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Service-Learning Courses at NSCC

Summary

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

CMP101-Composition 1
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.
Instructors: Nicole Buscemi and John Zamparelli
This is full class participation where students engage with a local non-profit. Professor Buscemi’s students create labels for exhibits at the Lynn Museum and Professor Zamparelli’s students work with individuals living with disabilities.

CMP122 – Composition 2: Children’s Literature
Emphasis is on analytical writing based upon folktales, poetry, and fiction written for children. Among the authors whose works may be studied are Andersen, Carroll, Mother Goose, Clifton, Silverstein, and Stevenson.
Instructor: Cari Keebaugh
This is full class participation service-learning where students create a fun and informative newsletter on great works of children’s literature for local school children.

COM013-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.
Instructor: Russell Green
This is optional service-learning where students connect with the Trustees of the Reservation to enhance their course learning.

COM014 – College Reading 2
Students will improve their literal comprehension and ability to learn from college textbooks by applying their critical reading skills to college level material. Through extensive practice, they will develop the ability to understand inference in literature, to synthesize ideas obtained from a variety of media, and use reading as a tool for independent learning. In meeting the academic and behavioral standards for this course, students will develop the skills, attitudes, and habits 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: Kathy Yanchus
This is full class participation service-learning where students connect with a community partner to enhance their learning.

COM100-First Year Experience
An exploration of the factors which determine academic, career, and personal success. Emphasis is on building the skills and awareness necessary to promote academic persistence and achievement.
Instructor: Denise Cady Arbeau, Martha Rodweller, Danielle Santos
This is full class or optional service-learning wherein students engage in a planned project.

CRJ101 – Introduction 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
Instructors: Gina Curcio, Frank Dagostino,
This is optional service-learning where students wherein students pick from a list of sites and serve 12 hours with them.

CRJ101 – Introduction 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: Jane Levesque
This is full class participation service-learning; students will provide service at Life Bridge in Salem

CRJ103 – Criminal Law
A study of criminal law, constitutional and statutory provisions, purposes of criminal law, classification of crimes, elements of crimes, defenses available to those accused of crime, and jurisdiction of the courts.
Instructor: Ann Koshivas
This is optional service-learning wherein students pick from a list of sites and serve 12 hours with them.

CRJ105 - Constitutional Interpretations of Criminal Procedures 1
A study of leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions as they relate to the law of criminal procedure. Course work begins with an exploration of the 14th amendment as it applies to the states and continues with the laws of search, seizure, and arrest.
Instructors: Ann Koshivas and Frank Dagostino
This is optional service-learning wherein students pick from a list of sites and serve 12 hours with them.

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
This is optional service-learning wherein students pick from a list of sites and serve 12 hours.

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.
Instructor: Bernadette Lucas
This is a full class participation service-learning course where students present on nutrition to a community partner.

FSN104—Technology of Food Processing
This course is designed to give students studying food science and nutrition an overview of methods currently used in food processing. Procedures, product development, quality assurance, packaging and labeling will be covered. Students will develop and process a canned (thermally processed), frozen, and freeze dried product.
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This is an optional class participation service-learning course.

HUS101 – The Human Service Worker
Provides the instruments to explore and evaluate personal values, motives, feelings, needs, attitudes, interests and personality traits especially as they pertain to awareness which will help a Human Services worker; and explores personal and societal prejudices, stereotyping behaviors, and biases.
Instructor: Gerard Sullivan
This is full class participation service-learning wherein students select from a list of non-profits and serve 12 hours with them.

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: Margaret Figgins-Hill
This is full class or optional participation service-learning wherein students select from a list of non-profits and serve 12 hours with them.

IDS126 – Exploring the Brain/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.
Instructor: Jennifer Harris
This is optional service-learning wherein students pick from a list of sites and serve 12 hours with them.

IDS166 – Introduction to Sustainable Living
This course provides an introduction to the concept and principles of sustainability. The course will examine major environmental issues and will challenge students to see themselves as part of a web of interactions connecting the environment, economy, and society. While offering both scientific and humanities perspectives on environmental problems, the course will stress personal and collective action as pathways to solutions for sustainable living.
Instructor: Joe Modugno
This is optional service-learning wherein students pick from a list of environmental organizations and service 12 hours with them.

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, and composting and low impact sustainable landscapes. Students will also complete a service learning project.
Instructor: Barbara Heath
Full class participation of Lynn campus class- complete service at a variety of environmental sites.

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
Full class participation- Students do a needs assessment and create a presentation for a non-profit on a topic that fits their needs.

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.
Instructor: Fred Altieri
This is optional service-learning wherein students choose from a list of sites to do 12 hours of service.

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.
Instructor: Fred Altieri
This is optional service-learning wherein students choose from a list of sites to do 12 hours of service.

PTA101-Introduction to Physical Therapy
An introduction to the history and development of physical therapy practice and its evolving role in the health care setting. An overview of clinical education and the function of the licensed Physical Therapist Assistant are discussed. Professional core values, ethics, terminology, and documentation are reinforced through discussion, integrated clinical observations, and service learning.
Instructor: Mary Meng-Lee
This is a full class participation service-learning course.

PTA 213 - Therapeutic Exercise 2
Continues Therapeutic Exercise 1 and introduces more complex exercise techniques emphasizing treatments for the cardiac, pulmonary and neurologically impaired population.
Instructor: Sarah Player
This is full-class participation where students create programming on cardiac disease prevention.

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.
Instructor: Jennifer Harris
This is optional service-learning wherein students choose from a list of sites and do 12 hours of service.

PSY200 – The Psychology of Women
An introduction to the psychological theories, research and practice that have affected women in the past and continue to affect women in contemporary society. It will examine psychological development from a feminist perspective and from the framework of gender. Attention will be given to gender roles, stereotypes, and identity development.
Instructor: Jennifer Harris
This is optional service-learning wherein students choose from a list of sites to do 12 hours of service.

PSY204—Human Growth and Development
Study of the development sequences of growth from prenatal to death, including the methodological problems of developmental studies, individual differences, the interplay of heredity and environment and the development of language, motivation, and motor behavior.
Instructor: Jeri McLeod-Rabchenuk
This is optional service-learning wherein students choose from a list of sites to do 12 hours of service.

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.
Instructor: Jennifer Harris
This is optional service-learning wherein students choose from a list of sites to do 12 hours of service.

RSP201 – Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 3
Principles of mechanical ventilators and management of the ventilated patient and continuation of positive pressure therapies and ethical decision making.
Instructor: Pat Adam
Full class participation, education for diverse populations about respiratory care.

SOC903 Environmental Sociology
This course investigates the study of societal and environmental interactions with emphasis on studying the social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to environmental problems and sustainability; the impact these problems have on human societies; and the current efforts to solve these problems including the key figures in establishing policy.
Instructor: Richard Adelman
This is optional service-learning wherein students choose from a list of sites to do 12 hours of service. s



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