Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Business and Social Sciences Division
GERN 53PRACTICUM IN SENIOR SERVICESSummer 2014
2 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory.3 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 96 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: Lab Hours: 6 Lecture/Lab: 2
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: InactiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status:

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 11/19/12

1. Description -
Work experience as volunteers or employees in age-related services to be taken after the course work is completed, or with permission of the instructor. Students must either: a) complete 72 hours of volunteer time in an agency approved by the instructor; or b) if already employed in an aging related program, design and implement a special project approved by the instructor.
Prerequisite: GERN 50, 51, 52, 56.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: The student must meet with instructor and plan the internship.

2. Course Objectives -
The students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate skills in working with older adults related to the setting for their work experience.
  2. Describe the learning experience from their completed practicum.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Identification of appropriate setting for work experience
  2. Proposal to the instructor
  3. Approval by the instructor
  4. Work experience - students must either:
    1. Complete 72 hours of volunteer time in an agency serving older adults, or
    2. If already employed in an aging-related program, design and implement a special project approved by the instructor. The project must be
      1. Approximately 72 hours
      2. Not regularly included in their work assignment
  5. Journal their experiences and submit
  6. Final paper describing the knowledge and skills learned
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Journal of experiences
  2. Final paper
  3. Report from work experience supervisor
7. Representative Text(s) -
None required.

8. Disciplines -
Gerontology

 
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. One on one advising
 
10. Lab Content -
  1. Field placement experience
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Students are required to keep a reflection journal.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is part of a Gerontology Career Certificate program that trains students to work as paraprofessionals in the field of senior adult care and management. Employment options include but are not limited to: personal aides or care managers, program developers, program directors, activities coordinators or activity directors. Work settings include: senior residence communities, assisted living programs, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, private residences, any community senior center or senior day health program.


Course status: Inactive
Last updated: 2014-03-03 13:57:57


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines