HLTH-1050: Personal Health ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Shirley Kaye Stewart

Instructor Rank


Instructor Email skstewart@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website


Instructor Office

Verties Sails Building(Gym) Room 110-A

Office Hours

Virtual Online :

Office Hours / Union Campus : D110-A

Monday  7:00am-9:00am &12:25-1:25pm PAWS

Tuesday  7:00am-9:00am  PAWS

Thursday 7:00am-9:00am  PAWS

 Friday 7:00am-9:00am  PAWS

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-5148/Cell :(662)-719-3232

Department Fax

(901) 333-5659

Department Phone

(901) 333-5195

Course Information
Course Description

This course is a study of personal health including mental health, hygiene, communicable disease, degenerative disease, nutrition, drug use/abuse, and other health related problems. It explores the principles and habits of wholesome living.

This course utilizes online technology to enhance student learning. Course assignments require the use of the text book and web. This course is online.

Student Learning Objectives

The course outcomes are:

To enhance the student's ability to analyze and evaluate evidence by assessing their lifestyle, environment, access to health care, heredity, level of health and risk factors for certain health conditions.

To enhance communication through discussions, presentations, taking notes, reading the text, writing, and the use of technology.

To enhance responsibility by analyzing life style cause and effect on health, adherence to a schedule for reviews, exams and papers.

To enhance the student's understanding of the effect of ethnicity and cultural background and practices on health.

To familiarize the student with the factors that affect their health, their personal health risks, their current health status and the necessary information to develop a personal lifetime wellness plan.





Instructional / Learning Methods

Students will read the related textbook chapters.  Fourteen quizzes (one course orientation quiz and 13 chapters quizzes) are taken online according to due dates posted to the course calendar. 21 dropbox assignments are required for completion and submitted in the appropriate dropbox  by  end dates. 10 discussion postings are required to the forums and topics designated in the Discussions link in the course website. An online review will be available for the Midterm and Final Exams.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Connect Core Concepts in Health, BIG, Loose Leaf Edition15th Edition

Connect Core Concepts in Health, BIG, Loose Leaf Edition

By By Paul Insel and Walton Roth Copyright2018 ISBN10: 1259978044 | ISBN13: 9781259978043

Connect Core Concepts in Health, BIG, Loose Leaf Edition15th Edition


Additional Text


Supplementary Materials

An Invitation to Health Study Guide

Hardware Requirements

This course requires the use of a computer and internet access. These are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My. Southwest, etc.). strongly recommended)

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course requires the use of a computer and it has specific software requirements. Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)is required.

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

There are 2225 attainable pts. 280 pts. for the 14 quizzes, 200 pts. 21 dropbox assignments,1050pts.  for the 10 discussion postings, 300 for the Midterm Exam and 300 for the Final Exam.

 "A" is 90-100% of the attainable pts. or 1900-2225 pts.

 "B" is 80-89% of the attainable pts. or 1899-1700-pts.

 "C" is 70% -79% of the attainable pts. or 1699-1500pts.

  "D" is 60%-69% of the attainable pts. or 1499-1200 pts.

   "F."Less than 1200

Grading Scale






Testing Procedure / Policy

There are 14 quizzes that must be taken online. This includes an orientation quiz to be taken during the first week of the semester and 13 quizzes. There will be a total of two exams given throughout the semester. Exams consist of 100 multiple choice questions. The first exam will cover textbook chapters 1-10, 17. The second exam will cover textbook chapters 11-20 . Exams must be taken online.

Major Assignments

Major assignments include chapters 1-21 dropbox assignments,  taking the 14 quizzes, and posting responses to the specified discussion topics.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Attendance is based on the submission of quizzes and exams by the due dates on the course calendar and the posting of discussion topic responses by the due dates posted to the calendar. A student who is not in compliance will be reported as non-attending.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

All email to the instructor about the course must go through the D2L course email. Students may either go to Classlist and select the teacher or respond to an email send by the instructor. Do not use outside email such as My.Southwest.

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

In order to receive credit for a posting all criteria must be met. Partial credit/points will not be given. The Url when required must be original to each student and not previously used by another student. To be sure that a web address (Url) links to the electronic article from which the information was taken, use the Advanced Tab, select Url from the drop/down box and copy/paste the Url in the box where indicated. Enter a title for the link and select Open In New Window and save. Try the link after you post it to be sure that it works. If the link does not work - 1 click away - no credit/points will be given.

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

Health and Wellness

Psychological Health



Personal Nutrition

Eating Patterns & Problems


Personal Sexuality

Reproductive Choices

Drug Use/Abuse/Misuse



Infectious Disease

Heart Health


Health Care Consumerism

A Lifetime of Health

Staying Safe


Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

All assessment activities including quizzes, exams and discussion postings must be the original work of each student. Exams are not open book/notes and are not a group project. Exams must be the individual work of the student taking the exam. Exam contents are not to be shared with other students.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.