Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

AAD - Applied Art and Design
ACC - Accounting
ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
AGS - Agricultural Studies
ANT - Anthropology
ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
ART - Art
ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
ATP - Automotive Technology
BIO - Biology
BUS - Business
CDL - Interdisciplinary
CE - Cooperative Education-Disney World
CE - Hospitality
CE - Office Technology
CEL - Leadership
CHE - Chemistry
CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
CIN - Cinema Studies
CIS - Computer Information Systems
CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician
COM - Communication
COS - College Success
CPT - Computer Technology
CRC - Computer Related Curricula
CRJ - Criminal Justice
CSC - Computer Science
DAS - Dental Assisting
DEN - Dental Hygiene
EBL - Experience Based Learning
ECE - Education and Early Care
ECO - Economics
EDU - Education
ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
ENG - English Literature
ENG - English Writing
ENR - Engineering Science
ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
FRE - French/Foreign Language
FSA - Food Service Administration
GEG - Geography
GEO - Geology
GER - German/Foreign Language
GLF - Golf Management
HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
HED - Health Education
HEG - Health Education Global
HIM - Health Information Technology
HIS - History
HMN - Humanities
HON - Honors Studies
HPR - Health Professions
HSM - Homeland Security Administration
HSP - Hospitality
HTL - Hotel Technology
HUM - Human Services
HUM 100 - Entry Level Skills for the Human Services Student

3 Credits

This is a prerequisite course for students presently enrolled in TRS 105 who would like to enroll in HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services. It will include an overview of the field, career choices within Human Services, an understanding of the field work experience, self assessment, and a development of personal learning goals and plans. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the field of human services.
2. Formulate a personal career plan
3. Demonstrate the skills necessary for making the most of his/her college experience.
4. Create learning goals and plans for achieving those goals.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 101 - Introduction to Human Services

4 Credits

Introduction to generic issues in human services. Role definition, boundaries, and ethics of professional relationships. Examination of self-awareness in the helping relationship and development of beginning group skills. Development and practice of observing, listening, recording and interviewing skills. Discussion and analysis of field work experiences. Students must be qualified ( based on Accuplacer) to take ENG 101 in order to register for this course. Four class hours. In conjunction with this course, the student must take and pass HUM 111 Field Work in Human Services I.

Prerequisite: Placement exam at ENG 101 level. Corequisite: HUM 111.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Examine what it means to be in helping relationships both as a helper and as a person who receives help, and examine his or her own behavior as a participant in helping relationships.
2. Identify generic helping skills utilized in the Human Services field including but not limited to assertion, attending, clarification, confrontation, empathy, active listening and interviewing.
3. Demonstrate respect for the group process in seminar and fieldwork experience.
4. Demonstrate professional confidence and responsible behavior when handling confidential material.
5. Demonstrate responsibility for his or her own learning and share in responsibility for what happens in seminar, for the learning of his classmates, and for the welfare and progress of clients in the fieldwork agency.
6. Evaluate career opportunities in human services, especially as they apply to planning his or her own career.
7. Write a process report using judgment to accurately observe and record human behavior.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 102 - Basic Helping Skills

4 Credits

Development of basic helping skills, including sensitivity, empathy, attending, questioning, confrontation, and problem solving. Examination and evaluation of client assessment, goal setting, case planning, case management. Further practice in group process and continuation of skill development in observing, listening, interviewing, recording and reporting. Discussions and analysis of field work experience. Students must be qualified ( based on Accuplacer) to take ENG 101 in order to register for this course. Four class hours. In conjunction with this course, the student must take and pass HUM 112 Field Work in Human Services II.

Prerequisite: HUM 101 with a grade of C- or better.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Summarize and explain some of the generic issues in Human Services.
2. Examine the relationship between his/her own values and behavior and how this relationship impacts the helping process.
3. Implement a repertoire of helping skills both within the context of the class and at the fieldwork site.
4. Test and evaluate his/her own effectiveness in working with professionals and clients.
5. Examine and compare available community resources.
6. Compare career options in the Human Service field and critique the realities of working in the helping professions.
7. Demonstrate his/her ability to handle confidential materials in a professional manner.
8. Develop a case study including a case history, progress notes, action plan, and goals.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 106 - Human Services Focus

4 Credits

Designed to allow maximum, flexible response to specific needs of groups and agencies with particular human service problems. Details of specific offerings will be available at registration time each semester offered. Students must be qualified ( based on Accuplacer) to take ENG 101 in order to register for this course. Four class hours. In conjunction with this course, the student must take and pass HUM 116 Field Work in Human Services Focus.

Prerequisite: HUM 101 with a grade of C- or better

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Examine his/her life history and discuss individual life influences on the selection of this profession.
2. Discuss and describe a wide range of essential helping skills.
3. Examine his/her helping skills and select those areas where needs exist.
4. Evaluate which individual helping skills are lacking, in need of remediation or subject to development to a higher level of competence.
5. Create goals and plans for meeting individual needs for skill development.
6. Appraise the success of each plan for improvement.

Course Offered Summer only

HUM 111 - Field Work in Human Services I

2 Credits

On the basis of his or her particular interests, each student chooses the kind of community agency in which he/she would like to train. Under the guidance of experienced agency supervisors, the student begins the reality testing process in the paraprofessional role. Carefully graded opportunities to take responsibility for agency clients. In conjunction with this course, the student must take and pass HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services. Open only to students in HUM 101. Nine field work hours per week.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Recognize the realities of working in a Human Service setting.
2. Demonstrate the ability to function as a member of a human services team.
3. Evaluate working and learning under supervision.
4. Discuss and critique his or her fieldwork experience with classmates in the seminar.
5. Discuss and critique the helping skills used in the fieldwork setting.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 112 - Field Work in Human Services II

2 Credits

Student chooses this field work placement in accordance with his or her emerging career goals. Opportunities for taking increasing amounts of responsibility for agency clients. Planning with experienced agency supervisor to develop specific skills needed to function effectively as a member of the agency's helping service team. In conjunction with this course, the student must take and pass HUM 102 Basic Helping Skills. Open only to students in HUM 102. Nine field work hours per week.

Prerequisite: HUM 111 with a grade of C- or better.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify the purposes, methods and problems of the agency in which the student is placed, and learn to work within the policies and procedures of that agency.
2. Describe the agency’s relationship to other community resources and programs.
3. Demonstrate acceptance of persons from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and to develop respect for varying values systems and lifestyles.
4. Demonstrate respect for the integrity and privacy of individuals and groups, and to treat as strictly confidential any personal information gained through professional contact.
5. Demonstrate professionalism in reporting to fieldwork on time, keeping appointments, preparing for supervisory conferences, planning and organizing work, meeting deadlines, and learn to accept constructive criticism as part of the learning process.
6. Demonstrate familiarity with the practical mechanics of the agency’s operation, e.g. the use of equipment, telephone, forms, files and reports.
7. Demonstrate the ability to observe, listen, hear, and report findings orally or in writing, all in an objective manner.
8. Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, creativity, and tolerance for frustration.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 116 - Field Work in Human Services Focus

2 Credits

A Human Services field work course designed to meet the needs of students in Human Services focus courses. This course provides practical experience in the service field for each Human Services focus course. In conjunction with this course, the student must take and pass HUM 106 Human Services Focus. Open only to students in HUM 106. Nine field work hours per week.

Prerequisite: HUM 111 with a grade of C- or better; co-requisite: HUM 106

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate essential skills, knowledge and relevant attitudes necessary for human services work.
2. Examine helping skills levels and acquire, improve or refine skills through interaction with clients and staff.
3. Realistically appraise one’s potential for the particular human services field represented by the fieldwork site.
4. Demonstrate effective team building skills to increase the sense of joining in a profession.

Course Offered Summer only

HUM 130 - Introduction to the Disability Support Services Field

3 Credits

This course will provide students with an orientation to direct services in the field of disability. It will give a broad overview of the essential topics in providing direct services and address common expectations and issues direct service providers encounter in this field. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Compare the history of disability support services to current practices through analysis of course materials.
2. Identify and explain the basic categories of disability and commonly associated characteristics.
3. Interpret individualized plans to determine services needed by consumers.
4. Describe the rationale for compliance and the important aspects of documentation to the field of disability support services.
5. Apply the rationale for documentation in the field of disability support services through the analysis of example documentation.
6. Examine research on a particular issue in the field of disability services in order to develop an argument about this issue.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 135 - Roles and Responsibilities in Disability Support Services

3 Credits

This course is designed to explore careers in the disability field and also examine service systems that provide support to people with disabilities. The course will emphasize experiential opportunities to meet and observe individuals from a variety of professions in the field, which will foster a deeper understanding of roles and responsibilities in the disability field. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Identify service professions in the disability field and describe their roles and responsibilities
2. Identify differences in disability services systems and describe how care is provided to client/consumers in each care setting.
3. Discuss and provide details on the specific tasks and experiences of professionals in an area of the disability support services field.
4. Compare the roles and responsibilities involved in the various professions in the field of disability support services.
5. Critique case studies for effective person centered practices across care settings

Course Offered Spring only

HUM 201 - Models of Helping

4 Credits

Examination of the models, theories and roles that guide the practice of Human Services. The organizational structure of human services agencies will be examined and the systemic issues that impact clients and agencies will be analyzed. Career and transfer opportunities will be explored. Advanced group process, and field work experience will be discussed and analyzed. Students must be qualified ( based on Accuplacer) to take ENG 101 in order to register for this course. Four class hours. In conjunction with this course, the student must take and pass HUM 211 Field Work in Human Services III.

Prerequisite: HUM 102, 112 with a grade of C- or better.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe and critique the various models and theories that guide human services practice.
2. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of the models and theories of Human Service practice
3. Apply the models and theories of Human Service practice when working with clients
4. Analyze the organization structure of a Human Service agency.
5. Assess the effectiveness of a Human Service agency in achieving its mission.
6. Create their own plan for continuing their education and/or career development.
7. Evaluate a Systems Theory approach when working with individuals, families, agencies or communities.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 207 - Skills for Working with Family Violence Issues

3 Credits

This course will provide an introduction to legal, medical, and social perspectives on family violence issues. It will examine the definitions/types, controversies, and nature/scope of family violence. It will also examine the factors which contribute to and consequences of family violence from the legal, medical, and social perspectives. Students will develop, discuss, analyze, and practice working with issues of family violence in class. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Examine the legal, medical, and social perspectives on violence issues within family systems.
2. Evaluate the definitions, causes, and effects of violence on individuals and families.
3. Examine perpetrator, victim, survivor, and family system dynamics related to violence.
4. Participate in a group presentation examining the legal, medical, and social perspectives on one of the specific areas of violence within the family.
5. Identify skills required in working with individuals and families with histories of family violence.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 210 - Disability Across the Lifespan Strategies for the Human Services Worker

3 Credits

The course provides a basic understanding in the identification, prevalence and characteristics of individuals with disabilities across the life span. Additionally, the course will review legal mandates and historical movements that have shaped and defined the disability community today. Students will explore resources that will assist them in working with individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Three class hours. This course fulfills the MCC requirement for a social science elective. (SUNY-SS)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss basic terms in the disability field.
2. Describe concerns in the disability field.
3. State strategies to assist individuals with disabilities and families.
4. Select relevant resources for individuals with disabilities and families.
5. Develop recommendations and strategies for individuals with disabilities and their families.
6. Complete observational research of the experiences of an individual with disabilities.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 211 - Field Work in Human Services III

2 Credits

Students select field placement to enhance attainment of individual career goals. Under experienced agency supervisors, students carry increased responsibility for clients and for agency program planning. Further development of the specific helping skills needed for effective functioning in the chosen agency. In conjunction with this course, the student must take and pass HUM 201 Models of Helping. Open only to students in HUM 201. Nine field work hours per week.

Prerequisite: HUM 112 with a grade of C- or better.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Through field experience students will recognize, identify and compare how various theories and models are used in the assessment and treatment of clients at their agency.
2. Through field experience students will scrutinize the efficacy of the different models, theories,and roles utilized with clients at their field site.
3. Students will examine and distinguish the organizational structure of their field site and describe the internal and external operational components.
4. Through field experience students will analyze their own capacity for working in a human services agency.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 220 - Working with Clients Post-Incarceration

3 Credits

This course addresses issues that may be encountered by those whose work brings them into contact with individuals who are returning, or have recently returned, to society from incarceration. It includes understanding of the stigma attached to their legal status, the barriers that they may encounter, and the sometimes misguided mind-set with which some formerly incarcerated individuals anticipate their return to families and society as a whole. Additionally, the course includes topics such as interaction with legal supervision, case management, housing, and employment for the formerly incarcerated. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: HUM 101/HUM 111 or permission of instructor

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain and discuss factors that facilitate the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated clients (FICs) into society.
2. Understand and explain the human service worker's interactions with supervisors of clients including, but not confined to Parole and Probation officers and court officials within the legal system.
3. Explain and discuss the complexities of supervised housing and other housing issues for FICs.
4. Simulate case management skills and techniques in guiding clients through the realities of returning to society including family reunification, employment and housing.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of and identify resources for re-entering individuals such as treatment facilities, DHS, and other organizations.
6. Demonstrate appropriate professional boundaries in working with clients, their families, and other professionals in the field.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 230 - Individualized Planning and Documentation for Disability Support Services

3 Credits

This course will provide an overview of documentation and compliance requirements across service systems, including early intervention services, school-age services, vocational rehabilitation services, mental health services,and day services. In addition, the course will incorporate approaches within a person centered planning framework for developing and implementing individualized supports for individuals with disabilities. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze documentation templates and examples from various systems in the field of direct disability support services.
2. Identify the primary components of documentation procedures and materials and the necessary steps to complete the process and documents in various service systems.
3. Identify and discuss documentation strategies that foster individualized planning for a person with a disability across various service systems.
4. Choose a documentation template and complete the necessary documentation forms in a service system.
5. Create a person centered plan that draws from various resources in the community and through electronic media.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 235 - Supporting and Communicating with People with Significant Disabilities

3 Credits

This course is an exploration of the ways in which people with significant disabilities are supported in their communities. The course will emphasize concepts of positive behavioral support and communication strategies to facilitate self-determination and independent decision-making in a person’s daily life. Students will learn about key concepts and the philosophy models of services systems that support people with significant disabilities. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Design a task analysis in order to support the independent completion of an activity for a person with a communication need in the community.
2. Describe supported communication strategies for people with significant disabilities.
3. Analyze the impact of rewards and punishments on the behavior of individuals with disabilities.
4. Discuss various functions of behavior.
5. Identify preventative and proactive strategies for supporting positive behavior in individuals with disabilities.
6. Analyze collected data on the behavior of another individual.
7. Create a functional behavioral assessment, leading to a hypothesis on the behavior of another individual.
8. Develop a positive behavior support plan that fosters communication or independent decision-making in the community.
9. Present strategies and resources to support the communication or positive behavior of individuals with a specific disability diagnosis.
10. Discuss environmental influences on the behavior of individuals with disabilities.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 236 - Contemporary Issues in the Field of Disability Support Services

3 Credits

This course will provide an in-depth exploration of contemporary issues in the field of direct disability support services, starting with the historical roots and current events in the disability rights movement, moving into specific contemporary issues, and ending with the most current controversial topics in the field. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Create connections between the historical oppression of individuals with disabilities, the disability rights movement, and current issues in the field of direct disability support services.
2. Synthesize varying viewpoints, using references to course readings, on contemporary issues in the field of direct disability support services.
3. Relate the experiences of individuals with disabilities and/or their families to practices in the field, based on the analysis of a narrative on these individuals and/or their families.
4. Express contemporary views of disability, such as disability identity, disability culture, and the social model of disability.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 250 - Introduction to Aging for the Human Services Worker

3 Credits

Students will examine contemporary issues impacting older adults such as special needs, changing roles experienced with aging, community resources, legislation and programs designed to meet these multifaceted needs. Students will develop methods for planning and implementing diverse activities and other approaches to encourage maintenance of health and self-sufficiency of the mature adult. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss how the term aging revolution or graying of America impacts the Human Services field.
2. List negative and positive stereotypes of aging.
3. Describe how the social changes adults experience in later years affect case management.
4. Compare and contrast the impact of life positions on the responsibilities of the human services worker such as partnered couples, single, widowed, divorced, never married,remarried.
5. Describe the myths regarding older adults and sexuality.
6. Explain typical characteristics of the aging body in relation to the role of the human services worker.
7. Identify the components of healthy living choices for older adults.
8. Discuss specific factors about the older workers that impact individual decisions to work past retirement age.
9. Describe the activities of the daily living index (ADL).
10. Design resources to assist aging clients with appropriate services.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HUM 290 - Independent Study

Variable Credit

See the Department Chairperson.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
IDE - Interior Design
ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
LAW - Law
LDS - Leadership
MAR - Marketing
MET - Mechanical Technology
MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics
MTH - Mathematics
MUS - Music
NUR - Nursing
OFT - Office Technology
OPT - Optical Systems Technology
PE - Physical Education--Coed
PEC - Physical Education--Coed
PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
PEM - Physical Education--Men
PEW - Physical Education-Women
PHL - Philosophy
PHO - Photography
PHY - Physics
PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
PLS - Paralegal Studies
POR - Portuguese/Foreign Language
POS - Political Science
PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
PSC - Public Safety Communications
PSC - Public Safety Training
PST - Public Safety Training
PSY - Psychology
REA - Reading
SBS - Honors Studies
SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
SCI - Science
SCR - Computer Security
SGT - Surgical Technology
SMT - Sports Management
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
SPC - Speech Communication
STT - Solar Thermal Technology
SUS - Sustainability Studies
SVL - Service Learning
TAM - Tooling and Machining
TEK - Technology
THE - Theatre
TOY - Toyota
TRS - Transitional Studies
TVL - Travel And Tourism
XRT - Radiologic Technology