Fall 2013 Syllabi

HOC 130.I51

HOC 130.I51

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HOC 130 Introduction to Health Occupations

Offered via Distance Learning

August 26th – November 11th 2013


Instructor:            Teresa Holmes BAS, RDMS, RDCS, RT(R)                     

E-mail:           E-mail – holmesteresam@jccmi.edu **

      **subject line must be: last name, class and reason or it will not be opened

Best way to reach your instructor: 1.) Virtual office in week 0
                                                           2.) JCC E-mail – Do not
message me through class


Required text; Introduction to Health Science Technology by Louise Simmers, M. Ed., R.N., Thomson/Delmar Learning, 2nd ED. 2009 ISBN-13:978-1-4180-2122-1

Textbooks can be ordered online via the JCC bookstore at: www.jackson.bkstr.com

Course description:  This course will provide the student with an overview of the health care field. Information that is covered serves as a solid foundation for all students in health sciences or health occupations; regardless of the particular health care profession they are interested in pursuing. Topics include: careers in health care, legal and ethical responsibilities, professionalism, interactions between and reactions of patients in normal and altered states, patient and personal safety, and cultural diversity.


Associate Degree Outcomes:  The course goals and objectives incorporate specific Associate Degree Outcomes (ADOs) established by the JCC Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty.  These goals are in concert with four-year colleges and universities, and reflect input from the professional communities we serve.  ADOs guarantee students achieve goals necessary for graduation credit, transferability, and professional skills needed in many certification programs.

The ADO and course objectives addressed in this class include the following:

ADO 10: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures.

This will be met through assignments, weekly lessons, readings and activities.


Students wishing to experience success within this online course should expect to participate 3 hours per week as in a traditional course reviewing lecture materials and 6 hours/week for and completing assignments. This course is NOT self-paced. Each week will be open and available for only ONE week. There are 12 weeks to complete; some weeks will take more time than others. Students should pay close attention to deadlines for quizzes, and assignments.  Course deadlines are posted and executed in Eastern Daylight-Standard Time zone only.  Plan your time wisely. 


First Things First:  I suggest you, print this syllabus and read it carefully in its entirety. Make note of all assignments and due dates.  Be sure you record all dates on your calendar.  Students should not complete assignments without first completing reading. Viewing the PowerPoint is optional.  This will require PowerPoint reader which can be downloaded free from the Microsoft web site.  You may want to turn off your pop-up protection as it may interfere with your viewing.

Center for Student Success: "Students requiring special assistance (including those affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act) should contact the Center for Student Success. This is the first step in acquiring the appropriate accommodations to facilitate your learning." 

Evaluations:  Instructor / course evaluations will be completed on-line

Quizzes are posted for 5 days and may be taken once anytime within that time period. There is no time limit set for them.  Quizzes cannot be entered after the due date.  However, all quizzes are available to be reviewed after the close date.

A great way to study for a quiz is to use the CD from the back of the book.  It has activities and games to help you learn the material.  This is an excellent interactive way to learn and can be very useful for online classes.

Weekly worksheets follow along with your reading.  I suggest having them next to you and filling them out as you read.  Another option is to use them as a way to test yourself after your reading.  Please turn these in by filling in the worksheet with the entire question on them in a readable fashion.  Please leave the question in black font and the answer in another font or color.


Papers:  Over the course of the semester there will be a variety of papers you will need to write.  They will all be different in points and format.  Please follow the weekly directions closely.

Saving your files:

  1. File name:  When you save a file that will later be uploaded for grading please include your name or initials in the file name.  Example: FYS ethics paper Teresa Holmes
  2. Save as type: After you name your file look beneath this for the file type.  Use the drop down menu and choice rich text format.   It will show up as .rtf.  If your file is a .doc or .odt you do not have to do this, but if it is a .wps you must or I cannot open it.


The Final Exam is timed and can be accessed only one time.  Students should understand the exam will not be reset.  Be sure to have a reliable Internet connection and sufficient time to complete the exam.

The Final exam will be available the last week of class until 11:00PM EST. This is a comprehensive exam over all chapters. Have paper and pencil handy in case you need to write down a question or two in case of trouble. 






Grading system:                                                                                                   Points

9 Chapter quizzes @ 25 points each                                                           225.00

10 Chapter worksheets @ 20 points each                                                   200.00

Career Investigation                                                                                    100.00

Personality assessment                                                                                  25.00

Herman Grid self-reflection                                                               50.00

Ethics paper                                                                                               150.00

Course participation/discussion                                                                   100.00

Final                                                                                                           250.00

Ethics paper discussion (extra credit 15 points)                               

Total possible points:                                                                                  1100.00

*This is subject to slight variations with additions or subtractions as needed for each class


100% -95.0%-= 4.0

94.9%- 90.0%- = 3.5

89.9% -85.0%- = 3.0

84.9% -80.0%- = 2.5

79.9%- 75.0%- = 2.0

74.9% -70.0%- = 1.5

69.9% -65.0%- = 1.0

64.9% - 60.0 % =0.5

Below 60% = 0.0


NOTE:  A 2.0 or "C" is a passing grade.  Only courses with passing grades count toward graduation.  Other colleges transfer in only courses with passing grades.  Many financial aid sources, including most employers, require passing grades.  Additionally, please note that earning less than a 2.0 in a class results in not being able to participate in the next level of courses in a discipline which requires this course as a pre-requisite.  If you attempt to register for the next course sequence and have not passed the pre-requisite course, you will be dropped from that class.



It is expected that each student will participate regularly with class discussions.  Contributions are judged more on quality than excess quantity. The following rubric provides an excellent guide as to class participation expectations and assessment.

Total Points = Three quality messages on different days of the week each week of the course.  Each posting brings new information to the discussion or ask probing questions that expands the discussion to relevant topics.  The message or question is supported with quality information from alternative sources beyond the course text or materials.

Most Points = One or both contributions lack new information. Opinions are not supported with appropriate information.  Information or an article is sited but the student does not provide information as to how to reference it.

Some Points = Student post only one message, or only posts one day during the week.  Messages contribute little to the discussion and are not supported with references.

Little Points = Messages are posted in some of the discussions and add little if any value to the discussion.  Student does not stay on topic and post offers little information.

There should be no surprises at the end.  Each week that we have avdiscussion there will be a possibility of 20 discussion points. 

For each post you have:
Look at the bottom right of the box with your post.  You will see your grade for that post specifically.  Then your grade book has them all added together.  It will accumulate as you continue to read and post for as long as the discussion is open.


The optional discussion points for the ethics paper will be computed separate from the general class discussions.






Weekly Assignments

The assignments are here to give you a general idea as to what we will be doing each week.  At the time the weekly assignments are opened you will find details under the resource link in the class itself.  Smaller miscellaneous assignments will be given in class on the weeks we have any.


All weeks will open on Monday morning and run through Sunday at 11:00 PM EST.   Unless stated all assignments are due the week they are assigned by Sunday night 11:00 PM EST


Chapter Objectives

Please read the chapter objectives listed in the beginning of each chapter.  These are to give you a feel for what you should be accomplishing with your reading and assignments.  The objections are not assignments to be completed.  The readings and assignments should allow you to be able to reach these objectives. Use them as a self-guide to be sure you completely understand the material.

Week One   August 26th – September 1st     


1.) Get your book if you have not already.  Read Chapters 1and 2.

2.) Read resources posted in week 1 and in the student union

3.) Introduce yourself within the discussion forum under introductions.  

4.) Review other student's introduction.  Learn something about two other class participants and contribute to the discussion.   Consider starting out with “I’m impressed with your introduction because:”

5.) Familiarize yourself with the course and its contents and return the student contract in link provided within Jet Net


      I suggest you review and practice. (Student union)

      Send me practice e-mails and assignments to be sure I am receiving them.

      I have a practice assignments and directions loaded into the week.

      Once class starts you won’t have time to be learning the system.


This way you have a paper in hand

You can check off assignments you have completed.

You can make notes on it as things come up throughout the semester

You can highlight important or time consuming areas as needed

*You need to be organized and this is a quick and easy way to do it.



Week 2 September 2th – 8th         History of Health Care

  • Read weekly introduction and resources  -chapters 1 and 2 - View the power point slides - Complete the worksheet - due Sunday night as all will be the entire semester
  • Discussion: listed in the class – please follow discussion rules and review grading from the syllabus.
  • Please discuss and ask questions.
  • Quiz 1 Due Sunday night at 11:00 pm EST



Week 3 September 9th    -15th          Careers in Health Care

  • Read weekly introduction and  resources - Chapter 3 -  power point slides -Complete the worksheet
  • Research 5 health careers – See weekly introduction and resource tab for specifics
  • Complete Quiz 2, Due at 11:00 pm EST
  • Discussion and miscellaneous assignments– see class


Week 4 September 16th – 22nd       Qualities of Health Care Workers

  • Read weekly introduction and  resources - Chapter 4 - Power Point slides –Complete the worksheet
  • Complete the Quiz 3 due Sunday at 11:00pm EST
  • Discussion and miscellaneous assignments– see class


Week 5 September 23rd  – 29th        Laws and Ethics of Health Care

  • Read weekly introduction and resources, Chapter 5, Power Point slides, complete worksheet
  • Begin working on Medical Ethics paper – 2 weeks for this
  • Extra credit Discussion: see class
  • Quiz 4 Due  Sunday by 11:00 pm EST




Week 6:  September 30 – October 6th          Personal & Professional Safety

  • Read weekly introduction and resources - Chapter 12 - power point slides – complete worksheet
  • Continue ethical discussions if participating
  • Ethics Paper Due Sunday night
  • No quiz this week


Week 7:  Oct 7th – 13th       Infection Control

  • Read weekly introduction and  resources - chapter 13 -  Power point slides - Complete worksheet
  • Quiz 5 over Chapter 12 and 13 Due by 11:00pm EST
  •   Movie
  • Discussion and miscellaneous assignments– see class


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Week 8:  October 14th – 20th          Cultural Diversity

  • Read weekly introduction and resources , Chapter 10 – view PPT’s – Complete worksheet
  • Discussion and miscellaneous assignments– see class
  • Quiz  6 Chapter 10 – Due Sunday night at 11:00 pm


Week 9:  October 21st -27th                Vital Signs

  • Read weekly intro and  resources – chapter14 - Power Point slides -complete worksheet
  • Complete Quiz 7 due Sunday night 11:00 pm
  • Discussion and miscellaneous assignments– see class




Week 10:   October 28th – November 3rd           First Aid

  • Read weekly intro and resources, Chapter 15, Review PPT slides, complete worksheet
  • Complete Quiz 8 Closes 11:00 pm EST
  • Discussion and miscellaneous assignments– see class



Week 11:   November 4th  – 10th        Growth and Development, and Geriatric Care

  • Read intro and resources, Chapters: 8 and 11, PPT slides, Last Worksheet Chapters 8 and 11
  • Complete Quiz 9 Due 11:00 PM EST
  • Discussion and miscellaneous assignments– see class


Week 12:  November 10th – 17th


Please read the weekly intro and resources carefully

  • Review for AND TAKE the final exam by Sunday night


The final exam is open Monday through Sunday

Take it any time you are ready.

Please see final exam information within the syllabus page 2

THIS EXAM  IS OPEN ONE TIME ONLY AND IS TIMED. If you go past your time without submitting, it will kick you out with 0 for the grade.


Please do not expect it to be reset.  I also suggest not letting it go until the last minute. 





Have a great next semester and best wishes for your future careers!

Facilitator's Responsibilities:

The facilitator's responsibilities include facilitate learning by providing and explaining the necessary materials for each student to understand the assignments and develop course goals, objectives, and performance objectives to a near mastery level.  Knowledge gained from this course should aid students in clinical experiences they required of an allied health or nursing career.

Student Responsibilities:

Students are expected to be prepared for each week and to participate with corresponding discussions.  It is presumed by the facilitator that assignments, including reading, will be completed on time and prior to lecture material on subjects being presented; such preparations allows the student the best learning opportunities to understand material presented and pose questions in areas requiring clarity.   Reading assignments do not replace lecture content nor do the lectures replace or eliminate the need to complete reading assignments.  All papers require references for full credit and all assignments must be turned in on time for full credit.


While JCC encourages students to collaborate in study groups, work teams, and with lab partners, each student should take responsibility for accurately representing his/her own contribution.

Academic Honesty Policy, Student Complaint Process, Drop Withdrawal dates found at this link: http://www.jccmi.edu/administration/deans/Student_Resources.htm