Course Content and Outcome Guide for CG 145 Effective Winter 2016

Course Number:
CG 145
Course Title:
Stress Management
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Course Description

Introduces the causes, sources, and effects of stress (physiological, psychological, emotional, cognitive, and intrapersonal/interpersonal) from a personal and academic perspective. Facilitates application of tools and techniques to identify, prevent, and manage stressors to improve academic success. Recommended: Placement into RD 115 and WR 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Assess and analyze the symptoms, causes and effects of personal and academic stressors in order to implement appropriate stress management techniques.

2. Monitor effectiveness of stress management techniques and revise to meet current needs.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Maintain a stress awareness log. Include identification of causes, symptoms, and analysis of effects.

2. Gather information on current stress management techniques and evaluate personal relevance.

3. Practice specific techniques, track effectiveness, and revise to meet personal preferences.

4. Create an adaptable stress management plan for academic success incorporating selected techniques. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


1. Access current information

2. Track behavior

3. Identify causes, symptoms, and effects of stress

4. Implement stress prevention techniques

Concepts, Themes, Issues

1. Barriers to stress management

2. Cultural influences of stressors and stress management

3. Time management related to stress reduction

4. Symptoms of stress

5. Sources of stress (internal and external)

6. Physical, emotional, interpersonal, and cognitive impacts of stress

7. Distress and eustress

8. Personal responsibility in stress management

9. Perception, self-talk, and distorted thinking

10. Support network

11. Coping techniques

12. Empirically supported techniques for stress management (e.g., mindfulness, autogenic training, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, etc.)

13. Diaphragmatic breathing