Fall 2019 - BPK 340 D100

Active Health: Behavior and Promotion (3)

Class Number: 5121

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SECB 1012, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 142, STAT 201 (or PSYC 201). Recommended: BPK 140.



Relationships among health, physical activity, and other health-associated behaviors are examined. In addition, the theories and models of health behavior, in the context of intervention and promotion strategies, are discussed. Pertinent background information is provided, concerning the influence of fitness on various disease states, as well as the epidemiology of health and exercise behaviors.



  • Guided independent learning rather than passive absorption of wisdom from the expert
  • Heavy emphasis on learning by doing: in-class written activities solo or in small groups, discussion, demonstration, and oral presentation.
  • Active participation is expected. Texting, Internet surfing, crossword puzzling, etc. during class are discouraged.  
One three-hour class per week.  


Week Date   Topics
1 Sept 3 Introduction and course business.
The purpose of understanding health behaviour and promotion.
2 Sept 10 The relationship between physical activity and health.  
3 Sept 17 Review of physical activity theory.
Recommended amounts of physical activity. Quiz 1  
4 Sept 24 Measuring physical activity.
The epidemiology of health & exercise behavior.  Assign #1 due    
5 Oct 1 Sleep, Role models; monitoring and surveillance; Correlates of physical activity, Canadian Health Measures Survey. Quiz 2
6 Oct 8 Motivation and goal setting; Social marketing; Strategies and Tactics; Community and mass media interventions.
  Oct 15 Epidemiology of health promotion: History and international efforts; The future of health behaviour and promotion. Quiz 3, Assign#2
  Oct 22 Models and Theories, PREECEDE/PROCEED Model, Ecological Model. Health promotion and children. Assign #3: proposal
9 Oct 29 Assignment 3: Proposal due
  Nov 5 Health and fitness promotion based on age.  Quiz 4 
11 Nov 12 Intervention to promote physical activity in communities and populations.
12 Nov 19 Student Presentations
13 Nov 26 Student Presentations
Final Exam TBA Final Exam


  1. Recognize how health promotion principles are applied to improve health at the individual, community and society levels.
  2. Predict factors which influence people’s motives for making health behavior choices.
  3. Select and integrate information from various sources including academic and grey literature, health surveys, community resources, and personally collected data to answer questions related to health promotion.
  4. Plan strategies to influence health behavior at the individual, community and society levels.
  5. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills directed at health promotion.  


  • Quizzes (5 quizzes during the semester) 30%
  • Take home assignments 20%
  • Class Presentation and Proposal 30%
  • Final exam 20%



There is no required textbook. Readings will be available on Canvas.

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.

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