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Course Description

Credit Units: 2
Mr. Bennibor, S. A., Department of Allied Health & Biological Sciences, College of Health Sciences 

Course Description:

This course is designed to expose the student into the physical and emotional maturity of adolescents and associated problems. It will also equip the student with knowledge of human sexuality, and associated risks to increase understanding of adolescent health issues and applicable interventions.

Course Objectives
At the end of the course, the student will be able to;
i. describe the developmental characteristics of the adolescent
ii. identify factors that influence and affect adolescent development.
iii. describe the rationale, components and characteristics of youth friendly facilities
iv. discuss risks and problems associated with adolescent health

Course Content
Adolescent Development
• Stages of adolescent development.
• Physiological and physical changes.
• Behavioural changes.
• Mental changes.
• Vulnerabilities of adolescents
• Factors influencing adolescent growth
– Peer, Parental, School and Media.
• Girl child education
• Health Problems of adolescents
– Nutritional problem e.g. eating disorders.
– Teenage pregnancy
– Early marriage
– Stress, anxiety, mood and behavioural disorders
– Physical injuries
– Substance abuse

– Sexual abuse
• Other reproductive health problems
– Breast, menstrual, cervical disorders
– Pregnancy and childbearing
– Single parenthood
– Abortions
– Sexually transmitted infections.
• Adolescent youth friendly services
– Definition, components, characteristics
– Steps in establishing youth-friendly services.
– Communication with the adolescent client.
– Contraceptive options for the adolescent
– Family life education and hygiene especially during menstruation for females
– Dealing with special target groups – boys, girls, men and women.
– Sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS in both male and female

    Methods of Instruction:

    • Lectures
    • Tutorials
    • Discussion groups
    • Guest lectures
    • Projects (e.g. case studies, poster presentation, seminar presentation)
    • Reading of articles from relevant scientific journals

    Methods of Course Assessment:

    Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the university policy. The lecturer will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

    Criteria Marks

    Individual Works/Tasks 10

    Class Tests 10

    Class Assignments 10

    Final Examination 70

    TOTAL 100

    Pre-requisite courses:

  1. Co-requisite course(s):
  2. Recommended Reference Materials:
    – WHO and UNFPA publications


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