human behavior and physiology

human behavior and physiology

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Stress and Its Management

Course Syllabus Course Information Course Title: PSY2230: Stress and Its Management Course Number: CRN 90160 Term and Year: First Half (A): Fall Semester, 2019 (03 Sep 2018 – 22 Oct 2018) Credit Hour: 3.00 Course Format: Virtual

Instructor Information Full Name: Kristen Lee EdD, LICSW Please see teaching philosophy and bio in Blackboard Email Address: [email protected] Office Hours: Email or call me to schedule an appointment

Course Description This course will provide students with a research-experiential approach to understanding stress and its

effects on human behavior and physiology. Stress is an aspect of everyday contemporary life. This course discusses the work of researchers and

practitioners in stress management and considers the causes of stress from a variety of theoretical and practice- based perspectives. Topics include the relation of stress to health, communication, relationships, academic and work performance. In addition, this course examines the techniques and implementation of stress management in personal and professional arenas. Students will consider different perspectives of stress and learn coping methods from various social and cultural standpoints.


• Workload: This is a 7.5 week, three-credit course; students should expect 2.5 hours a week of faculty instruction/self-study and a minimum of 5 hours of out-of-class student work per week.

• Policy on late work: Unexcused late assignments will be penalized. Unless specified otherwise, each assignment is due at 11:59 pm EST for the date indicated. No make-up work (homework, discussion board posts, quizzes, etc) will be permitted. Extra credit assignments are not available. If valid circumstances arise, deadline extensions may be offered (when requested with adequate prior notice: two days before due date).

• Communication with Instructor: Outside of class, please direct all communications through university email or through the “Ask the Instructor” forum in the Bb Discussion Board. During normal working hours, I can also be reached at the CPS office by the phone number listed in Instructor Information. I try to respond to all questions/comments as soon as I receive them, but please note that the department standard response time is between 24 and 48 hours.

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Course Materials

Required Texts: • Stress Management for Life: A Research-Based Experiential Approach. 4th ed. (2015). Olpin, M. &

Hesson, M. Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN[10]: 1305120590; ISBN[13]: 978-1305120594

• Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress: Your 24-7 Plan for Well-being (2014). Lee, K., IUniverse Publishing. ISBN[10]: 1491747579; ISBN[13]: 978-1491747575 (Hard Cover) ASIN: B0792RYY45; ISBN[13]: 978-1491747568 (eBook)

Two texts are required for this course. Please bring both to class. Additional readings will be made available in the Course Materials on Blackboard.

Student Learning Outcomes Program Objectives:

1. Specialized Knowledge Develop increased literacy with core concepts, perspectives, findings, and trends in psychology. 2. Broad Integrated Knowledge Engage in cross-disciplinary discourse and develop foundational critical thinking skills informed by inquiry, scientific methodology, and creativity. 3. Professional Knowledge Increase intellectual capacity to understand vocationally oriented values, standards, and techniques. 4. Socially Responsive Knowledge Analyze social challenges and opportunities contextually and formulate responses that are grounded in professional values and best practices. 5. Interpersonal and Technological Communication Skills Interact with others in a positive, professional, conscientious, collaborative manner in verbal and written communications. Display information competence and become nimble in using technology for multiple purposes. 6. Personal Development Emerge with insights and strategies to develop a professional identity and meaningfully engage in occupational endeavors, personal, relationships and civic activities.

Student Objectives:

This course offers students the opportunity to engage in experiential learning to develop needed skills, competencies, and dispositions beneficial for the 21st century global market. Based on satisfactory completion of this course, a student should be able to:

• Discuss the definition of stress and apply critical thinking to identify its causes and treatments • Become familiar with seminal and contemporary research on stress, coping and resilience • Identify common stressors inherent in today’s global marketplace • Develop an understanding of the impact of stress on physiological, emotional and cognitive processes • Recognize the role of stress and coping in human wellbeing, communication, relationships, academic and

work performance • Become familiar with stress management techniques pertinent to personal and professional functioning

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• Develop increased capacity for critical thinking, self-awareness and reflection to inform methods of stress reduction and self-care

• Consider global data and intervention constructs influential towards stress and coping Course Methodology

The study of psychology provides an important context for examining and understanding human behavior. By design, the course offers students the chance to develop a host of valuable skills for today’s marketplace, including but not limited to critical thinking, scholarly writing, metacognition, professional behavior and contextual learning. This course focuses upon a global, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and contextual view on stress and coping. Our collective inquiry will afford students the opportunity to apply thinking across a variety of professional roles in psychology, health care, social work, education, and leadership.

PSY2230 is a course with an interactive format that relies on your willingness to participate in all activities. We will use a variety of methods to achieve course objectives including lectures, discussion, and experiential activities. The syllabus lays out an initial plan for our work; it may be revised during the course to meet students’ needs and interests. This course will take a “cocoon approach”, enabling students to learn within the context of a supportive environment. Please refer to “Statement of Teaching Philosophy” under “Faculty Profile” in BB for an understanding of my background, teaching practices and style.

Grading/Evaluation Standards

Letter Grades: Northeastern University defines letter grades with the following criteria:

= Outstanding

= Good

= Satisfactory

= Poor

Grading Standards / Assessment of Learning

Deliverables Weight

Participation (in-class and online) 30% of final grade (multiple assignments: includes discussion boards)

Grade Numerical Equivalent A 94.00 – 100.00 A – 90.00 – 93.99 B + 87.00 – 89.99 B 84.00 – 86.99 B – 80.00 – 83.99 C + 77.00 – 79.99 C 74.00 – 76.99 C – 70.00 – 73.99 D + 67.00 – 69.99 D 64.00 – 66.99 D – 60.00 – 63.99 F Below 60.00

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Week 3 Quiz 20% of final grade (one assignment)

Reflection Paper (Target Behavior Report) 20% of final grade (one assignment)

Final Portfolio 30% of final grade (one assignment)

Assignment Details:

Assignment #1 (Discussion Boards)__________ 20% See Blackboard for due dates. You will participate in a total of six (6) discussions, worth five points each. Guidance for completion will be provided via Blackboard.

Assignment #2 (Week Three Quiz)______________________ 30% Due Week 3 by Tuesday, September 17th 11:59pm via assignments link in Blackboard. The purpose of the quiz is to ensure comprehension of the materials, and give you the opportunity to critically reflect on some of our foundational course concepts. We will be covering chapters 1-4, class discussion, and materials posted within week 1 & 2 reading, listening and viewing. The quiz will consist primarily of short answers, and should be taken independently. You will follow the prompts on blackboard to complete this assignment.

Assignment #3 (Target Behavior Report / Reflection Paper) 20% Due Week 5 by Tuesday, October 1st 11:59pm via assignments link in Blackboard. You will reflect critically upon your targeted behavioral goals and individual learnings from the first half of the course. This paper will allow you to demonstrate what you have learned and applied—concerning stress management. You will follow the prompts on blackboard to complete this assignment.

Assignment #4 (Final Portfolio)__________________________ 30% Due Week 7 by Tuesday, October 22nd 11:59pm via assignments link in Blackboard. You will complete a final portfolio, documenting your stress management plan. Using the RESET and SMARTER goals frameworks discussed in class, you will have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive wellness strategy that focuses on academic, professional, and personal development. You will follow the prompts on blackboard to complete this assignment.

Assignment Expectations:

Communications/Submission of Work:

Assignment Submissions: In Blackboard, go to the Assignments folder and click on the View/Complete Assignment link. Attach your completed assignments and click Submit.

Assignment Review: Once your assignment has been graded, you will be able to view the feedback provided by selecting My Grades in Blackboard, or by clicking on Tools >> View Grades from the NU Online Campus Tab.

ALL submitted assignments in this course must be written using APA format (discussion boards exempted). Please refer to NEU Writing Center for support or

Please note: there is no intention to penalize students for writing skills but to help foster improvement and full participation in the curriculum. If students need help to improve writing skills, the following free resources are available:

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• Smarthinking (available in Tool section of Blackboard) – this allows students to submit personal written material in any subject and have it reviewed by an e-instructor within a 24-hour window (in most cases). Students are strongly urged to take advantage of this resource.

• Writing Center on Northeastern Campus – contact the center to schedule an appointment.

• The Purdue Online Writing Lab ( is a valuable source of information about grammar, sentence structure, and general writing skills

Guidance on Discussion Boards The online discussions provide students the opportunity to link course material to real-life situations.

Each student is expected to post one primary response to each discussion question and two secondary responses to other students’ responses each week. In addition, students are required to respond to any questions or comments posed by the instructor, and fellow students.

For weeks where Discussion Board participation is assigned, the word count in your initial response should be between 200 – 350 words/max. Your initial board posts are due by Monday 11:59pm EST for the week they are assigned. Then, please answer any additional prompts and respond to two of your classmate’s posts before Wednesday 11:59pm EST (no longer than 200 words max).

The Discussion Board forum will close after midnight on Thursday of each week to allow students the opportunity to read the course material for the upcoming week’s lecture. Further instructions for discussion will be provided in your course orientation on BB.

This is an 100% online course. Active online participation is a component of class attendance/participation. If a discussion board was assigned and there is no post at the end of the week, you will receive a zero. Without prior approval from the instructor, missing more than two weeks from the online discussion is grounds for failing the course.

Academic TurnItIn Policy Some assignments in this course are analyzed by TurnItIn (an Internet-based service that analyzes

originality in written submissions) and the course instructor to ensure students have submitted original work for all assignments in this class during this term and to ensure submitted work complies with Northeastern University’s academic integrity expectations. In addition, please note that students may NOT use/reuse or “recycle” a paper or project submitted in another class for any assignment in this course. This includes students who may be retaking this same course for a different grade. Students who want to rework a similar topic from another course, and do so in a substantially different way, should consult with the instructor prior to moving forward with a topic/project. Please review Northeastern University’s Academic Integrity Policy at the end of this syllabus and visit the University’s website for more information. Go to to access the full academic integrity policy.




ASSIGNMENTS (*Always check for additional and

supplemental content such as videos, articles, etc. on Discussion Board.)


Tuesday 9/03 – Sunday 9/08

Course Intro:

Defining and


Olpin & Hesson: Ch. 1 & 2;

Discussion board: Introduce yourself

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Assessing Stress Lee: Intro & Ch. 1-3; Blackboard: Select Articles (See Week 1 Course Materials)

Other Tasks: Complete Course Orientation Review Syllabus Read Instructor Bio



ASSIGNMENTS (*Always check for additional and

supplemental content such as videos, articles, etc. on Discussion Board.)


Monday 9/9- Sunday 9/15

The Science of Stress:

Appraisals and Coping


Olpin & Hesson: Ch. 3 & 4; Lee: Ch. 4-6;

Blackboard: Select Articles

(See Week 2 Course Materials)

Discussion board: Initial Response: due Monday 11:59pm 09/9 Secondary and Peer Responses: due 11:59pm 09/11 Other Tasks: N/A


Monday 9/16 – Sunday 9/22

The Power of Perception:


Dimensions of Stress


Olpin & Hesson: Ch. 5 & 6; Lee: Ch. 7-9;

Blackboard: Select Articles (See Week 3 Course Materials)

Discussion board: Initial Response: due 11:59pm 9/16 Secondary and Peer Responses: due 11:59pm 09/18 Other Tasks: Complete Week 3 Quiz by 11:59pm, Tuesday 09/17


Monday 9/23 – Sunday 9/29

Emotional Regulation:

Time Management

and Life Skills


Olpin & Hesson: Ch. 8 & 11;

Lee: Ch. 10-12;

Blackboard: Select Articles (See Week 4 Course Materials)

Discussion board: Initial Response: due 11:59pm 9/23 Secondary and Peer Responses: due 11:59pm 9/25 Other Tasks:



Monday 9/30 – Sunday 10/06

Emotional Intelligence:

Stress and Coping Applications in a


Lee: Phases I & II

Blackboard: Select Articles (See Week 5 Course Materials)

Discussion board: Initial Response: due 11:59pm 9/30 Secondary and Peer Responses:

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Global Context

due 11:59pm 10/02 Other Tasks: Complete Targeted Behavior Report by 11:59pm Tuesday 10/01



ASSIGNMENTS (*Always check for additional and

supplemental content such as videos, articles, etc. on Discussion Board.)


Monday 10/07 – Sunday 10/13


Healthy Lifestyle

READ: Olpin & Hesson: Ch. 15 & 24

Discussion board: Initial Response: due 11:59pm 10/7 Secondary and Peer Responses: due 11:59pm 10/9 Other Tasks: Work on Final Portfolio


Monday 10/15 – Sunday 10/20

Course Recap


Discussion board: N/A Other Tasks: Work on Final Portfolio


Monday 10/21 – Tuesday 10/27

Finals week-be sure to post your portfolio on the Discussion Board link and that you set it to share so we can see


Course Complete

Well Done!

Complete Final Portfolio by

11:59pm Tuesday 10/22

Fill Out CPS Course Review! Blackboard or

Weekly Learning Objective Breakdown At the successful completion of this lesson/module in the course, a student should be able to:

Week 1

• Define the terms stress & stressor

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• Define & explain the difference between eustress & distress • Differentiate between acute, acute episodic & chronic stress • Relate stress to 5 dimensions of holistic health • Discuss common stressors and assess stress levels from a variety of perspectives

Week 2

• Describe the human fight-or-flight response to stress • List the physiological changes associated with the stress response • Explain how the science of stress relates to stress management and prevention • Describe the role of stress in disease • Discuss how stress can affect body systems

Week 3

• Define perception & how perception affects your experience with stress • Explain cognitive appraisal & cognitive restructuring • Describe how hardiness & resilience can be cultivated • Explain various cognitive techniques that prevent unhealthy stress

Week 4

• Distinguish dialectical tensions, emotional regulation and coping constructs • Explain how negative emotions relate to stress • Describe physical manifestations of certain emotions • Identify key dimensions of time management

Week 5

• Describe the connection between social support and stress • Describe the types of social support • Recognize the role of communication and relationships in managing stress, and in academic and work

performance • Describe emotional intelligence and conflict management frameworks

Week 6

• Explain brain & body benefits of exercise and movement • Describe components of healthy diet • Describe impact of sleep habits • Explain maladaptive coping strategies, including substance use/abuse

Week 7

• Articulate a personal wellness plan (Review the Learning Outcomes from Weeks 1-6)

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Professional Studies. Your comments will make a difference in the future planning and presentation of our curriculum.

At the end of this course, please take the time to complete the evaluation survey at Your survey responses are completely anonymous and confidential. For courses 6 weeks in length or shorter, surveys will be open one week prior to the end of the courses; for courses greater than 6 weeks in length, surveys will be open for two weeks. An email will be sent to your HuskyMail account notifying you when surveys are available.

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