Summer 2023 - BPK 140 D200

Contemporary Health Issues (3)

Class Number: 3867

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Tue, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 12, 2023
    Sat, 3:30–6:30 p.m.



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.


2 hour Lecture, 1 hour Tutorial (
13 weeks)


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. Students with credit for BPK 140 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.


There will be lecture quizzes done randomly during the semester. The material is based on the previous lecture. You must be present in class to get credit for the quiz. It cannot be made up outside of the class. The midterms will be multistage with a collaborative component. The midterms and final will be based on lecture material (including Word files, PowerPoint files, and oral communication in lecture). The format will include fill in the blanks, short answer, and essay.

Midterms are short answer questions, fill in the blanks, and essay

Midterm 1: Lectures  1 - 4  (Medical History to STI inclusive)  Tuesday, week  5, 15  %

Midterm 2: Lectures  5 – 8 (Chronic Disease to Weight Management inclusive)  Tuesday, week 10, 20  %

Final exam (comprehensive)  25 %,  Date TBA, Room TBA

Assignment is worth 10 %

Tutorial grade is worth 15 %



All make-up exams will be worth the same percentage and cover the same material. The format may be different and will not be given prior to the exam.



A missed exam can only be rewritten if medical evidence of inability to write the exam is presented within 4 days of the scheduled exam. Please contact the instructor if you have missed or are unable to attend a scheduled midterm or final exam. You must also download and complete a Health Care Provider Statement from the SFU web site and hand it in to the course instructor.


The grading profile is standard for BPK


























Your final exam is covers the entire semester with questions in similar format to the midterm PLUS the last question (answered in a separate exam booklet).

The last question will be worth about 30 % of the final exam total. You will be asked to health and wellness manage a person. I will determine the age, gender, and health of the person. Remember that if the subject is young and female, or old and male, the majority of health and wellness recommendations will very similar: diet, exercise etc. When you make a health and wellness recommendation, you should also state why it is good for the subject.


The grading profile is standard for BPK and may be scaled. Scaling of grades may be necessary, particularly to enable instructors to incorporate novel pedagogical approaches in their teaching and assessments that may produce unusual distributions of percentage scores when first implemented, or to ensure equivalency between courses or instructors, without unfair advantage or disadvantage to students. Accordingly, BPK instructors have the right to scale grades.  Additionally, grades are subject to approval by the Chair of BPK, 

who may require that grades be scaled, particularly in cases where the distribution of grades is not normal, or where effective discrimination between learners has not been achieved.  For this reason, students should not assume that a specific percentage score will be always associated with a specific letter grade. In the case of scaling of grades, student ranking within a class will not be affected. See for more details.

Please remember that often factors such as ethnicity, sex, gender, body composition, religion and perhaps other politically sensitive issues are relevant to exercise, health, and/or physiology. I do not wish to offend anyone in class and please lets discuss it if I do. Also remember, what is true for the population may not be true for the individual. This holds even from a genetic deterministic perspective.

There are no extra assignments one can do to increase their mark so please do not ask for any.



Date Day


1 May 9 Tuesday

Medical History

Components of Wellness

2 May 16 Tuesday Infectious Disease: pathogens, lifecycles, transmission, treatment
3 May 23 Tuesday Immunity: lines of defense, allergies, immune responses, immunization
4 May 30 Tuesday

Sexually Transmitted Infections:

HIV lifecycle, transmission, treatment, costs

5 Jun 6 Tuesday Midterm 1
6 Jun 13 Tuesday Chronic Diseases: CV, Cancer, Diabetes: causes, treatments
7 Jun 20 Tuesday Nutrition: Energy, Macronutrients, Micronutrients, Deficiencies, Canada Guidelines, GMO, Vegetarianism
8 Jun 27 Tuesday Physical Fitness: Components, Benefits, Prescription
9 Jul 4 Tuesday Weight Management: Classification, adipose tissue, Energy Balance, Hunger/Satiety, Causes, Risks, Treatments, Eating Disorders
10 Jul 11 Tuesday Midterm 2
11 Jul 18 Tuesday

Alcohol: types, metabolism, Effects, Dependence

Tobacco: effects, causes of addiction, stop smoking methods

12 Jul 25 Tuesday Sexuality: bases, psychosocial, anatomy, physiology, behaviour, contraception
13 Aug 1 Tuesday Review




Date Tutorial description Notes
1 May 9 No tutorial  
2 May 16 Wellness material Wellness balance whee
3 May 23 Infectious Disease Case study
4 May 30 Immunity Vaccination records
5 Jun 6 Midterm – no tutorial  
6 Jun 13 Midterm reflection  
7 Jun 20 Chronic disease Cancer risks
8 Jun 27 Nutrition Intake quality/quantity
9 Jul 4 Physical Activity FITT
10 Jul 11 Midterm – no tutorial  
11 Jul 18 Weight management  
12 Jul 25 Assignment presentation Health article/body change
13 Aug 1 Assignment presentation

Health article/body change


Comment on a health/wellness-related article published in a newspaper/internet

In length, the article is less than ½ newspaper page.


Assignment Rules:

  • Word processed
  • Include your name, BPK 140, and a title at top
  • Times New Roman font, 12 point font, and 1.5 line spacing
  • Length is no greater than one page, >24 and < 31 lines, and < 400 words
  • Article is stapled to top left corner
  • Put your name on the article and on your comment page.
  • Your health and wellness article will come from a printed newspaper or online article
  • Include which health/wellness area(s) the article is addressing
  • Your assignment article must have been printed between the first day of class and the day prior to the hand in time
  • If you use an internet site, print the web page and do not copy and paste into a Word file
  • You will hand your assignment to the TA and then give a 2.5-3 min presentation in tutorial

ASSIGNMENT OPTION: You can replace the assignment with a personal body change/fitness project

You still require talk about your project in tutorial and hand in a word-processed copy. Assignment formatting rules apply


Academic honesty and student conduct

Academic honesty is a condition of continued membership in the University community.

Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism or any other form of cheating is subject to serious academic penalty, i.e., failure on an assignment, failure in a course, suspension or expulsion from the University.

The University codes of student conduct and academic honesty are contained in policies T10.01 and T10.02 which are available in the Course Timetable and on the Web via


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


  • Understanding the health consequences of humans and their interaction with other life forms
  • Understand how to protect or improve health with respect to chronic diseases and the effects of diet, exercise
  • Understand the health consequences of smoking and alcohol
  • Understand sexuality and contraception


  • Midterm 1 15%
  • Midterm 2 20%
  • Lecture Quizzes 15%
  • Assignment 1 10%
  • Tutorial Grade 15%
  • Final Exam (Exam period) 25%


Students MUST attend the tutorial for which they have registered.

Tutorials will begin in the second week of classes.



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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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.


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.