Service-Learning Curricular Courses

Social Science Courses

PSYC 195: Death & Dying - Honors
Instructor: Laura Bittner

Learning Objective: To allow students active learning opportunities that will enhance their knowledge and understanding of issues relevant to death and dying.

Description of Community Partnership Project:  Service learning projects will involve a minimum of 20 hours of service to an appropriate community agency, keeping a journal, discussing issues in a seminar format and sharing the experience with the rest of the class at the end of the semester through an oral presentation.

Community Partner(s):  Students can choose any partnership agency with a link to the learning objective.

PSYC 210: Human Development Through The Life Span
Instructor: Terri Sawyer

Learning Objective: To gain a greater understanding of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of the individual through the life span.

Description of Community Partnership Project:  Service learning projects will involve 25 hours of fieldwork, keeping a journal, and sharing the experience with the rest of the class at the end of the semester through a poster/portfolio presentation.  The journal was turned in after every approximately 5 hours of service.

Community Partner(s):  Students can choose any partnership agency with which they could find a link to the learning objective. Sites selected in Spring 2004 included: Arc of Carroll County, Senior Centers, Farm Museum, Change, Inc., Meals on Wheels, Springfield Hospital Center.

PSYC 205: Social Psychology
Instructor: Terri Sawyer

Learning Objective: To understand the methods used in social psychology research and interpretation of data to better understand perception of people, social relationships and attitudes.

Description of Community Partnership Project:  In the Spring 2004 semester the specific project for this class was to assist the Human Services Programs of Carroll County in collecting and interpreting data on the homeless population in Carroll County.  It involved data collection at a local soup kitchens or homeless shelters.  This project gave students an opportunity to learn interviewing skills, learn more about a serious social problem, participate in data interpretation, and provide important assistance to a local agency. Fall 2006 project has not yet been determined.

Community Partner(s): For Fall 2006, partners have not yet been determined.

Math Courses

MATH-110: Concepts of Mathematics For Elementary Teachers 1
Instructor: Melissa Troy

Learning Objective: To provide students the opportunity to practice their math and communication skills so that they can learn know how to explain mathematical concepts in a coherent, concise and clear manner.

Description of Community Partnership Project: Students will link with after school tutoring programs to offer math one-on-one tutoring.

Community Partner(s): After school tutoring programs within the CCPS and the community.

Science, Health & Wellness Courses

BIOL 101-HON: Fundamentals of Biology 1 Honors Seminar
Instructor: Anne Davis

Learning Objective: To offer students in Biology 101 an opportunity to explore plant biology in further detail than the regular course and to apply the understanding of plant needs to a community environmental project.

Description of Community Partnership Project: Students and the instructor will work closely with county environmental education specialists on a project to restore the Westminster Community Pond indigenous plant life.

Community Partner(s): Students will be partnering as a whole group on a project with environmental education specialists working on the Westminster Community Pond project.

HLTH 101:The Science and Theory of Health and Wellness
Instructor: Mary Kemp 

Learning Objective: Students provide service to a community agency and in turn learned about and promoted health and wellness within an underserved population within our community.

Description of Community Partnership Project: Students will perform 15 hours of service with a community partner agency and submitted a final portfolio that shows and tells their own personal story and described/demonstrated how each domain of personal wellness was affected in their fieldwork. The student will identify a health promotion need within the population they are serving and design and present a educational module on the issue to either the clients or staff of their partnering agency.

Community Partner(s): Students can choose any partnership agency with which they can find a link to the learning objective. Sites selected in Spring 2004 included: Senior Centers, nursing homes, 4-H Therapeutic Riding, Habitat for Humanity, parks.

Nursing and Physical Therapy Courses

NURS-212: Medical Surgical Nursing 2 
Instructor: Chris Henyon

Learning Objectives: To gain a broad understanding of the healthcare needs, issues and resources within the community; to analyze the impact of one’s own behaviors, attitudes, and values in helping healthcare clients deal with physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, developmental, and spiritual values; to gain therapeutic communication skills, both written and verbal.

Description of Community Partnership Project: Students will perform at least 15 hours of service with a community partner agency; participate in discussion, journaling and reflection activities and critical thinking projects. The student will identify a health promotion need within the population they are serving and design and present a educational module on the issue to either the clients or staff of their partnering agency.

Community Partner(s): Students can choose any partnership agency with which they can find a link to the learning objective.

NURS-101: Introduction to Clinical Nursing
Instructor: Luann Gamber

Learning Objectives: To gain a broad understanding of the healthcare needs, issues and resources within the community; to gain therapeutic communication skills, both written and verbal, when interacting with clients in the healthcare system

Description of Community Partnership Project: Students will partner in groups with agencies to offer simple health care services such as blood pressure screening or short health topic presentations.

Community Partner(s): Students will partner in small groups with agencies that have developed project ideas with the help of the Coordinator of Service-Learning and the instructor.

PTA-101:The Role of the Physical Therapist Assistant
Instructor: Sharon Reid

Learning Objective: To gain a broad understanding of the healthcare issues and resources within the community; to gain a greater understanding of the health care needs and challenges of underserved or underrepresented populations in our community.

Description of Community Partnership Project: Students will perform 15 hours of service with a community partner agency, participate in seminar discussion, reflection activities and critical thinking projects.

Community Partner(s): Students can choose any partnership agency with which they can find a link to the learning objective.

 

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