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Effective: Late Spring 8-Week, 2017/2018

HUMS 495: Senior Seminar

Course Description

Required as a culminating experience prior to graduation. Capstone course integrating prior learning while exploring current research, contemporary issues, and practice theories in human services. Grade of C or higher is required. Writing intensive. Emphasis is on creating expertise within an area of interest pertinent to the career and academic goals of the student.

Prerequisite: Human Services major, senior standing, and all core requirements completed (or currently enrolled)

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Corey and Corey. (2014). I Never Knew I Had a Choice: Explorations in Personal Growth (10th ed). Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
    • [ISBN-978-1-285-06768-1]

Recommended

  • American Psychological Association . (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6). American Psychological Association.
    • [ISBN-978-1-4338-0561-5]
      • Note: WARNING: Do not use an old version of the APA manual (the current edition is the sixth) or rely on Web resources other than those recommended or provided by the instructor. Many sources found on the web are frequently 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

This course is the capstone course for the human services degree. You will integrate knowledge from your previous courses and apply them to your weekly discussions and dropbox assignments. You will be asked to self-reflect considering your future goals as well as how your past has influenced you. Each week there will be two discussions. Discussions will focus on career goals as well as self-exploration.


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.

Note: In addition to the basic technology, you will need access a video camera or smartphone with a camera and a YouTube account (one is provided with your CougarMail account) for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Focus on and learn about one career option in the Human Service field
  2. Increase self-awareness
  3. Have written communication skills at the professional level

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 369-410 90-100%
B 328-368 80-89%
C 287-327 70-79%
D 246-286 60-69%
F 0-245 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussion (15) 150 37%
Identified Area of Interest (1) 20 5%
Personal Assessment Paper (1) 100 24%
Career Plan (1) 20 5%
Resume (1) 20 5%
Career Paper (1) 100 24%
Total 410 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 2 10
Dropbox Assignment 1 (Identified Area of Interest) 20 Saturday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 4 10
Dropbox Assignment 2 (Career Professional Contact Information) 0 Wednesday
Dropbox Assignment 3: (Personal Assessment Paper) 100 Saturday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 6 10
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 8 10
Dropbox Assignment 4: (Career Plan) 20 Saturday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 10 10
Dropbox Assignment 5 (Resume) 20 Saturday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 12 10
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 14 10
Dropbox Assignment 6 (Career Paper) 100 Saturday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 10 Wednesday/Saturday
Total Points 410

Assignment Overview

Readings

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

Discussions

There are one to two discussions per week. You are expected to submit an original post for each discussion assignment no later than midnight Wednesday of each week. If you do not post by Wednesday, you will lose at least 5 points. I will moderate each discussion and add comments, but otherwise you are responsible for the content of the discussion. Again, if you miss a discussion post, you cannot make it up.

Discussion posts will be graded according to the grade criteria table listed in the Content area of the course. You are expected to respond to a minimum of two classmates’ posts in each discussion and to read all of your classmates’ posts. For grading purposes, responses that are simply “high fives” (e.g., “I agree” or “Good post”) will not be considered substantial or sufficient for participation because they do not advance the discussion.

Dropbox Assignments

Assignments submitted to the Dropbox are intended to improve your writing skills and to provide structure for career exploration.

1. Declaration of your Area of Interest
2. Career Professional Contact Information
3. Personal Assessment Paper
4. Career plan
5. Resume
6. Career paper

Each assignment should be submitted via the corresponding Dropbox folder by the due day specified in the Schedule of Due Dates. Following is a brief description of each assignment:

1. Identified Area of Interest: Write a well-considered 1 page reflection about the career area in which you are most interested. For the purposes of this class we refer to this as your Identified Area of Interest. Although you may not be completely and irrefutably interested in one specific area you are asked to pick the area of interest that best describes what you want to do. This focus could include corrections, child welfare, substance abuse counseling, etc. Pick your area of interest carefully because this one assignment is the basis for most of the rest of the work you will be doing for this class. See the grading rubric for more detail grading criteria. Submit your Identified Area of Interest to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.

2. Career Professional Contact Information: Submit the contact information of the professional that you interviewed for your chosen career path to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Wednesday.

3. Personal Assessment Paper: This assignment is a paper regarding your strengths as a human services professional, and the needed areas of improvement you have identified in yourself. You should also write about your plans for continuous improvement of your abilities. This should be an honest, introspective detailed assessment of your abilities as a human services professional. You will be graded on depth of thought, and writing ability. This paper should be 6 pages long, with no references or title page needed. You must use times new roman 12 point font. Submit your Personal Assessment Paper to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.

4. Career Plan: One-page career plan. The career plan outlines specific steps you can take (including volunteer, work, and academic/training opportunities) that will advance your career goals. See the grading rubric for more detail grading criteria. Submit your Career Plan to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.

5. Resume: You will create a current resume. See the grading rubric for more detail grading criteria. Submit your Resume to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.

6. Career Paper: This paper should be based largely on peer reviewed scholarly journal articles regarding best practices in the career you have been focusing on this term. APA format is required. Note that you are expected to write in your own words with supporting evidence from the sources you have reviewed. Excessive use of quotes (more than 15% on turnitin.com report) will result in a lowered grade. See the grading rubric for more detailed grading criteria. Submit your Career Paper to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.


Course Outline

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

Week 1:
Reading Assignment
Chapter 1
Discussion Assignments
Your original answer for each discussion is due by Wednesday at midnight and responses to at least two of your classmates’ answers for each discussion are due by midnight Saturday.
Discussion 1
All online courses begin with introducing yourself and all job interviews begin the same way, so why not combine the two? For your introduction, you must record and upload a video of yourself answering the typical first question from any job interview: “Tell us a little about yourself.” Using a video camera or cell phone, record your introduction of yourself, upload the video to YouTube, then post the YouTube link as your discussion post. Your video should look and sound good, you should dress and speak in a professional manner, and you should give a brief summary of your resume including education, work experience, internships, and your interest in the human services field. Your video should be at least one minute but no more than two. See the Content area for tips on creating good videos as well as instructions for how to upload your video and share it privately.
Discussion 2
Read about and reflect on the multiple intelligences and multiple learning styles outlined in the book. What learning style are you? How has that helped you in your life and how has it limited your learning? (The Multiple Intelligences Inventory link and the Multiple Learning Styles link may be found in the Content area.)
Dropbox Assignment 1 (Identified Area of Interest)
Write a well-considered 1 page reflection about the career area in which you are most interested. For the purposes of this class we refer to this as your Identified Area of Interest. Although you may not be completely and irrefutably interested in one specific area you are asked to pick the area of interest that best describes what you want to do. This focus could include corrections, child welfare, substance abuse counseling, etc. Pick your area of interest carefully because this one assignment is the basis for most of the rest of the work you will be doing for this class. See the grading rubric for more detail grading criteria. Submit your Identified Area of Interest to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.
Week 2:
Reading Assignment
Chapters 2 & 3
Discussion Assignments
Your original answer for each discussion is due by Wednesday at midnight and responses to at least two of your classmates’ answers for each discussion are due by midnight Saturday.
Discussion 3
Interview a professional in your chosen career for this course. This interview can be in person or via email or phone. Ask questions about why they chose their field; what are their job responsibilities?; what led to their current employment; what they dislike and what they like about their job, etc. Summarize your interview in this week’s post. Please do not give their name in your post but provide their contact info to me in the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Wednesday.
Discussion 4
What is meant by “challenging your inner critic” and why is it important? What steps do you take to challenge your inner critic? Explain why these steps are important to you.
Dropbox Assignment 2 (Career Professional Contact Information)
Submit the contact information of the professional that you interviewed for your chosen career path to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Wednesday.
Dropbox Assignment 3: (Personal Assessment Paper)
This assignment is a paper regarding your strengths as a human services professional, and the needed areas of improvement you have identified in yourself. You should also write about your plans for continuous improvement of your abilities. This should be an honest, introspective detailed assessment of your abilities as a human services professional. You will be graded on depth of thought and writing ability. This paper should be 6 pages long, with no references or title page needed. You must use times new roman 12 point font. Submit your Personal Assessment Paper to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.
Week 3:
Reading Assignment
Chapter 4
Discussion Assignments
Your original answer for each discussion is due by Wednesday at midnight and responses to at least two of your classmates’ answers for each discussion are due by midnight Saturday.
Discussion 5
Wellness means different things to different people. When you think of wellness, what aspects of your life do you most think of? How much of a priority do you put on wellness? Watch The Wellness Wheel video and read the assigned chapter before answering this question. (The link may be found in the Content area.)
Discussion 6
The second discussion thread will be a general discussion of your career interest and how you plan to stay current regarding developments in that area. Share information about professional developments in your identified area of practice.
Week 4:
Reading Assignment
Chapter 5
Discussion Assignments
Your original answer for each discussion is due by Wednesday at midnight and responses to at least two of your classmates’ answers for each discussion are due by midnight Saturday.
Discussion 7
We have talked about coping and wellness in previous discussions. What areas of your life are causing stress for you? How are you affected by stress? Please watch the video provided “Stress: Portrait of a killer. “ What stress management techniques from the chapter might be helpful to you? (The link may be found in the Content area.)
Discussion 8
Recalling our discussions on stress, coping skills, and wellness, how will you balance your work and your personal life? What does balance mean to you, and why is it important? Please watch the provided video, “Stress: Portrait of a killer” on the importance of balance and read the chapter before responding to the question.
Dropbox Assignment 4: (Career Plan)
Write a one-page career plan. The career plan outlines specific steps you can take (including volunteer, work, and academic/training opportunities) that will advance your career goals. See the grading rubric for more detail grading criteria. Submit your Career Plan to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.
Week 5:
Reading Assignment
Chapter 10
Discussion Assignments
Your original answer for each discussion is due by Wednesday at midnight and responses to at least two of your classmates’ answers for each discussion are due by midnight Saturday.
Discussion 9
Complete the “where am I now” survey at the beginning of the chapter. Write about your results. Discuss the importance of work in your life. How has your personality type guided your choice of career path?
Discussion 10
The second discussion will emphasize where to find jobs in your area of interest on the local, state, and federal level. You will be expected to share and discuss some links to job search sites relevant to you and provide examples of actual jobs from the sources you identify that you are interested in. If you are not currently qualified for that job, how you could become qualified for it? What would you need to do?
Dropbox Assignment 5 (Resume)
Create a current resume. See the grading rubric for more detail grading criteria. Submit your Resume to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.
Week 6:
Reading Assignment
Chapter 13
Discussion Assignments
Your original answer for each discussion is due by Wednesday at midnight and responses to at least two of your classmates’ answers for each discussion are due by midnight Saturday.
Discussion 11
Look at the list of values in your chapter. With which values do you most identify? Where did your values come from? How do your values guide your behavior and choices?
Discussion 12
In the second discussion you are asked to share research developments, current trends, and best practices in your identified area of practice. It is important for professionals to keep current in their field, and to remain competent through lifelong learning. Finding a job is not enough; you need to remain a competent professional throughout your career. This week we focus on one way of doing that. We will continue this important discussion through next week.
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:
Reading Assignment
NOHS Code of Ethics
Discussion Assignments
Your original answer for each discussion is due by Wednesday at midnight and responses to at least two of your classmates’ answers for each discussion are due by midnight Saturday.
Discussion 13
In this discussion we continue with the dialogue from last week and add to it professional conferences, associations, journals, seminars, certifications, and licensure pertinent to your career interest. What do you need to be reading, what do you need to be attending, and who should you be talking to?
Discussion 14
This discussion builds on discussion 11. Read the NOHS code of ethics. (The link may be found in the Content area.) Explain how your personal values may conflict with an aspect of our professional code of ethics.
Dropbox Assignment 6 (Career Paper)
This paper focuses on best practices in your chosen area of interest. Written in APA format with 5 sources and 8 pages in length (one title page, one abstract, five pages for the body, and a reference page), this paper should have two levels of subheadings. 5 peer-reviewed primary sources MUST form the basis of this paper and must be used in writing it. See the grading rubric for more detail grading criteria. Submit your Career Paper to the corresponding Dropbox folder by midnight Saturday.
Week 8:
Reading Assignment
Chapter 14
Discussion Assignments
Your original answer to this question is due Wednesday at midnight and responses to at least two of your classmates’ answers are due by midnight Saturday.
Discussion 15
Describe what you have learned about yourself from class discussions, self-assessment exercises and readings. How will this information shape your professional career?


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 only with instructor notification (and approval) prior to the due date (Columbia College Catalog). Discussion posts will not be accepted late. Do not contact me to request extensions for discussion posts. Late Dropbox Assignments will receive a 25% reduction for the first day the assignment is late and 50% reduction after two days regardless of the reason for the late work. No assignments will be accepted beyond two days past the due date. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Again, the deadlines are clear. You are expected to adhere to them. I will not accept last-minute computer problems, internet problems, family emergencies, employment issues, health problems, etc. as acceptable excuses for late work.

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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