HPER-1570: Wellness and Perspectives ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Shirley Stewart

Instructor Rank


Instructor Email skstewart@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website


Instructor Office

Union Department Office  216

Union Office VS (Gym)110-A 

Office Hours

Virtual Online :

Office Hours / Union Campus : Building VS ( Gym) Office 110 - A

Monday  7:00am-10:40am PAWS

Tuesday  7:00am-9:00am  PAWS

Thursday 7:00am-8:00am  PAWS

 Friday 7:00am-8:00am  PAWS



Instructor Phone

Cell Phone: (662) 719-3232

Offic Phone: (901) 333-5148 

Department Fax

(901) 333-5352

Department Phone

(901) 333-5195

Course Information
Course Description

This course promotes individual responsibility for optimal well being, encompassing local and national health concerns, personal health risk factors, life style behaviors and preventive health measures

Student Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

A. Recognize, describe and explain social institutions, structures and processes and the complexities of a global culture and diverse society. Students will recognize, describe and explain the social institutions of economics, politics and government, family, religion, education and health and medicine that affect health and wellness and the complexities of a global culture and diverse society as they affect wellness.

B. Think critically about how individuals are influenced by political, geographic, economic, culture and family institutions on wellness and contrast the resulting belief system to that of another culture.

C. Explore the relationship between the individual and society as it affects the personal behavior, social development and quality of life of the individual, the family and community. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the relationship between the individual and society affects the personal behavior, social develpment and quality of life of the individual, the family and the community as related to wellness components and issues.

D. Examine the impact of behavioral and social scientific research on major contemporary issues and their disciplines/effects on individuals. Students will examine research on the issues of addiction, drug usage, sexuality, rape/date rape, the transmission of sexually transmissible diseases, weight managment and body image, the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs and how this research can be applied and affect individuals.

E. Using the most appropriate principles, methods and technologies, perceptively and objectively gather, analyze and present social and behavioral science research data, draw conclusions and apply those conclusions to one's life and society. Students will be able to examine case studies, wellness problems and situations and draw logical conclusions and apply them to one's life and society by developing a wellness lifestyle.





Instructional / Learning Methods

Content is presented online, in the textbook, on websites and/or in the CDRom that accompanies the textbook. The instructional process includes the completion of assignments, quizzes, papers and the posting of responses to discussion topics.

Optional:  Service Learning - Students will engage in community projects by volunteering with local community organizations who are (Southwest TN Partners). 

Southwest Tennessee Community College has a list of Community Partners that will be emailed.

You will have to complete several forms to sign up for Service Learning and Civic Engagement. (Forms will be sent by email).

Students completing Service Learning will earn up to 500 points toward your final score/grade. 

Specific Course Requirements


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

Fit & Well: Core Concepts and Labs in Physical Fitness and Wellness, Loose Leaf Edition 12th Edition

by Thomas D. Fahey  (Author),‎ Paul M. Insel (Author),‎ Walton T. Roth MD (Author)

by Thomas Fahey

  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • ISBN-13: 978-1259406829 ISBN-10: 1259406822
  • Edition: 12th
  • Copyright year: 2016


Additional Text


Supplementary Materials

Firefox may be downloaded, chosen as the default browse for some required assignments. 

Hardware Requirements

This course requires the use of a computer.These are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web- minimum 650 or higher Pentium III processor, CD-Rom Drive, floppy drive or ZIP drive, Microsoft Mounse or compatible pointing device, at least 256 MB of RAM and printer (optional).

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

 It may be necessary to download Opera or Firefox as the default browser to complete some required assignments. Students may use computers located in the campus labs. Firefox must be used as the default browser.

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

Evaluation items include Dropbox Assignments, Quizzes, Discussion postings, Midterm Exam, and Final Exam. The course grade is based on total points.

Grading Scale

90-100% of total attainable points

80-89% of total attainable points

70-79% of total attainable points

60-69% of total attainable points

0-59% of total attainable points

Testing Procedure / Policy

Quizzes and exams are taken online. They must be taken within the availability dates posted on the course Calendar. Quizzes may be taken 3 times with the highest score counting. The Midterm and Final Exams may be taken only once. All quizzes and exams have a time limit. Do not open, view or print quizzes or exams prior to taking and submitting the quizzes and exams. Quizzes and exams should be taken early in the availability period in case problems occur. Be certain to take quizzes and exams with a reliable browser, good connection and reliable computer because the quiz/exam will not be reset if technology fails. Computers are available on campus for student use.

Major Assignments

Assignment files must be downloaded/saved from the Dropbox link. Answers are entered on the complete, original assignment file. Completed assignments are uploaded/submitted through the Dropbox link. There is an assignment for every chapter with two for Chapters 2, 3, and 13. Assignments must be done in Microsoft Word. The file extension must be doc. If the assignment file will not open, your grade will be a zero. Assignment files may not be sent as an attachment to e-mail. Assignments must be submitted electronically through the assignment Dropbox tool by the DUE Date. Due dates are posted to the calendar. Most assignments are available for a two week period. Submit early in the availability period so that if there are problems, there is time for resubmission.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Online classes start the first day of the semester. To be considered attending students must be an active participant in the course. An active participant is up to date on all work posted to the course calendar found in the Calendar link.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

All email to the instructor regarding the course must be sent through the D2L course website email. Emails may be sent by going to Classlist, selecting the person, Composing and Sending the email or by Replying to an email that has been sent to you.

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

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to at all times when using the Discussion forum. The General Information Forum - Course Announcements is for instructor use only. Ask the Instructor is for questions students have that would apply to both themselves and other students. Any questions applying to individual situations should be sent through email.

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

  1. Introduction to Wellness
  2. Cardio Health and Developing Cardiorespiratory Endurance
  3. Muscular Strength, Endurance and Flexibility.
  4. Nutrition and Weight Management
  5. Stress Management and Personal Safety
  6. Drug Use
  7. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  8. Cancer and Common Conditions
  9. Health Consumerism

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

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.