KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE PROPOSAL New Course (NOT General Education) I. Proposed Information Course Prefix and Number: HPS 3600 Course Title: School Health Issues Credit Hours (format should be # - # - #): 2 - 2 - 3 Prerequisites: HPS 1000: Fitness for Living (Prerequisites are courses or requirements that non-negotiable and must be successfully completed by any student before enrolling in the course or program under consideration. Corequisites are courses that can be taken before or in the same semester as the course under consideration. Courses at the upper-division level will require lower-division competencies or prerequisites.) Course Description for the Catalog: Major public health issues impact on America’s schools and the programs and policies that improve the prevalence and etiology of health behaviors among adolescents. Utilizes the Coordinated School Health Program to promote adolescent health and academic performance. Learning experiences include observation of school health professionals in the field. II. Justification for Course A. Explain assessment findings which led to course development. The Professional Standards Commission (PSC) recently changed the required certification examination for Health and Physical Education teacher candidates. The new Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators exam has established a new framework that places equal emphasis on both health and physical education content knowledge. The existing course offerings do not specifically address the health issues impacting children and youth. The addition of a school health issues course that examines these issues in detail, as well as the role of schools in improving health status, will help align the HPE teacher education program with the framework established by the PSC. B. Explain for Prerequisites: 1. What is the substance of content in each prerequisite that commands its inclusion as a prerequisite to the proposed course? A basic understanding of health issues and health behavior intervention planning is necessary to comprehend the conceptual nature of the course. 2. What is the desired sequence of prerequisites? None 3. What is the rationale for requiring the above sequence of prerequisites? 4. How often are the required prerequisites offered? Every term C. Give any other justification for the course. 1 Form updated Spring 2006. III. Additional Information A. Where does this course fit sequentially and philosophically within the program of study. Sequentially: Students will ideally take the course in the first semester of their junior year. This course is a pre/corequisite for HPS 3650 which is to be taken in the spring semester of their third year. Philosophically: This course will ensure teacher candidates have the knowledge to effectively promote the health and wellness of school-age children and adolescents. They will apply this content knowledge in their professional education coursework. B. What efforts have been made to ensure that this course does not duplicate the content of other college courses with similar titles, purposes, or content? There is no comparable course at KSU. This will be the only course to use the Coordinated School Health Program model to examine health issues impacting children and youth. It is particularly designed not to duplicate what is taught in psychology or education; that is, it is not a human growth and development course. C. Where will the course be located in the program (elective, required in Area F, required or elective for the major)? Indicate and justify its placement in the curriculum. This course will be a required course in the HPS upper division major core. D. How often will this course be offered? Annually E. All sections of the course will be taught with the understanding that the following apply: 1. Purpose of the Course The student should emerge from this course with knowledge, skills, and applications to effectively promote the health and wellness of school-age children and adolescents. 2. Objectives of the Course Learning Objectives: • Identify adolescent health risk behaviors, their prevalence and antecedents. • Analyze the characteristics of effective school-based risk reduction programs. • Describe the relationship between health and academic achievement. • Determine the range of policies and services needed to effectively implement the Coordinated School Health Program. • Identify barriers to successful implementation of school health programs and potential solutions. • Implement the School Health Index to evaluate the Coordinated School Health Program and make recommendations for school improvement. 3. Course Content Overview of adolescent health issues; the Coordinated School Health program and the supporting research; School Health Index; School health interventions. F. What instructional methodologies will be incorporated into the course to stimulate group process, writing skills, multiculturalism, and educational outcomes? This course will use field experiences and class discussion to connect theory and practice. Students will 2 Form updated Spring 2006. be in diverse placements to examine how culture, education and socioeconomic status influence risk behaviors. G. Outline the plan for continuous course assessment. What are the department, school, college, or professional standards which will be used for the assessment? How will it be determined that the course is current, meeting the educational needs of students and responsive to educational standards? How often will the course assessment be done by the department? PSC Standards; Yearly reflection of faculty based on student evaluations; GACE II exam scores; Enhanced content knowledge in professional education courses; Annually. H. REQUIRED SYLLABUS CONTENTS (See Faculty Handbook on page 3.10 for details about KSU syllabi.) 1) Course Prefix Number and Title HPS 3600: School Health Issues (See Attached) 2) Instructor: Dr. Kandice Johnson Office: CC 3043 Telephone: 770.423.6556 Learning Objectives Learning Objectives: 1. Identify adolescent health risk behaviors, their prevalence and antecedents. 2. Analyze the characteristics of effective school-based risk reduction programs. 3. Describe the relationship between health and academic achievement. 4. Determine the range of policies and services needed to effectively implement the Coordinated School Health Program. 5. Identify barriers to successful implementation of school health programs and potential solutions. 6. Implement the School Health Index to evaluate the Coordinated School Health Program and make recommendations for school improvement. 3) Text(s) Meeks, L., Heit, P. & Page, R. (2005). Comprehensive School Health Education. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill. 4) Course Requirements/Assignments 1. Examinations (3) 2. Observation Papers (3) 3. Health Issues Presentation 4. School Health Index Presentation 5) Evaluation and Grading 3 Form updated Spring 2006. Exams (3 @ 50 pts each) 150 points Observation Papers (3 @ 20 pts each) 60 points Health Issues Presentation 40 points SHI Presentation 50 points Subtotal: 300 points EVALUATION SCALE: A = 300-270 B = 269-240 C = 239-210 D = 209-180 F = Below 179 6) Weekly Schedule of Topics XII. COURSE OUTLINE: Week #1 Course Introduction: Trends and health profile of adolescents, CDC six risk categories, Epidemiological research Week #2 Program Theories of adolescent health behaviors; Overview of the Coordinated School Health Week #3 School Health Services: Chronic and communicable diseases impacting children and adolescents; School Health Services; Immunizations and screenings; School health clinics Week #4 School Health Issues – Information and Management Presentations: Information & Management Fact Sheets Nutrition Services: School nutrition programs (requirements) Week #5 Nutrition Services: Nutrition education; Obesity prevention Week #6 Health Education: What is quality health education? Health Education: Link between health education and academic achievement Week #7 Physical Education: What is quality physical education?; Link between physical education and academic achievement Healthy School Environment: Environmental health issues impacting schools; Fostering emotionally healthy classroom environment 4 Form updated Spring 2006. Weel #8 Healthy School Environment: Prevention of violence (bullying and harassment in schools) Counseling and Psychological Services: Mental and emotional health issues impacting children and adolescents Week #9 Counseling and Psychological Services: Developing self-esteem and resiliency skills; Crisis intervention and management Parent and Community Involvement: Getting parents and community members involved; Developing alternative activities (after school programs, alcohol and drug free events) Week #10 Parent and Community Involvement: Recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect Health Promotion for Faculty & Staff: Teachers as role models; Teacher morale, absenteeism & turnover Week #11 Health Promotion for Faculty & Staff: Field trip Week #12 School Health Index: Evaluating coordinated school health program; Best Practices… Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Week #13 Best Practices… Sexuality Education; Best Practices… Injury Prevention and Safety Week #14 School Observations (in-field) Week #15 Group Presentations Week #16 Course Wrap Up Academic Honesty Statement Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. Section II of the Student Code of Conduct addresses the University's policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation/falsification of University records or academic work, malicious removal, retention, or destruction of library materials, malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards. Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the University Judiciary Program, which includes either an "informal" resolution by a faculty member, resulting in a grade adjustment, or a formal hearing procedure, which may subject a student to the Code of Conduct's minimum one semester suspension requirement. 7) Attendance Policy Students are expected to be in all class sessions on time. Attendance will be taken at every class. Students may miss up to two (2) classes without penalty. Each absence thereafter will result in your grade being lowered by 5 points. For example, if you have a final grade of 185/A points and are one absence over the limit, you will have your grade reduced to a 180/B; two absences over the limit and your grade will be reduced to a 175/B, etc. Being habitually late will also lower your letter grade (Two late entries = One absence). According to HPS Departmental policy, any student missing 4 classes, for any reason, will not receive course credit and will be assigned a grade of "F". Attending on scheduled planning days, lesson presentations, and required class activities is imperative. In addition, it is important that you be awake and paying attention to what is going on in the classroom. If you are 5 Form updated Spring 2006. sleeping, reading the paper, talking to your friends, etc., you will not be counted as present that day. Please turn off your cell phones and pagers prior to entering the classroom. IV. Resources and Funding Required A. What resources will be redirected to accommodate this course? None B. Explain what items will cause additional cost to the department/school/college. Personnel Computer Technology Library resources Equipment Space 6 Form updated Spring 2006. V. COURSE MASTER FORM This form will be completed by the requesting department and will be sent to the Office of the Registrar once the course has been approved by the Office of the President. The form is required for all new courses. DISCIPLINE: HPS COURSE NUMBER: 3600 COURSE TITLE FOR LABEL: (Note: Limit 30 spaces) School Health Issues CLASS-LAB-CREDIT HOURS: 2-2-3 Approval, Effective Semester: Fall 2007 Grades Allowed (Regular or S/U): Regular If course used to satisfy CPC, what areas? n/a Learning Support Programs courses which are required as prerequisites: n/a APPROVED: ________________________________________________________________________________ Vice President for Academic Affairs or Designee 7 Form updated Spring 2006. KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE PROPOSAL New Course (NOT General Education) Course Prefix and Number: HPS 3600 Responsible Department: HPS Proposed Effective Date: Fall 2007 Signature Page Submitted by: Name Approved Not Approved Approved Not Approved Approved Not Approved Approved Approved Date Department Curriculum Committee Date General Education Council* Date Professional Teacher Education Unit Program Area* Date Department Chair Date Not Approved Not Approved College/School Curriculum Committee AND/OR Teacher Education Council* Date Approved Approved Approved Not Approved College/School Dean Date Undergraduate Policies and Curriculum Committee Date Dean of University College Date Not Approved Not Approved *For curriculum proposals involving General Education courses, there should be collaboration by the Department Curriculum Committee and the General Education Council. For Teacher Preparation proposals, there should be collaboration by the Department Curriculum Committee, the Professional Teacher Education Unit (PTEU) Program Area Committee, the Teacher Education Council, and the College/School Curriculum Committee. 8 Form updated Spring 2006.