Spring 2020 - BPK 340 D100

Active Health: Behavior and Promotion (3)

Class Number: 2285

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    BLU 10011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2020
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCK 9500, 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".
  • Guest lectures.
  • 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 Jan 9 Introduction and course business.

2 Jan 16 Core concepts of health promotion. Course business.
3 Jan 23 Quiz 1  
4 Jan 30 Assign #1 due
The complexity of health promotion    
5 Feb 6 Health promotion in the community setting.
Quiz 2
6 Feb 13 Debates
7 Feb 27 Alternative and complementary approaches to health
Quiz 3, Assignment #2 due
8 Mar 5 Debates
9 Mar 12 Assignment #3: Proposal due
10 Mar 19 Debates
11 Mar 26 Quiz 4
12 Apr 2 Student presentations
13 Apr 9 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. Required readings will be posted 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.

BPK Grading Policy

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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