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HLHSCI-100 - Introduction to Healthful Living - Ted Iacenda

Course:Introduction to Healthful Living
Professor:Ted Iacenda
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths



Overview & Philosophy 

This course is intended to provide the student with up-to-date information regarding the major health and wellness topics that affect us all. Such topics include but are not limited to nutrition, physical fitness, stress management, sexually transmitted diseases, and drugs. The goal is to present this information in such a way as to allow the student to apply it to his or her daily life, thereby reaping benefit. Presentation formats will include lecture, group projects, and online discussions.

Role/Responsibility of the Instructor and Student

It is our responsibility to ensure a quality learning experience for all students. For this reason, we will monitor all discussions whether or not we are actively contributing. If discussions get off track, or the tone becomes unfriendly, we will contribute to get things flowing smoothly again. Furthermore, we can track where (in Canvas) students have been. We can see whether or not you have logged in, navigated areas, taken quizzes/exams, etc. Finally, we are familiar with many of the hurdles students face when taking courses online and will do all we can to help you overcome them. But, ultimately, you are responsible for earning a grade in this course – we will work as hard for you as you are working for yourself. So make sure you keep up with the materials/ assignments (remember we can track this) and you should have no problem performing well in this course.

Course Description

Health Science


Units: 3.00 - UC:CSU, May Be Taken Once for Credit

Surveys the psychological, physical, social, intellectual, environmental, and spiritual dimensions of health. UC credit limitation: HLHSCI-100, and HLHSCI-243 combined, maximum credit one course.

Course Information

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Identify basic human needs and list the characteristics of good emotional health.
  2. Describe the five components of physical fitness and construct a comprehensive fitness regimen.
  3. Compare and contrast concepts: holistic health, health promotion and wellness.
  4. Identify and analyze the consequences of abuse and misuse of products that result in dependency on psychoactive drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
  5. List and differentiate the processes of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular, infectious and noninfectious diseases.
  6. Identify the anatomical structures and describe the functions of the female and male reproductive systems.
  7. Describe and distinguish between fertility control and contraception.
  8. Analyze the role of consumerism in the selection of health care providers, facilities, products and information.
  9. Examine and evaluate the aging process, euthanasia, and personal preparation for dying and death.

What to Expect in this Course

Course Prerequisites

Although there is not prerequisites for this course, students should have computer competency and some experience with online course delivery systems before enrolling. “Computer competency” implies the ability to: send and receive email, attach documents to email messages, open attached documents to email messages, use a word processing program like Microsoft Word or its equivalent, cut and paste text between your word processor and your web browser, and log onto (and navigate) the internet. Exposure to an online course delivery system will ensure the student is familiar with online examination, discussion boards, and the retrieving of materials. All students who have a current student identification card (available from the Campus Life & Student Engagement) are welcome to use the The Learning Center (TLC) on campus. The TLC houses numerous computers with high speed, internet access that will be sufficient to meet your needs for this course. The TLC lab also has personnel dedicated to the support of students using Canvas in their courses.

Types of Assessments

Class Participation

Students are advised that participation is required to pass this class. Failure to participate in online discussions, course activities, and/or regularly reviewing materials will result in a lower earned grade in the course.

Generally, students are only dropped at the beginning of the semester to make room for students attempting to add. Should a student stop participating in the class, it is his/her responsibility to officially withdraw through the Office of Admissions. Failure to do so may result in a grade of “F” or “FW”.

Textbook Information

ONLINE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE (OER). This course uses an Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbook. OER is material created under a Creative Commons (a public copyright license) that gives people the ability to share, use, and build upon each other’s work. College of the Canyon's faculty have adopted and created OER to provide high-quality educational material to you at no cost online and low-cost print options. All materials will be posted on Canvas.

Other Relevant Course Information

Advisement on Course Subject Matter & Student Conduct

Students should be advised that the content of this course might, at times, contain material that is disturbing. It is not the intent of the instructor to cause discomfort, distress, or embarrassment to you based on your gender, age, religion, values, race, nationality, or ethnic affiliation. However, information in this course may, on occasion, focus on topics that relate to these personal characteristics and points of view. In addition, this course may contain controversial material. “Controversial” in the sense that there are often varying points of view on a matter, and sometimes, those points of view are in direct opposition to one another. As these issues are inherent to this subject matter, consideration as well as courtesy and tolerance of the views of others are essential to your participation in this course. Those who feel they cannot accept the guidelines outlined above are advised to seek another course in which they will feel more comfortable.

Online Classroom/Discussion Board Courtesy

“Disruptive behavior”, such as: rudeness, profanity, disruptive expression or intolerance of other views, refusal to follow direction; discourtesy toward the instructor or fellow students, or cheating, WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Students who wish to conduct themselves in this manner may be warned one time (and one time only) –a second occurrence will result in the student being dropped from the course. In the event of particularly offensive behavior, the student will be dropped from the course immediately and recommended for disciplinary action by the College. A good rule of thumb: conduct yourself in the online environment much the same as you would in an on ground class. Think about what and how you would make a contribution to an on ground discussion BEFORE you post your comments online. If you wouldn’t say it with an instructor and other classmates present, don’t post it. There are specific guidelines regarding behavior in the online environment, the term for which is “Netiquette.” The recommendations are fairly simple and relate largely to the conduct considerations already mentioned. Please review the following website regarding Netiquette:

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 10/08/2021 Sub#: 862