learn the risk factors of various diseases and conditions and ways to reduce those risks.
3. They learn the value of physical fitness and how to improve their own fitness levels.

Course Content
1. Physical Fitness
Wellness & Self-Responsibility
Fitness Components
2. Nutrition
Weight Control
3. Mental Health
Personality Development
Emotional Health
Mental Disorders
Stress Management
4. Diseases (Major Health Risks)
Heart Disease
A.I.D.S. and S.T.D.'s
Immunity and Infection
5. Drugs of Abuse
6. Sexuality & Intimate Relationships
Sexual Behavior
Conception and Reproduction
7. Aging
Medical Care/Facilities
Death & Dying
8. Community Health
Environmental Concerns
Health Care Organizations
Safety/Accident Prevention
9. Current technology appropriate to access course information and to prepare and submit course materials.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Tests and a final exam prepared by the individual instructors will be used to determine part of the course grade. Instructors may also require projects such as research papers, reviews and reports of health facilities, collaborative class activities, oral presentations or other projects appropriate for the subject matter.

All students must access and submit course materials utilizing technology.  The value of this portion of the grade will be no less than 5% and no more than 15% of the total grade.

The departmental assessment will be conducted every three years in the following manner:
1. All students in all sections will be required to complete a common written final exam containing questions related to the expected educational results.
2. An item analysis will be completed on the test items administered.


A departmental committee will review the item analysis to determine 1) if the test questions were appropriate for assessing the desired educational outcomes, 2) if the level of student success was achieved, 3) if a revision of course instruction to improve student achievement is needed, and 4) a specific time for implementation of recommended changes.

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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