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AHS-2120-VO03Y - Wellness for Life

Synchronous Class

Synchronous courses are delivered through a combination of online and regularly-scheduled Zoom sessions. In synchronous classes, students must attend Zoom sessions and actively engage with each other and faculty in course activities and discussions.

Synonym: 203914
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Synchronous Section: This course has schedule meeting dates and times online via Zoom. See below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times.
In-Person Meeting Day/Times via Zoom: Tuesday, 03:00P - 05:00P
Semester Dates: 11-03-2020 to 12-21-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-12-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 12-01-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Joseph Dionne | View Faculty Credentials
This section is waitlisted. Please contact your nearest center for availability..
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Scientific Method
  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 page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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Course Description:

This course examines the multiple dimensions of health and wellness. Students will 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. Students will participate in completing research and self-assessments that provide information about their health and wellness behavior. In addition, students will learn goal-setting and decision strategies that improve lifetime health and wellness. Student participation in classroom-based experiences using 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 for their health.
3. Differentiate between healing, preventative and treatment models from Eastern and Western perspectives.
4. Examine and assess models of behavioral change 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. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating and applying quantitative data and information.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Please note that this course is accelerated in that it will be completed in seven weeks as opposed to the 15 weeks of the full term. We will also meet viz Zoom every Tuesday from 3:00 PM (ET) to 5:00 PM (ET). Please plan accordingly as our weeks will be busy and late/make up work will not be possible due to our busy schedule. Thank you and I look forward to working with all of you.

Please read the recommended chapters prior to each lecture as this will allow you to be better prepared for in-class discussion and learning. Please print out all available PowerPoint slides in advance of the scheduled lecture as this will assist you with note-taking. I recommend printing the slides out three to a page with lines for notes to the right.

I am always available via CCV e-mail. I check this several times per day, including the weekend. I make every effort to respond to e-mails within 24 hours. All messages will be sent to your CCV e-mail account for security purposes. Cell phones are NOT to be used in class except in emergencies with instructor permission. Laptops are to be used for viewing slides and note taking only. No social media sites are to be accessed during class. Violation of this rule will result in loss of electronic use during class time.


Online Discussions

Health Behavior Modification Project

Research Project/Presentation

Evaluation Criteria:

Health Behavior Modification Project: 20% of final grade

Research Project/ Presentation: 20% of final grade

Quizzes (5): 20% of final grade (lowest quiz dropped at end of term)

Weekly Homework: 20% of final grade

Participation/Attendance: 20% of final grade

Please note assignments will not be accepted late and make-up quizzes will NOT be provided. The lowest quiz score will be dropped at the end of the term.

Additional information regarding written assignments and homework will be provided in a timely manner on the Portal.

All written assignments must be typed and turned in by 1 pm on the day they are due via the Portal.

Health Behavior Modification Project: More information to follow. This will be one of two major projects which will require your attention throughout the semester.

Research Project/Presentation: More information to follow. This will be one of two major projects which will require your attention throughout the semester.

Quizzes: Are not cumulative. Quizzes will have a mixture of Multiple Choice, True/False, Fill-Ins, Short Answers, Essays and Matching.

Weekly Homework Assignments: Each week assignments will be posted on the Portal and will be due at the start of the next week's class. No late assignments will be accepted.

Participation/Attendance: Active participation in class discussion and group activities is a requirement for this course and will reflect in your grade

Grading Criteria:

Sample Letter Grade Criteria

Sample Letter Grade Criteria are listed below. Letter grade criteria are usually presented with the letter grade and the definition of what constitutes that grade either in text or a numerical equivalent. Instructors may also want to include an attendance policy here as part of their grading criteria. Add letter grade criteria one at a time to the Add Letter Grade Criteria form. Letter Grade Criteria will be formatted and displayed after each submission.

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

The following numerical percentages will be used to calculate final course grades:
A = 93-100%
A- = 90-92%
B+ = 87-89%
B = 83-86%
B- = 80-82%
C+ = 77-79%
C = 73-76%
C- = 70-72%
D+ = 67-69%
D = 63-66%
D- = 60-62%
F = below 60%


Fall 2020 textbook data will be available on July 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

AHS-2120-VO03Y Textbooks.

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

Contact Faculty:

Email: Joseph Dionne
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ryan Joy

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and participation in online classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Each student will be allowed two (2) absences from class without penalty. A third (3rd) absence will result in a reduction of your final grade by one full letter grade ("A" becomes "B", "A-" becomes "B-" and so on). Please be aware that more than three (3) absences for any reason will result in a grade of "F". Due to the nature and structure of this course, no differentiation will be made between unexcused/excused absences. A student must participate in at least one activity for a week's module in order to earn a mark as "present".


Schedule: Online Wellness for Life Intensive fall 2020 (Synchronous)

Week One (11-3-2020 to 11-9-2020)*

Introduction to Wellness/ Research/ Provider Care

Homework # 1

Health Behavior Modification Project (HBMP) Proposal Due

Week Two (11-10-2020 to 11-16-2020)*

Nutrition and Sleep/ Movement and Exercise

Homework # 2

Quiz 1

Week Three (11-17-2020 to 11-23-2020)*

Immunity and Environmental Health/ Stress and Balance

Homework # 3

Quiz 2

Begin HBMP baseline week data collection

Week Four (11-24-2020 to 11-30-2020)*

Cardiovascular Health/ Cancer and Chronic Disease

Homework # 4

Research Project Rough Draft Due

Begin HBMP Two Week Modification

Quiz 3

Week Five (12-1-2020 to 12-7-2020)*

Substance Dependency/ Sexuality/ Violence

Homework #5

Quiz 4

Week Six (12-8-2020 to 12-14-2020)*

Mental Health and Coping

Research Project Due

Quiz 5

Week Seven (12-15-2020 to 12-21-2020)*

Genetics versus Behavior/ Marketing and Media/ Complementary Alternative Therapies

Health Behavior Modification Project Final Written Due

Post Research Project Presentation in Discussion Forum

*Each week also has one discussion forum and online

Textbook reading to complete

That are not reflected here. Please see the Canvas page for details.

Every week begins at 12am on Tuesday and ends at 11:59pm the nearest Monday. We will meet via Zoom each week on Tuesday from 3:00 PM (ET) to 5:00 PM (ET).

Please also note that all quizzes are online, timed and open book/notes. They cannot be made up.

All assignments and quizzes are due are on the Monday of that week at 11:59pm.

Please note the term ends on December 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

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.
  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 Honesty: 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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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