SOS-320: THE MANAGEMENT OF STRESS AND TENSION

Syllabus


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course describes a multifaceted approach to the management of stress and tension. The problem and nature of stress is presented as a multidimensional phenomenon. The psycho-social, occupational, bio-ecological, and personality/behavioral causes of stress are examined. Students identify, discuss, and critique stress reduction resources and techniques. Through self-assessment exercises students analyze stress factors in their own life, and using the self-assessment methods studied, develop a personal stress management plan.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Examine the effects of stress on body, mind, and spirit in health and illness.
  2. Utilize assessment tools to assess individual risk and level of stress.
  3. Apply stress theory to the development and evaluation of a stress management plan.
  4. Evaluate selected stress reduction resources.
  5. Utilize selected media to communicate the application of stress reduction techniques.

COURSE MATERIAL

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

  1. Girdano, D.A., Dusek,  D.E & Everly, G.S. (2012). Controlling stress and tension (9th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.

    ISBN-13: 978-0321537027

COURSE STRUCTURE

The Management of Stress and Tension is a three-credit online course, consisting of four (4) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Theory and Physiology of Stress and the Stress Response
  2. Module 2: Individual Factors and the Stress Profile
  3. Module 3: Environmental Factors and the Stress Profile
  4. Module 4: : How to reduce Stress: Intervention and management techniques using a personal stress management plan  


Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in fourteen graded discussion forums on a variety of topics, plus an ungraded Introductions forum in week 1 and an ungraded Course Reflection forum in Week 12.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four (4) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (14) - 30 percent
  2. Written Assignments (4) - 70 percent
  1. Assignment 1: Critique of non-web based stress management source - 10 percent
  2. Assignment 2: Critique of web based self-help resource or podcast - 10 percent
  3. Assignment 3: Stress management technique PowerPoint presentation - 20 percent
  4. Assignment 4: (this project is submitted in 2 parts)
  1. Assignment 4A: Personal Stress Management Project  - 15 percent
  2. Assignment 4B: Personal Stress Management Project  - 15 percent

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 D or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

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.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

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

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
  2. Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.
  3. Arrange to take your examination(s) by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
  5. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
  2. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.

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 outlines 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 takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. 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, 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 the 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.

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