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Service-Learning Courses at NSCC


It's a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, focusing on critical, reflective thinking, and civic responsibility.


Service-Learning Course Listing

ACC208 –Taxation
Presents an introduction to personal and business taxation. Topics include filing status and dependency determination, income inclusions and exclusions, components of total income, allowable deductions and credits. Introduces taxation of partnerships and corporations. The course may include software with Individual Taxation applications. Fulfills open and business electives.
Instructor: Robert Underwood
Project: Students prepare taxes for the underserved (optional).

ART114 –Visual Design Theory
Covers design principles and visual organization tools used for the effective placement of design elements into a page. Student will learn about technical and esthetic use of topography as a design and communication tool. Color theory, color psychology design development process, and approaches for drawing two and three dimensional images and illustrations are examined. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
Instructor: James Chisholm
Project: Students create a mural for a non-profit organization.

BIO101 – Biology I: The Basics of Life
An introduction to the basic principles of biology. The course covers the chemistry of the cell, cell structure and function, cell division, genetics and some evolution. The laboratory is designed to enhance lecture and to develop investigative skills. (3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week) Fulfills open, liberal arts, and lab science sequence elective when taken with BIO102 or BIO128 and BIO130, or BIO140 or BIO 142
Instructor: Annette Busch
Project: Students put on a Biology Fair for elementary school students.

BIO102 –Biology 2: Diversity of Life
An evolutionary survey of living organisms. Topics include life's. beginnings, and unicellular organisms, fungi, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates and how they evolved. Laboratory includes dissection of selected species of the representative phyla. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and when taken with BIO101 or BIO124, the laboratory science sequence electives
Instructor: Andrea Dodge
Project: Students put on a Biology Fair for elementary school students.

BIO202 –Molecular Biology
This course builds upon the cellular concepts acquired in General Biology 1. Subjects include Drosophila and yeast tetrad genetics, linkage and mapping studies, anatomy and function of a gene through mutational studies; the Human Genome Project, polymorphisms and positional cloning, systems biology and proteomics, and mitochondrial and chloroplast genomes. The laboratory will introduce the major techniques used in molecular biology.
Instructor: Young Bae Kim
Project: Students are contributors to OER resources related to the course.

BTN202 –Biotechnology Applications
This course is designed to introduce the student to knowledge and skills of basic techniques relevant to the field of Biotechnology. Applications include basic cell culture, protein and nucleic acid separation techniques, transformation, and the use of restriction enzymes in recombinant DNA technology.
Instructor: Young Bae Kim
Project: Students are contributors to OER resources related to the course.

CMP101 – Composition I
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
Instructor: Nicki Buscemi
Project: Students engage with the Lynn Museum on a project.

Instructor: Kathy Yanchus
Project: Students read children’s books to elementary school children.

Instructor: John Zamparelli
Project: Students work with youth gang prevention entities in the community.

CMP122-Composition 2: Writing about Children’s Literature
Emphasis is on analytical and researched writing based upon a range of texts written for children.
Instructor: Cari Keebaugh
Project: Students create newsletter on great work’s of children’s literature for local elementary schools.

CMP148 - Composition 2: Literature & the Environment
Emphasis is on analytical and experiential writing based on American literary works of all genres that focus on the relationship between humans and the natural world. Among the authors whose works may be studied are Thoreau, Muir, Leopold, Carson, Snyder, Lopex, Williams, Dillard, and Oliver. Fulfills open, liberal arts, humanities, composition 2, composition 2 - LT electives.
Instructor: Joe Modugno
Project: Students work with sustainability and environmentally focused organizations in the community. (optional).

COS812-Advanced Cosmetology Practicum
A laboratory course in a beauty salon setting. Allows the student to practice and develop his/her skills on clients 3 days a week under close supervision and guidance. Students will consult with clients to determine their needs and preferences. Also trains students to manage their time to provide efficient client service, to practice marketing professional salon products, and to maintain business records related to client services.
Instructors: Ella Gannon and Kathy Champlain
Project: Students provide cosmetology services to clients of a local non-profit organization.

CRJ101 – Intro to Criminal Justice
Introduces students to the study of the criminal justice system. Three components of this system, the police, courts, and corrections, will be studied and interrelationships will be shown between components. Outside readings and guest speakers will combine the practical and academic aspects.
Instructor: Frank Dagostino
Project: Students serve at CJ related sites in the community (optional).

CRJ107 - Constitutional Interpretations of Criminal Procedures
A study of leading US Supreme Court decisions as they relate to the law of criminal procedure. An exploration of the 14th Amendment, the laws of search and seizure and arrest under the 4th Amendment. Additional topics covered are double jeopardy, self-incrimination, the right to counsel, confessions, Miranda warnings, pretrial identification procedures, and the rights to a fair trial. Fulfills open elective.
Instructor: Ann Koshivas
Project: Students serve at CJ related sites in the community (optional).

CRJ108 - Crisis Intervention in the Field of Criminal Justice
A course in assessing and handling the "disturbance call" crisis. Will cover issues such as family fights, rape calls, crime victimizations, suicide, adolescent problems, alcoholism, and drug abuse. In addition to communication and problem-solving skills, referral techniques will be covered, focusing on agency resources in the area.
Instructor: Rachel Roesler
Project: Students serve at CJ related sites in the community (optional).

CRJ110 – Juvenile Justice System
This course traces the philosophy, history, and development of the juvenile justice system. Particular attention is paid to juvenile institutions and current treatment programs.
Instructor: Ann Koshivas
Project: Students serve at CJ related sites in the community (optional).

CRJ202 – Principles of Corrections
The study of the development of corrections, including the impact of incarceration on the offender and society.
Instructors: Ann Koshivas
Project: Students serve at CJ related sites in the community (optional).

DTC208 – Nutrition for the Life Cycle
A nutrition education course to provide material for lifelong health maintenance. Nutritional needs for each of the life stages from pregnancy through senescence, nutrition and physical fitness will be discussed. The course will consist of lectures, discussions and audio-visual materials. This course includes an exciting community nutrition education program.
Instructor: Bernadette Lucas
Project: Student plan and prepare a meal at a local soup kitchen.

FFL013-College Reading 1
Develops basic reading skills using a broad cross section of articles written in response to current issues or events. Students improve their ability to comprehend factual material, build confidence in their ability to learn independently, and gain new perspectives and broaden horizons. Students employ effective reading strategies to improve concentration, identify and resolve comprehension problems, analyze and organize author's ideas, evaluate them critically, and record them for future use. By meeting the academic and behavioral challenges of this course, students will develop the skills, habits, and attitudes necessary for success in college. Students identified through the College Assessment Program should enroll in this course in their first semester. This course satisfies no elective requirement.
Instructor: Wanda Pothier-Hill
Project: Environment and Sustainability focused project (optional).

FFL015-Composition 1 Seminar
This course will inform and grow out of the companion Composition 1 Course*. Students will acquire the ability to write a clear, unified and grammatically correct essay, using this class time to break down, analyze and extend material which is related to the Composition 1 course. All phases of the writing process are practiced. This course integrates reading and writing to enable students to develop and reinforce their communication skills. In addition, this course helps students apply their skills to other writing activiites so they may achieve success in college. *(Accelerated Learning Program Course)
Instructor: Kathy Yanchus
Project: As determined by class participants.

FFL100 - First Year Experience
This course provides the skills, knowledge, and abilities for academic persistence and performance development, as well as the psychosocial influencers on college and career success. In addition to decision making, critical thinking, study, oral and written communication skills, topics include educational goal setting, college orientation, successful academic behaviors, and career and life planning. Emphasis is placed on cross cultural awareness, personal and social responsibility, resource availability, and college policies and procedures. This course is highly recommended for first-year students and students seeking an Associate Degree. Fulfills open and liberal arts elective.
Instructors: Russell Green, Danielle Santos
Project: Each class will involve project based service-learning which addresses a need of a community partner in the North Shore region. This typically includes a one-time service experience with connected classroom activity.

GRA212 - Electronic Publishing Issues
Provides hands-on experience with digital prepress requirements connected with print production. Covers effective placement of graphic, photographic, and text based images into page layout software. Advanced features for graphic design and photo-manipulation software programs will be explored. Other topics include use of service bureaus, trapping for spot color, four color process printing, legal issues associated with graphic and web page design, and freelance designer issues.
Instructor: Sandra Fuhs
Project: Students use their electronic publishing skills to create pieces for use of a non-profit organization.

HIS124 – African-American History
This course presents the history and culture of African- Americans from their roots in Africa, to the slave trade, to social, economic, and political factors during the period of slavery, the Civil War, and the century afterwards. It includes the various approaches taken to equality, assimilation, and separation by African-American leaders of the 20th century and stresses African-American contributions and successes in recent years. Fulfills open, liberal arts and social science electives.
Instructor: Nathanial Chio
Project: Students interview notable figures in the community of Lynn and present on these interviews at a forum at the Lynn Museum.

HIS140 - American Environmental History
American Environmental History examines through time the changing relationship between human beings and the natural world of North America. Emphasis will be placed on how Americans acted to shape their environment, how they perceived that environment, and how these interact with each other to determine who we are and shape what we might become. Fulfills history, liberal arts, and open electives.
Instrucor: Jessica Burt
Project: Connecting History with the Environment.

HUS130 - Life Changes and Crisis: Adaptation and Intervention
Examines key life events leading to increased insight, change, adaptation, growth, stress and/or crisis in the life of an individual. Concentration on interpersonal relationships, social cohesion and conflict. Coping behaviors, models and counseling approaches to stress and crisis intervention will be studied and practiced in class situations.
Instructor: Dr. Margaret Figgins-Hill
Project: Students engage in service with a variety of non-profits serving the community.

IDS126-Exploring the Brain and Mind
An interdisciplinary course which focuses on the understanding of the recent theories concerning brain/mind function. Implications for intellectual and creative abilities, education and learning, job performance, and the enjoyment of life will also be addressed. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and IDS-science.
Instructor: Jennifer Harris
Project: Students engage in service with a variety of non-profits serving the community.

IDS148-Yoga, Meditation, & Stress Management 1
Through lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises, the student will learn physical skills and breathing techniques that help to revitalize and quiet the mind. Practical applications of a series of gentle yogic movements, meditative techniques, and non-verbal communication skills including listening to the mind/body and recognition of the body's various energetic/emotional levels will promote self awareness. An overview of different health systems will be offered to establish a common ground of understanding useful in one's professional and personal life. Designed for students of all ages and physical abilities. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
Instructor: Denise Cady-Arbeau
Project: Details available from instructor. Optional.

Instructor: Linda Day
Project: Students bring the yoga practice to non-profit youth organizations (optional)

IDS168 – Exploring the Landscape of Sustainability
This course examines a range of sustainability issues that affects us all. Students will be encouraged to think about how their various choices in life and careers can and do affect their local communities, the environment and future generations. Topics include calculating and reducing carbon footprints, green building design, green roof and wall technologies, water conservation, community gardens, composting and low impact sustainable landscapes. Students will also complete a service learning project.
Instructor: Barbara Heath
Project: Students work with sustainability and environmentally focused organizations in the community (optional).

IDS184-Climate Change, the Environment, and Society
Global climate change is emerging as one of the most compelling issues of our time. This course will use an interdisciplinary lens to examine climate change and its impacts on local and global society, as well as the envrionment and economy. Students will consider the value of taking personal action and living with conviction to shift society towards sustainable living. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
Instructor: Carlos Marin
Project: Students build awareness on climate change on campus.

MAT144 - Math for Elementary School Teachers 1
This course is designed for prospective elementary school teachers. This course focuses on the group properties of the real number system as the foundation for computation algorithms in arithmetic, the basic conceptual underpinnings of algebra, and problem solving methods using either arithmetic or algebra. Numeration systems, divisibility properties, and problem solving in various contexts are stressed. This course is intended to provide students with an understanding and appreciation for learning and teaching mathematics as described in the NCTM Standards for School Mathematics. This course includes an exposure to relevant technology, calculators, and computers and how these can effectively be used in the instruction of mathematics to enhance the understanding and visualization of mathematics. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and mathematics electives.
Instructor: William Jackson
Project: This is optional service-learning where students will have the opportunity to tutor in local elementary schools, after school programs as well as on campus.

NSG102 - Nursing 2
Prepares the student to become a provider of care to the childbearing and childrearing family. The student will perform a comprehensive health assessment guided by Maslow's Human Needs Theory and the nursing process. The focus is on the biophysical, cultural, emotional and social factors involved in nursing practice across the lifespan. Didactic, laboratory and clinical practice experiences provide the basis to apply acquired knowledge, skills and behaviors. A family centered approach is emphasized with utilization of the nursing process and Nurse of the Future Competencies. Under the guidance of the faculty, students use evidence based knowledge with sensitivity to age, gender, culture, race, health, disparities, socioeconomic status and spirituality. Correlated clinical experiences are provided in diverse health care settings. Collaboration with members of the health care team is introduced.
Instructor: Norene Gachignard

OTA110 - Planning & Implementation of Programs for Health & Wellbeing
A course concerned with the development and implementation of therapeutic programs for the elderly and for adults who have chronic conditions and developmental disabilities within institutional and community based settings. Designed to expose students to a variety of practice contexts and service delivery models with emphasis on activity programming, habilitation, health promotion and occupation-based intervention for the adult/older adult population. Through classroom and fieldwork assignments, students explore, assess, initiate, maintain and expand therapeutic programs for productive living and the promotion of health and wellbeing.
Instructor: Maureen Nardella
Project: Based on a needs assessment student create programming for populations as senior facilities.

OTA207-Occupational Therapy for Pediatric Populations
This course focuses on normal and atypical development from birth to young adulthood. The course is designed to promote discussion and investigation of population needs and current legislation that drives and guides practice within the most common pediatric settings: Early Intervention and Schools, which service children from ages birth to twenty-one. Students also study common pediatric diagnoses, performance assessment tools, evidence-based techniques and documentation for Early Intervention and School-based programs. Classroom knowledge and skills are reinforced with fieldwork experience in pediatric settings.
Instructor: Anne Jerome
Project: Course specific.

PHI106 - Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to philosophy as a specific way of thinking about human existence, the world, and God. It examines the arguments of philosophers concerning such topics as the existence of God, the problem of good and evil, free will and determinism, relationship of mind and body, and the limits of human knowledge. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
Instructor: Dr. Fred Altieri
Project: Students engage in service with a variety of non-profits serving the community (optional).

PHI116 - Ethics
Study of the philosophical approach to moral experience. A systematic inquiry into human conduct with the purpose of discovering both the rules that ought to govern human action and the goods that are worth seeking in human life. Both classical and contemporary philosophers are studied. The student is confronted with the moral beauty of Socrates and Plato, the nationalism of Aristotle, and the depth of Augustine, the categorical imperative of Kant, and the hard paradox of Kierkegaard. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
Instructor: Dr. Fred Altieri
Project: Students engage in service with a variety of non-profits serving the community (optional).

PHI126 – Environmental Ethics
A philosophical approach to environmentalism examining the ethical presuppositions that underlie our conception of value, the diverse worldviews offered by environmentalists, and the potential responses to ecological degradation. Topics include animal liberation, deep ecology, ecofeminism and environmental activism, among others. Fulfills open, liberal arts, humanities, and green electives.
Instructor: Dr. Fred Altieri
Project: Students engage in service with a variety of non-profits serving the community (optional).

PSY102 – Introductory (General) Psychology
Systematic study of behavior including the development of psychology as a science, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, personality development, cognitive processes, maturation and development, and adjustment. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
Instructor: Jennifer Harris
Project: Students engage in service with a variety of non-profits serving the community (optional).

PSY206 – Social Psychology
Study of an individual's influence on social groups and of various group influences on the individual. Situations involving friendship, work, and social organizations will be analyzed as well as the influence of mass media and advertising. The course will involve analysis or people's drive for power, aggression, prejudice, leadership, and conformity from both the sociological and psychological perspectives. Constructive alternatives to current social problems will be presented. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
Instructor: Jennifer Harris
Project: Students engage in service with a variety of non-profits serving the community (optional).

PSY210 – Abnormal Psychology
This course is a study of the common forms of maladaptive behavior. It concentrates on the major perspectives, classification, and study of the various mental and emotional disorders, illustrative cases, and concepts for prevention. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
Instructor: Jennifer Harris
Project: Students engage in service with a variety of non-profits serving the community (optional).

SOC106 - Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the study of society, employing all the basic concepts of sociology, such as: the structure and functions of society, culture, norms, roles and status. Attention is given to the origins of sociology, its methods and its place as one of the social sciences. Fulfills open, liberal arts and social science electives.
Instructor: Troy Smith
Project: Students engage in service with a variety of non-profits serving the community (optional).

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