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HDF 315 Family Resource Management Syllabus

MW 2:00 - 3:15 PM Pearce #137

Fall 2016


Office Location &


Dixie Gabalis MS, CFLE

Wightman # 211
Mon. Thurs. 11:00 1:00

Course Description
This course examines the integrative nature of family management with a focus on
individual and family resources that help families identify values and goals as a part of
effective decision making, thus optimal family functioning. Students will gain greater
understanding of family dynamics through introspective personal reflection and
application designed to illuminate the complexities of family relationships.
Course Prerequisites: HDF 100 or PSY 220 and HDF 211
Course Objectives
After completing this course, the student will be able to:
1 Explain the family as an ecosystem within various environments.
2 Illustrate family management using several theoretical frameworks found in economics,
time management, financial management, systems, human ecology, and communication.
3 Apply the processes and strategies that families can use to strengthen their resource
management potential using case studies.
4 Discuss instrumental and terminal values and how these are used by families in the
management and utilization of resources in achieving goals.
5 Identify behavioral characteristics of various family paradigms and articulate strategies
that can improve a familys use of resources to increase their sense of well-being.
6 Synthesize major course concepts and principles into a working model of ones own
experiences across family life.

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Required Materials
Goldsmith, Elizabeth (2012). Resource Management for Individuals and Families (5th
ed.) Prentice Hall.
Additional Materials
Supplemental readings and resources that support textbook concepts and/or writing
proficiency may be provided to students via Blackboard.
Course Requirements
1. Activities, Assignments, & Participation:
It is expected that each student will come to class prepared to discuss the assigned
material. At each class meeting students will be called upon to explain concepts associated
with the assigned readings. Student contribution to class discussions, activities, and
assignments will be considered in determining final course grades. Around 100 points can
be earned through meaningful class contribution as determined by the instructor. The only
way to earn participation points is by being in class for classroom activities, make up
assignments will not be accepted. If you have a legitimate reason for needing to miss a
class, speak with the instructor prior to your absence; an alternate activity could possibly
be assigned.
Total possible points: 100+
2. Review questions:
Students will respond in writing to 5 review questions at the end of each textbook chapter.
These questions will be discussed in class as a means of covering textbook content.
Responses should include a portion of the lead question (ex: Which fields of study have
affected....) and a 5 sentence minimum response.
Total possible points: 5 X 13 = 65
2. Examinations:
There will be two exams; the midterm will be at week 8, the final at week 16. Examinations
will include essay questions and model applications, students are expected to demonstrate
concrete conceptual understanding of course material.
Total possible points: 100 each exam X 2 = 200
3. Professional Portfolios:
During the semester we will work with several assessment tools that you can use to assist
individuals and families with their management of resources. Each assessment is introduced
in class with application exercises. You will practice using these tools inside and outside of
classroom to create a professional portfolio. The professional portfolio will include template
copies of the assessments with a brief explanation of where and how you could use them. In
addition, the portfolio will include completed copies of the assessment tools with reflections
on your experience with using them. Final Portfolios are worth up to 100 points. Nearly all of
the applications that we will complete in this course will become a part of the portfolio.

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Final Portfolios are due during week 15 (Dec. 7th). Your portfolio must include the following
resource management tools:
1. Values Clarification and Goal Setting
2. The Following Decision Making Models
3. Event Planning Activity (Storyboarding)
4. GO Decision Model for Problem Solving
5. Family Strengths & Needs Assessment
6. Logic Model for Program Development
7. The Following Time Management Models
Recording & Evaluating (ABC Method)
Prioritizing Schedules (Quadrants)
8. ABCX Stress & Crises Model
9. Family Budgets (Tate family)
10. List of resources that assist families (10 minimum)
Bonus Point Opportunity
11. Point bonus (5) - TBD
Total possible points: 100 + 5 = 105

4. Quizzes:
Three quizzes will be administered via Blackboard or hardcopy. Each quiz will be worth 30
points; dates are listed below. Quizzes are designed to assess student preparedness and
content understanding. Make-up quizzes will not be allowed, if you have a legitimate
conflict speak with me prior to the scheduled quiz date.
Total possible points: 30 per quiz X 3 = 90

Course Evaluation








*Note to students: Grades will not be rounded. Opportunities to earn bonus Page
throughout the semester are provided to students, these serve as the rounding points
for grades.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin

Review Questions


Total Possible Points


Grading Scale
A 94 -100%
A- 90 -93%
B+ 87 -89%
B 84 -86%
B- 80 83%
C+ 77 79%

C 74 -76%
C- 70 73%
D+ 67 -69%
D 64 -66%
D- 60 -63%
E 0 59%

Additional Information and Resources

Late Submission of Assignments
Assignments will be submitted at the start of class on the scheduled due date. Late
submissions will not be accepted unless prior approval has been given by the instructor
for a late submission. Late submission requests should be made via email to ensure clarity
for the student, as well as, the instructor. If the instructor approves an alternate
submission date for a student, the student needs to include a copy of the email
communication granting the approval with the late submission. Be advised that penalties
may be applied to late submissions. In class assignments/activities may not be submitted
if you were not in class to complete the assignment/activity.
Missed Tests
Students will not be allowed to make up missed quizzes; if you have a schedule conflict,
discuss it w/ the instructor prior to the testing date. A missed midterm examination will
require some form of evidentiary documentation validating the reason for missing the
examination. A student may be permitted to make up the missed examination for up to
two weeks after the originally scheduled testing date via *proctored exam. Make-up
testing will not be available for a missed final examination.
*Note: Proctored exams are available only in the EHS building, check w/ the department
office for days/times. Prior discussion w/ the instructor is required in order to schedule a
make-up examination.
Email Communications
Email will be your most effective means of contacting the instructor; please include HDF
315 in the subject line. I will respond to emails within a 48 hour timeframe (or less);

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multiple emails regarding the same subject will not expedite response time. I also have
office hours Monday thru Thursday 11:00 1:00, Wightman #211.
The course syllabus, assignment information, announcements, student grades, dates,
deadlines, and other important information will be posted to Blackboard. It is the
responsibility of the student to check Blackboard regularly for updated information.
Students should monitor their grades via Blackboard and notify the instructor if a
discrepancy is identified as soon as possible. Grade adjustments will only be made for
two weeks after the grade posting.
Class Notes
Weekly Powerpoints will be made available to students via Blackboard after each class
meeting. It is the responsibility of the student to access and manage classroom materials.
Course and University Policies
Policy on Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is a cornerstone of the Universitys commitment to the principles of free
inquiry. Students are responsible for learning and upholding professional standards of research,
writing, assessment, and ethics. In the academic community the high value placed on truth
implies a corresponding intolerance of scholastic dishonesty. The students written or other
work must be the product of ones own efforts and must be consistent with appropriate
standards of professional ethics.
Academic dishonesty, which includes cheating, plagiarism and other forms of dishonest or
unethical behavior, is prohibited. Academic consequences may include a warning or reprimand,
a requirement to resubmit work (with or without an additional reduction in grade for the
assignment), a lowering of the grade for the assignment (including withholding of any credit for
the assignment), or a lowering of the grade for the entire course (including failing the course).
Copies of the complete Policy on Academic Integrity are available on the CMU website:
Classroom Civility
Each CMU student is encouraged to create an environment during class that promotes learning,
dignity, and mutual respect of everyone. Students who speak at inappropriate times, sleep in
class, display inattention, take frequent breaks, interrupt class by arriving late, engage in loud
or distracting behaviors, use cell phones or other electronic mediums in class, use inappropriate
language, are verbally abusive, display defiance or disrespect, or behave aggressively will be
directed to leave the class and may be subjected to disciplinary action under the Code of
Student Rights, Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures
Use of technology in the classroom
Technology in the classroom is permitted provided it is being used for class purposes. Laptops
may be used for taking notes or accessing course related documents only. Phones are to be

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turned off or placed on vibrate and answered after class. Exceptions must be discussed with
the instructor before class begins. Texting, tweeting, etc. are not allowed when class is in
session. Students who misuse technology during class will be directed to leave the class and may
be subjected to disciplinary action.
CMU provides students who have disabilities with reasonable accommodations to participate in
educational programs, activities, and/or services. Students with disabilities requiring
accommodation to participate in class activities or meet course requirements should first
register with the Office of Student Disability Services (120 Park Library; telephone: 774-3018;
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf: 774-2568) and then contact the instructor as soon as
Changes to the Course Syllabus
The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus. Changes will be provided to the class
in written form via Blackboard and/or orally during a regularly scheduled class meeting.
Syllabus prepared by:
Dixie Gabalis MS, CFLE

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Course Schedule





WK 18/29 & 8/31

Course Introduction


Syllabus Day/Identifying
Chap 1 Review/Small

Defining the Field


WK 2
9/5 & 9/7

Labor Day


Chap 2 Review/Theory

WK 3
9/12 & 9/14

Values, Goals,
& Motivation


Chap 3 Review/Values
Finish Values

WK 4
9/19 & 9/21



Chap 4 Review/Research
Video & Worksheet

WK 5
9/26 & 9/28

Decision Making


Quiz #1: Chap. 1, 2, 3, &

Chap 5 Review/Decision
Models/Port. work

WK 6
10/3 & 10/5

Management &


GO Model/Chap 6 Review
Lecture/Video Case Study

WK 7
10/10 & 10/12



Chap 7
Family Profiles/Exam

WK 8
10/17 & 10/19

Human Needs
Student Evaluation


Chap 8 Review/
Midterm Exam

WK 9 10/24 & 10/26

Logic Model


Logic Model Lec./Wksts.

Logic Model Applic.

WK 10
10/31 & 11/2



Logic Model/Full Model

Quiz #2: Chap. 5, 6, 7, 8;

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SBA & LM Lecture)

WK 11
11/7 & 11/9



Chap 9 Review/Time
Portfolio work session

WK 12
11/14 & 11/16

Work & Family


Chap 10 Review/Stress

WK 13
11/21 & 11/23

Stress & Crisis


Chap. 11 Review/BP chap

Independent Port. Work

WK 14
11/28 & 11/30



Chap 13 Review/Lecture
Family Budgets Applic.
Quiz #3: Chap. 9, 10, 11,
12, & 13 & ABCX



WK 15
12/5 & 12/7

Loose Ends


Portfolio work session

Review/Portfolios Due

WK 16
Dec. 12th

Student Evaluation


Final Examination
2:00 3:50 PM

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