Emma Breeden

Emma Breeden, B.A., M.S.W.

Human Services, Social Sciences

Email: ebreeden@cypresscollege.edu

Phone: 714-484-7000 Ext : 48759

Office Hours : Monday: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8:35 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 8:35 a.m. to 9:05 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: HUM-230


Introduction to Human Services (online)

Course Description:

This course covers the history and philosophy of the human services; function and orientation of human services agencies and institutions; human services as careers; opportunities and qualifications at various entry levels of human services employment.

Course Information:


Weekly reading is assigned and it is advised that you keep up with the readings and not put it off until right before an exam.

Discussion Board

Each week the instructor will post questions on the class discussion board that you will be expected to reply to. A new post will be made every Wednesday.  Your replies must be thought out and elaborating on the issues being discussed.  Each weekly discussion board will be worth 10 pts and you will complete a minimum of 10 over the semester. There will be no discussion board posts during exam weeks.

Terms and Study Guides

For each chapter there is a list of terms and a study guide. Although these will not be turned in for credit, it is highly advised that you complete each one to help you break down material for the exam.


 There will be three exams given during the course. Exams will be a combination of multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill-in, and short answer essay. Each exam is worth 100 points toward your final grade. Questions will be taken directly from textbook readings and discussion board topics. Use the terms and study guides to help you prepare for the exams.

Term Paper

Each student will be required to complete a site visit and submit a term paper about their experience written in word format. Each student is to visit a human services agency site and interview an agency professional. Students are not to pick a site where they have or do work or have received services. The student is to write up their observations, findings and personal experience in response to an outline provided by the instructor.

Course Requirements:

Computer Skills

You, as a student, must have internet access and be able to: use a computer, a web browser to navigate the Internet, use a word processing program (MUST HAVE WORD), send and receive e-mail.  You will want to be sure that your computer's settings are optimized for running a Blackboard course.

Study Skills:

You as a student, must be independent, self-motivated, willing to learn in isolation, good at expressing yourself in writing, aware of technology as a convenience and as a barrier.

Virtual Class

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