Course Descriptions

HUMAN SERVICES
PREFIX: HMS

HMS 299 Foundations of Human Services (3)

This course introduces students to the Human Services field. It acquaints students with the work of the Human Services Practitioner who facilitates services to populations in their communities in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, geriatric facilities, agencies serving the physically and/or mentally disabled, day care centers, rehabilitation centers, drug and alcohol programs, services for youth, detention centers community living arrangements, and hospitals.

HMS 305 Diversity in Human Services (3)

This course is designed to create awareness and sensitivity to the process of service delivery with diverse populations served in the human service profession. Topics will include cultural competence and sensitivity, bias in service delivery, and cultural information on client groups. Prerequisite: HMS 299; Co-requisite: ENG 202 or equivalent.

HMS 308 History and Systems in Human Services (3)

Introduces historical foundations and current directions of the human services profession through examination of policy, practice, service delivery systems and issues. Attention is given to: historical development; the impact of social, economic, and political factors on human service systems as well as the people they serve; and current and future directions for human services. Co-requisite HMS 299 Foundations of Human Services.

HMS 311 Professional Ethics & Ethical Issues in Human Services (3)

Human Service professionals are often required to make ethical decisions. This course focuses on the principles, standards and issues that are essential for Human Service professionals and assistants to be considered ethical in the application of their work. Topics will include professional and legal issues, values, and policies relevant to working with diverse populations within Human Service settings. Prerequisite: HMS 299 Co-requisite: ENG 202 or equivalent.

HMS 406 Administration of Non-Profit Organizations in Human Service (3)

This course provides an overview of issues associated with the administration of nonprofit organizations in human services. It incorporates administrative theories as they apply to human service nonprofit organizations and focuses on evidence based practices. Topics include the challenges for leadership, organizational theory, organizational design and change, and the use of human resources. Prerequisites: HMS 299; ENG 302.

HMS 420 Case Management & Program Development in Human Services (3)

Examination of the principles, processes, and models utilized in case management and program development within human services settings. Prerequisites: HMS 299; ENG 302.

HMS 440 Constituency Building and Advocacy Networks (3)

This course provides an overview of advocacy, constituency building, and entrepreneurship for social change, as practiced in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Constituency building, advocacy networks and social entrepreneurship involve a broad range of issue networks and activities that attempt to effect change in the official and nongovernmental decision-making process. Prerequisites: HMS 299; ENG 302.

HMS 430 Models of Evaluation and Research Methodologies in Human Services (3)

This course focuses on approaches to program evaluation and research methodologies in Human Services, including needs assessment, process evaluation, outcome evaluation, research design, data analysis, and report writing. Prerequisites: HMS 299 Foundations of Human Services; ENG 302.

HMS 480 Field Experience in Human Services (3)

Through a supervised work experience at an appropriate agency in the community. This course provides the student with an experiential learning opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to the field of human services, while being exposed to and gaining a broader understanding of the principles of the human services. Students are required to complete 160 field experience hours. Field experience classes will meet weekly for 1.5 hours. In addition to completing all coursework, successful completion of the course will require a Field Experience Supervisor evaluation rating of satisfactory or above. Prerequisites: Completion of core courses except HMS 499. Field Experience agency must be approved by Academic Coordinator prior to beginning the course.

HMS 499 Human Services Capstone (3)

This course requires students to integrate and synthesize key concepts and theories through analysis and evaluation of the learning acquired throughout the Human Services program. Students are required to complete a minimum of 70 field experience hours (continued from the HMS 480 Field Experience course). In addition to completing all coursework, successful completion of the course will require a Field Experience Supervisor evaluation rating of satisfactory or above. Prerequisites: Completion of core courses. (Offered in Spring B and Fall B terms only).

PSYCHOLOGY
PREFIX: PSY

PSY 304 Essentials of Lifespan Development (3)

Exploration of human development from a lifespan conceptualization and perspective. Biological, cognitive, and psychosocial facets of human development from conception through late adulthood will be investigated. Prerequisite: PSY 206.

PSY 410 Group Dynamics and -Decision‑Making (3)

An exploration of group intimacy, solidarity of groups, group problem-solving, the individual within the group, leadership development (who is involved and how leaders are chosen), and splinter group formations. Prerequisite: PSY 206.

PSY 425 Introduction to Psychotherapy and Counseling (3)

Critical analysis and evaluation of models and methods of psychotherapy and counseling used to ameliorate psychological problems in children, adolescents and adults. Topics covered include stages of psychological treatment, therapist/client relationship and engagement, multiculturalism, ethics, and standards of professional conduct. The empirical support for models of psychotherapy along with case applications will be stressed. This course does not meet distribution requirements. Prerequisites: PSY 206, PSY 412.

CAREER FOCUSED TRACKS

LEGAL ADVOCACY

PLA 301 Law and the Legal System (3)

Survey of the American legal system and common law traditions, structure of the federal and state courts systems (emphasis on the Florida court system), and the code of ethics for legal assistants and attorneys.

PLA 339 Health Law (3)

Examination the broad legal aspects have an impact on the operation of health care; including an introduction to the legal system as it pertains to the health care system, health related legislation, regulatory agencies and issues affecting health care facilities, and medical malpractice (Same as HAS 339).

PLA 483 Family Law (3)

A study of the substantive of the substantive and procedural law of family relations (emphasis on Florida law), including: legal ethics; dissolution of marriage; alimony; child support; property distribution; paternity; adoption; and modern trends.

HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

HSA 301 The Health Care System (3)

An overview of the United States health system examining the facilities and organizations which make up the system, as well as a survey of the economic, social and political aspects of the health care system.

HSA 410 Management in Health Care (3)

Application of management theory, concepts and principles as they relate to health care organizations. Case studies are utilized to analyze the practical application of management concepts and principles.

HSA 425 Public and Community Health (3)

A study of the impact on the health status of individual, as a result of public health practices and services, including topics in epidemiology and preventive measures.

COMMUNITY SERVICES LEADERSHIP

ADM 303 Administrative Theory and Practice (3)

An examination of the general principles of organizational leadership and administration. Topics include contemporary approaches to planning, organizing, staffing, leadership and control, and the conceptual foundations of modern organizations.

PUB 301 Principles of Public Administration (3)

An overview of the governmental processes in the United States. The structure of federal, state and local governments will be taught with an emphasis on public administration processes, issues and the policy formulation process required at each level. The development of modern public administration will be reviewed and new directions in public management practice will be highlighted.

HMS 406 Administration of Nonprofit Organizations in Human Services (3)

This course is provides an overview of issues associated with the administration of nonprofit organizations in human services. It incorporates administrative theories as they apply to human service nonprofit organizations and focuses on evidence based practices. Topics include the challenges for leadership, organizational theory, organizational design and change, and the use of human resources. Prerequisites: HMS 299; ENG 302

SENIOR SERVICES

HSA 441 Healthcare for the Elderly (3)

An overview of the physical, social, and health care needs of the older adult, including long-term care nursing services and alternatives in use today.

PSY 412 Adult Psychopathology (3)

This course provides an overview of psychopathology in adults. Etiology and developmental course of maladaptive behavior patterns in adults will be discussed within a theoretical and empirical framework. An emphasis is placed on description, classification, and factors for persistence as well as available intervention methods. Additionally, the course focuses on ethical, legal and societal issues pertaining to psychopathology. Prerequisite PSY 206, PSY 304.

PSY 416- Dynamics of Adult Living (3)

This course will explore the conditions necessary for growth and development. It will cover the Passages of life; sexuality; intimacy; life styles and aging. Prerequisite PSY 206

YOUTH WELFARE

SOC 301 American Family (3)

A study of the history, present agonies, and future of the American Family as an institution.

PSY 418 Adolescent Development (3)

This course explores developmental processes that impact the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial changes from adolescence to young adulthood. Students will investigate and analyze the conceptualization, organization, and framework of adolescent perspectives. Topics such as ethnic identity formation, gender issues, the Internet, effects of single-parent families will be considered. Prerequisite: PSY 206; Co-requisite: ENG 302.

PSY 434 Behavior Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence (3)

This course provides an overview of behavior disorders in childhood and adolescence. Maladaptive behavior patterns in childhood and adolescence will be investigated within a developmental psychopathology framework. Prerequisite PSY 206 and PSY 304.