May 22, 2024  
2017-2018 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Physician Assistant

  
  • PAST 102 - PA Seminar II


    This seminar course examines health promotion and disease prevention issues in the general and minority populations of America. The Greater Springfield area maternal-infant mortality rate, disease prevention, and childhood health concerns are addressed.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PAST 101 - PA Seminar I  



    Credits: 1







  
  • PAST 221 - PA Seminar III


    This course examines the “sick role” concept and the “medicalization” of society. The principles of health education-including the issues dealing with sexuality, patient motivation, and patient compliance-are presented. Each student designs and implements a community health project and formally reports his/her findings.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PAST 102 - PA Seminar II  



    Credits: 1







  
  • PAST 222 - PA Seminar IV


    This course examines the cultural aspects involved in several health care problem areas. Health care for the homeless, Puerto Rican, Vietnamese, and Russian immigrants, substance abuse, and HIV infection/testing are presented in detail. During the last third of the semester, each student reports on his/her community project, which began in the fall semester.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PAST 221 - PA Seminar III  



    Credits: 1







  
  
  
  • PAST 515 - Clinical Human Anatomy and Physiology I


    This course is the first in a series of three courses designed to provide a broad exposure to the gross and microscopic anatomy of the human body as it relates to physical assessment and clinical medicine.  The body structures related to the head, eyes, ears, nasopharynx, neck, chest, and endocrine system are examined.

    Credits: 2







  
  
  • PAST 522 - History Taking and Physical Assessment II


    Building rapport with patients and learning and performing medical skills under direct  
    faculty supervision are the focus of the history taking and physical assessment 
    courses. Students learn how to elicit patient histories under a number of
    conditions, perform and document directed and complete physical examinations, and 
    write notes using the SOAP and complete H and P formats.

    Credits: 4







  
  
  
  
  
  • PAST 532 - History Taking and Physical Assessment III


    Building rapport with patients and learning and performing medical skills under direct 
    faculty supervision are the focus of the history taking and physical assessment 
    courses. Students learn how to elicit patient histories under a number of conditions, perform and document directed and complete physical examinations, and write notes using the SOAP and complete H and P formats. Off-campus clinical learning experiences are an integral part of this course.

    Credits: 4







  
  
  
  
  • PAST 540 - Ethical and Professional Issues in PA Practice


    This course is the introduction to ethical and professional issues that face the Physician Assistant in the practice of medicine.  It is designed to raise the students’ awareness of issues such as confidentiality, cultural differences, death and dying, ethical dilema, and provide a problem-solving approach to such issues.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Admission to Professional Phase.



    Credits: 3







  
  

Physics

  
  
  • PHYS 206 - Sports Physics Laboratory


    Required lab for MOST majors registered for PHYS 205.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    MOST Majors. 

    Co-requisite: Must also register for PHYS 205 - Physics for Movement Science  



    Credits: .5







  
  • PHYS 207 - Physics for Movement Science Laboratory


    Required lab for non-MOST majors registered for PHYS 205.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Non-MOST majors. Co-requisite: Must register for PHYS 205 - Physics for Movement Science  



    Credits: 1







  
  

Political Science

  
  • POSC 110 - Introduction to American Government


    This course is an overview of the major topics in the American governing systems. It examines the Constitution, the participants in American politics (voters, political parties, media, interest groups), the major institutions (Congress, Presidency, Supreme Courts), and the policy-making process.

    Credits: 3







  
  • POSC 130 - Introduction into International Relations


    This course is a broad overview of the international system, including theory, the nation-state (1648-present), North and South relations, international law and organizations, and economics.

    Credits: 3







  
  • POSC 210 - Public and Human Services Administration


    This course studies the executive branch of modern government as well as the general nature of bureaucracy in public and private organizations and in various cultural contexts. Its characteristics as a mechanism for decision making, with emphasis on the American experience, are stressed, with particular attention to problems of goal setting, innovation, and accountability.

    Credits: 3







  
  • POSC 320 - Civil Liberties


    This is a study of the development of the concept and law of civil liberties in American society and of the problems involved in preserving and broadening these freedoms and maintaining security. Emphasis is on such topics as racial discrimination, freedom of speech and assembly, freedom of belief, the right of association, and equal protection of the laws.

    Credits: 3







  
  • POSC 330 - State and Local Politics


    This course examines the principles and operations of state and local governments. Topics include policymaking, institutions, political participants and impacts of state and local government on public safety, economics, education, public health and community.

    Credits: 3







  
  • POSC 340 - Public Policy


    This course studies the major issues facing American citizens today and explores ways to understand them. The analysis of public policy includes determining who is involved in the policy process, learning what the issues mean for citizens and the society, and studying the policy outcomes that result from government action or inaction.

    Credits: 3







  
  • POSC 360 - Social Movement Organizations


    This course examines social movement organizations at two levels: Practical and theoretical. Students investigate the role of social movement organizations in American politics, how they form, why they succeed or fail, their impact on U.S. society, how they do their work, and how they obtain the resources they require for their operation.

    Credits: 3







  
  • POSC 488 - Special Topics in Political Science


    This course is a comprehensive examination of a contemporary political problem or critical concern to society. The course dwells on the developmental roots and the contemporary controversy as well as the implications for the future.

    Credits: 3-4








Psychology

  
  • PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology


    The fundamentals of the scientific method used to study human behavior, such as maturation and development, perception, learning, and motivation, are explored and applied to such problems as failures in adjustment and conflict resolution. This course is a prerequisite for many other psychology courses.

    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 109 - Human Development


    This introductory course provides an overview of human development through an examination of developmental stages from birth through old age and death. Psychological, biological, behavioral, and cultural issues that affect each stage of development are considered in terms of prominent developmental theories.

    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 135 - Personality and Personal Adjustment


    This course examines prominent theories of personality adjustment and development including psychoanalytic, neo-psychoanalytic, lifespan, humanistic, and behavioral approaches. Students engage in comparative analysis of the fundamental assumptions of each theory and emphasis is placed on how each theory can be applied to understanding human personality and behavior.

    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 190 - Community Service Experience


    Community Service Experience

    Credits: 1-2







  
  • PSYC 209 - Social Psychology


    This course acquaints students with the principles and processes of social psychology. Topics to be covered include, but will not be limited to, attraction, aggression, prejudice, conformity, persuasion, and so forth. Upon completion of this course, students should have a basic understanding of how individuals think about, are influenced by, and relate to one another.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 211 - Introduction to Statistics


    This course examines elementary statistics in behavioral research. Specific topics addressed are describing and comparing raw data, the concept of the curve as a basis for generalizing from samples to populations and tests of significance, procedures for obtaining correlation coefficients, and an introduction to regression analysis. Special attention is given to interpreting psychological research.

    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 220 - Current Issues in Psychology


    Each semester one or more sections of this course are offered that each cover a specific current issue and psychology. Topics may include, but are not limited to; positive psychology, psychology of gender, psychology of sport, and careers in psychology. Every topic will be examined in depth regarding the history, theories, current and controversial issues, and the relation of the issue to psychology and other disciplines.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    This course is repeatable for up to a total of 3 credits.



    Credits: 1







  
  • PSYC 221 - Abnormal Psychology


    This course is a systematic study of various patterns of abnormal behavior that includes examination basic theories and common treatments for psychopathology. Major disorders are described in the DSM-V are discussed and considered. Special emphasis is placed upon the investigation and interplay of biological, psychological, and social forces that shape abnormal behavior.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 250 - Childhood and Adolescent Development


    This course develops a fundamental understanding of the cognitive, affective, and physical growth of children and the implications of these for curriculum planning. It includes a field experience in which students work closely with children in neighborhood schools. Students will mentor these children in specific areas of need, apply theories learned in class, and reflect upon the application of theory on practice.

    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 301 - Research Methods


    This course focuses on the application of scientific methodology to the study of thought and behavior. Topics include basic research principles and various methodological approaches, such as observational methods, survey research, and experimental designs.  Understanding and evaluating research reports using a basic understanding of research methodology are emphasized and students are responsible for applying research methods to an original behavioral research proposal.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 211 - Introduction to Statistics  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 320 - Health Psychology


    This course is a survey of psychological theory, research, and practice in the health domain. Didactic, interactive, and experiential methods are used to foster awareness and knowledge of the critical role of behavioral factors in health. Opportunities for application of behavioral principles to aspects of personal health are provided.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 330 - Human Relations in Organizations


    This course provides students with a foundation for understanding the many areas of Human Relations in Business. The focus of the course is divided into three sections. 1) Keys to managing yourself, 2) Keys to working with others, and 3) Keys to leading and managing others. The course is anchored by a series of assessments to provide students with a greater understanding of their skill set(s) within these three areas.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 340 - Child Development


    Designed for students in psychology, this course reviews individual differences in child growth and development.  The emphasis is on development from the prenatal period to adolescence.  Major theories of development are reviewed.  Physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and language development sequences are emphasized.  Although the course emphasizes normative development, we also discuss risks and problems of childhood.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 345 - Adolescent and Young Adult Development


    Designed for students in psychology, this course reviews individual differences in adolescent growth and development. This emphasis is on development from early adolescence through emerging adulthood. Major theories of development are reviewed. Physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and language development sequences are emphasized. Although the course emphasizes normative development, we also discuss risks and problems of adolescence and young adulthood.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 368 - Forensic Psychology


    This course examines the interaction between the fields of psychology and criminal justice. This course is designed to examine the many roles a psychologist might assume within the criminal justice system. This course is designed to cover several topics including eyewitness testimony, courtroom psychology, critical incident counseling, NGRI pleas and a variety of other interdisciplinary topics in order to provide students with a wealth and breath of information. Therefore, the goal of this course is to gain a better understanding of the interaction between several disciplines that combine to create the field of Forensic Psychology.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 386 - Internship and Seminar


    This is an opportunity for students to work, on an individual basis, with a faculty member in the psychology department. This contact can involve doing an extensive research project either on or off campus and/or actually working in a psychological setting applying the principles learned in the classroom. No more than 6 credits of PSYC 386 count toward the basic 33 credits of psychology required for the major.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Open to PSYC majors only with junior or senior standing.



    Credits: 2-10







  
  • PSYC 401 - Motivation and Learning


    This course examines the major theories and issues from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Emphasis is placed on the scientific experimental approach to understanding the nature of learning and motivation. Detailed analysis of classical and instrumental conditioning, reinforcement theory, and punishment, along with the contributions of Skinner, Hull, and Tolman, are a few of the areas investigated.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 405 - Physiological Psychology


    This course studies the physiological bases of a variety of behaviors. Scientific experimental analysis concerned with sensory processing, learning, motivation, and the development of the major schools and issues in perception are considered. The biological concomitants of various psychological abnormalities are analyzed.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 406 - Psychology of Diversity


    This course examines the ways in which culture influences behavior and perception and is concerned with understanding psychological principles as either universal or culture specific. Standard areas of psychology including cognition, development, language acquisition, emotion, abnormal behavior, and social psychology, are explored from a cross-cultural perspective.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 408 - Cognitive Psychology


    This course presents the basic concepts of cognitive psychology. Areas include psycholinguistics, cognition, and information processing. Other areas explored are memory, thought categorization, and neural networks. Current and future trends in the field are examined with special consideration of their application to problem-solving enterprises.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 413 - Psychological Testing


    This course aims to establish an understanding of the measurement of psychological concepts with particular emphasis on fostering a critical understanding related the appropriate and ethical use of psychological testing and assessment. The measurement of abilities, achievement, attitudes, interests, behaviors, and personality is highlighted with an additional focus on the measurement of such concepts is used throughout the lifespan methods of test construction are also considered.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 415 - Child Therapy


    This course examines psychological disorders. The present themselves in infancy and childhood explores various approaches to treating these disorders. This course also emphasizes the impact of childhood psychopathology on the family and other social institutions.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 418 - Behavior Modification


    This course is designed to help students in psychology and other fields develop skills in identifying, assessing, and treating behavioral problems. At the end of the course students should be able to do the following: define behavioral theory, identify fundamental behavioral models, recognize major contributors to behavior theory, apply the techniques of behavior therapy, assess different behavioral problems, and generate appropriate treatment strategies for behavioral problems.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 422 - Interviewing and Counseling


    This is an introductory course to the concepts and skills used in counseling another helping relationships. The course provides an overview of the nature and goals of hoping, the helping process, and describes the helping relationship with a focus on developing basic counseling skills that will allow you to more effectively listen to and communicate with others. Emphasis is placed on developing introductory level competency in use of helping skills through lecture, experiential class activities, writing, and group discussion.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 440 - Psychology of Sexual Behavior


    This course is designed to examine all forms of human sexual behavior, emphasizing attitudes and practical concerns such as interpersonal relationships, emotional involvements, and sexual difficulties, failures, and therapy.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 480 - Directed Research in Psychology


    An undergraduate student assists on a research project supervised by a member of the psychology faculty. Enrollment is contingent on voluntary commitment to a research project by both parties (faculty and student). No more than six credits of PSYC 480 can count toward 33 credits of psychology coursework required for the major.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Permission of Instructor



    Credits: 2-10







  
  • PSYC 482 - Senior Capstone Seminar


    This capstone experience, required of all psychology majors, serves as a culminating experience for the undergraduate psychology program.  This course assists students in designing, conducting, and reporting on an individual or group research project that investigates selected topics within the field of psychology.  Strategies and skills in empirical research and report writing are covered.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC majors only.

    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  

    PSYC 301 - Research Methods  

    and

    24 semester hours of psychology.



    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 510 - Introduction to the Wraparound Process


    This course explores the current theory and principles of the wraparound approach as defined by the national wraparound initiative.  Specifically, the course reviews the definition and history of wraparound, the four phases of wraparound, the ten principles of wraparound, and the roles of the care manager and family partner.  Class activities include group discussion, role-play exercises and videotaped examples of care plan team meetings.  



    Credits: 1







  
  • PSYC 530 - Psychology of Sport Injury


    This course is a seminar pertaining to psychological theory, research, and practice in the domain of sport injury.  Group discussion, interactive, experiential, and lecture methods are used to foster awareness and knowledge of psychological responses to sport injury and the role of psychological factors in the occurrence, prevention, and rehabilitation of sport injuries.
     

    Credits: 3







  
  • PSYC 545 - Imagery, Hypnosis, and Self-Hypnosis


    This course examines the historical development, theories, techniques, and research in the application of imagery and hypnosis. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the utilization of these techniques as a tool in the human-helping professions. Topics covered include the mind/body relationship, healing and pain management, neurolinguistic programming, criminal investigation, sports skill enhancement, and ethical and legal considerations.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology  



    Credits: 3








Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

  
  • RHDS 126 - Principles of Rehabilitation


    This course is an introduction to the rehabilitation process of persons with disabilities, including history and background, related legislation, basic principles, and philosophy. Also considered are the steps in the rehabilitation process, historical attitudes toward persons with disabilities, the medical model, independent living programs, the nature of the helping process, and the range of professions in the field of rehabilitation.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 230 - Psychology of Disability and Illness


    The purpose of this course is to increase students’ knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of disability and to assist them in gaining an understanding of a wide variety of disabling conditions and individual adjustments in relation to disability.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 240 - Independent Living Rehabilitation


    This course stresses a task analysis approach to rehabilitation instruction of individuals with impairments and multiple handicaps. Students are exposed to designs which are used to motivate, facilitate, support, and monitor the growth of individuals with disabilities toward the ultimate criterion of independent living.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 126 - Principles of Rehabilitation  

    or

    RHDS 230 - Psychology of Disability and Illness  



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 260 - Human Disease and Chronic Illness


    This course is a study of the more common and significant chronic diseases and disabling conditions. Emphasis is on the medical treatment component of rehabilitation. Attention is given to the basic terminology required to communicate effectively with medical personnel and to comprehend medical reports.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 126 - Principles of Rehabilitation  

    or

    RHDS 230 - Psychology of Disability and Illness  

     



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 290 - Professional Skills Development


    In this course, students are provided an introduction to issues of personal and career development. Personal values and their relationship to career decision-making are considered. Also investigated is the range of job-seeking skills, career-readiness training, and career-development theories. This is essentially an experiential course and requires active participation by the students.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 126 - Principles of Rehabilitation  

    or

    RHDS 230 - Psychology of Disability and Illness  



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 320 - Concepts of Assessment and Intervention in Health Care


    In this course, students familiarize themselves with the range and variety of techniques used in assessing the personal and vocational rehabilitation potential and progress of consumers with disabilities. Various measurements of behavior, intelligence, aptitude, achievement, and personality are considered.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 126 - Principles of Rehabilitation  

    or

    RHDS 230 - Psychology of Disability and Illness  



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 370 - Interviewing and Case Study Methods


    In this course, students are provided with both a familiarization and skill development of a variety of interviewing and case development techniques, the rationale behind them, and an evaluation of their applicability with respect to persons with different disabilities. This course is designed primarily as a prerequisite for rehabilitation fieldwork assignments with consumers who have handicaps and disabilities.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 378 - Introduction to Manual Communication/Issues of Deaf Culture


    Designed as an introduction to sign language, fingerspelling, and deaf culture, this course presents a brief history of American sign language and related systems. Students learn etiologies of hearing loss and develop an appreciation for an alternative culture as they develop beginning sign language skills.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 379 - Manual Communication and Culture


    This course promotes advanced skill development in the use of visual/ gestural sign language for a clearer understanding of the rule structure of American Sign Language. The dynamics and cultural mores of deaf culture are further explored. Students attain mastery of syntax and pragmatics with manual/gestural language.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 378 - Introduction to Manual Communication/Issues of Deaf Culture  

    or

    equivalent.



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 384 - Practicum in Rehabilitation Services


    This course is an individually contracted, practical experience under professional supervision in a rehabilitation setting. It is intended to assist the student in exploring and confirming career goals. Students engage in forty-five to fifty clock hours of supervised practicum per semester hour of credit.

    Credits: 3-6







  
  • RHDS 386 - Rehabilitation Internship


    This course is an individually contracted work experience as a member of a rehabilitation team. It is intended to provide students with an opportunity to apply theory in the design, provision, and administration of client services. Supervision is provided in conjunction with qualified rehabilitation agency personnel.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 384 - Practicum in Rehabilitation Services  

    and

    departmental chairperson approval.



    Credits: 6-18







  
  • RHDS 402 - Implication of Disability for the Family


    The focus of this course is on understanding the world view of the parent, child, sibling, or spouse of a person with a disability. A family system approach is used in examining problems in readjustment to disability and the effectiveness of coping strategies. Students examine the goals of interventions, including support of the family unit and its individual members.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 411 - Cultural Competency for Rehabilitation and Health Professions


    This course provides students with an exploration of cultural diversity as it relates to rehabilitation counseling.  The needs of individuals with disabilities who experience multiple oppressions, including race, class, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability are examined.  Theoretical models, research, counseling techniques and therapeutic interventions are explored.  Emphasis is also on gaining cultural self-awareness and skills necessary for effective multicultural counseling relationships.     

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 126 - Principles of Rehabilitation  

    or

    RHDS 230 - Psychology of Disability and Illness  



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 430 - Children with Disabilities


    In this course, students are provided with an understanding of the interdisciplinary primary-care and community-based services required for the practical management of children with physical disabilities, multiple-handicaps, and chronic illnesses from birth through childhood. Attention is given to the screening, diagnosis, and evaluation of the high-risk infant; behavioral and emotional implications of terminal illness; development of comprehensive early intervention treatment and educational plans; and support mechanisms that are helpful to families.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 433 - The Deaf Community and Culture


    This course is an examination of two major aspects of deafness including the history of deaf people and the community and culture of deaf people. The history is a survey of people and events that have influenced persons who are deaf from earliest recorded history to the present. The concepts of community and culture in general and as they relate to the deaf community and deaf culture are examined.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 378 - Introduction to Manual Communication/Issues of Deaf Culture  



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 442 - Behavioral Techniques for the Developmentally Disabled


    This course is an introduction to the principles of applied behavior analysis, with attention to effectiveness with developmentally disabled youths and adults. The case study approach provides guidelines for solving specific problems. Students design and implement behavior modification programs for various rehabilitation settings.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 126 - Principles of Rehabilitation  

    or

    RHDS 230 - Psychology of Disability and Illness  



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 464 - Autism and other Developmental Disabilities


    This course is an overview of the nature, needs, and approaches that are used in rehabilitation programs that serve persons with intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, TBI, and other central nervous system disorders. The course explores techniques used in various life stages and reviews innovative ways to overcome apathy and discrimination in community settings.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 126 - Principles of Rehabilitation  

    or

    RHDS 230 - Psychology of Disability and Illness  



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 469 - Behavioral Medicine


    This course is designed to present the spectrum of mind-body behavioral health techniques. Meditation, stress management, self-hypnosis, relaxation, biofeedback, and spirituality techniques are taught. Applications to disabling conditions involving both chronic disease and chronic pain are emphasized.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 470 - Needs of the Aging


    Aging is associated in our society with a variety of special medical, social, and psychological needs. Students explore these needs, as well as available rehabilitation services and agencies. The focus is on keeping the aged individual in the community. There is a short field experience required for all students.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 475 - Integrated Medicine


    This course surveys the major health care traditions and selected complementary therapies. Emphasis is placed on the responsible integration of practices including Ayurveda, chiropractic, herbalism, massage, mind-body medicine, music therapy, Reiki, and yoga with conventional Western biomedicine options in the prevention, diagnosis, and healing of chronic disabling conditions.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 482 - Senior Seminar


    This is a capstone course for seniors in the Rehabilitation and Disability Studies major.  Students will explore and research issues and trends in the field.  The course will culminate in the students’ presenting a research-based project.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 483 - Learning Disabilities


    This course examines theories of etiology and intervention models for remediation and compensation of learning disabilities. Emphasis is on those adolescents and adults whose learning disorders are chronic and may include other primary handicapping conditions.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 489 - Cardiac Rehabilitation


    This course familiarizes students with the fundamental principles and current practices of cardiac rehabilitation. The types and causes of disability in cardiac disease, as well as diagnostic evaluation techniques, are discussed. Emphasis is placed on a continuum of medical, surgical, psychosocial, and vocational management, from the acute recovery period to post-hospital rehabilitation.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    RHDS 126 - Principles of Rehabilitation  

    or

    RHDS 230 - Psychology of Disability and Illness  



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 491 - Neurological Conditions


    This course is intended to familiarize students with the major issues in the field of neurological and cognitive rehabilitation. As the number of adolescents, young adults, and elderly who survive brain injury has increased, so has there been an increased demand for rehabilitation professionals with knowledge and skills in this area. The emphases of this course are on the causes, symptoms, and especially the treatment methods for neurological injury.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 492 - Group Process in Rehabilitation


    This course presents an overview of the major counseling techniques used with rehabilitation clients in group situations. The integration of group counseling theory in specific rehabilitation settings is also emphasized. Active participation by all students is presumed.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 494 - Mental Health Issues in Rehabilitation


    This course is an overview of major issues and treatment methods used in the rehabilitation of the psychiatric client. Primary emphasis is given to the range of counseling techniques, the use of psychoactive medication, and the inter-disciplinary nature of services within the community. Rehabilitation diagnosis techniques and vocational rehabilitation strategies are also discussed.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 501 - Human Development and Psycho-Social Issues in Rehabilitation


    This course is designed to assist students to gain an understanding of the world of persons with disabilities. The social, psychological, and cultural aspects of illness, trauma, and various impairments are examined. The nature, meaning, and dynamics of disability are explored in relation to the normal course of human development.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 505 - Rehabilitation Counseling and Services: History, Philosophy, Ethics, and Practice


    This course is an introduction to the historical foundation, philosophy, and ethical principles of rehabilitation counseling and services. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of the scope of practice of rehabilitation counselors and the rehabilitation process as it relates to professional ethics and legal issues for people with chronic illnesses or disabilities.  Students will become familiar with private/public sector counseling roles and functions through lectures, readings, group discussion, and selected case study exercises.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 506 - Casework Management


    This course is an introduction to case management and caseload management procedures, techniques, and issues. The relationship of evaluation, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, independent living, and utilization of community resources is investigated. Casework recording and management skills, including computer applications and technology for caseload management, are presented.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 546 - Medical Survey for Rehabilitation Counselors


    This course is presented by medical professionals and others acquainted with the total rehabilitation process. Emphasis is placed on interpreting and understanding medical information, evaluation, and alternative treatment techniques for typical disability cases. The role and responsibilities of physicians and other members of a rehabilitation team is also stressed.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 577 - Assistive Technology in the Classroom


    Using a case-based approach, students work in small interdisciplinary teams to explore the use of assistive devices and technologies that promote the participation of all  children in school.  Class activities include lecture and demonstration, and hands-on experience with hard- and software, adaptive equipment, and a variety of high-and low-tech devices.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 580 - Special Topics Workshop in Special Issues and Techniques in Rehabilitation


    This course provides an opportunity for an intensive examination, discussion, and skill development in a specialty area of rehabilitation services. Designated topical units may be selected from disability areas, rehabilitation techniques, or current professional issues. This course may be taken up to a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 2-3







  
  • RHDS 585 - Treatment Methods in Substance Abuse Rehabilitation


    This course is an introduction to the major issues in the field of alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation, including etiology, models of recovery, and the biological and psychological consequences of substance abuse. Primary consideration is given to treatment issues; polyaddiction, specific detoxification methods; self-help programs; individual and group counseling; therapeutic community residencies; and family and other support groups.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 3







  
  • RHDS 587 - Substance Abuse and Family Treatment


    This course is an introduction to the issues and techniques of treatment of the family affected by substance abuse or dependency. Central topics discussed in this course include: viewing the family as a client, diagnostic assessment techniques, and prescriptive treatment of the substance abuser or dependent client, extended family members and children. An emphasis is also placed on child development in unhealthy family systems.

    Prerequisites & Notes
    Junior or senior status.



    Credits: 3








Religion

  
  • RELI 103 - Introduction to the Old Testament


    This course introduces students to the content of the Old Testament and, through a study of literary, historical, and theological issues, focuses on the Old Testament’s contribution to Western culture.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RELI 104 - Religion in America


    This course is a study of religious thought and institutions and their influence on American culture. It focuses on major denominations and thinkers in this country, from the seventeenth century to the present.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RELI 106 - New Testament: Christian Scripture


    This course introduces the students to the literature of the New Testament, noting the historical and theological dimensions of this literature as well as its significance for the modern world.

    Credits: 3







  
  • RELI 109 - Religions of the World


    Religions of the World is an introduction to several religious traditions of the world. The course examines the history, key teachings, major rituals, and contemporary practices of each religion and religious practitioners.  Traditions studied include, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Sikhism.

    Credits: 3







 

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