Human Services Core Courses

Human Services Core Courses

NDNU Professional Studies Class Content

1.  Communication Skills:

          In this class I learned how to communicate with people not at them. I also began my journey on learning about social injustices. This class provided me with a mirror into myself and allowed me to learn that my actions truly have an effect on others. In the paper titled “Stereotypes” I provided a glance to injustices in the “world past.” I chose advertisements from early American business and pointed out the discrimination that society used to experience. Back then they were the norm; today they would never fly. These analysis helped to drive my critical thinking. They allowed me to open up my mind and helped me to consider potentially unseen factors that affect the world. I also learned that communication is verbal and non-verbal as well. Here is the paper for your viewing pleasure: stereotypes

2.  Professional Writing:

     This class by far was the most effective and important class I took at NDNU. In the professional writing class I learned how to solidify all the english writing skills that I previously knew. I also learned how to properly format a paper in American Psychological Association (APA) style. Another bonus that helped me with my final was the act of “brainstorming.” Sandra Laragoiti taught me several ways to map out my ideas before I write my paper; brilliant! The writing that I chose as my final paper is titled “The Disease Model of Addiction.” It is a topic that I find true and interesting. Authoring this paper allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the topic. And I learned that it is okay to began an sentence with “and” and “but.” Here is the paper for your viewing pleasure: The Disease Model of Addiction final

3.  Human Services:

     This class was especially fun. Ralph Barsi is an open minded person who is set on making sure that his students leave his class as better people. I learned how to be more understanding of the populations that I may work with. There are many different professions in the Human Service realm and I learned that I have one primary function-to Serve Humans. I gained a better understanding of the profession as a whole. Another bonus was visiting Mills-Peninsula Hospital. It was, at the time, a brand new facility. I got to see the inner workings of a hospital and gain a deeper understanding of the roles that humans play collectively. I do not have a paper from this class to present.

4.  Financial Management:

Before this class I never believed that I could manage finances for a business. I was never allowed to and as a line staff that was never my concern. Barbara Kaplan gave me the financial management tools that I needed to feel confident. I learned how to budget, make a variance report, and read financial statements. I also learned about the key concepts of financial management such as income, revenue, expenses, profit & loss, and the 990 form for non-profit businesses. The project that my classmate and I did was to create a company and provide the class with a budget and then a profit and loss statement. Our company was named “Juice 2 Go.” We did quite well. My final project was to visit a non-profit and provide then with volunteer work. Here is a link to my presentation that was create with PREZI.  El Centro Trip.

Also a profit loss analysis.

5.  Social Research Methods:  

     I found this class to be the most challenging and the most useful at the same time. I spent my entire Summer reading over articles that were difficult to understand. It took me many hours to really sink my teeth into the content. But as I spent my time at the Starbucks near my house, I began to understand the basics behind scientific research. I learned that people should not believe things that they read on the internet and listen to on the news. They’re most likely biases or influenced accordingly. 

My research focused on the link between formerly incarcerated men & women and trauma. My hypothesis that formerly incarcerated women will score higher on the Lifetime Trauma Measure than men who have been incarcerated was supported by the data. The mean score for formerly incarcerated women was 7.93 (N = 15) and for formerly incarcerated men 7.33 (N = 15). Although the .60 difference in mean scores was small, the difference was in the direction of my research hypothesis.  My null hypothesis that no detectable difference will be seen between the two groups on trauma was not supported.

I initially struggled with this course, because, initially, I had no clue what I was doing. But once I got it, I GOT IT. I felt empowered. I actually helped a few classmates discover topics to research. I really enjoyed constructing this project. I offered my subjects an incentive in the form a $1.00 CA Lottery ticket as a Thank You. Needless to say it went over quite well. This class provided me with the skills I need to professionally read and decipher scientific research and relay the information if necessary. Here is a copy of my: Social Research Paper 

6.  Ethics and Professional Responsibility:  

In this class Sister Carol made sure I did not leave without understanding the core concepts in the study of ethics. The most exciting moment in this class came when I understood which ethical practices to use when considering a particular action to take. I never based my thoughts and actions on another persons ethics. I always did what I was taught by my family and/or neighborhood. And now I can critically think about the reasons that I choose to do things. These analytical skills will help me in business with my problem solving in any given situation. As stated before, I have a coworker who just loves the fact that I am his only coworker who uses the categorical imperative in their work practices.

Here is a paper that I wrote on a famous whistleblower. A man who did the right thing for the right reasons: whistleblowers

7.  Human Services Senior Seminar:  

This class is a work in progress. This BLOG is my first Senior Seminar Project.


Religion Classes & French Cinema:

These classes served me the best. I don’t know how I would ever become a manager without them. These classes provided me with a cultural and religious perspective that I never had. I was always raised around ethnic people and thought that I knew about them because of it. I was wrong. Once you know a persons religion, you begin to understand why they are who they are. More specifically, I gained a new respect for the Islamics. This religion is wide spread and powerful in the lives of millions. Knowing what I know now allows me to be more culturally competent and opens my mind to new posibilities.

The French Cinema class was outstanding as well. Before getting a peek into the live of French-Africans, I never knew such a thing existed. From the Island of Martinique to Cameroon, I find it interesting to learn about the cultural nuances. Plain and simple- I have fascination in other cultures. These fascinations open my mind to accept cultures that are different than my own and to respect them for that. The more acceptance, cultural tolerance, and respect that is shown in the world will honor not only NDNU, but Humans as well.

 Here are some works of mine that pertain to Culture and Religion

JEOPARDY_Cameroon Project Presentation (please click play and feel free to click on the box to reveal the answer (and click again for the question))

 zan boko

sango malo

Islam Final 

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