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Critical Issues in Human Development and Family

School: Oklahoma State University
Professor: Linda Robinson

HDITS 4533: Critical Issues in Human Development and Family Science

Instructor: Linda C. Robinson, Ph.D.
Phone: 405-744-8356
Fax: 405-744-2800
E mail: frcdlcr {at} okstate(.)edu
Office hours: MW 9:00-10:30 or by appointment

Course Description
An examination of the place of family relations and child development in the context of broader themes. An exploration of the students' specialization and its implications for an educated life.

Course Objectives

  • To address a social need through the integration and application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes attained in the study of human development and family science.
  • To appreciate the need for external funding in social service agencies.
  • To identify and apply steps involved in the process of developing a grant proposal.
  • To demonstrate the ability to think critically.
  • To demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers and professionals.
  • To demonstrate professionalism with peers and professionals.
  • To demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written and oral formats.

Required Text

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Carlson, M. (2002). Winning grants step by Step (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Course Requirements

  • Worksheets (1. 1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, 8.1, 9. 1, 10.1 @ 25 points)
    Students will complete these worksheets to provide the foundation for the development of the proposal. One's individual grade for each worksheet will also reflect evaluations by group members of the individual's participation and contribution to the group effort.
  • Foundation Research (25 points)
    Each student will research a foundation that provides grants related to the focus of a chosen social service agency.
  • Proposal (100 points)
    Students will work collaboratively to develop a grant proposal that will be submitted to a funding agency on behalf of a chosen social service agency. One's individual grade for the proposal will also reflect evaluations by group members of the individual's participation and contribution to the group effort.
  • Presentation (50 points)
    Students will formally present their proposals. One's individual grade for the presentation will also reflect evaluations by group members of the individual's participation and contribution to the group effort.
  • Final Exam (100 points)
  • Attendance and Participation (50 points)
    Students are expected to attend class regularly, to arrive before class and remain until class is dismissed, to be prepared for each class session, and to participate regularly in class discussions and activities. Attendance will be taken randomly throughout the semester, and failure to participate will result in reduced points for attendance/participation. Participation may be taken into account in the final determination of borderline grades. Absences will be excused only in the cases of a university sponsored event requiring the student's participation or a verified emergency; appointments made during class time will NOT be excused except in the case of a verifiable emergency. Excused absences will be up to the discretion of the instructor.

Tentative Class Schedule

Introduction
The Need for External Funding for Social Service Agencies
Types of Grants (Introduction in Text)

How to Evaluate a Proposal (Appendix Q)
Developing the Proposal Idea

Students will meet with agency representatives to explore the questions listed in Worksheet 1.1
Worksheet 1.1 Due (Proposal Idea)

Developing Relationships with Funders (see also Appendices A and B)
Foundation Paper Due
Students will work with agency representatives to determine agency for proposal.

Writing a Compelling Needs Statement
Students will work with agency representatives to develop ideas for letter of intent and needs statement.

In class work on letter of intent and needs statement
Worksheets 2.1 (Letter of Intent) and 3.1 (Needs Statement) Due
Defining Clear Goals and Objectives

Developing Your Methods
Preparing the Evaluation Component

Students will work with agency representatives to develop ideas for Worksheets 4.1, 5.1, and 6.1
In class work on goals and objectives; methods; and evaluation

In class work on goals and objectives; methods; and evaluation
Worksheets 4.1, 5.1, and 6.1 Due

Developing Sustainability Strategies
Preparing the Program Budget
Students will work with agency representatives to develop ideas for Worksheets 7.1 and 8.1

In class work on sustainability and budget components
Worksheets 7.1 (Sustainability) and 8.1 (Budget) Due
Writing the Organizational Background Component
Writing the Proposal Summary

Students will work with agency representatives to develop ideas for organizational background component and proposal summary.
Worksheet 9.1 (organizational background) Due
In class work on proposal summary

Putting the Package Together

Worksheet 10.1 (proposal summary) Due
Students will work with agency representatives to go put together total proposal.

Final Exam: Tuesday, May 6, 8:00-9:50
Worksheet 11.1 and Proposal Due

Proposal Presentation and Evaluation

Sustaining Relationships with Funders

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