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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 29-Mar-24

Fall 2024 | AHS-2120-VO02 - 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
This section is waitlisted (0). Please contact your nearest center for availability.


Kimberly Evans
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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 course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

AHS-2120-VO02 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.



  • Discussion based on assigned readings and personal exploration of weekly topics using reputable research sources.

  • Interactive projects and/or activities

  • Multimedia presentations and resources

  • Readings, writing, and inquiry-based research

  • Video Viewing, Summarizing, and Reflection

Evaluation Criteria



Total Points




16 points





10 points








Health Behavior Change Project





Research Proposal





Final Reflection








This course uses a weighted categories system to calculate final grades

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

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

Discussions & Participation Expectations: Discussions are one of the best things about online classes. It is a chance for you to learn about a particular topic and to be the class expert in that area. It is also a great chance to learn from each other. In order to receive credit you will need to check into the discussion folder several times each Module. It is expected that you contribute at least one initial posting and respond to at least one other posting and answer any questions in your forum. You will be graded on the depth of your posting, the number of responses to other posts and the answers to questions posted in your forum.

New discussion folders will be opened at the start of each Module. You will have until Thursday to do the initial posting and Monday to respond to other postings. If you do not post or respond, you will receive a 0 for that Module. You cannot go back and post once the Module has ended.

Assessment of Students' Learning and Performance

  1. Completing assignments on time
  2. Completing exams on time
  3. Participating and engaging in group discussions in a meaningful way

Missing & Late Work Policy

Please note all graded assignments must be completed by the due date listed. Late assignments will be automatically penalized with a 1% per day late rate. Assignments over 7 days late will not be accepted. This process is built in Canvas and will be automatically applied. Students experiencing extenuating circumstances should contact me right away to discuss any difficulty meeting your due dates and getting back on track.

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.