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Paula J. Tripp, Ph.D.









FACS 160:: Syllabus

Course Description: A performance based course which emphasizes communication and educational methods for family and consumer sciences subject matter. Focus on learning styles, curriculum development, presentation techniques, and assessment of learning outcomes. Preparation, presentation and critique of presentations and learning activities for individuals and groups. Attention to development of leadership skills and program promotion methods. Lecture, activity. Prerequisite: 15 FACS units, including FACS 060; completion of Area A GE requirements. 3 units.



Objectives :: Technology :: Text and Materials

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Select effective communication techniques appropriate for a variety of situations and audiences.
  • Prepare communication plans, both written and oral, that are appropriate for different learning styles and environments using accepted practices for family and consumer sciences.
  • Create positive learning environments that engage learners, encourage motivation and foster self-esteem, cooperation, mutual respect, critical thinking, problem solving skills, and enthusiasm for learning in all cultural groups and to a variety of audiences.
  • Utilize appropriate presentation techniques, including current technology available to enhance learning.
  • Develop assessment strategies to measure learning outcomes of an intended audience as well as one's own performance.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the current standards, guidelines, and best practices in the profession.
  • Participate in the activities of a family and consumer sciences related youth or adult group that fosters leadership and presentation skills.
  • Promote programs in family and consumer sciences in the public and private sectors.
  • Demonstrate professional development, including reflections on philosophy, setting goals, self-assessment, involvement with peer coaching, and related activities.

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Technology Requirements

Students will need an electronic mail account and computer access to the Web. All CSUS students enrolled in one or more units can create a SacLink account for electronic mail and Internet services. Although a home computer with a high speed modem running Netscape or Internet Explorer would be beneficial, students can use the Web from one of the campus student labs.

Computing Recommendations

You should be comfortable using a computer and willing to browse the Web. This class requires online class participation on the Web assignments and electronic discussions.

You need:

  • Macintosh compatible with System 10 (OS X) or higher or Windows compatible Pentium running Windows 98 or XP.
  • 128 MB of RAM
  • 56K modem or faster connection
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or Netscape 6 (or higher)
  • SacLink or other Internet Account
  • Word processing skills

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Text and Materials

 Required: The text for the course this semester is:

Hitch, Elizabeth J. & June Pierce Youatt. 2002. Communicating Family and Consumer Sciences: A Guidebook for Professionals. Tinley Park, IL: Goodheart-Willcox Co.

Optional: This text is a valuable resource for students in the pre-credential program, as well as the apparel, consumer studies, family studies, and nutrition concentrations:

Chamberlain, Valerie, and Merilyn Cummings. 2003. Creative Instructional Methods for Family & Consumer Sciences. Glencoe/McGraw Hill.

You can purchase books through the Hornet Bookstore. Check their Online Textbook Sales page at http://www.foundation.csus.edu/bookstore/textbooks/ for ordering information.

last updated: 07/26/2003
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