HN302 Honors Scholarship

for FA 2008

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HN 302 Honors Scholarship


FA 2008 HOE


Bachman, Gary E.


Associate Professor of Social Work



Office Location


Office Hours

Mon. 1-3P Tues –Thurs  1-3:40P or  by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Aug 18- Dec.12, 2008

Class Days


Class Time



HN 300 and continuation in program

Credit Hours



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Course Description:
HN302 Honors Scholarship: This course must be taken a minimum of two (2) semesters and can be taken for an additional semester. The continued participation in the Program requires approval of the advisor(s) and the Honors Committee. The advisor(s) will directly oversee and guide the student and the student must continue to progress in their plan of study. 2:0:2 Prerequisite: HN300

Educational Philosophy:
Throughour social and professional lives we need to be prepared to recognize challenges, inequalities and threats to societies and the world’s vulnerable populations. Similarly we need to prepare ourselves to recognize, embrace, communicate and enhance the “best practices” in addressing such matters. This is as true in the arts, business, science, education and government service as it is in social work.     My philosophy in working with Honors Program students holds that the student will shoulder primary responsibility for project design and completion. I offer guidance, act as a resource, and provide frequent critique to assist the student in attaining the desired goal she or he designates for a particular project. I expect students to utilize my comments and direction. It is my desire to facilitate learners in the acquisition of such knowledge as will serve them, their families and their communities, throughout their live. GEB


Class Assessment:

Assessment will include:

  • Attendance at regular meetings with honors advisor or professor
  • Written progress reports at interval agreed upon by the advisor and student
  • Attendance at Honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee
  • Presentation of research progress
  • In order to graduate from the Program with Honors in good standing, students must present a high-quality written bound report of their project to the Director two weeks prior to graduation, with a copy presented to the mentor. In addition, a successful public oral discussion of the project findings and conclusion attended by the mentor, a member of the Honors and Scholarship Committee, or an appointed representative of the Committee must take place prior to graduation. Students must also attend mandatory meetings scheduled by the Director throughout their four-semester enrollment.


Grading Plan:
1. Attendance at faculty meetings  - (15 pts ea)       150

2. 2 Progress Reports (25 pts ea)                               50 

3. 10 journal reports (5 pts ea)                                   50

4. Attendance at Honors update (25 pts ea)               25

5. Production of an advanced project rough draft     150

 TOTAL POINTS                                                    425                                                   

Late Submission of Course Materials:

This course is individually paced.
  • Due dates for all written, graded assignments and their components appear on the attached schedule. 
  • Adherence to the schedule is required to facilitate student progress and to complement instructor work load. 


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This is largely a course in which the students learning is self directed.  The student is expected to meet regularly with the faculty mentor to review progress with their project and for guidance as may be needed. due to the unique structure of this course, it is essential that the student assume responsibilities for a significant measure of professional accountability.

  • Arrive on time for scheduled meetings. 
  • Notify the instructor at least two hours in advance by e-mail if you can not attend the meeting. 
  • Participation in discussion is expected.
  • Drafts will be expected on dates due.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

“If parental involvement is beneficial to children & families, what can be done to increase parental involvement at sites where participation is low or none-existent?”

Planned Activities:

n      interview and survey parents and past parents of children from Head Start and other preschool programs

n      interview and survey Head Start and other preschool program’s staff

n      research - Parental Involvement in Head Start and other preschool programs

n      policies and procedures

n      activities and incentives

1. Weekly meetings with faculty mentor: Mondays at 2:00PM.   (or by prior arrangement)

2.To Be Scheduled– HN400 oral presentation practice before the Honors and Scholarship Committee for evaluation –Students are encouraged to attend the HN400 practice presentation – attendance is not required for HN302 students

3. Nov 19 & Nov 20, 11AM-1PM – Honors Program 10 minute updates in McCoy Meetin’ House, lunch served. This update offers students the opportunity to discuss their project ideas and progress with members of the Honors and Scholarship Committee who will evaluate the presentation. Attendance by HN302 students is mandatory for satisfactory completion of your course. You will receive specific instructions about that update presentation later this semester.


4. Honors Retreat: Saturday August 23rd at (AM: McCoy Meetin House

Honors Program updates for HN302 students will take place on in the Meetin’ House.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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