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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 09-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | AHS-2120-VO01 - Wellness for Life

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 4 (as of 07-13-24 2:05 PM)
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Lisa Sheldon
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Danielle Lafleur Brooks

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course examines the multiple dimensions of health and wellness. Students learn about the various factors affecting each dimension (including physical, nutritional, emotional, social, occupational /financial) and understand how dimensions are interrelated. An emphasis is placed on the individual behaviors that influence health, physical fitness, and wellness as well as societal influences. Students participate in completing research and self-assessments that provide information about their health and wellness behavior. In addition, students learn goal-setting and decision strategies that improve lifetime health and wellness. Light to moderate levels of physical activity are required.

Essential Objectives

1. Examine the use of the scientific method to distinguish between well-researched evidence on health and wellness and fallacies and myths in this field.
2. Examine the concept of wellness and the role and responsibility of individuals and communities for overall health.
3. Differentiate between healing, preventative and treatment models from Eastern and Western perspectives.
4. Examine and assess models of behavioral change on the individual and societal level and apply these to individual lifestyle choices.
5. Understand the components of fitness, including cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength and flexibility, and assess personal fitness levels.
6. Recognize the components of healthy nutrition and understand personal dietary habits as they relate to standard guidelines.
7. Describe the physiology of stress and examine proactive and reactive tools for stress management.
8. Examine human sexuality and the components of healthy relationships.
9. Describe common challenges to mental wellness and ways of coping with them.
10. Identify the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on health and learn how to make responsible decisions about substance use and abuse.
11. Identify barriers to wellness including unconscious biases, systemic racism, and poverty, and describe how they affect different populations in their quest for wellness.
12. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.



  1. Each week there is a start here document with information about the module.
  2. Reading assignments will be provided each week.
  3. Lecture slides, scientific research articles, online discussion, YouTube movies and short films, individual projects, quizzes, and exams are common learning activities.
  4. Students are responsible for reading lecture notes and materials posted for each chapter. Students are expected to keep up with assigned reading.
  5. Additional materials as provided by instructor.
  6. Use of internet technology for study tools, research, and diet evaluation.
  7. This is an internet-based course, and it is necessary to become familiar with the technology used.

Evaluation Criteria


5% Quizes

35% Homework

30% Projects (2 at 15% each)

30% Discussions


Students are responsible for information covered in class. Students are expected to keep up with assigned reading.

Homework Assignments:

Assignments are designed to help students master the content of the course. Much of the material will be utilized for classroom discussion.


These assignments are an opportunity for you to explore and apply course information in a case study. Students will perform a basic dietary assessment, stress coping case study, physical activity scorecard, an exploration of health information and a lifestyle assessment. More information will be provided for each assignment.


Students are required to respond to discussion questions from the professor and respond to postings from 2 other students per week for participation credit. More information will be provided about discussions about expectations.

The initial posting must be made by Thursday to allow adequate time for others to respond.

Discussion postings are due the week assigned by Monday night, no credit will be given after the deadline.

Please note that discussions are considered class work and a demonstration of your participation, engagement, learning and understanding. They cannot be made up and no extra time is given for this part of the course.

All other discussions in this course are graded.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments




Review all course documents and the syllabus.


Complete the assigned HW and both class discussion.

Complete the orientation quiz about course policies.



Behavior Change and Goal Setting


As provided in the module.


Complete the class discussion and assignment HW on SMART Goals.



Being a Smart Consumer of Health Information


As provided in the module.


Complete the Goal Information HW and class discussion.



Nutrition I: Macronutrients


As provided in the module.


Participate in the class discussion.

Complete the 3 day food record HW assignment.



Nutrition II: Micronutrients


As provided in the module.


Complete micronutrient tables.

Participate in the class discussion.



Weight Management and Diet Plans


As provided in the module


Label Reading HW.

Participate in the class discussion.



Individual Diet Plans


As provided in the module.


Analysis and diet report.



Disease Prevention and Risk Reduction


As provided in the module.


Participate in the class discussion.

Chronic disease HW.



Fitness Management


As provided in the module.


Participate in the class discussion.

Complete the fitness management report card HW.



Sexual Health


As provided in the module.


Participate in the class discussion.

Complete the consent quiz.



Emotional Health: Self Compassion and Resilience


As provided in the module.


Participate in the class discussion.

Complete the Emotional Health Tracking HW.



Tobacco, Cannabis and Alcohol Use


As provided in the module.


Participate in the class discussion.



SMART Goals Report


As provided in the module.


Report due.



Complementary and Alternative Care


As provided in the module.


Participate in the class discussion.

Complete the CAM HW.



Aging and Longevity


As provided in the module.


Participate in the class discussion.

Write your own obituary.


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Student Conduct:

  1. Students are expected to be respectful of each other in discussions and sensitive to personal information that might be shared regarding health and dietary habits.
  2. Students should plan to log into the class at least twice during the week, although many students find that more often is helpful.
  3. Anticipate that you will spend at least 4-6 hours a week reading, participating in class and doing class work. Please note: All work is due on Monday nights by 11:59 PM.
  4. You are expected to participate in discussions (both reading and responding to classmates and me). Follow the standards of written English. Please refer to the policies regarding netiquette posted for the course.
  5. This is a web-based course. You are expected to have a functioning computer and the programs that will allow you to access information. Lack of technology or technology problems are not an accepted reason for late work or failure to do work.


Attendance is taken each week in accordance with CCV policy. Students are marked present when they have completed at least one assignment for the week; this could be a quiz, HW, discussion or project. Simply logging into the class site is not attending class.

Students who attend class each week perform better on assignments and assessments.

Please review the CCV Attendance Policy here: http://docs.ccv.edu/CCVPolicyFiles/Attendance_Policy.pdf


Unless the question is of a personal nature, post all course questions to the discussion entitled, Housekeeping and Course Questions located in the information block at the top of the modules page. If you email a question that is about an assignment or project, you will be asked to post it to the discussion board so everyone can benefit.

Review the document about email etiquette and follow the suggestions listed in the document. Emails should be written from your student email account and have a detailed and specific subject line, not something like “question”. You are welcome to call me Lisa, but I expect that your email communications will be professional and appropriate for a college-level course.

Monday through Friday, I am available to answer questions via discussion boards and email.

Extra Credit:

There will be no extra credit available during the course.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late Assignments

  1. Each assignment will have a due date and then a date by which is considered late. Late work is accepted up to one week after the due date with a loss of 10% of the grade (-10 points) per day. Discussions cannot be made up.
  2. If a graded assignment is missed due to a personal emergency, sickness, or authorization by a college official, or other official absence, the student may elect to make it up after the absence is excused (written medical or official documentation required).
  3. After three late assignments from a student, no more late work will be accepted.
  4. Please note that this course runs Tuesday to Monday night. All work must be completed by the Monday night of the week assigned.

Availability of course information and assignments:

Course modules will be available on the Friday before they week they are assigned. This allows 11 days to complete each module.

Experience has shown that it is not always advisable to wait until the last minute to take the quiz or exam for the week. Technical issues sometimes come up and can interfere with your ability to complete an assignment or assessment.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.