Course Syllabus for hp 431 Behavior and Education Strategies for Nutrition and Fitness




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Course Syllabus for HP 431 Behavior and Education Strategies

for Nutrition and Fitness

Spring 2008

Instructors


Carol Koprowski, PhD, RD

Phone: (626) 457-5893

Email: nutr@usc.edu

Office hours: by appointment (I am usually available before or after class)




Teaching Assistant


Susana Bates

Email: sbates@usc.edu



Course Description


For many people who want to make healthy lifestyle changes, the biggest challenge is not what to do, but how to make the desired changes. This course will focus on how to help others make changes in their diets and physical activity habits—how to set realistic goals and how to meet those goals.
This course consists of an in-depth discussion of education, communication, and counseling theories and skills as they pertain to working with individuals and/or groups to promote healthy eating and physical activity. Principles of nutrition, exercise and wellness are discussed in relation to assessment, evaluation and lifestyle modification throughout the lifecycle and in certain disease conditions. This course assumes you have a basic understanding of nutrition or that you are willing to do some extra work (i.e. this is not a basic nutrition course).

Course Learning Outcomes


At the end of this course, you will be able to

  1. Describe and demonstrate the process of assessing diet and physical activity.

  2. Discuss and evaluate how health behavior theories can be used for nutrition and physical activity counseling.

  3. Develop a nutrition and physical activity care plan

  4. Assess an individual’s readiness to make changes in diet and physical activity.

  5. Create a presentation related to promoting lifestyle modification for individuals with a chronic illness.

  6. Develop nutrition and physical activity handouts.

  7. Use social marketing techniques to develop nutrition and physical activity messages.


Textbooks

Nutrition Education: Linking Research, Theory and Practice (2007) by Isobel R. Contento, Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Inc. (required)
Blackboard

Assignments, grades, announcements, etc. will be posted on Blackboard (blackboard.usc.edu).



Course Format


We will be using an interactive format. You should come to class having completed all readings and other assignments.
We will also do a fair amount of group work. Students will form groups of four to six students and will work as a group to complete assignments during the semester. While the group report or final product receives a grade, your individual grade is based upon peer evaluation. Each group member will complete a peer evaluation form for the other members of the group.

Course Evaluation


Student evaluation is based upon the process of learning as well as on the outcomes of what is learned. The course grade will be determined based upon the following:


Assignment

Percent

Details

Assignments

20%

Assignments will be given at various times during the semester. Some assignments will be done in class and others will be done outside of class. The assignments will provide the opportunity for you to apply what you are reading. No make-ups for missed in-class assignments; however, you can miss one in-class assignment.

Reading quizzes

20%

A short quiz will be given that covers the assigned reading. You will take each quiz twice—once by yourself and once as part of a group. Your individual quiz scores will make up 10% of your final grade and your group quiz scores will make up 10%. No make-up quizzes will be given.

Midterm and Final Exam

40%

Exams will consist of short answer and multiple-choice questions. No make-up exams will be given. Each exam is worth 20% (i.e. both exams are worth 40% of your final grade). Dates for the exams are:

  • Midterm: Thursday, 3/13/2008

  • Final: Thursday, 5/8/2008, 2 pm to 4 pm

Workshop Presentation

20%

Each group will develop a workshop that addresses diet and physical activity issues for a chronic illness. More details will be provided later.




100%

Grading Scale: 92.5-100%=A, 89.5-92.4%=A-, 84.5%-89.4%=B+, 82.5-84.4%=B, 79.5-84.4%=B-, 74.5-79.4%=C+, 72.5-74.4%=C, 69.5-72.4%=C-, 62.5-69.4%=D, <=62.4%=F


Tentative Schedule for HP 431

Spring 2008




Week

Date

Topic

Reading1

Part 1: A look at research, theories and practice

1

1/15

1/17


Overview and introduction

What influences our food choices? What influences our physical activity choices?



Chap 1

Chap 2


2

1/22

1/24


Facilitating why and how to take action

Chap 3


3

1/29

1/31


Increasing awareness and motivation

Chap 4

4

2/5

2/7


Facilitating the ability to take action

Chap 5

5

2/12

2/14


The role of environment in facilitating change

Chap 6

Part 2: Designing nutrition and physical activity learning experiences

6

2/19

2/21


Step 1: Analyzing needs and behaviors

Chap 7

7

2/26

2/28


Step 2: Identify potential mediators

Step 3: Select your theory



Chap 8

Chap 9


8

3/4

3/6

Step 4: State your goals

Chap 10


9

3/11

3/13

Midterm 1








3/18

3/19


Step 5: Design strategies

Step 5: Design strategies



Chap 11, 12

Chap 13


10

3/25

3/27

Spring Break








11

4/1

4/3


Step 6: Evaluation

Step 6: Evaluation



Chap 14

Part 3: Putting the pieces together (implementation)

12

4/8

4/10


Working with groups

Beyond groups



Chap 15

Chap 16


13

4/15

4/17

Working with different population groups


Chap 17

14

4/22

4/24


Working with individuals

Handout

15

4/29

5/1


Wrap-up loose ends

Discussion of group projects









5/8

Final exam (2 pm to 4 pm)




Course Policies
Due dates – Assignments are due on the day and time announced.
Attendance – Attendance is very important (i.e. you cannot complete an in-class assignment if you are not present in class). Please notify the instructor and your team members ahead of time if you cannot attend class.
Cell Phones – As a courtesy to other students, please turn off your cell phone during class. If you need to have your cell phone on, please set your cell phone to silent mode and sit near an exit so you can leave the room to take your call. During an exam, cell phones may not be on (even in silent mode) for any reason.
Extra Credit – Extra credit assignments are not available for this class.
Academic dishonestyAcademic dishonesty on exams, quizzes and assignments is grounds for failure in the course (see USC catalog).
Grading Issues – Grades for assignments and exams will be posted on Blackboard as soon as possible (which may not always be as quickly as you would like). You are responsible for making sure that all your work has been received and graded. You will be sent an email towards the end of the semester asking you to verify that what is posted on Blackboard is correct. Once the semester is done and final grades are submitted, your grade for the course will not be changed unless an error was made when the grade was recorded on the grade sheet.
Students with Disabilities – Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me (or the TA) as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please see the following web site for information for students with disabilities: http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/asn/DSP/ldpack.htm



1 All chapters are from Nutrition Education: Linking Research, Theory and Practice




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