General Course Information for IHM635: Ayurveda

Course: IHM635 - Ayurveda
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Course Description:

Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient healing system that is between 3,500 and 5,000 years old. Translated as the 'science of life,' Ayurveda believes that everything has specific elemental qualities as well as a specific constitution based on the relationship between three vital energies or doshas. This course will examine Ayurveda, including its origins, the role of doshas, the disease process, the importance of lifestyle regimens, and treatments of disease.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the origins of Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Compare and contrast the three doshas, including the characteristics, the actions, and symptoms of aggravation.
  • Explain agni and the role of 'digestion' in Ayurvedic health.
  • Describe the philosophy of disease and the six steps in the disease process according to Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Explain how diseases are manifested in the doshas.
  • Describe the Ayurvedic method for balancing the doshas.
  • Explain the role of diet and herbs in Ayurveda.
  • Compare and contrast tonification and reduction therapies in Ayurveda.
  • Describe Ayurvedic methods of maintaining wellness.
  • Explain some of the Ayurveda causes and treatments for diseases of the digestive system and large intestine.
  • Explain some of the Ayurveda causes and treatments for diseases of the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and urinary system.
  • Explain some of the Ayurveda causes and treatments for disorders of the reproductive system and various other systems as well as special considerations necessary when treating children and the elderly.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures