Syllabus for HEA-306

MEN’S HEALTH


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Men's Health explores the societal, economic, cultural, and gender influences that shape men’s health beliefs and practices. Common health problems and strategies effective in promoting men’s health and well being are explored. Reflection on the positive outcomes of healthy men at home, work, and in society is threaded throughout this course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss health problems and issues as they relate to the male population.
  2. Explore social, economic, cultural, gender, environmental, and workplace factors influencing men’s health practices.
  3. Examine the impact of men’s health beliefs on wellness and illness behavior.
  4. Identify strategies that promote healthy lifestyles in the male population.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

Web Resources

COURSE STRUCTURE

Men’s Health is a three-credit online course, consisting of eight modules. Modules include a list of topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles and topics are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in 12 online discussion forums (including an ungraded Introductions forum in Module 1) and to complete two written assignments. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for all due dates.

Discussion Forums

Each module in the course has one or more online class discussion forums. All forums take place asynchronously.

Online discussions provide an opportunity for you to interact with your classmates. During this aspect of the course, you respond to prompts that assist you in developing your ideas, you share those ideas with your classmates, and you comment on their posts. Forum interactions promote development of a community of learners, critical thinking, and exploratory learning.

Please participate in online forums as you would in constructive face-to-face discussions. You are expected to post well-reasoned and thoughtful reflections for each item, making reference, as appropriate, to your readings. You are also expected to reply to your classmates' posts in a respectful, professional, and courteous manner. You may, of course, post questions asking for clarification or further elucidation on a topic.

Criteria used to evaluate your participation in discussion forums include the following:

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information section of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

Health Risk Appraisal

The Health Risk Appraisal is a 3–5 page paper worth 30% toward your grade in the course. The purpose of this activity is to have you identify your risk for certain diseases and identify strategies that promote healthy lifestyles. If you feel uncomfortable reporting these findings in a  “classroom setting,” then choose a male friend or relative on which to complete this assignment. While many of these health risks are the same for women, the focus of this course is men’s health. Therefore, women taking this course should complete this assignment on a male.

For complete guidelines, see Module 4. Consult the course Calendar for the due date.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information section of the course Web site.

Men’s Health Topic Paper

The Men’s Health Topic Paper is a 4–5 page paper worth 30% toward your grade in the course. Its accompanying discussion forum (see Discussion Forum 10 in Module 8) is worth 10% The purpose of this activity is to have the student select and examine a health topic of interest.

For complete guidelines, see Module 7. Consult the course Calendar for the due date.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information tab of the course Web site.


GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All assignment will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

A–

=

90–92

B+

=

88–89

B

=

83–87

B–

=

80–82

C+

=

78–79

C

=

73–77

C–

=

70–72

D

=

60–69

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a non-area of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at www.tesc.edu.

 

 

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

 

Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

LATENESS POLICY

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points, (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points), or 5% of the total points, will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion Board assignments must be done in the week they are due, or points will be forfeited. 

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