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Biology of Aging - HLTH 100 OL1 - Course Syllabus

Biology of Aging - HLTH 100 OL1 - Course Syllabus

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Human aging examined emphasizing biological and nonpathological physiological changes and their effects on the functioning of elders. Prerequisites: BIOL 4 or ANPS 19-20 or permission.
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Human aging examined emphasizing biological and nonpathological physiological changes and their effects on the functioning of elders. Prerequisites: BIOL 4 or ANPS 19-20 or permission.

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Biology of Aging
NURS 100/HLTH 100/
 Spring Semester 2013
3 credit hours
Sue Goetschius, APRN-BC, MSN, GNPEmail:sue.goetschius@vtmednet.org Phone: 802-847-1101 or cell 802-338-6076Online Office Hours: Thursday evening 5-7 pm
Catalog Description:
Human aging examined emphasizing biological and non-pathological physiological changes and their effects on the functioning of elders.
Course Summary:
In this 14-week course, participants will gain anunderstanding of the impact of biologic aging on human function. You will:Examine theories of biologic aging,Learn how aging impacts physiology and functionDifferentiate between aging and diseaseExplore how these changes impact the life of older adult and thosewho interact with themEach participant will create a document detailing these changes and the impactas it relates to their profession or interest in aging. This process will provide thelearner with a resource for working with older adults going forward.
Learning Goal:
Participants will be able to describe how normal aging impactsphysiologic function and interpret how those changes might alter the life of anolder adult and/or those who work and interact with them.
Learning Objectives:
 After this course, participants will be able to:
Identify key age related changes in physiology
Explain how the physiologic changes of aging impact function
Differentiate between age related changes and diseases common to older adults
Propose how assist the older adult in managing those functional changes
Propose how to alter work/lifestyle/environment to accommodatefunctional changes
Biology 4 or Anatomy and Physiology 9, 10 or 19-20, or permission.
Required Text:
Saxon, SV, Etten, MJ, & Perkins, EA. (2010). Physical Change & Aging, 5
 edition. New York: Springer Publishing Company. ISBN 978-082610441-0.We will be supplementing it with readings and journal articles when needed.
Recommended Resource:
DiGiovanna, AG. (2000). Human Aging: Biological Perspectives, 2
edition.McGraw-Hill Higher Education, ISBN: 0-07-292691-0.While this textbook may seem dated it is the best foundation textbook I havefound
—and because it’s older, it’s cheaper!
Additional Required Readings:
Each week there will be a selection of required reading from your textbook and avariety of supplementary readings from journals and from web sites that arereputable. Students are expected to access these through electronic reserve,the internet, or by links provided within the course on Bb. Please notify theinstructor as soon as you discover links, electronic journals, or electronic reservematerials that do not work.
Course Expectations:Participants should:
Plan to spend at least 6-8 hours a week on the course.
Read introductory comments for each lesson.
Read the assigned readings, text, articles or websites for each lesson.
Post a response to the question posed for discussion by the dateassigned.
Participate actively in all discussions. Respond meaningfully to at leasttwo
posts per discussion question. Ask questions of your colleagues!
Complete an update of your Physiology/Function/Implications chart on aweekly basis as indicated in Instructional Sequence chart.
Complete all assignments by the dates indicated.
Discussion Board Expectations:
Please participate in the online discussions for each of the assignments byanswering the questions posed and then extending the conversation. Part of thisexpectation will involve responding to at least two other colleague's post eachweek (remember - there is no "back of the classroom" in online discussion).Each lesson includes one or two questioins that require outside reading andreflective posts to the Discussion Board. As a learning community, dialogue and discourse in this course are expected tobe thoughtful, supportive and respectful. Please keep your posts relevant to thetopic under review. Posts should not be lengthy. Brief and succinct posts arebest, with quotes or citations from readings and lessons included, as appropriate.Whenever possible, conclude your post with a question that will encourageothers to reply and keep the discussion going. If you disagree with a post or 
want to challenge a premise, please do so in a manner that respects divergentopinions and continues to expand and extend the discussion.
Learner Support:
Consider contacting the Writing Center  or UVM Library resources for assistance with writing or resources.
Class Communication:
I will use the Announcements box on the course homepage to communicate reminders, updates and special interests topics. I will alsobe posting examples of geriatric humor and poetry to use for some of our reflections/discussions as well.
Response Turnaround Time:
Please use the Discussion Board for contentdiscussions and email for personal communications with the instructor. I do work
at my “day job” Monday
through Friday from 8 to 4:30 so will most likely beresponding in the evening. Expect a 12-24 hour turnaround on email anddiscussion postings during the week and a 24-36 hour turnaround onweekends/holidays.
Technical Assistance Using Blackboard:
Post your question to the TECHHELP forum in the Discussion Board for technical support questions. Pleaseexpect a 1/2 day turn around time during the week on technical issues.
Hardware/Software Requirements:
Regular access to a computer and a connection to the Internet
Firefox Browser on the Mac or Windows platforms (other browsers maywork, but behave inconsistently). You can download Firefox browser athttp://www.uvm.edu/software;enter your "netid" and password to proceed.
 Adobe Acrobat Reader 
Participant Expectations:Attendance Expectation:
Online participation in Blackboard is expected each week to completeassignments and post discussion messages.
Students are expected to visit the course multiple times per week 
Excused absences for religious holidays: 
Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.
Contributions in Class:
Participants are expected to review all links posted in the lessons and takean active role in class discussions. Participation in discussion forum topics

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