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Online · School of Health Sciences · Public and Community Health

Sanitation in Developing Countries
HLTH-624

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course examines environmental hygiene and health problems related to water supply and sanitation. Low cost methods as well as appropriate technology applied to sanitation are discussed.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

A hygiene environment is essential for healthy living. Proper sanitation and safe water are essential for an environment, especially in lesser economically developed countries. This course will give the student the basic knowledge and tools to address these fundamental water and sanitation issues for global settings.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess sanitation and water needs in a developing community setting.
  2. Analyze challenges to overcoming infrastructure disparities in a developing nation.
  3. Describe alternative solutions for meeting sanitation needs in developing communities.
  4. Demonstrate affordable technologies to provide potable water for communities in need.
  5. Describe water-washed and water-borne diseases.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Conant, J, and Fadam, P. A Community Guide to Environmental Health. Berkeley, CA: Hesperian Foundation; 2008. ISBN: 9780942364569.

Selendy, J.M.H. ed. Water and Sanitation Related Diseases and the Environment: Challenges, Interventions and Preventive Measures. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011. ISBN: 9780470527856.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. Current ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Additional Materials for Learning 

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–450 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–200 words.

Article Reviews (2)

The student will review the major points of an article. This is an individual assignment involving the review of the major points of a case study or article. The student is expected to provide suggestions to address the problem in the case study or article. This assignment must be 450–600 words. The student must include 1 peer-reviewed article source in addition to the citation of the assigned case study or special topic.

Short Essays (2)

The student is required to respond to a topic provided by the course instructor. The essay should be 200–250 words in current AMA format.

Research Paper:

Topic Submission

The student will select a specific topic for his or her Research Paper. The topic selection will be submitted to the instructor for approval.

Outline

The student will create a detailed outline for the Final Version of the Research Paper.

References

The student will research at least 10 scholarly resources that are no more than 5 years old. The student will cite the resources in current AMA format.

Final Submission

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper (excluding the reference and cover page) in current AMA format that focuses on an approved topic. The paper must include at least 10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Mid-Term Exam

This exam covers information from Modules/Weeks 1–4. The Mid-Term Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.

Final Exam

This exam covers information from Modules/Weeks 5–8. The Final Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (3 at 100 pts ea)

300

Article Reviews (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Short Essays (2 at 50 pts ea)

100

Research Paper:

Topic Submission

10

Outline

20

References

20

Final Submission

150

Mid-Term Exam

(Modules 1–4)

100

Final Exam

(Modules 5–8)

100

Total

1010


Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

HLTH 624

Textbooks: Conant & Fadam, A Community Guide to Environment Health (2008).

Selendy, Water and Sanitation-Related Diseases and the Environment (2011).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Selendy: chs. 1–3, 5, 15

1 presentation

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

100

2

Selendy: chs. 7, 10–11

1 presentation

1 website

Article Review 1

Research Paper: Topic Submission

100

10

3

Selendy: chs. 9, 12–14, 31, 37

1 presentation

2 website

DB Forum 2

Research Paper: Outline

100

20

4

Conant & Fadam: ch. 6

Selendy: chs. 18–19

1 presentation

1 website

Short Essay 1

Mid-Term Exam

50

100

5

Conant & Fadam: ch. 7

Selendy: ch. 22

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 3

Research Paper: References

100

20

6

Conant & Fadam: ch. 18

1 presentation

2 website

Article Review 2

100

7

Conant & Fadam: chs. 19–20

1 presentation

1 website

Research Paper: Final Submission

150

8

Selendy: chs. 21, 35

1 presentation

1 website

Short Essay 2

Final Exam

50

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.