Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

HUMS 310: Military Case Work

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  Course Description

Examination of the unique challenges and opportunities facing veterans, active duty military and their families. Topics include programs and services specific to these populations.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

Proctored Exams: None


As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.


  •  Hall, L. K. (2016). Counseling Military Families: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know (2nd ed). New York: Routledge.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.

  Course Overview

This course provides an insight into the culture and lifestyle of military families. It covers the support systems that the military has developed over the years to encourage enlistment, maintain retention, and aid those who retire from the services.

Each chapter in the book provides examples of how families adapt to the ever-changing military. As a future human resources practitioner who may provide services to military families, you will need to understand why life is different for these families.

  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 Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze and understand the unique challenges of the military family cultures of living in a military society referred to as the Fortress.
  2. Explain the stages of a military deployment and the effect that it can have on the military member and their family.
  3. Explain the steps of transition that a military family goes through during a transfer.
  4. Explore and understand the services available to the military through the Veterans Affairs’ and Military One Source.
  5. Analyze and understand the issues that the military and their families deal with, such as domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, PTSD, and women in the military.
  6. Be familiar with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.


Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (9) 200 20%
Homework Assignments (8) 200 20%
Project Assignments (3) 125 12%
Midterm Exam (1) 200 20%
Term Paper (1) 75 8%
Final Exam (1) 200 20%
Total 1000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion -- Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 1 25
Homework Assignment 1 25 Saturday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 25 Wednesday/Saturday
Homework Assignment 2 25 Saturday
Project Assignment 1 75 Sunday

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 25 Wednesday/Saturday
Homework Assignment 3 25 Saturday
Project Assignment 2 25 Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 25 Wednesday/Saturday
Homework Assignment 4 25 Saturday
Midterm Exam 200

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 25 Wednesday/Saturday
Homework Assignment 5 25 Saturday
Project Assignment 3 25 Sunday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 25 Wednesday/Saturday
Homework Assignment 6 25 Saturday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 25 Wednesday/Saturday
Homework Assignment 7 25 Saturday
Term Paper 75 Sunday

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 25 Wednesday/Saturday
Homework Assignment 8 25 Saturday
Final Exam 200
Total Points: 1000

  Assignment Overview


There are nine (9) Discussion topics in the course. This also includes the Introduction Discussion in Week 1 that is ungraded. Along with an initial discussion post in response to the assigned prompts, you are required to post four peer responses to each topic.

Initial posts should be submitted by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday, and all peer responses are due by 11:59 pm CT Saturday. Your initial post needs to be at least 10-12 sentences of substantive information, written in proper APA format. Peer responses should also be substantive, with at least 4 full sentences using proper grammar and sentence structure. Comments such as “good idea” or “I agree with you” will not be sufficient to earn points. Your responses should encourage additional responses from other students. Group postings will only count as a single post.

Each post is worth 5 points, for a total of 25 points per Discussion. The Introduction Discussion topic is ungraded. Discussion assignments may not be made up. The only way to conduct a productive discussion online is to reply promptly. Additionally, researching the question and posting your information and ideas is a vital part of the Discussion.

Homework Assignments

There are a total of 8 Homework Assignments, one each week. Homework Assignments will be graded on how they portray your understanding of the material and the professionalism of their presentation. Homework Assignments should be 2-3 pages in length, utilize Times new Roman, 12-point font, and double-spaced text. They should be formatted using APA style, cite borrowed material correctly, and include a reference page. The author/textbook should be cited at least three times per written page. Other citations are encouraged, but do not count toward the three-author citation requirement. A title and abstract pages are not required, but a reference page is required. Each Homework Assignment is worth 25 points and be to the respective Dropbox folder by Saturday at 11:59 pm CT of the assigned week.

Project Assignments

There are three Project Assignments in the course, due in Weeks 2, 3, and 5. The Project Assignments are worth 125 points in total. The individual points division are as follows:

  • Project Assignment 1 - 75 points
  • Project Assignment 2 - 25 points
  • Project Assignment 3 – 25 points.

Each of the Project Assignments should be 3-4 pages in length, using the suggested websites. APA format is not required for project assignments, but you should use Times New Roman 12-point font. Submit the assignments in the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT of the assigned week.

Term Paper

Your Term Paper will cover the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP), the three types of court martial, and the different types of discharges. You will have to describe the types of court martial, maximum punishments, who can convene a court martial, the types of discharges, and how those discharges can affect a member’s life as a civilian. You must also list the types of punishment a member can receive under the non-judicial punishment system.

The paper should be eight (8) pages in length, including the Title, Abstract, and Reference pages. The paper must also have a minimum of five (5) resources and follow APA formatting standards. You must complete the paper using Microsoft Word and use 12-point Times New Roman font and double-spacing. Visual images and infographics do not count toward the final page count and must not be copied/taken from other sources. Proper grammar, punctuation, correct spelling, and other aspects of correct composition should be maintained.

Your completed Term Paper is due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 7.


There are two non-proctored exams in the course; the Midterm Exam and the Final Exam. Each Exam consists of 50 multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true/false questions. Both exams are timed with a 75-minute limit (5-minute grace period) and you can access them in the Quizzes area of the course.

The Midterm Exam will consist of questions from reading covered in Weeks 1-4 and will be available from 12:01 am CT Monday through 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 4.

The Final Exam will consist of questions from reading covered in Weeks 5-8 and will be available from 12:01 am CT Monday through 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8.

  Course Outline

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

  • Chapter 1: Rationale and Purpose
  • Chapter 2: Military Service Members
  • Review Instructional Materials
Introduction Discussion
Give us some interesting facts about yourself and describe any relationship that you have had or currently have with any military organization.  Have you been, or are you currently, an active duty member or spouse/child of a military member? If you have been involved with one of the military services, where did you serve or where did you live, and what type of job did the military member have?
Discussion 1

Discuss the current military recruitment system (All-Volunteer Force) and whether it should be changed. Should we re-institute the draft or have a mandatory service for all people between 18-25 years of age? Why or why not?

Support your views with evidence from the readings. Comment on at least four other students’ postings. 

Homework Assignment 1

For Homework Assignment 1, please write a short essay about issues of family preparedness for military life. Critique the issues surrounding the stigma associated with military service members and the associated difficulty of seeking support from civilian counselors (pp. 8–16).

Your submission must be in proper APA format (including author in-text citations) and have 2 pages plus a reference page. You are required to cite the textbook's author at least 3 times per page. Title and abstract pages are not required. Homework Assignment 1 is due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.

  • Chapter 3: The Unique Culture of the Military
  • Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 2

On page 59 in the last two paragraphs, the author discusses the issue of commitment to honor. What is the author saying? How do the military concepts of honor, devotion to duty, and sacrifice affect the family?

Comment on at least four other students’ postings.

Homework Assignment 2

Analyze the unique aspects of the military culture, including the authoritarian structure, isolation and alienation, class system, and the dynamics of the military family fortress.  Focus on the ramifications of these structures on the nuclear family with evidence from the readings this week.

Project Assignment 1

Review military recruiting requirements and the needs of one of the military services. Contact one military recruiting office (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard) and arrange a face-to-face interview to obtain the necessary information. If you are not able to conduct a face-to-face interview with the recruiters, schedule a telephone interview; however, a face-to-face interview is preferred. Questions to ask are:

  1. What are their recruiting requirements, male and female quotas?
  2. What are the basic requirements to enlist?
  3. What job specialties are in the greatest need for that service?
  4. What jobs seem to be of the greatest interest to those joining the services?
  5. What is the length of enlistments or types of enlistments?
  6. What sign-on benefits are being offered to recruits?
  7. What are the requirements for becoming an officer, direct commission and officer candidate school (OCS)?
  8. What are the percentages of women and men in that service? What is the percentage of single/married members or members married to another member?
  9. What are the pay scales for enlisted members and officers?
  10. What is the military policy on homosexuals?
  11. What is the percentage of the different minorities in the service? Please add any other additional information that you might think to ask or find interesting.

  • Chapter 4: The Military Family
  • Veteran's Affairs website
  • Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 3

Many military spouses have very little understanding of how the military works and what reasonable expectations are. When a military unit deploys, there are very few circumstances that would allow a member not to deploy. Discuss some unrealistic expectations that a spouse may have of the military. Under what circumstances should a military member be exempt from deployment?

Comment on at least four other students' postings.

Homework Assignment 3
Evaluate the unique characteristics of the military family, marriage, divorce and remarriage, as well as the role of military spouses (pp. 71-91).
Project Assignment 2
Describe the different benefits and services provided to military veterans, drawing on information from the Veterans Affairs website (only use this website).
  • Chapter 5: The Children
  • Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 4

Most military services are seeing an increase in single-parent members, dual military members, step-families, and absentee parent(s). Single and dual members with children are required to provide a childcare plan in case of being deployed. Childcare becomes a big issue and is expensive. What do you think the military should do with a member who is a single parent, and therefore cannot be deployed for a considerable length of time?

Comment on at least four other students’ postings. 

Homework Assignment 4

Contrast the difficulties faced by military children compared to their civilian counterparts, making sure to focus on the effects military life has on the children, both negative and positive (pp. 92–101).   

Midterm Exam
The Midterm Exam will consist of questions from the chapters covered in Weeks 1-4 and will be available anytime between 12:01 a.m. CT Monday and 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday of Week 4.
  • Chapter 6: Other Military Families to Consider
  • Military OneSource website
  • Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 5

In the past ten years there has been a large presence of women in the military, and many of these female members serve overseas in areas of conflict alongside their male counterparts. However, when they return home, they get a different reception than male military members.  Locate and discuss an article related to women veterans who are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan and share that information with the class.

Comment on at least four other students’ postings. 

Homework Assignment 5

Identify the different kinds of nontraditional families and predict what challenges that diversity might create within the military culture (pp. 122-131 and 134-136).    

Project Assignment 3
Write a paper listing and summarizing the different support services that are available to military families, based on information available on the www.militaryonesource.mil website on military family services (only use this website).
  • Chapter 7: Major Challenges of the Military Family
  • Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 6

Domestic violence, including sexual assault, has been a long time problem in the military. The military services have been very active in the past years to try to address these issues. However, it seems that female military members and families still experience great amounts of abuse.  Find an article that discusses the issue of domestic violence in the military. Write a brief summary and post in the discussion section for this week. Include your thoughts and reactions to the article.

Comment on at least four other students’ postings. 

Homework Assignment 6

What are the five stages of deployment? What impact does each have on families (pp. 154-164)? You are encouraged to look for outside sources for this assignment.

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.
  • Chapter 8: The Transition Journey
  • Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 7

For generations, military members have been returning home with mental health issues related to the trauma that they experience at the war front. Many of these members don’t understand the behavior changes and emotions they are experiencing. Many refuse to get help, or help is not readily available. The VA was not prepared to handle the number of veterans returning home with issues of PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injuries. Women veterans face even greater hardship seeking help, especially when it comes to sexual trauma experienced on the battle front.  Find an article that discusses the issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the military.  Write a brief summary and post in the discussion section for this week. Include your thoughts and reactions to the article.

Comment on at least four other students’ postings. 

Homework Assignment 7

What are the emotional challenges faced during the three stages of the transition journey (Endings, Neutral Zone, and New Beginnings), and what does the family have to accomplish in each (pp. 194-208)? 

Term Paper
Write a paper describing the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), including Non Judicial Punishment (NJP), the three types of court martial, and types of discharges. Assignment requirements and guidelines can be found in the Assignment Overview.
  • Chapter 9: Effective Interventions
  • Review Instructional Materials
Discussion 8

Over the past eight weeks, we have discussed all the aspects of starting a military career and serving in the military and have looked at resources available when one leaves the military. Service in the military takes a large toll on families and the members. We have looked at such issues as PTSD, deployments and separations, single parenting, domestic violence and sexual assault. What are your thoughts about the current military system? What would you change?

Comment on at least four other students’ postings. 

Homework Assignment 8
Evaluate the different treatment possibilities for PTSD and the families’ role in helping support the service member (pp. 223-230).
Final Exam
The Final Exam will consist of questions from the chapters covered in Weeks 5-8 and will be available anytime between 12:01 a.m. CT Monday and 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday of Week 8.

  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 and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, 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.


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

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

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. If you miss the opportunity to post your response by the deadline, you will receive a score of “zero” for that particular discussion topic. A single weekly post to the discussion will meet the “minimum” requirements (5 points) and will keep you from getting a zero for the week.

Homework Assignments submitted late will result in the score being reduced by 5 points for each day the paper is late. Late Homework Assignments will not be accepted after 11:59 pm CT Tuesday following the due date. Non-submission of an assignment will result in a grade of “zero.”

Project Assignments submitted late will result in the score being reduced by 5 points for each day the paper is late. Late Project Assignments will not be accepted after 11:59 pm CT on the Wednesday following the due date. Non-submission of an assignment will result in a grade of “zero.”

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 Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource. 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.