Course Syllabus

KINES 53 Principles of Health and Wellness 
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This course focuses on health and wellness concepts important in making informed choices about one's physical, mental, and emotional well-being. A personal approach to health and wellness will be explored through self-assessment and practical application to every day life. Topics such as fitness, obesity, weight management, nutrition, stress, substance use and abuse, prevention of diseases, sexual health, relationships, gender health differences, and environmental concerns will be discussed.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify current health issues and explain their influence on physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  
  2. Construct and analyze a personal health profile and develop a plan to improve one's health related behavior.

More info on COR (Course Outline of Record)

Kines 53 - Principles of Health and Wellness COR

Instructor Contact  

Instructor: Ameya Bela, M.A., E-RYT 500     

Email: or Canvas Conversation message

Office: PC806 (Bldg 800 / Fitness Center)

Phone: 707-778-4118

Drop-In Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays (beginning 8/18/21), 1:30-4pm Pacific Time either in office or on Zoom:  (Links to an external site.)



Core Concepts in Health, Brief (make sure it is the BRIEF not BIG edition) 17th Edition. Insel and Roth

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In order to be successful in the course, you MUST have the textbook. You can locate and order textbooks online via the SRJC Bookstore. Our text with connect access is $83. This is a negotiated price for SRJC bookstore and should be the best price for the bundle that you need. You do not need Connect Access code for the course.

A copy of the 16th edition textbook is on reserve at Doyle and Mahoney Libraries for you to check out for a couple hours at a time. I'm working on getting the newest edition available for check out. 

Call #: RA776 .C83 2020

Important Dates

Date Class Begins:8/16/2021 

Date Class Ends:12/12/2021

Last Day Add w/o add code:8/22/2021

Last Day Add with add code:9/5/2021

Last Day Drop for Refund:8/29/2021

Last Day for P/NP option:12/10/2021

Last Day Drop w/o W:9/5/2021

Last Day Drop with W:11/14/2021

Date Final Exam: Final Quiz and Behavior Project Assignment will be due by Sunday, Dec 12th 

Resources for Success

Pass‐NoPass (P/NP)

You may take this class P/NP. Due to the pandemic, the P/NP deadline is extended to the last day of class. You must decide before the deadline, and add the option online in your portal or file the P/NP form with Admissions and Records. See deadline for P/NP under "Important Dates" above. With a grade of C or better, you will get P. Once you decide to go for P/NP, you cannot change back to a letter grade. If you are taking this course as part of a certificate program, you can probably still take the class P/NP. Check with a counselor to be sure.

Instructor Announcements and Q&A Forum

The instructor will post announcements on the “Instructor Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences as soon as the instructor creates an Announcement. A “Q&A Forum” is also on Canvas to ask for assistance of your classmates or instructor.

In order to check your notification settings; please click on ‘Account’ in the upper left hand corner when you are logged into canvas, then click on ‘notifications’.  If you are logged into canvas, the communication settings link should take you straight to the page.

I highly recommend that you update your user settings to make sure that you receive the following right away (Click the check mark – notify me right away) for:

  1. Announcement: this is how I will communicate with the entire class 
  2. Submission comment: this is how I will give you personal feedback on your assignments
  3. Conversation message: this is where I send students private messages through Canvas 

Feel free to change the settings on any others based on your personal preferences. 


Course Evaluation

Participation (4 Discussions/10 points each)             40 points

Assignments (9 x 10 points each)                                90 points

Quizzes (17 x 15 points each)                                    255 points

Nutritional Analysis                                                       45 points

Behavior Change Project (4 parts)                               50 points

Total                                                                               480 Total Points       

Grading Policy

Visit "Grades” in Canvas to keep track of your grades. I start grading work after the due date and complete grading before the next due date and post grades and submission comments on the online Canvas Gradebook.

Grades will be assigned as follows:






432  points or more



384 to 431 points



336 to 383 points



288 to 335 points

If taking Pass/No Pass you need at least 70% of the total class points to pass the class.

Late Policy

All assignments are due by 11:55pm on the due date. Late submissions are not accepted without prior arrangement.  Upon the discretion and approval of the instructor, a student may have an opportunity to make up missed work due to an unforeseen emergency with written documentation provided to the instructor. Late work will not be graded unless student sends instructor an email with URL for late work. 

Standards of Conduct

Students who register in SRJC classes are required to abide by the SRJC Student Conduct Standards. Violation of the Standards is basis for referral to the Vice President of Student Services or dismissal from class or from the College. See the Student Code of Conduct page.

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. I encourage students to share information and ideas, but not their work. See these links on Plagiarism:
SRJC Writing Center Lessons on avoiding plagiarism
SRJC's policy on Academic Integrity

Other Important Policies and Practices

Right to Privacy

All students have the right to learn freely and safely in both the physical classroom and the virtual classroom. Students may not share course contents, materials, recordings, or any other information containing representations of their classmates in writing, text, image, or video. This includes emails between students, posts to discussion boards, video threads containing signed dialogue, and any other media that contain the efforts of students who engage with the course (See Acts of Misconduct C., D., and E Links to an external site. .). This especially applies to Zoom cloud recordings which are only stored on a temporary basis for the specific purpose of content review as deemed to be of benefit for all those enrolled in this course, and which are only available in TechConnect Zoom in Canvas. Students also may not discuss the performance of their classmates outside of the classroom. Violations of student privacy are subject to disciplinary action Links to an external site. , with specifics to be handled in accordance with the appropriate SRJC policies and procedures.


Access and Accommodations

It is the mission of the Santa Rosa Junior College to support inclusive learning environments. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or to accurate assessment of achievement—such as time-limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos—please notify the instructor as soon as possible. Students are also welcome to contact the  Disability Resources Department Links to an external site.   Links to an external site. (DRD). DRD is a resource for students that provides authorization for academic accommodations, training and access to assistive technology, and collaborates on strategies for academic success.  Students with disabilities who believe they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact  Disability Resources Links to an external site. , as soon as possible, to better ensure such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.


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