HLT 215 Syllabus


Division:Arts & Sciences†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date:February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:Liberal Arts, Science, and Business Administration


Course Number & Title:Health 215: Stress Management


Credit Hours:3††††† Hours/Wk Lecture: 3††††††††† Hours/Wk Lab:††††††† Lec/Lab Comb:



I.          Catalog Description:Provides a basic understanding of stress and its physical, psychological, and social effects.Includes the relationships between stress and change, self-evaluation, sources of stress and current coping skills for handling stress.


II.        Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:†† An understanding of stress management helps one to develop and maintain a wellness lifestyle.


III.           Required background


ENF 3 eligible


IV.          Course Content (list the major topics):

A.           What is Stress?

1.        Stressor

2.        Stress Reactivity

3.        A definition of Stress

B.           Progressive Relaxation

1.        What is progressive relaxation?

2.        Benefit of progressive relaxation

3.        How to do progressive relaxation

C.           Stress Psychophysiology

1.        The brain

2.        Endocrine system

3.        Autonomic nervous system

4.        Symptoms, stress, and you

D.           Meditation

1.        What is meditation?

2.        Types of meditation

3.        Benefits of meditation

4.        How to meditate

5.        Making time for meditation

E.           Stress and Illness/Disease

1.        Hot reactors

2.        Psychosomatic disease

3.        Stress and the immunological system

4.        Specific conditions

F.            Intervention

1.        A model of stress

2.        Setting up roadblocks

3.        Comprehensive stress management

4.        Eustress

5.        Taking Control

6.        Making a commitment

G.           Physiological arousal intervention: Exercise

1.        Exercise and health

2.        the healthy way to exercise

3.        Principles of exercise

4.        Starting and choosing an exercise program

H.           Life-Situation Interventions:Intrapersonal

1.        Eliminating unnecessary stressors

2.        Nutrition and stress

3.        Life events and stress

4.        Hassles and chronic stress

I.              Biofeedback and other relaxation techniques

1.        Benefits of biofeedback

2.        How to relax using biofeedback

3.        Other relaxation techniques: diaphragmatic, breathing, body scanning, massage, yoga and stretching, mindfulness

J.            Life-Situation Interventions:Interpersonal

1.        Asserting yourself

2.        Conflict resolution

3.        Communication

4.        Time management

5.        Social support networking

K.           PerceptionIntervention:

1.        Selective Awareness

2.        Perspective selective awareness

3.        Humor and stress

4.        Type A Behavior Pattern

5.        Self-Esteem

6.        Focus of Control

7.        Anxiety Management

L.            Spirituality and Stress

1.        Spiritual Health

2.        Religion and Spirituality

3.        Spirituality and Health

4.        How Spirituality and Religion Affect Health

M.           Other Topics

1.        Strategies for decreasing stressful behaviors

2.        Diversity and Stress

3.        Occupational Stress

4.        Family Stress



V.Learner Outcomes


The student will:


A.   Develop a comprehensive knowledge of personal stress through the use of the wellness stress coping model.

B.   Attain an understanding of various personality types and how this affects an individualís stress.

C.   Develop an understanding of the physical, social, and spiritual basis of stress.

D.   Be able to practice passive relaxation techniques: deep breathing; meditation; quieting; visualization; and etc.

E.   Be able to practice active relaxation techniques: systematic muscle relaxation; stretching; physical activity & etc.

F.    Be able to identify personal stressors.

G.   Be able to develop a health fitness project with a special emphasis upon relaxation.

VI.  Evaluation




Students will be evaluated using some combination of quizzes, tests, and written assignments defined by faculty.All students will be required to participate in projects aimed at identifying, understanding, and managing personal stressors.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.




         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Personal Development