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Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2017/2018

HUMS 335: Working With Groups

Course Description

Theoretical foundations, knowledge, values, and skills of human service practice as they apply to working with groups.

Prerequisite: HUMS 105 or PSYC 101

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Galanes & Adams . Effective Group Discussion: Theory and Practice (14th). McGraw Hill.
    • [ISBN-978-0073534343]

Recommended

  • (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition (Paperback). American Psychological Association (has a blue cover).
    • [ISBN-978-1-4338-0561-5]
      • Note: WARNING: Do not use an old version of the APA manual (the current edition is the 6th), nor rely on web resources, other than those recommended or provided by the instructor for definitive answers to APA questions. Some sources found on the web are incorrect. If you will be writing more APA format papers (for psychology, sociology, criminal justice, and human services classes) it is a good investment:

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

The main objectives of this course are to provide students with the opportunity to learn how to become productive group members within a Human Services organization, better understand group dynamics, utilize the group process to solve problems, take in active role in group evaluation, evaluate their own group participation, and learn how groups are utilized in Human Service organization to provide services to clients. You will learn techniques applicable to being a group participant and facilitator.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To understand basic principles and theoretical concepts of the human services profession as they apply to working with groups.
  • To understand the ethical standards for human services practice with groups.
  • To understand the basic concepts of group development.
  • To demonstrate learning skill-based competencies in planning, facilitating, observing and evaluating small groups.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to differentiate between theories as they apply to working with small groups.
  • Differentiate between different types of groups.
  • Identify the major characteristics of each of the stages of a group.
  • Identify the major tasks and roles of group leadership at each of the stages of a group.
  • Identify the roles and expectations of group members at the various stages of a group.
  • Describe how group leaders can effectively work with issues of cultural diversity in a group setting.
  • Discuss the importance of building a climate of trust in a group setting.
  • Demonstrate an ability to formulate an agenda for a group session.
  • Apply specific skills that help members formulate personal goals in a group.
  • Demonstrate beginning level skills in planning, facilitating, terminating, and evaluating a small group.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate their own practice effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of group dynamics.
  • Demonstrate an ability to appropriately apply various strategies of handling conflict in groups.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical standards for human services practice with groups.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 194-215 90-100%
B 172-193 80-89%
C 150-171 70-79%
D 129-149 60-69%
F 0-128 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 32 15%
Topic for Final Paper (1) 8 4%
Annotated Bibliography (1) 25 12%
Final Paper (1) 50 23%
Midterm Exam (1) 50 23%
Final Exam (1) 50 23%
Total 215 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 4 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 4 Sunday
Group Paper: Topic 8
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 4 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 4 Sunday
Midterm Exam 50
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 4 Sunday
Groups Paper: Annotated Bibliography 25
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 4 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 4 Sunday
Groups Paper: Final Paper 50
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 4 Saturday
Final Exam 50
Total Points 215

Assignment Overview

Text readings

Text readings should be completed prior to submitting assignments or weekly discussion postings. All graded assignments will rely upon information derived from our text readings.

Discussion postings

Discussion postings should be complete by their respective deadlines, and will be graded according to the criteria presented in the grading rubric found in this syllabus. If you copy a discussion post from another student, you will receive a zero for ALL discussion points for the entire class. Discussions are to be ongoing throughout the week; you cannot earn full points if you only post on the last day.

Each week you will take your turn choosing 3-5 pages of the text and providing a detailed outline of that material and your own personal summary or impression of what you read (referred to as “the round robin method”). Some overlap is inevitable and that is not a huge issue. When you are ready to make your post, determine where the discussion is, where we are in the book, and then cover the next 3–5 pages. Make sure to identify the chapter and pages in your subject line for the post. There is no instructor question – each person takes the next available material from the text, material that has not been covered yet, and makes their post following these directions. This discussion method requires that you have the text book. Discussions cannot be made up if missed.

You also need to respond to some of the postings of your peers and me (approximately 4-5 thoughtful responses). You do not need to respond to every post, but only those posts that you find interesting or where you have something significant to add to the discourse. Meaningful posts go beyond: “I agree with Bill.”; “I like the way you (fill in the blank).”; or the ever popular “Good post.” Participation also implies that you are reading everyone else’s postings. It is especially important that you read all of my posts and reply when appropriate or prompted. Even if my posting is a reply to another individual’s posts, it is important to read it, because it may contain clarifying information or a follow up question and it is definitely written with the entire class in mind.

Groups Paper

The groups paper will be broken into three, distinct assignments that overlap in grading. (For example, a deficiency in one of the listed areas will drop you to the corresponding letter grade regardless of other elements of your assignments. Plagiarism, regardless of if you do it on purpose or not, returns a grade of zero for any assignment.) The three projects are: Topic, Annotated Bibliography, and Final Paper.

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Topic: Your topic MUST be something relevant to the general topic of this class which is small group dynamics. A good way to get ideas for a topic is to look in the book including chapters we have not covered yet. Please see the Additional Resources section of this syllabus for a listing of acceptable and unacceptable topics.

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Annotated Bibliography: There is an example of the annotated bibliography in the content section as well as the blank form you will use. You will need to copy and paste a new section for each of your articles into one document. You will then fill out the form, in as much detail as possible, for each article but remember all five forms will be in one document. These are articles about, or related to, your topic. Choose carefully since these articles must be used in your final paper.

After you choose the topic for your literature review, and after it has been approved, you will need to use the online databases available from the Columbia College library to find a minimum of 5 peer reviewed research articles pertinent to your topic.


You are to use only journal articles available from the online databases (which are extensive), and not editorials, news items, commentary, or opinion pieces. You must use research based articles which will generally include one or more of the following elements: an abstract, a literature review, methods, sample, findings, and a short discussion. You can also use other literature reviews which are relevant to your topic. Both kinds of articles will be found in the professional literature. Periodicals such as Time, newspapers of any kind, and web sites will NOT count toward the required number of sources although you can use them as supporting references. It is important to remember these guidelines.


A grid will be provided for you online in the content area. For this assignment you will complete the grid filling out all the required information for each of your articles in your own words. Don’t just cut and paste information from the article or other sources. It is important for you to understand the article. It is acceptable if some of the statistics are arcane or beyond your statistical expertise. However, you must know what the authors were trying to accomplish, the method they used, the results, and to make an informed judgment as to the viability of their project.


Final Paper: You will write your final paper on your approved topic using, at minimum, the five sources you submitted in your annotated bibliography. The assignment’s grading criteria may be found in the Grading Criteria section of this syllabus. You must adhere to the following guidelines when writing your paper:
  • Must use version 6 of the APA style manual guidelines.
  • This assignment will be 7-8 pages inclusive to include:
    • Title Page
    • Abstract
    • Body of your paper must be a minimum of 4 -5 pages. Points will be deducted for going under.
    • References

Exams

It is important to note that the midterm and the final are open book examinations taken online. They will not be proctored. Each of you will take a unique test in which the question selection and order will be randomly selected from a database. Therefore, each of you, in essence, will take a different version of the exam. The tests are timed. You will have 90 minutes to complete each exam which will consist of multiple choice and True/False questions. Because of test security, you will not be able to view your completed test.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1:
Overview
We will begin by getting to know a little bit about each other. We will also explore our virtual environment and generate an understanding of the expectations of the course. We will also start covering content matter. Get involved early and often in ALL of the discussions. Start thinking about a topic for your Group Paper.
Readings
• You should review the American Psychological Association (APA) format for writing, to prepare you for your final paper due in Week 7.
• Chapters 1 & 2
Discussion 1
The class will discuss Chapters 1 and 2 using the round robin method with each student providing a synopsis of the material in their own words as well as a brief commentary on the material. All postings are due by midnight Sunday.
Plagiarism Quiz
Please complete the Plagiarism Tutorial and Quiz. The tutorial is available in the Content area and the quiz is in the Quizzes area. You must pass the quiz with at least an 80%, and you are allowed multiple attempts. You must pass the quiz before you will be able to submit your Annotated Bibliography assignment (Week 5). Not completing this quiz is not a valid excuse for submitting your Annotated Bibliography late.
Week 2:
Overview
During Week 2, you will learn how to use the campus databases to search for scholarly literature. You will choose an appropriate topic for your final paper and start gathering information. This week you can begin work on your annotated bibliography which will be due at the end of week 5.
Readings
Chapters 3 & 4
Discussion 2
The class will discuss Chapters 3 and 4 using the round robin method with each student providing a synopsis of the material in their own words as well as a brief commentary on the material. All postings are due by midnight Sunday.
Group Paper: Topic
Submit your topic for your Groups Paper. It has to have something to do with small group dynamics, therapeutic groups, or group therapy – the topic of this class and of the text. Make sure you choose a topic of interest to you and that is relevant to your degree which has something to do with groups (Human Services, Criminal Justice, etc.) Your topic must be approved by me and students will not be allowed to duplicate topics. No recycled papers. Submit your topic for approval to the correct folder in the Dropbox area by midnight Sunday.
Week 3:
Readings
Chapters 5 & 6
Discussion 3
The class will discuss Chapters 5 and 6 using the round robin method with each student providing a synopsis of the material in their own words as well as a brief commentary on the material. All postings are due by midnight Sunday.
Week 4:
Readings
Chapters 7 & 8
Discussion 4
The class will discuss Chapters 7 and 8 using the round robin method with each student providing a synopsis of the material in their own words as well as a brief commentary on the material. All postings are due by midnight Sunday.
Midterm Exam
The first test will cover Chapters 1 - 6 from the text. It will be an open book examination, and must be taken online. It will not be proctored. Each student will take a unique test in which the question selection and order will be randomly picked from a database. This test is timed and you will have 90 minutes to complete it. Do NOT go over the established time limit.
Week 5:
Readings
Chapters 9 & 10
Discussion 5
The class will discuss Chapters 9 and 10 using the round robin method with each student providing a synopsis of the material in their own words as well as a brief commentary on the material. All postings are due by midnight Sunday.
Groups Paper: Annotated Bibliography
Submit your Annotated Bibliography to the correct folder in the Dropbox area by midnight Sunday. NOTE: The Plagiarism quiz MUST be completed with a passing grade (80% or higher) before you can submit your Annotated Bibliography.
Week 6:
Readings
Chapter 11
Discussion 6
The class will discuss Chapter 11 using the round robin method with each student providing a synopsis of the material in their own words as well as a brief commentary on the material. All postings are due by midnight Sunday.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7:
Readings
Chapter 12
Discussion 7
The class will discuss Chapter 12 using the round robin method with each student providing a synopsis of the material in their own words as well as a brief commentary on the material. All postings are due by midnight Sunday.
Groups Paper: Final Paper
Submit the final version of your Groups Paper to the correct folder in the Dropbox area by midnight Sunday.
Week 8:
Readings
Instructor-provided material available in the Content area (two PowerPoint lectures and a short video)
Discussion 8
The class will discuss the instructor-provided material using the round robin method with each student providing a synopsis of the material in their own words as well as a brief commentary on the material. All postings are due by midnight Sunday.
Final Exam
The final test will cover Chapters 7-12 from the text. It will be an open book examination, and must be taken online. It will not be proctored. Each student will take a unique test in which the question selection and order will be randomly picked from a database. This test is timed and you will have 90 minutes to complete it. Do NOT go over the established time limit. Remember class ends on SATURDAY this week and your exam must be completed before the course closes at 11:59 on Saturday.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

NO late assignments will be accepted without extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student and with instructor notification prior to the due date (Columbia College Catalog).

Final Paper: 10% will be deducted for each day the paper is late. After two days, a zero will be assigned.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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