Personal and Community Health

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Welcome to HPE 1003 – 100

Personal and Community Health
Welcome to Personal and Community Health offered online through Illinois Valley Community College Distance Learning. I am your instructor, Julie Sherbeyn, and am very excited for this opportunity to increase your health awareness through this innovative medium. The goal of this course is to encourage you to consider your personal health behaviors relative to current health information. You will have the opportunity to evaluate your current lifestyle and identify alternative options to improve your overall wellness. This a fast-paced sixteen-week course with no classroom meetings; therefore, it is imperative you are aware of the course requirements and corresponding timeline. This course is totally asynchronous (on your own) to allow for flexibility in your personal schedule while earning college credit.

The course consists of utilizing the text, taking chapter quizzes and unit exams, and completing assigned labs. (Please see the Course Timeline for an outline of course content and corresponding deadlines.) You are required to contact the instructor at the beginning of the course to confirm expectations (please refer to Instructor Contact Information). You must include your full name and course number (HPE 1003-100) in the subject line of all email contact with your instructor. You will not receive any response and your concerns will NOT be addressed if the appropriate format is not followed. Contact the instructor with a valid email account after you:

  1. register for the class through IVCC.

  2. obtain your class materials.

  3. self-enroll in the course within Blackboard (see instructions below).

Required Materials:

The textbook is required for this course and is available in the IVCC bookstore.

  • Text: Teague, Mackenzie, & Rosenthal. Your Health Today, Brief 2nd ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 2009.

  • Internet: Access to Blackboard ( for all assigned labs, to take all quizzes and tests, and to access your grades.

Blackboard Usage Instructions:

You will first need to self-enroll in this course in Blackboard. Logging into Blackboard is not sufficient. You must seek out the appropriate course and enroll. Go to for detailed instructions or use the following:

1. Log-in to the Blackboard system.

  • Your user name is the first three letters of your last name and the last four digits of your

social security number.

  • Your password is the first three digits of your social security number.

2. Click on the Courses tab.

3. Click on the Browse Course Catalog link.

4. You can either search for your course or scroll down and look for the title. Your course is

HPE 1003-100 Personal and Community Health Summer 2009.

5. When you find the class you need to enroll in, click the Enroll button.

6. If you are requested to enter an access code, enter the one your instructor gave to you.  The access code is case sensitive.  This means 'SecretCode' is not the same as 'Secretcode'.  Click the Submit button to Enroll in the class.

7. If you successfully enroll you will get a screen telling you so.  You are now enrolled in HPE 1003 – 100 Personal and Community Health Summer 2009.


After comprehensive study of each chapter, you will complete a ten point multiple choice quiz. The quizzes are located in Blackboard under Course Documents and are available beginning Thursday, January 15. There are deadlines for completing each quiz, therefore you will not be awarded a grade if you fail to meet the mandatory timeline (see the Course Timeline). There will be absolutely no make-ups allowed on quizzes. You can work ahead, so plan according to your schedule to complete assessments before deadlines and avoid receiving zeros. You will have fifteen minutes to complete each quiz; after which, it will be scored and your results posted immediately. I have allowed for multiple opportunities to take the quizzes for Chapters 1 through 5 to enable you to get used to testing online and to maximize your points for those quizzes. However, you will have only one opportunity to complete the quizzes for Chapters 6 through 17. It is imperative that you have a thorough grasp of the information prior to taking each quiz as the fifteen-minute time restriction will not allow time to look up answers during the quiz. Once you open a quiz online, you must complete the assessment in its entirety or a grade will not be scored for the attempt. No extensions or make-ups will be allowed for quizzes, however, two of your lowest quiz scores will be dropped at the end of the course.

There are five, forty-point tests consisting of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. The tests cover the textbook material from the designated chapters and the corresponding video segments; therefore, I suggest taking notes while thoroughly studying the material. Each test is of equal weight in determining your final grade. The tests are moderately difficult college-level exams.

There are deadlines for completing each exam, therefore you will not be awarded a grade if you fail to meet the mandatory timeline (see the Course Timeline). There will be absolutely no make-ups allowed on exams. You can work ahead, so plan according to your schedule to complete assessments before deadlines and avoid receiving zeros. You will have fifty minutes to complete each exam. Your score will be available after the instructor has had adequate opportunity to review your exam. Again, tests must be taken according to the deadlines listed in the Course Timeline to avoid receiving a zero for the exam.

Lab Assignments

You have five assigned labs located in the back of your text or online at:

Click on the appropriate chapter and then on “Labs (Add It Up)”. All labs are due in the instructor’s office on or before Friday, August 7. Labs can be mailed or dropped off at the instructor’s office or dropped off at the IVCC information desk or mailroom with instructions to forward to Julie Sherbeyn. Please see instructor contact information included in the Course Assistance section of this document for address and office information. Plan accordingly for labs arriving by August 7 as labs not turned in by the deadline will not be awarded a grade.

Student Stress Scale – Ch. 3

Evaluating Your Sleep – Ch. 5

  • Your Lifestyle and Health Lab – Rate Your Restaurant Diet – Ch. 6

What Keeps You From Being More Active? – Ch. 7

What Are Your Daily Energy Needs – Ch. 8

  • Your Health at Risk Lab – Consequences of Binge Drinking – Ch. 10

Are You at Risk for Drug Dependence – Ch. 11

  • Your Relationships and Sexuality Lab – Sternberg’s Triangular Love Scale – Ch. 12

Risks for Unintended Pregnancy and Knowledge of Possible Outcomes – Ch. 13

  • Protecting Your Health Lab – What is Your Risk for Coronary Heart Disease – Ch. 15

Assessing Your Risk Factors for Cancer – Ch. 16

How Safe Are You? – Ch. 17


Your grade will be determined according to the total number of points you receive on the required assignments, quizzes, and exams. There is a maximum of 400 points.

Grading/Potential Points: Total Points/Grade Scale

Quizzes (15 @ 10 pts. ea.) 150 pts 400 - 358/(100-90%) = A

Class labs (5 @ 10 pts. ea.) 50 pts 357 – 318/(89-80%) = B

Exams (5 @ 40 pts. ea.) 200 pts 317 – 278/(79-70%) = C

Total pts 400 pts 277 – 238/(69-60%) = D

237 - 0/(59-0%) = F

Course Policies:

Class Attendance:

This course is totally online; therefore, when you log into the class you are in attendance. No grades will be awarded for late assignments, so you may want to turn in assignments early to avoid last minute emergencies including possible technology failures.

Withdrawal Policy:

  • If you find you are unable to continue this class, YOU must contact the instructor to complete the necessary paper work.

 If you stop participating in the class and don't officially withdraw, you may receive an "F" at the end of the semester.

  • Last Day for Withdrawal : 7/28/09

  • The instructor reserves the right to withdraw students who are not making progress in the course. This will include students who are not meeting time requirements for the course.

Academic Concerns:

If you are a student with a documented cognitive, physical or psychiatric disability you may be eligible for academic support services such as extended test time, texts on disc, notetaking services, etc. If you are interested in learning if you can receive these academic support services, please contact either Tina Hardy (, or 224-0284) or Judy Mika (224-0350), or stop by the Disability Services Office in B-204.

Academic Dishonesty:

Any student caught cheating will receive a zero for the activity in question and may be subject to the student code of conduct for further disciplinary action.

Ensuring Success:

Success in this course depends, primarily, on a disciplined schedule of studying the text and completing the required assignments, quizzes and tests according to the designated timeline. Notice that multiple assignments may be due on one day. I suggest you are active in the class daily to keep up with all required timelines and grading opportunities. Again, if any assigned deadline is missed, no points will be awarded for that grading opportunity.

Course Timeline

Textbook Chapters Assignments Time Requirements

1 – Health in a Changing Society

Chapter 1 Quiz

by Friday, June 19

2 – Your Family Health History

Chapter 2 Quiz

by Tuesday, June 23

3 – Mental Health and Stress

4 – Spirituality

Chapter 3 Quiz

Chapter 4 Quiz

by Friday, June 26

by Friday, June 26

5 – Sleep

Chapter 5 Quiz

Unit Exam 1 – Chapter 1-5

by Tuesday, June 30

by Tuesday, June 30

6 – Nutrition

Chapter 6 Quiz

by Friday, July 3

7 – Fitness

Chapter 7 Quiz

by Tuesday, July 7

8 – Body Weight and Body Composition

Chapter 8 Quiz

by Friday, July 10

9 – Body Image

Chapter 9 Quiz

Unit Exam 2 – Chapter 6-9

by Tuesday, July 14

by Tuesday, July 14

10 – Alcohol and Tobacco

Chapter 10 Quiz

by Friday, July 17

11 – Drugs

Chapter 11 Quiz

Unit Exam 3 – Chapter 10-11

by Tuesday, July 21

by Tuesday, July 21

12 – Relationships and Sexual Health

Chapter 12 Quiz

by Friday, July 24

13 – Reproductive Choices

Chapter 13 Quiz

by Tuesday, July 28

14 – Infectious Disease

Chapter 14 Quiz

Unit Exam 4 – Chapter 12-14

by Friday, July 31

by Friday, July 31

15 – Cardiovascular Disease

16 – Cancer

Chapter 15 Quiz

Chapter 16 Quiz

by Tuesday, Aug. 4

by Tuesday, Aug. 4

17 – Injury and Violence

Chapter 17 Quiz

Unit Exam 5 – Chapter 15-17

by Friday, Aug. 7

by Friday, Aug. 7

Course Assistance:

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding the course material or if you have concerns regarding the course requirements.

INSTRUCTOR: Julie Sherbeyn


815 N. Orlando Smith Av.

Oglesby, IL 61348


OFFICE HOURS: See for current hours.

PHONE: (815) 224 – 0475


Important Dates:

June 17 – Class Begins


August 11 – Last day of HPE 1003-100 Personal and Community Health Online

Book Buyback Information

Textbooks may only be returned during buyback at the end of each term. Call 224-0311 for more buyback information.

Instructor’s Note:

Thank you for choosing to participate in Personal and Community Health. Again, please feel free to contact me with any concerns. Good luck in the course, and may your personal wellness be positively affected by the knowledge you gain!


Julie Sherbeyn

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