Fall 2019 - BPK 140 E200

Contemporary Health Issues (3)

Class Number: 5189

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 5, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SUR 5280, Surrey



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.


This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to a variety of health issues and is intended for any student who has an interest in the area of health. It is useful as an introduction to human sciences and students will develop an appreciation of critical review of health related research. The course material also covers issues related to personal health strategies.

There will be two hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial per week. Attendance at tutorial is required. If you choose not to attend class, do not expect that the instructor or your TA will repeat the announcements, answer questions, or provide information that was given in class. If you miss a lecture or tutorial, it is your responsibility to make up the missed information.  

Students are responsible to read the course syllabus carefully and pay attention to the announcements posted on canvas. For all other inquiries about course material, students can send e-mails to their TA, or meet the instructor or the TA during the designated office hours. Please use SFU e-mail (NOT the canvas mail) to contact the instructor only for booking an appointment, reporting sickness, very important matters and emergencies. Please allow 24-48 hours for your e-mails to be answered, excluding weekends and holidays.

Attendance at tutorial is required.  Tutorial format will vary from week to week and will include: weekly quizzes, recap of lecture material, student presentations, and other activities. You MUST attend your correct tutorial group.

*Tentative lecture Schedule    

Week Readings
1 Chapter 1: The Concept of Health
Chapter 2: Evaluating Health Claims
2 Chapter 3: Infectious Disease
Chapter 11: Sexually Transmitted Infections
3 Chapter 4: Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
4 Chapter 5: Cancer
5 Midterm Exam # 1 (Oct 3), covers course material form week 1-4
6 Chapter 6: Physical Activity
7 Chapter 7: Nutrition  
8 Chapter 8: Body Weight & Weight Management
9 Chapter 10: Intimate Relationships and Human Sexuality
10 Midterm Exam # 2 (Nov 7), covers course material form week 5-9
11 Chapter 12: Fertility Management
Chapter 14: Health Care Delivery Systems
12 Chapter 9: Mental Health
13 Chapter 13 Drugs
  Final Exam (cumulative),  2019-12-05, Th 7:00PM - 10:00PM
* This is a tentative course schedule and might change.


After completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the health from a holistic perspective, in which health is viewed as the product of psychosocial, physical and social well-being
  • Make students aware of the role of personal behaviours, e.g. diet, exercise, stress management and drug use in one’s health status
  • Discuss variety of factors that influence health including personal health behaviours (e.g. nutrition, physical activity, stress management, drug use, etc.)
  • Improve students’ abilities to evaluate health information


  • Midterm Examination 1 20%
  • Midterm Examination 2 20%
  • Quizzes: (every week in tutorials, excluding midterm exam dates, cover material from last week/weeks) 10%
  • Group Presentation: (The instruction will be given during week 3) 10%
  • Final Examination: (2 hours, cumulative with emphasis (60-70%) on the last part of the course) 40%


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 this website: 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, and 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 available at:  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 HC

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 Issues in Health by Stephen Brown, 3rd edition

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