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About EXSC 337


EXSC 337: Health & Behavior Change
3 credit hours

In Fall 2016, there are two sections of this course:

  • Section 1 meets T, Th 9:25 – 10:40 am in B&E 136
  • Section 2 meets T, Th 12:15 – 1:30 pm in B&E 136

Course Description

A study of health risk factor identification and modification, emphasizing behavioral changes. Topics such as weight control, physical activity, dietary modification, smoking cessation, and stress management will be discussed as related to the impact on health.


The prerequisite for this course is a grade of C or better in Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL 243 and 244)


The Exercise Professional's Guide to Optimizing Health
Title:  The Exercise Professional’s Guide to Optimizing Health

Authors: Jeff Roitman; Tom La Fontaine

ISBN: 978-0-7817-7548-9

Publisher: Lippincott Williams&Wilkins

109 Things You Can Do to Prevent, Halt & Reverse Heart Disease

Title:  109 Things You Can Do to Prevent, Halt & Reverse Heart Disease.

Authors: Barry A. Franklin, Joseph C. Piscatella

ISBN: 9780761160731

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of risk factors in the development of chronic diseases.
  2. Identify the major risk factors for heart disease and their treatment, with an emphasis on behavior change.
  3. Be able to read and understand scientific literature related to the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
  4. Describe and implement the techniques of behavior modification as related to the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.
  5. Utilize course material to educate others about health risk factors and behavior change.


Attendance in class is expected! Punctual and regular attendance is vital for your success in this course. You are responsible for any material covered in classes you miss.

Course Evaluation

Four examinations will be given as indicated on the course schedule. These examinations will include a combination of multiple choice, true/false, fill-in, short answer, essay, and case study questions. Your grade also includes a personal health behavior change project.

Please note that make-up exams will be given only for extenuating circumstances such as documented serious illness, official representation of the University, death of a close relative, religious holidays, or jury duty. Make-up exams should be arranged in advance whenever possible; anyone missing an exam due to illness or other emergency must call the instructor to indicate you will not be present for the exam and provide a written medical excuse before a make-up exam is given.

Calculation of Final Grade

  • Exam 1 = 20%
  • Exam 2 = 20%
  • Exam 3 = 20%
  • Exam 4 = 20%
  • Personal Behavior Change Project = 20%

Grading Scale

  • A            90–100%
  • B+           87–89%
  • B             80–86%
  • C+           77–79%
  • C             70–76%
  • D+           67–69%
  • D             60–66%
  • F             <60%

Accommodation Statement

If you have a physical, psychological, and/or learning disability which might affect your performance in this class, please contact the Office of Disability Services, 126A B&E, (803) 641-3609, as soon as possible. The Disability Services Office will determine appropriate accommodations based on medical documentation.

Policy for Portable Electronic Devices 

The use of any portable electronic devices, including cell phones, pagers, MP3 players, iPods, etc., during class is not allowed for any reason unless prior approval has been given to a student from the instructor or unless required for the course. If you are planning to have any of these devices in class, they must be turned off and stowed away for the duration of the class period.

Academic Dishonesty

Every student in this course is expected to maintain Academic Integrity and accept academic responsibility for all quizzes, exams, and assignments for this course in accordance with the Honor Pledge:

On my honor as a University of South Carolina Aiken student, I have completed my work according to the principle of Academic Integrity. I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this assignment/examination.

Any violation of this honor pledge will be dealt with according to the Academic Code of Conduct in the USCA Student Handbook. 


EXSC 337 syllabus F 2016


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