Syllabus for GER-312
BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF AGING
The aging process is one that we all must experience whether it is our own life or that of a loved one. This course is a comprehensive overview of the common and uncommon physical and psychosocial changes associated with aging. Factors that are believed to cause or influence the aging process, various theories of aging, common physiological changes, age-related pathologies, long-term care, death, dying, and grieving are also explored.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
CO1 Utilize common terms associated with elderly people in the correct context.
CO2 Analyze the growing and changing elderly population.
CO3 Assess biologic aging theories and factors that affect longevity.
CO4 Compare common physical changes attributed to the aging process with those physical changes related to other factors.
CO5 Compare and contrast the five chronic diseases that cause the majority of deaths and disabilities in the nation.
CO6 Summarize age-related chronic diseases and delineate common age-related acute illnesses and accidents.
CO7 Evaluate psychological health and disorders relating to elders.
CO8 Compare and contrast the effects of medications used by the elderly.
CO9 Validate the importance of physical activity in the elderly.
CO10 Analyze the nutritional needs of elders.
CO11 Communicate sexual needs and barriers of the aging.
CO12 Justify the need for illness prevention and health promotion of the elderly.
CO13 Evaluate the current healthcare system of the United States in regard to elder medical care.
CO14 Identify and analyze a variety of health and social services and living arrangements for frail elderly.
CO15 Formulate an opinion on the dynamics relating to the dying, death, and grieving processes.
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
You can also access this series in your assignment modules where a link is provided in the individual study assignment for each module.
Biological Aspects of Aging is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take quizzes and a proctored midterm examination, and complete a final project in the form of a position paper. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.
In addition to an ungraded but required discussion in Module 1 titled "Introductions," Biological Aspects of Aging features four (4) graded online discussions. All discussions take place on the class Discussion Board.
The Discussion Board also includes a "Class Lounge," which you can use throughout the semester to converse, post comments, ask questions, and share information about course-related topics and issues.
Communication among fellow students and with the mentor is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses.
Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.
A grading rubric for discussion forums can be found in the Evaluation Rubrics folder.
You are required to complete four (4) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with the written assignment questions before you begin each module. Conversely, be sure to complete all relevant readings before answering the questions. Before you begin to write, you might find it helpful to outline your answers, listing points you wish to make and the examples that support your ideas.
Do not copy answers from the textbook. Creative thinking and your own wording are important aspects of an effective answer. When you have completed an assignment, proofread your answers for correct grammar, spelling, etc., and be certain you have answered the questions completely.
Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.
Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.
When satisfied that your assignment represents your best work, submit it to your mentor. A grading rubric for written assignments can be found in the Evaluation Rubrics folder.
As part of your coursework you are required to take two (2) quizzes; one in Module 4 and another in Module 5. Each quiz consists of multiple choice questions that test your knowledge of course materials assigned. Details regarding these quizzes can be found in at the end of Modules 4 and 5 respectively.
Biological Aspects of Aging requires you to take a proctored midterm examination. The midterm covers the course material in modules 1-3 and contains multiple choice and short essay questions. This examination is two hours long and is closed-book. The Examinations section of the course space contains a study guide for the midterm.
For the midterm, you are required to use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.
You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:
If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.
You are required as part of your coursework to produce a final project and submit it at the end of the semester. There are two parts to the final project, and they will be submitted on two different days as Part 1 and Part 2. Each part is worth 10% of your total grade, for a combined total of 20% of your total grade coming from the final project. A grading rubric for the final project can be found in the Evaluation Rubrics folder.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
All activities 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:
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 course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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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, click the links provided below.
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
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Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.
If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.
Possible sanctions include:
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