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Developmental Disabilities (DDD)
Program Course Descriptions


CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
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.
DVD101 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
Develops a sensitivity to individuals who have developmental disabilities. Explores major causes, current teaching techniques, and behavioral intervention strategies. Also focuses on the history of services, litigation and consent decrees, and the philosophy of inclusion, perspectives of treatment models, key roles litigation and the courts have played, and the current inclusionary philosophy. (Formerly MEH107)
HUS101 The Human Services Worker
Provides the instruments to explore and evaluate personal values, motives, feelings, needs, attitudes, interests and personality traits especially as they pertain to awarenesses which will help a Human Services worker; and explores personal and societal prejudices, stereotyping behaviors, and biases.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
DVD121/122 Field Place & Sem 1 & 2 in Developmental Disabilities
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Professionally supervised field work with individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities (such as mental retardation, autism, and fetal alcohol syndrome) in residential, vocational, recreational, and educational settings and on-campus faculty guided seminars. Students will critically examine their own values and attitudes towards the individuals they serve, communicate effectively with co-workers, and apply skills and principles they have learned. (Formally MEH121)
DVD103 Developmental Disabilities: Special Topics
Develops a deeper understanding of people with developmental disabilities as creators of their own personal visions. Students will explore topics including person centered thinking, teaching and learning, human rights, sexuality, grief and loss, and families, and Human Rights Training. Students will explore how to balance the health and safety of the individual's rights for choice and self-determination.
HUS102 Helping Skills in Human Services
Pre: HUS101
Designed to help develop individual and group interaction skills based on historical and contemporary models applicable in the field of Human Services work. Utilizing audio and video taping; role play; and active classroom participation in exercises designed to demonstrate competence in appropriate listening skills, problem solving, and decision making strategies.
HUS124 Supervision and Leadership in Human Services
This course is designed for current and potential supervisors who work in human services. Students will strengthen time management and conflict management skills; assess different forms of leadership and supervision; develop a stronger knowledge base of how each supervisor fits into an organization and promote the team process as an integral part of agency dynamics.
PSY102 Introductory Psychology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
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.
BIO108 The Body in Health and Disease
Pre: Communications Proficiency
A study of the interrelationships of anatomy, physiology, and pathology with chemical and microbiological consideration for students in the health care field. Primarily for mental health technicians, medical assistants, medical secretaries and public and environmental health officers. Fulfills open, science and liberal arts electives. (3 hours of lecture per week)
or  BIO211 Anatomy & Physiology 1
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
IDS205 Community Problems and Social Issues
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Explores the process of socalization and the relationship between the mental health delivery system and current social issues. Examines social issues from the functionalist, conflict and interactionist perspectives. Introduces students to the role local, state and federal governments play in responding to social issues and how students can become civically engaged in affecting public policy decisions and priorities. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives. (Formerly MEH205)
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective
SPE102 Speech
Focuses on the nature and effects of verbal communication. Students will become familiar with the communication process, including some of the following: principles of organization, purpose, language structure, effective delivery, and audience analysis. Students individually will use these elements in informative and persuasive speaking in the traditional speaker-audience relationship. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
HUS104 The Field of Human Services: An Overview
Pre: HUS 101 or permission of instructor
Overview of the past, present and possible future methods and systems engaged in the delivery of Human Services. The student individually, and in groups, will examine many of the roles of the human service workers, including exploration of computer usage in human service agencies.
HUS130 Life Changes & Crisis: Adaptation & Intervention
Pre:Communications Proficiency
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.
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
PSY210 Abnormal Psychology
Pre: PSY102 or PSY204
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.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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