INSTRUCTOR:       Jim Newberry, Ph.D.
       Office:               TH 230
       Office Hrs:       Summer: by appointment
       Phone:              830/372-8123 (w/voice mail for message, 24 hrs/day)
       Web Site:       

       Days:             Online                  
       Time:             Online           
       Location:       Online

CATALOG DESCRIPTION:                 
An “online” course designed to provide the student with an appreciation and understanding of the dimensions of personal wellness, including an emphasis on the development of health-related fitness and nutrition. Online/laboratory experiences provide an opportunity to establish habits conducive to optimal well-being and quality of life.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with information and experiences in developing an appropriate program of physical fitness and enhancing overall health and wellness. Important goals are the prevention of premature morbidity and mortality and improvement in quality of living. This course contributes greatly to the KROST life enrichment program.
Relation to Departmental Goals:
This course contributes to the kinesiology department mission of offering personal well-being courses and integrating the liberal arts and sciences with the development of values and attitudes associated with a healthy and well-disciplined mind and body.

Relation to University Goals (ACU’s)

This course contributes to the university goals of knowing, doing, and becoming, particularly in the areas of providing (1) a desire to cultivate physical and psychological health and well-being, (2) a will to pursue continued cultural, intellectual, and spiritual growth, (3) a breadth of knowledge in the natural sciences, and (4) by providing a portion of the university KROST life enrichment program.      

All TLU students are welcome, including those who are low fit and/or not very athletic. If a student has known significant health problems, they may need clearance from the instructor and department chair in order to participate. Because this course is taught online, students should have basic computer skills relating to the internet and word processing, as well as access to the internet via a modern computer. Additionally, students enrolling in this online course should be self-motivated and capable of consistent, independent study.

Via the online course, the student will be able to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the physical, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental and intellectual dimensions of personal wellness. Specific topic areas include 1) understanding wellness and preventive healthcare concepts, (2) achieving physical fitness for health, (3) nutrition and weight control for health, (4) preventing common diseases and other threats to health, (5) the importance of spirituality in health and meaningful living, (6) the development of emotional intelligence skills, (7) the social/community aspects of wellness, (8) environmental issues and health, and (8) being a responsible healthcare consumer.   

The teaching style for this course will be “Online,” with interaction through e-mail or TLU’s “blackboard” online teaching module. This site has been specifically developed for students in this course by the instructor and is continually updated to reflect contemporary thinking on the subject of wellness and preventive health. Additional online and text-related resources add an almost unlimited learning experience for the interested student.  

Wellness, Guidelines for a Healthy Lifestyle;
Hoeger, Turner, Hafen; 2007; Thomson -Wadsworth; ISBN# 0-495-11112-0 (available in TLU bookstore)

Because this course is being taught “online,” regular attendance is not mandatory. Students may be dropped, however, for missing initial required class meetings and for failing to access and follow the course of study, including turning in assignments and taking exams before deadlines. An effort will be made to contact the student at least once before taking action to drop a student from the class for absence/penalty reasons.

The university policy on honesty will be enforced. Students should expect to have to explain and elaborate on all written assignments. Students who are unfamiliar with their own written work will be considered suspects for plagiarism. These “checks” on written work should be considered a routine part of the grading process—not an attempt to “single out” some students for plagiarism. Students engaging in cheating, plagiarism, and other dishonest acts will receive a “zero” and fail the entire course.  

Students will be expected to demonstrate:
(1)    RESPECT for the instructor, fellow students, and themselves
(2)    RESPONSIBILITY for attending class, studying, and completing assignments
(3)  RESOURCEFULNESS in learning the objectives set forth in this class

An instructor may bar a disruptive student from class (and all associated grades and activities) until such behavior ceases. This could seriously jeopardize a student’s grade in the course.

This is an Online Course.
Basic skills in using a web browser and accessing web sites on the internet are required. Due to the nature of this course, personal responsibility for studying and learning the material presented is extremely important. If a student cannot discipline themselves for self-study, this class may not be appropriate, and a classroom setting may be a better option. The instructor is not responsible for computer or network malfunctions from the student's end, which result in a student's inability to complete course requirements. 

This course includes an assignments grade which is calculated by averaging the grades received for all required assignments (10) in this course. The final grade will be based upon the following scale:

               A = 90+       average         
               B = 80-89    average            
               C = 70-79    average                        
               D = 60-69    average                        
               F = < 60       average

A.D.A. Statement: Texas Lutheran University seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with disabilities. If you require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements, it is your responsibility to register with the Office of the Dean of Student Life in order to seek appropriate accommodations. Refer to the Texas Lutheran University Catalog for procedures.

 This syllabus is tentative and subject to change with appropriate notification by the instructor. It is intended to provide the student with information regarding expectations and general course content. It is not intended to represent a binding contract for the course between the instructor and the student.


Note: Each lesson contains the learning objectives, resources, assignments and corresponding chapters in the text. Remember that some lessons and chapters are covered completely, while others include only summary and selected aspects. The important thing is that a student understands and can answer the learning objectives found in each lesson required below. Remember that many additional resources beyond the text are available on the Web.  

LESSON 1: Introduction to Wellness
Read text chapter 1 and summary lecture notes completely. Complete all assignments.
LESSON 2: Exercising for Health-Related Fitness
Read text chapter 7 and summary lecture notes completely. Complete all assignments.

LESSON 3: Developing Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Read text chapter 7 and summary lecture notes completely. Complete all assignments.
LESSON 4: Developing Muscular Strength & Endurance
Read text chapter 7 and summary lecture notes completely. Complete all assignments.
LESSON 5: Developing Flexibility
Read text chapter 7, flexibility content, completely. Complete all assignments.
LESSON 7: Nutrition for Health & Fitness
Read text chapter 8 completely. Complete all assignments.
LESSON 8: Exercise, Diet & Bodyweight Control
Read text chapter 10 completely. Complete all assignments.

Select three (3) of the following lessons based upon your interests. You will be graded on these using assignments only.

LESSON 9: Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Read text chapter 11 completely. Complete all assignments.
LESSON 10: Prevention of Cancer
Read text chapter 12 completely. Complete all assignments.
LESSON 11: Stress Management
Read text chapter 3 completely. Complete all assignments.
LESSON 12: Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Read text chapter 14 completely. Complete all assignments.
LESSON 13: Prevention of Substance Abuse
Read text chapter 13 completely. Complete all assignments.



* Assignments may be completed and turned in before due dates. This allows a student to finish the course at a faster pace if desired.

Monday, June 4, 2012:        
Course Begins (1st class day)

Friday, June 8, 2012:         
Lesson 1-2 Assignments Due (MS Word e-mail attachment)               

Friday, June 15, 2012:           
Lessons 3-5 Assignments Due (MS Word e-mail attachment)

Friday, June 22, 2012:          
Lesson  7-8 Assignments Due (MS Word e-mail attachment)

Monday, July 2, 2012:       
Last 3 Selected Assignments Due (MS Word e-mail attachment)

Last Day of Class