Approved by Faculty Senate
University Studies Course Approval
Department or Program: Department of Nursing
Course Number: N260
Course Title: Womens Health Issues: Making a Decision
Catalog Description: This course addresses womens health as a contemporary issue. In addition to learning biological and psychological factors affecting specific womens health issues, students are asked to analyze social, political, economic and global factors affecting womens Health. The focus is on preparing students to take personal responsibility for health and wellness. Class learning activities are used to foster critical thinking, personal research, and group collaboration. This is a University studies course, Unity and Diversity Core satisfying the Contemporary Citizenship requirement.
This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 X .
Department Contact Person for this course: Susan Ballard firstname.lastname@example.org
General discussion of each objective in Contemporary Citizenship as it relates to learning activities in N260.
Assessment/assignment: class discussions, final exam
Assessment/assignment: Journals/journal synthesis, poster presentation, outline for poster presentation.
Assessment/ assignment: poster presentation, annotated bib and outline
Assessment/assignment: Annotated references, group outline, poster presentation.
Assessment/assignment: Personal health goal, plan and evaluation
Assessment/assignment: Attendance, participation in small group discussions.
|A. Basic Skills: (October 4, 2000)||B. Arts & Sciences Core: (November 1, 2000)|
|______ 1. College Reading and
______ 2. Oral Communication
______ 3. Mathematics
______ 4. Physical Development and Wellness
|______ 1. Humanities
______ 2. Natural Science
______ 3. Social Science
______ 4. Fine & Performing Arts
|C. Unity and Diversity: (January 17, 2001)||Flagged Courses: (February 14, 2001)|
|______ 1. Critical Analysis
______ 2. Science and Social Policy
______ 3. a. Global Perspectives
______ b. Multicultural Perspectives
___X__ 4. a. Contemporary Citizenship
______ b. Democratic Institutions
|______ 1. Writing
______ 2. Oral
______ 3. a. Mathematics/ Statistics
_____ _ b. Critical Analysis
Submitted with this proposal is the N260 syllabus, which includes the course description, course objectives, unit objectives, teaching strategies, text, and evaluation/assignments.
COURSE: N260: Women's Health Issues: Making a Decision
COURSE CREDIT: 3 credits CLOCK HOURS: 3 hours class/ week
PLACEMENT IN CURRICULUM: Elective course offered yearly or on demand as a general elective course offering.
FACULTY: Jackie Hatlevig Susan Ballard
Stark 341 Stark 330G
This course addresses womens health as a contemporary issue. In addition to learning the biological and psychological factors affecting specific womens health issues, students are asked to analyze social, political, economic and global factors affecting womens health. The focus is on preparing students to take personal responsibility for health and wellness. Class learning activities are used to foster critical thinking, personal research, and group collaboration on these issues.
This course is a University Studies course in Unity and Diversity Core that satisfies the Contemporary Citizenship Requirement. Courses fulfilling Contemporary Citizenship requirement must contain 5 of the following requirements and learning activities that promote students abilities to:
Requirements and learning activities that facilitate these outcomes are highlighted in bold underline script through this syllabus.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The student will be able to:
1. Define health and wellness.
2. Describe significant health concerns for young adult to older women.
3. Analyze factors affecting womens health, including physical, psychological, social, political, economic and global variables.
6. Make personal lifestyle and health care choices.
I. Personal Health
A. Concept of wellness
F. Women's health policy and research
G. Cultural diversity and women's health
II. Reproductive Health
A. Sexuality and sexual functioning
C. Cancers in women
IV. Issues and situations affecting women's health
Required Readings Journals
Health Goal Formulation and Evaluation Class presentations
Group Discussions Group Poster Presentation
Journal Evaluation Presentations Evaluation
Critique of papers Health Goal Evaluation
Final Examination Attendance/Participation
The Boston Women's Health Book Collective. (1998). Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc.
Testwell. Making Wellness Work for You. (1993). Stevens Point, WI: National Wellness Institute.
Other resources to help you get started on broader reading:
Critical thinking on the World Wide Web by University of Missouri-Columbia. Reviews the "web, critiquing sources, documenting sources.
Site on Women's Health Issues with many links; need to always critique sources.
Mayo Clinic's WebSite with many resources on general health and women's specifically
Women's Health Resources On-Line by Canadian Women's Health Network
WWWomen - a search engine for women's issues
I. Journal Synthesis-Due Date: April 19, 2001 (Contemporary Citizenship, a, b, e)
1) identify the topic
2) discuss your thoughts and feelings regarding the topic, and
3) indicate how your readings influenced your feelings about the topic
Bring journal/disc to every class. The journal will be spot checked by faculty (this may be weekly or bi-weekly). Submit journal in folder; using a compact system to facilitate handling. Make sure your name is on outside of journal/disc and each entry is dated with the topic of the day indicated.
B. Journal Synthesis (worth 10% of total grade)
A typed synthesis of your journal is due on April 19, 2001 (1-2 typed written pages). You should reread all your journal entries and type a synthesis of your learning addressing the following criteria:
1. Identify a critical incident/idea which stands out from your journal entries.
2. Explain why it stands out, expand the topic, and whether there has been new learning.
3. Discuss any changes in your attitude regarding this topic.
4. Describe the impact of this topic on your personal goals.
- Describe future plans regarding this subject in your life.
Note: Weekly journal entries are graded P/F but must be done in order to develop a synthesis.
II. Health Goal (Due Date: January 11, 2001 and April 17, 2001). (Contemorary Citizenship b, e)
- Describe the personal behavior(s) influencing your health which you want to change.
- Explain the benefits to you for changing your behavior(s).
- Describe the goal(s) in measurable terms.
- List your planned strategies for accomplishing your goal(s).
- Explain how you plan to keep track of your progress.
B. A typed evaluation of your health goal using the following criteria (worth 10 points) (Due April 17, 2001):
- Restate your goal(s).
- Describe if you attained all, part, or none of your goal.
- Analyze how your plan worked for you and your support person.
- Describe how you would do things differently, given what you know from your readings, experiences, etc.
- In what ways do you plan to continue working on this goal?
III. Poster Presentation
This is a group project focusing on women's experience, politics regarding women's health, power issues, and/or women's roles and choices. This project consists of three parts. Annotated references and outline are to be typed.
(Contemporary Citizen Requirement a, b, c, d)
- Typed onto 81/2 by 11" sheet of paper with your name and group topic at the upper right corner; single or double spacing okay.
- Citation in APA format at top of annotation.
- Clearly written summary of content of article or book and application or usefulness for project topic. Use good spelling and grammar.
- Choose references which are appropriate for the group topic and current.
- Each group member will submit different references - no duplication.
B. Detailed outline of the topic and assessment questions from the group (worth 10 points), due February 6, 2001.
1. Type onto 8 1/2 by 11" paper with your names and group topic at upper right corner; single or double spacing OK
2. Title of presentation
3. State definition/description of the topic
4. List issues for women
5. Describe how issues are handled by individuals and as a society
6. Describe the programs/services related to this topic of issue
7. Put into perspective: give statistics, morbidity, mortality, quality of life
8. Use appropriate outline form, spelling, & grammar
9. Bibliography of resources in APA format
C. Poster presentation addressing the main ideas or key points related to the topic from the reading done by individuals and from the submitted outline (worth 15 points). Due April 12, 2001.
Evaluation of posters based on:
Clarity and readability 6 points
Accuracy of information 6 points
Creativity in presentation 3 points
IV. Class attendance is taken every class and recorded. The total number of classes attended and journal checks will result in the attendance grade.
V. Class Participation and Group Exercises (Contemporary Citizen Requirement a, b, d, e, f)
VI. Required reading as assigned prior to class
A. Journal Synthesis 10%
B. Health Goal 5%
Health Goal Evaluation 10%
C. Poster Two Annotated References 10%
Group's Outline & questions 10%
Group's Poster Presentation 15%
D. Attendance/Journal Writing 15%
E. Final Exam 25%
Grading Scale: A = 91 - 100%
B = 81 - 90%
C = 71 - 80%
D = 61 - 70%
E = 60% or less