Syllabus for SOS-320
THE MANAGEMENT OF STRESS AND TENSION
This course describes a multifaceted approach to the management of stress and tension. The problem and nature of stress is presented as a multidimensional phenomenon. The psychosocial, occupational, bio-ecological, and personality/behavioral causes of stress are examined. Students identify, discuss, and critique stress reduction resources and techniques. Through self-assessment exercises students analyze stress factors in their own life, and using the self-assessment methods studied, develop a personal stress management plan.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Examine the effects of stress on body, mind, and spirit in health and illness.
- Utilize assessment tools to assess individual risk and level of stress.
- Apply stress theory to the development and evaluation of a stress management plan.
- Evaluate selected stress reduction resources.
- Utilize selected media to communicate the application of stress reduction techniques.
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.
- Girdano, D.A., Dusek, D.E & Everly, G.S. (2012). Controlling stress and tension (9th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.
The Management of Stress and Tension is a three-credit online course, consisting of four modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.
- Module 1: Theory and Physiology of Stress and the Stress Response
- Module 2: Individual Factors and the Stress Profile
- Module 3: Environmental Factors and the Stress Profile
- Module 4: : How to Reduce Stress: Intervention and Management Techniques using a Personal Stress Management Plan
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums and complete written assignments. See below for details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
Please note: (1) Rewriting or re-submitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.
You are required to participate in fourteen graded discussion forums on a variety of topics, plus an ungraded Introductions forum in week 1 and an ungraded Course Reflection forum in Week 12.
You are required to complete four written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
You are required to submit three written assignments in this course to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space.
- Written Assignment 3: Stress Reduction Presentation
- Written Assignment 4A: Personal Stress Management Plan (first part)
- Written Assignment 4B: Personal Stress Management Plan (second part)
For each, you will need to complete your work with the turnitin.com site prior to submitting the assignment within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.
Read carefully the documents at the following links, as they will give you instructions for this requirement:
Turnitin Student Manual
The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by term.
Course ID and Password by Term
This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.
GRADING AND EVALUATION
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
- Online discussions (14) - 30 percent
- Written Assignments (4) - 70 percent
- Assignment 1: Critique of non-web based stress management source - 10 percent
- Assignment 2: Critique of web based self-help resource or podcast - 10 percent
- Assignment 3: Stress management technique PowerPoint presentation - 20 percent
- Assignment 4: (this project is submitted in 2 parts)
- Assignment 4A: Personal Stress Management Project - 15 percent
- Assignment 4B: Personal Stress Management Project - 15 percent
All assignment 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:
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 non-area of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
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 Board assignments must be done in the week they are due, or points will be forfeited.
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
- Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
- Take time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State University.
- Arrange to take your examination(s) by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.
- Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
- If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.
Consider the following study tips for success:
- To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the Course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
- Check Announcements regularly for new course information.
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.
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:
- Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examinations or using unauthorized materials during exam administration
- Submitting credentials that are false or altered in any way
- Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
- Forgery, fabricating information or citations, or falsifying documents
- Submitting the work of another person in whole or in part as your own (including work obtained through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Submitting your own previously used assignments without prior permission from the mentor
- Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others (including making tests, papers, and other course assignments available to other students, either directly or through document sharing sites, tutoring schools, term paper companies, or other sources)
- Tampering with the academic work of other students
Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.
Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. 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 and originality report checking, click the links provided below.
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:
- Lower or failing grade for an assignment
- Lower or failing grade for the course
- Rescinding credits
- Rescinding certificates or degrees
- Recording academic sanctions on the transcript
- Suspension from the University
- Dismissal from the University
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