Instructor: Beth Richan
Available as a half year course Winter 2020, Winter 2021
This course is required for students wishing to enter Health Studies as a major.
HLTH 102 has been designed for undergraduate students who want to enhance their personal health awareness, knowledge, and practices. Through a combination of theoretical and experiential learning opportunities, this course offers an introduction to the concepts of health and wellness from a personal perspective.
One Way Exclusion: May not be taken with or after 12.0 units in KNPE (formerly PPHE; PHED; KINE)
This course examines personal health awareness, knowledge, and practices. Through a combination of theoretical and experiential learning opportunities, In-class lectures and mini-assignments will support students in learning to think critically about health information and their own health behaviours. Evidence-based topics related to personal health and wellness will be the focus of the content for this course and will be supplemented by assessments that students complete inside and outside of class. Problem based learning (PBL) anchors the course so that students are actively engaged and responsible for their academic success.
A degree in Health Studies leads to entry into a wide variety of career options including physical therapy, medicine, law, occupational therapy, social work, health policy, health infomatics, urban planning, disability studies, and many others.
On completion of the course, students will be able to
- identify and explain terminology, concepts, and assumptions related to personal
health and well-being;
- evaluate and critically appraise information and resources relevant to personal
- apply course content to one’s own personal health practices.
Insel, P. M., Roth W. T., & Insel, C. (2018). Core Concepts in Health, Brief. 15/e. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Journal articles, book chapters and other reading materials available on onQ
Experiential learning opportunities
ELO 1: Evolution of mental health, mental illness and sense of wellness
A visit to the Bethlem Museum of the Mind will provide students with an understanding of the history and evolution of mental health and mental illness and its associated current scope of practice. The visit will be facilitated by the museum archivist who will provide an overview of the western experience through exposure to primary sources from 19th century personal narratives. Interpretative representation through art therapy practices will also elicit an understanding of social inclusion and its impact on health and wellness. Students will participate in a facilitated workshop that will consolidate ELO outcomes and provide further opportunity for critical analysis and discussion during class. Students submit a brief Reflection Report demonstrating their understanding of the impact that mental health/illness has on personal health and wellness.
ELO 2: Examining the Correlation between Exercise and Calorie Intake (Paris France)
A health and fitness app will be used by each student to determine the correlation between their personal calorie intake and calories burned using real-time data. Students will share their findings in a short evaluative written report. Utilizing personal experience, a Health and Fitness app, and a guided research questionnaire, students will actively engage in pre-ELO discussion and post-ELO reflection. These discussions plus a brief written analysis of their findings will form part of the overall weighted assessment for the course.
Assessment in HLTH 102 is designed so that students consolidate concepts and gauge their progress throughout the term. Writing and study skills are embedded in evaluation methods throughout the term so that students develop critical skills necessary as they progress through their future academic studies.
- Academic integrity tutorial & quiz (15%)
- In-class quizzes (15%)
- Health Behaviour Analysis: Personal Contract (5%); Final Analysis (20%)
- In-class & ELO mini-assignments (25%)
- Participation including attendance, punctuality, in-class & ELO engagement (20%)