Other Information about the Course
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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SERVICES 120
Please let me take this opportunity to welcome you to SSWK120- "Social Services - Interviewing, Assessment and Referral Skills" as well as to the Online Learning Program of Bucks County Community College.
As you may already be aware, the Online Learning Program is significantly different from traditional
college courses. Perhaps the most striking difference is that the course will lack traditional classroom instruction and regular face-to-face interaction with the professor. It will largely be up to you, the student, to set your own pace as you review and study the materials that will be assigned. The eLearning student, therefore, needs more self-discipline, more self-motivation and must focus more significantly on writing skills. The greatest benefit to the student is the flexibility of your time in meeting the requirements of the course, and fewer, if any, trips to campus!
Your grade in the course will be primarily
determined by your submission of written essays/exercises, chapter quizzes, Volunteer Work and Journal, a midterm and a final examination, and your timely and thoughtful contributions to the on-line discussions.
I want to welcome everyone to your second college course in Social Services!!
There will be orientation information posted on our Canvas site to familiarize you with the objectives and requirements of the course
Textbook and Other Requirements:
The textbook we will be using this semester is "Social Work Skills for Beginning Direct Practice," 2nd or 3rd Edition, by Linda Cummins, Judith Sevel & Laura Pedrick. It can be bundled with the MySocialWorkLab website access code at the BCCC bookstore. You may also purchase access to MySocialWorkLab alone - which has an E-version of the text - if you prefer that. You can purchase the access code at the bookstore or online, directly from the publisher website. If you are comfortable reading your text online, you can purchase the access code without purchasing a hard copy of the text. This access code is usually less costly than the hard copy text bundled with the code. And lastly, you will need to have access to a personal computer and have reliable internet access to participate in the on-line discussion questions, take exams and to submit assignments.
- Read all assigned chapters in the textbook; . (Feel free to read the non-assigned chapters as well - when your time permits).
- Prepare and submit one (1) 3-4 page paper on a theory of counseling. Instructions for this paper will be posted on our site. I will comment on and grade these papers and post the grades on our website.
- There will be several Chapter quizzes throughout the semester. These are primarily, twenty question, multiple choice quizzes. These quizzes can be taken at your convenience from your home computer. Or, if you prefer, they can be taken at any of the Bucks County Community College Testing Centers.
- There will be a mid-term exam which will test your comprehension of the first half of the course.
This exam can be taken from home or at any of the Bucks County Community College Testing Centers during a two to four day period, the dates of which will be posted on our site. If you decide to take the exam on campus, please check the Online Learning
website for testing center locations and hours of operation.
5. As in SSWK110 - you will be required to do 15 hours of Volunteer Work with a social service agency and submit a journal of your experiences there.
- There will be a final exam which will consist of multiple choice, short answer and essay questions
for the second half of the course. The testing parameters remain the same as above.
- Discussion Questions will be posted throughout the semester. You will have approximately one week to respond, as well as read your classmates' responses. The second week of each question is reserved for your reply/reaction/analysis of the 1st week of the discussion.
Additional Websites, articles and exercises will be posted on our website.
Contact With the Professor:
Although the bulk of the course work is completed individually, regular and frequent contact with the
Professor is encouraged and expected. You should feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have on any aspect of the course. My office is in Penn Hall 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA. 18940. My office phone number is 215-504-8500, ext. 6327. If you leave me a voicemail, speak slowly and be sure to include your full name, course, telephone number and when I can reach you. The quickest way to reach me is to e-mail me on our Canvas site - simply go to the "Inbox" function and click on 'Compose.' A second, less preferred choice would be my college address: KannerL@bucks.edu.
We will be utilizing several features of CANVAS, but most frequently the "Discussion" tool, "Modules," and "Quizzes" link and the many 'content' or 'resources' pages. Please log into Canvas and review the Orientation and Materials which are available to students at the start of the semester. Students will be introduced to the on-line discussion feature as well as other tools we will be using, (i.e. the Assignments Drop-Box, Weblinks and Mail). Also, make sure to do the 'Check Browser' in order for your computer to run correctly with Canvas. We will also be utilizing many of the features contained in Pearson's www.MySocialWorkLab.com. You must have access to this site in order to complete the requirements of this class.
In conclusion, I want to extend to each of you my best wishes for an interesting and productive semester. I look forward to 'meeting' you and introducing you to a fascinating subject and career!
Linda Kanner, MSW, LCSW, Adjunct Professor