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ILLINOIS VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Course Syllabus

 Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division

 HSR 1200 – PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT

Date: Fall/Spring Instructor(s): Jean Batson-Turner
Semester Hours: 1 Lecture hours per week: 0
Prerequisite: Completion of requirements Lab hours per week: 0
    for Human Services Associate in Applied Seminar hours per week: 0
    Science Degree Other hours: as needed
  Semester offered: Fall, Spring
I.      CATALOG DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed to mentor and support students through their implementation of a personal/professional portfolio.  The development of the portfolio will provide students with a framework for initiating, planning and facilitating their professional development while building connections between their professional career goals and educational goals.  Students will prepare a portfolio and use the materials as a means to show overall achievement and growth, document the scope and quality of educational experiences and show proof of skills and knowledge.  The portfolio will serve as an assessment of student learning and will enhance the students’ abilities to meet workforce standards in the field of human services.

GENERAL EDUCATION GOALS:
The purpose of general education at IVCC is to enhance students’ abilities to think and act responsibly as citizens in a changing world.  Specific General Education goals that are included in this course are:
1. To apply analytical and problem solving skills to personal, social and professional issues and situations.
2. To communicate orally and in writing, socially and interpersonally.
6. To understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an individual in one’s career and as a member of society.
8.

To appreciate the ongoing value of learning, self-improvement and career planning.


II.    
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to…..
1. Provide introductory materials to introduce herself/himself to potential employers and/or institutions of higher learning.
2. Demonstrate human service experience and educational preparation for generalist human service work.
3. Demonstrate basic understanding of basic knowledge, values, and skills for human service practice.

III.
      
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES AND COMPETENCIES:
Outcome #1 – Provide introductory materials to introduce herself/himself to potential employers and/or institutions of higher learning.
Competency 1.1 – Students will be able to provide a professional resume that outlines Service-Learning/practicum experiences and academic accomplishments.
Competency 1.2 – Students will be able to prepare a written statement/short essay summarizing career/educational goals in human services.
Competency 1.3 – Students will be able to design a portfolio that is creative in its presentation, with clear ideas/themes for the reader to navigate the portfolio – content page, index tabs, etc.
   
Outcome #2 – Demonstrate human service experience and educational preparation for generalist human service work and/or continuing education in the field of human service.
Competency 2.1 – Students will be able to present artifacts that document academic preparation.  Suggested artifacts:
1. Resume
2. Academic transcript(s)
3. Letters of evaluation from practicum/Service-Learning supervisors
4.

Membership in student/professional organizations

5. Certificates of professional development workshops and other training, including documentation of required agency training for successful completion of Service-Learning/practicum experiences
Competency 2.2 – Students will be able to present documentation of relevant human service experience.  Suggested artifacts:
1. Letters of reference from agency supervisors
2. Descriptive summaries, flyers, brochures regarding Service-Learning/practicum projects
3. Other relevant artifacts of experiential activities
   
Outcome 3 – Demonstrate basic understanding of basic knowledge, values, and skills for human service practice.
Competency 3.1 –

Students will be able to demonstrate personal commitment to the values and ethical standards of the human service profession.  Suggested artifacts:

1. Copy of the ethical standards of the National Organization of Human Services
2. Summary statement or short essay outlining personal understanding and application of key human service values, including confidentiality, respect for the dignity of the individual, and cultural competence
Competency 3.2 – Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the basic human service curriculum and essential content areas, including individual and group counseling methods, principles for case management, theoretical approaches to understanding diversity, methods for addictions counseling, and evolution of the human service discipline.  Suggested artifacts include essays and project summaries from the following courses:
1. HSR 1000  Introduction to Human Services
2. HSR 1201  Counseling Methods and Interviewing Techniques
3. HSR 1202  Helping Across Cultures
4. HSR 1203  Group Dynamics
5. HSR 1204  Addictive Disorders
6. HSR 1205  Case Management Skills
Competency 3.3 – Students will be able to present documentation of application of human service skills.  Suggested artifacts:
1.

Practicum evaluations citing demonstrated skills

2. Personal assessments of strengths and attributes for practice
3. Letters of reference from Service-Learning/Practicum supervisors that cite proficiency in skills for human service practice
4. Summaries and course projects that clearly demonstrate skills application

IV.
       COURSE CONTENT:
The portfolio will be developed throughout the student’s enrollment in the Human Services Associate in Applied Science Degree Program.

V.
       
INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD AND STUDENT REQUIREMENTS:
Upon the students’ final semester at IVCC, students will be required to register for HSR 1200 – Portfolio Development.  During this final semester, students will be required to complete their portfolio for final approval and evaluation.  Students will be required to meet with the instructor and submit the portfolio for review on a monthly basis throughout the final semester – arrangements will be made individually with each student.  Students will not receive their A.A.S. Degree until approved completion of their portfolio by the Instructor/Human Services Program Coordinator.