7400.440/540 (ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE)
CONTACTING THE INSTRUCTOR: The most
reliable method for contacting the instructor is via email and through the
Springboard Course Management System. Except in rare cases, students should use
their UANet email accounts when communicating electronically. If for some
reason, students must speak to the instructor via telephone or in person, I
will have regular office hours and be at the phone (330) 972-6044 between 12:00
noon to 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday and Thursdays for this class.
COURSE CONTENT is accessed using this syllabus as the course outline. Links to online readings class notes appear below. Students may interact with each other using the class list email system but this is not required for the class. Students are encouraged to communicate with the instructor via email at anytime throughout the semester.
PURPOSE OF THE COURSE: This course is designed for the professional who will work with families, and who will have the opportunity to assist families in effectively coping with stress and crisis, through educational strategies. We will be studying family stress and crisis from a theoretical and practical point of view - including major theory groups, research and application of findings, and discussion of the effects on families of changing political climate. Students receiving an "A" in the course will be able to:
GROUND RULES: Understanding the material in this course will take great effort on your part. Your regular attention to course material and readings, and your performance on assignments and exams is critical to your success as a student in an upper level course. Pay attention to the calendar and be especially prompt in submitting your written work on time through the Springboard Dropbox. Submitting your work in a timely fashion for evaluation by the instructor of the class is the way student participation is assessed.
GRADES: Your final grade will consist of the following:
Examination Procedures: Each of your exams will consist of an array of essay questions, ranging in point value from 5 to 40 points each. These questions are derived from the online course material, and are intended to provide you with an opportunity to display your understanding of the material and illustrate your ability to apply the material to your own intended profession. The pre-midterm, midterm and final examination questions are ready for your viewing (see "GRADES"above).
in this class have the ability to earn the grade they want by reading the
examination instructions and responding accordingly. For example, according to
the pre-midterm examination instructions:
“Each question is worth 5 points, except for #7 which is a 10 pointer. In terms of length, it is important that you are able, through your answer, to demonstrate your complete understanding of the concept in the question. In other words, a few sentences just won't do the trick. Half a page for each answer is likely a grade of C. Use complete sentences, and cite the online readings appropriately.”
I have provided some references for those class members interested in brushing up on the original sources.
Term Paper Instructions (Graduate Students Only): I expect your work to be a polished piece that reviews a single aspect of family crisis, or a theoretical point of view as it relates to families in crisis. It should be complete with the following “parts”:
Graduate students should speak to me individually about their projects. Generally graduate students have a 20 page minimum with 20 references. Papers should be carefully written to make a point, be double spaced, typewritten. The grading criteria for term papers are attached to the back of the syllabus.