Personal Health and Wellness Syllabus

Note: This course code changed from HRHP 131 to HS 132. You may occasionally see references to the old course code or title.


  1. Identify examples of positive physical, mental, environmental, intellectual, spiritual, and social wellness.
  2. Participate in a regular physical activity program to improve flexibility, strength, and cardiorespiratory endurance.
  3. Describe the most significant risk factors for heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
  4. Recognize risk factors that prevent optimum wellness.
  5. Improve intellectual wellness by learning a new skill.
  6. Improve cardiovascular fitness level.


The American lifestyle does not provide the human body with sufficient physical activity to enhance or maintain adequate health. Our way of life is such a serious threat to our health that it increases the deterioration rate of the human body and leads to premature illness and mortality. This Personal Health and Wellness class will teach that the benefits of exercise along with healthy lifestyle habits are reaped through action. Along with the most up-to-date health, fitness, and nutrition guidelines, the information in this course will provide extensive behavior modification strategies to help the individual abandon negative habits and adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. However, the information taught will be of little value if individuals are unable to abandon an unhealthy lifestyle pattern and adopt and maintain positive behaviors.

Learning Model Architecture

It is important that you, as a student, understand the approach to online learning that is used at BYU-Idaho. Familiarize yourself with this by viewing the Orientation to Online Learning at BYU - Idaho.

As in all BYU-Idaho courses, this course will utilize the Learning Model. Students will prepare by completing the assigned readings each week. Students will teach one another as they participate in discussion boards, review case studies, and participate in weekly activities. Finally, students will ponder and prove by applying the concepts learned to health assessments, papers, and exams.

All students and instructors are called upon to do their best to fully understand and implement the principles and processes of the BYU-Idaho learning model, as outlined below:



Required Materials

All course materials are provided for free within the course. You will also need exercise clothing and other basic supplies for your weekly exercise log.

Grading Policies

Because this course is based on changing your habits and behaviors, it is more focused on activities and discussions than quizzes and exams. To see what your grade is composed of, see the "Grade Components" section below. No matter what kind of activity it is, it is critical that you actively engage in each aspect of the course.

Grading Scale

This course will use the following standard BYU-Idaho grading scale:

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 93-100%
A- 90-92.99%
B+ 87-89.99%
B 83 -86.99%
B- 80 - 82.99%
C+ 77 - 79.99%
C 73 - 76.99%
C- 70 - 72.99%
D+ 67 - 69.99%
D 63 - 66.99%
D- 60 - 62.99%
F 0 - 59.99%

Grade Components

Grades will be determined as follows:

Late Work Policy

Students should complete their work on time. Generally, late work will not be accepted. However, the instructor has the discretion to accept late work or extend due dates in case of extenuating circumstances.


Tutoring options for online students are available through the Academic Support Centers. There are tutors available to help you with writing questions and there may be course-specific tutoring available. Check the details in the link provided.

Honor Code

Honor Code Following the Honor Code is of great importance as you strive to be a disciple of Christ. Your commitment to living the Honor Code will contribute to the overall BYU-Idaho community. Your actions should be respectful and should foster an environment where all can feel the Spirit.

BYU-Idaho's Dress and Grooming standards apply to all students, including online students. By adhering to the Honor Code, you will create a learning environment "consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." For more detailed information, see the Honor Code webpage.


Each student has a responsibility to carefully read assigned materials and instructions. Questions should be noted and directed to your instructor. You also have the responsibility to contribute to others' learning through your participation in discussion boards and review material with partners.

This syllabus and the course schedule may be changed at any time prior to or during the semester as the need arises based upon circumstances. Any changes will be available to view the course documents. Students with Disabilities

In compliance with applicable disability law, qualified students with a disability may be entitled to "reasonable accommodation." It is the student's responsibility to disclose to the instructor any special need he or she may have by the end of the first week of the semester.

University Policies

Read the University Policies documents, which includes Student Honor, Students with Disabilities, Sexual Harassment, and Complaints and Grievances.

Academic Honesty

As followers of Christ, all BYU - Idaho students, staff, and faculty are expected to be honest in all their dealings. This also applies and extends to behavior and actions related to academic work. It is critical for students to understand the seriousness of academic dishonesty and misconduct, which are not tolerated by the University, and strive to produce and submit only the results of their own effort and original work.

To copy another person's work from the internet, a book, or from any other source and claiming it to be your own work, is plagiarism. Read the official definitions of plagiarism and cheating from the Academic Honesty portion of the Honor Code.

It is worth remembering that while students are encouraged to work with one another and share ideas, the sharing of text, code, or anything like unto it is inappropriate. When working on a group project, you have the responsibility to assure that others in the group do not plagiarize. Remember: there is never an acceptable excuse for plagiarism or cheating.

Penalties for Academic Dishonesty

Although the Academic Honesty section of the University Policies explains what constitutes each of the many forms of academic dishonesty as well as procedures and guidelines for handling such incidents, the specific application of consequences is left up to each individual instructor.

In this course, instructors will be responsible for creating and applying their own policy regarding penalties for academic dishonesty, which may vary from point deductions up to the score of a zero on the entire assignment, and clearly communicating that policy to students at the beginning of the semester. Cases will be analyzed on an individual basis and penalties applied according to the severity of the misconduct.