Fall 2019 - BPK 140 D100

Contemporary Health Issues (3)

Class Number: 5132

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby



Explores health from a holistic perspective, in which health is viewed as physical, psychological, and social well-being. Considers genetics, environment, personal health behaviors (such as diet, exercise, stress management, and drug use), socioeconomic status, health care delivery systems, and aging with the intent to improve students' abilities to evaluate health information. Breadth-Science.


13 weeks 
2-hour lecture, 1-hour tutorial/week
Course Schedule:

Week  Lecture Topic Tutorial
1 Chapter 1 The Concept of Health 
Chapter 14 Health Care Delivery Systems
No Tutorials
2 Chapter 2 Evaluating Health Claims
Chapter 3 Infectious Disease
Tutorial assignment or Quiz #1
3 Chapter 4 Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Tutorial assignment or Quiz #2
4 Midterm Exam # 1 (Chapters 1-4 and 14)
Chapter 15 Environment
No Tutorials
5 Chapter 5 Cancer Tutorial assignment or Quiz #3
6 Chapter 6 Physical Activity Tutorial assignment or Quiz #4
7 Chapter 7 Nutrition Tutorial assignment or Quiz #5
8 Chapter 8 Body Weight & Weight Management Tutorial assignment or Quiz #6
9 Midterm Exam # 2 (Chapters 5-8 and 15)
Chapter 13 Drugs
No Tutorials
10 Chapter 9 Mental Health Tutorial assignment or Quiz #7
11 Chapter 10 Intimate Relationships and Human Sexuality
Chapter 11 Sexually Transmitted Infections
Physical activity/nutrition assignment due. Tutorial assignment or Quiz #8
12 Chapter 12 Fertility Management, Pregnancy Tutorial assignment or Quiz #9
13 Midterm Exam # 3 (Chapters 9-13) Last chance to pickup graded assignments


  • To examine health from a holistic perspective, in which health is viewed as the product of physical, psychological, and social well-being.
  • To make students aware of the role of personal behaviors (such as diet, exercise, stress management and drug use) in one’s health status 
  • To gain an understanding of the basic physiology of major diseases and their primary and secondary prevention measures
  • To improve students’ abilities to read and evaluate health information  


  • Lecture Attendance (iClicker or in-class quiz) 7%
  • Midterm Examinations: week 4 (22%), week 9 (24%) and week 13 (24%) 70%
  • Fitness/diet tracker assignment 5%
  • Tutorial Assignments/Quizzes 18%


In fairness to all students, there will be no extensions for missed exams, presentations and quizzes except for extenuating medical circumstances and unjustifiable missed quizzes, presentations and exams will receive a zero. Please note that presenting a doctor’s note will not automatically excuse students from missed exams, assignments and presentations.  Students who miss exams, and presentation due to exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or compassionate reasons) are required to contact the instructor immediately.

They must bring a health care provider statement to their physician for completion, whereby the physician states that in her/his medical opinion the student was unable to write her/his exam or attend the class on the set date due to a medical condition beyond their control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. The completed note should state the limitations caused by your sickness (eg. requires bed rest, will not be able to sit for extended periods, cannot concentrate etc). Only the first doctor’s note may be considered. SFU provides health care provider statement at: http://www.sfu.ca/students/health/resources/faq/sick-notes.html 

Students are also responsible to follow-up with the instructor regarding their absence from the exam, missed assignment or presentations. If the instructor approves student’s documents, then the instructor will decide how the student may be accommodated for the missed component of the course. Missed group presentations can not be rescheduled. For students who miss to attend their own presentations for extenuating medical circumstances, upon submitting appropriate documentation, which is approved by the instructor, their final exam mark will be used instead.   

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Students are advised that acts of intellectual dishonesty and student misconduct are subject to disciplinary action by the University. Serious infractions are dealt with in accordance to SFU’s Academic Integrity:  http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html 

Students are responsible for knowing the policy and informing themselves of the definitions and consequences. Any student found cheating in this course will automatically receive zero for this course.    

Grading scale* Grading Scale for BPK 140 D100 

Grade Percentage
A+ 92-100
A 87-91.99
A- 82-86.99
B+ 78-81.99
B 74-77.99
B- 70-73.99
C+ 65-69.99
C 60-64.99
C- 55-59.99
D 50-54.99
F < 50

*The set points between one letter grade and another (the exact cut-off between A+, A, A-, etc.) will be finalized at the end of the semester.





Current Health Issues, S. Brown, 3rd Edition (SFU Publications). 

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Missed Exam:

Students who miss examinations due to exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or compassionate reasons) are required to obtain a physician's certificate, whereby the physician states that you were unable to write your midterm or final on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. Such documents must be filed with the Department Chair (via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology office) or Registrar within four calendar days of the date on which the examination was to have been written. Exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee in order for a student to receive consideration. Students must check the examination schedule when making course selections. Students are reminded that final examinations may be scheduled at any time during the examination period and that students should avoid making travel or employment arrangements for this period. In the event of a missed midterm or final examination the instructors reserve the right to give an oral examination of the material. Approximate midterm dates are provided, but may be subject to change.

BPK Grading Policy

For more information on the department's grading policy & guidelines go to:  

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html