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Community Social Services - Associate of Applied Science Degree Course Descriptions

Direct Service Professionalism

CSS 1801    3.00 credits
Course Outline
This course gives an overview of how service providers/paraprofessionals work with each another in order to assure the delivery of optimal supports. Topics which the course reviews include: the use of support teams (effective team work/interdisciplinary cooperation, team dynamics, communication skills, promotion of independence and autonomy, and problem solving skills), working with families, direct support provider roles and responsibilities, diversity, confidentiality, and advocacy issues. (Prerequisites: None)

Physical Developmental Supports I

CSS 1802    3.00 credits
Course Outline
This course will compare and contrast the community supports model to the former medical model. Students will review an introduction to a variety of disabilities, specific support issues including common signs and symptoms of health concerns, standard precautions and blood borne pathogens, appropriate responses to emergency situation, basic medication concerns, and documentation techniques. In addition, students will learn about relationship and sexuality issues, inclusion issues, and community resources in the environment of the individuals they will support. (Prerequisites: None)

Person Centered Planning

CSS 1804    3.00 credits
Course Outline
This course will introduce you to a variety of strategies and techniques used to facilitate person centered planning for individualized and real life goals. Students will learn how the Civil Rights Movement was the impetus for change which lead to our current disability laws and rules. Self-advocacy and self-determination within an interdisciplinary team planning process will be explored. This is not about program planning, but more about what it takes to get what is really necessary to ensure an individual with disabilities can live an independent and average life style with dignity and respect utilizing only the supports the individual really needs and desires. (Prerequisites: None)

Facilitating Positive Behaviors

CSS 1811    4.00 credits
Course Outline
This course provides an in-depth look at positive supports for children and adults with challenging behaviors and reviews human development, learning styles, and teaching techniques. Emphasis is placed on understanding and supporting the individual's learning barriers by using positive approaches, as well as understanding and responding to behaviors with positive supports. Students will explore how their individual values and personal experiences influence the ways in which they respond to and assess individual's abilities. Students will also acquire knowledge and skills related to basic approaches and principles, completing various types of functional assessments, the importance of using non-aversive interventions and the selection and use of appropriate non-aversive behavioral supports. Methods for designing, planning, developing and implementing skill orientated support plans are taught in this course. Completing functional assessments, observing, documenting and reporting progress on learning plans are learned through practical experience. The student will be able to write basic learning/behavior support programs. (Prerequisites: None)

Physical Developmental Supports II

CSS 1902    3.00 credits
Course Outline
This course will review specific types of developmental, physical, and mental disabilities including: Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Epilepsy, Mental Retardation, Prader Willi, Chromosomal Disorders, Brain Injury, Mental Health Diagnosis, and Chemical Dependency among adults and children. Students will learn how to analyze environmental issues among all settings to determine how to provide the most appropriate supports. The impact of grief and loss issues will be explored within the context of the individual and family system. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 77.5 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher. Must have a score of 85.5 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0080 and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher. CSS 1802)

Community Social Service Internship

CSS 1910    4.00 credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide the student with a purposeful occupational experience in the Community Social Services field. Each internship is an individualized experience. Site selection is based on each student's area of interest in conjunction with the instructor's approval to provide experience related to the skills and knowledge acquired in the program. The focus of the Community Social Service program is to allow students to integrate and apply skills and knowledge gained in the actual work environment. (Prerequisites: Instructor permission) (Co-requisite: CSS 1911)

Community Social Service Internship Seminar

CSS 1911    1.00 credits
Course Outline
Internship seminar must be taken in conjunction with CSS 1910 Internship. Seminar is a one credit course which meets four times during the semester to integrate concepts learned while completing the 192 hour internship capstone project. Students will apply the NADSP Code of Ethics and/or NASW Code of Ethics (depending on internship setting) to the role of designated coordinator or entry level social service worker. Students will apply culminated information and skills learned throughout the CSS coursework in a social service agency. (Prerequisite: Instructor permission) (Co-requisite: CSS 1910)

Supportive Interventions

CSS 1913    4.00 credits
Course Outline
This course provides an in-depth study of several mechanisms of intervention; assessment, support plan design, and implementation and evaluation. Additionally, analysis of a wide variety of multiple positive behavior strategies will be conducted. This course reviews the philosophy of behavior modification and theory, incident and accident reports, and documentation requirements. It also provides an in-depth analysis of specialized considerations for service professionals when implementing emergency control procedures, permitted control procedures, and control procedures prohibited by Minnesota law. The student will learn about the Risk Management Plan and Individual Service Plan in this course. The student will be able to access a problem behavior, plan and implement interventions, designed proactive manipulations, and integrate a multi-intervention, multidisciplinary team approach. (Prerequisite: CSS 1811)

Medical Terminology

HC 1000    3.00 credits
Course Outline
This course is an introduction to the language of medicine that is used in the health care profession. The student will learn to spell, pronounce, define, and interpret medical terminology related to body structure, disease, diagnosis, and treatment. (Prerequisites: None)

Trained Medication Aide

HC 1934    2.00 credits
Course Outline
This course includes the study of legal requirements concerning drugs and drug administration. General information about medications, terminology related to medication administration and use of reference sources will be studied. Students will learn actions, usual dose, toxic symptoms and special considerations of a variety of drugs. Students will not administer medications but will learn basic guidelines for medication administration. (Prerequisites: None)

Nursing Assistant

HCTC1886    4.00 credits
Course Outline
This 4 credit course meets federal and state criteria for eligibility to take the state test to become a NA, R/HHA. It introduces concepts of basic human needs, the health/illness continuum and focuses on preparing the student to safely perform basic nursing skills needed to function as a Nursing Assistant or Home Health Aide. (Prerequisites: None)

Computer Software for College

OTEC1001    2.00 credits
Course Outline
This course covers basic information about computer hardware and software and the use of computer software as a business productivity tool. Students will be given introductory training on a Windows operating system and the common business applications of word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation graphics. This course is designed to equip the student with knowledge of hardware and software applications. This course will cover the business application software that will be used in more advanced courses. (Prerequisites: Basic computer skills or Computer Basic class; mouse proficiency, keyboarding skill of 25 words per minute)

CPR

HLTH1950    1.00 credits
Course Outline
This course covers the skills of infant, child and adult single and two rescue CPR as well as relief of foreign body airway obstruction procedures for infant, child and adult. Automated external defibrillators, bag-valve-masks and pocket masks are also used. Signs and symptoms of vascular disease are discussed. This meets the current criteria of the American Heart Association guidelines. (Prerequisites: None)

First Aid

HLTH1952    1.00 credits
Course Outline
This course includes emergency care training for initial treatment of illness and injury. Patient assessment, bleeding control, shock management, soft tissue injury, orthopedic injury, diabetic problems, seizures, poisons, heat exposure and cold exposure are some of the topics covered in the course. This course is appropriate for anyone who may need to render immediate care. The topics covered do meet the course requirements for OSHA and MSHA first aid training.

Composition

ENGL100    4.00 credits
Course Outline
Composition is concerned with developing, through theory and practice, the ability to communicate in written form for personal and professional reasons. Students will develop writing skills, analytic skills, and critical thinking skills. Students will complete readings, papers, grammar exercises, and in-class activities. Students will complete research and write a research paper. Students will learn methods of writing informatively and persuasively. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher AND a score of 85.5 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0080 and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 1: Communication)

Introduction to Social Work

SOWK100    3.00 credits
This course provides students with an introduction to the profession of social work using a generalist model to practice in a diverse society. Students will learn about the history of the profession, values and ethics, roles and tasks, and theories required for social work practice along with various fields of practice. Students will experience group work learning to develop critical thinking skills and professional communication. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher AND a score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0080 and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5, 7: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Diversity)

Social Welfare Services

SOWK105    3.00 credits
This course will discuss the history of social welfare as an institution. Various social problems will be examined and discussed in terms of at-risk populations, societal norms and values, and how policy is developed to address these problems. (Prerequisite: ENGL 100) (MNTC 5, 7: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Diversity)

Community Social Service Projects

SOWK110    3.00 credits
This course is a group-based, experiential learning course that will help students learn problem solving and critical thinking skills to help a target population. Students will learn how to work with action and target groups to assess a social issue, then research, design, implement, and evaluate a community social service project to help address a need that arose from that social issue. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher AND a score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0080 and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5, 7: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Diversity)