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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for HE 242 Effective Summer 2021

Course Number:
HE 242
Course Title:
Stress and Human Health
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:

Course Description

Explores and analyzes stress and its relationship to human health. Examines various personal stressors and the links between stress and disease. Covers how to manage stress with healthy coping and relaxation techniques by using current research and multiple perspectives. Evaluates personal stressors and surveys numerous methods to manage stress. Recommended: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between stress, human health, behaviors, and perceptions.
  2. Recognize signs and symptoms of stress.
  3. Summarize the physiological response to stress and how it impacts human health.
  4. Identify stressors and possible root causes using health models.
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of stress management strategies and relaxation techniques on a personal level.
  6. Explore information from credible research on stress and health.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Written examination
  2. Critical analysis of course material
  3. Journaling, self assessment, and self-reflection
  4. Group problem solving
  5. Course activities and discussion
  6. Student presentation
  7. Utilize credible research

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

PROCESS SKILLS

Critical thinking

  1. compare ·
  2. predict ·
  3. hypothesize
  4. problem solving
  5. decision making

Communication skills

  1. oral and written communication
  2. computer literacy
  3. calibration skills
  4. cooperative group work

Intrapersonal skills

  1. values clarification
  2. reflective journal writing Information

Access Skills

  1. collect qualitative and quantitative data
  2. access current information
  3. evaluate validity

THEMES, CONCEPTS, IDEAS

  1. Increase health knowledge of the concepts of stress.
  2. Explore current research in stress psychophysiology.
  3. Understand the relationship of stress and illness/disease.
  4. Compare and contrast the effects of chronic low-level stress and chronic high-level stress on the human body and the disease process.
  5. Apply perception and behavior change stress intervention models.
  6. Analyze the unique stressors for minorities, ages and genders.
  7. Increase knowledge and general application of relaxation techniques.
  8. Compare current and historical research in stress and health