Syllabus for SOS-320



The Management of Stress and Tension explores a holistic (body, mind, emotions, and spirit) approach to the management of stress and tension. From a theoretical perspective, students will analyze stressors, the stress response, resiliency, coping, lifestyle, and relaxation techniques as they apply to their own lives. The work in this course will culminate in a stress management plan.

Note: You are required to have access to a webcam to complete the final project.



After completing this course, students should be able to:

CO1        Analyze the nature and effects of stress on the body, mind, emotions, and spirit on the continuum of health/wellness and illness.

CO2        Reflect on personal stressors and contributing factors, using a variety of exercises.

CO3        Reflect on stress-resistance (resilience), using a variety of exercises.

CO4        Apply stress theory to the examination of holistic stress management, based on findings from personal reflection.

CO5        Apply theory and personal reflection to prepare a stress reduction plan.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

Note: The assignments in this course require you to submit exercises from the textbook. If you do not choose to recreate the exercises in your own Microsoft Word or Google Docs documents, you must download the fillable PDFs of the exercises from the Navigate Companion Website that accompanies the textbook and requires an access code. If you did not receive an access code with your book, you can purchase the access code directly from the publisher.

Here is a link to purchase the access code: 


The Management of Stress and Tension is a three-credit, online course consisting of three modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in About SafeAssign.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in nine graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules. The discussions are an opportunity to reflect on what you have learned from your reading and from completing the exercises, so that you can discuss how this new learning applies to your life.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete three written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules and offer an opportunity to consolidate new learning.


You are required to complete 17 exercises that are designed to process new learning, assess the stressors in your life and your stress response, and apply stress reduction techniques. They are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

To submit the exercises, either download the fillable PDFs from the textbook’s companion site or recreate the exercises from the textbook in a Microsoft Word or a Google Docs document, then fill them in with your responses.

Course Reflection

At the conclusion of the course, you will complete a Course Reflection assignment, located in Module 3, worth 2% of your course grade. The purpose of this assignment is for you to reflect on what you have learned and accomplished in the course and how you will carry this knowledge into your life.

Final Project

For the final project, you will write your own Personal Stress Reduction Plan. You are encouraged to review the plan early in the course and ask any questions about it in the open questions forum, so that all may benefit. Please note that it is due the Monday of the last week of class.

Note: You are required to have access to a webcam to complete the final project in Kaltura’s CaptureSpace. See the Final Project section of the course website for more details.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).

Lateness Policy

Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points) or 5% of the total points will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion forum assignments must be done in the week they are due or points will be forfeited.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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