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HDEC 100 - Essential Skills for Human Service Workers
This introductory course will focus on foundational skills for students in the human services fields, with an emphasis on the theory and practice of written communication. The research essay, APA style, observation/assessment tools and basic workplace communication methods will be covered.

Credits: 3

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45

This course is offered online: Yes

Prerequisites: None

Course Content:
- Ways of knowing
- Elements of effective written communication
- Written communication tools

Learning Outcomes:
The intention of this course is to prepare students to communicate effectively in writing. A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
- Use his/her personal knowledge of the elements of effective written communication to communicate clearly with adults and children
- Apply his/her knowledge of observation/assessment techniques to daily situations in the workplace

A student who successfully completes this course will have demonstrated the ability to:
- Organize and write concise, effective documents and research essays/reports
- Research and document information for a variety of audiences and purposes
- Use grammar and other writing conventions appropriately
- Use a variety of observation/assessment tools in an objective manner
- Make appropriate choices for use and implementation of observation/assessment tools
- Summarize, analyze and evaluate data in a useful and appropriate manner

Grading System: Letters

Passing Grade: C (60%)  

Nature of Participation: Online postings/discussion

Percentage of Individual Work: 100

Course Offered in Other Programs: Yes

Other Programs: Education Assistant Certificate, Education Assistant Diploma

Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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