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Course Number: GERS 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Introduction to Gerontology

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Overview of the social, psychological, and biological changes that accompany aging and an overview of the implications of these changes for the individual, as well as for the larger society. The student will compare and contract the different views of aging presented by the disciplines of biology, sociology, and psychology; demonstrate an understanding of the demographic changes due to aging experiences in the United States. The student will articulate the impact of an aging population on key social institutions such as the family, the economy, the political system, and the health care industry; effectively rebut key misconceptions regarding aging and the elderly; and identify potential career choices in gerontology. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1304 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Activity Directing I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Role of the activity director in long-term health care facilities. Includes study of history, regulations, communications, advocacy, ethics, service delivery, and volunteer management. This course, when combined with "Long Term Care Activity Directing II" and "Practicum-Gerontology" meets the State requirements to be qualified as an activity director in Texas. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1307 (3 Credit Hours)
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Course Title: Activity Directing II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Activity directing in long-term health care facilities. Includes assessment, care planning, documentation process, and evaluation of client needs. Also addresses program design and resources/funding. This course, when combined with "Long Term Care Activity Directing I" and "Practicum-Gerontology" meets the State requirements to be qualified as an activity director in Texas. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1310 (3 Credit Hours)
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Course Title: Social Work and the Aging

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Gerontological social work practice. Emphasizes principles of practice, application of research, and the formulation of policies as they relate to older adults. Includes the role of the social worker from a gerontological perspective. Introduces the student to special populations which are most vulnerable: aging women, aging people of color, the disabled, and aging homosexuals. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1342 (3 Credit Hours)
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Course Title: Aging and Mental Health

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction and analysis of current knowledge and concerns related to psychological aging. Includes the theoretical and empirical foundations relevant to the psychological study of the later part of the life span. The course is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective and focuses on topics related to perceptual, cognitive, personality, and interpersonal social development. Examination of issues related to psychological adjustment and death and dying. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1343 (3 Credit Hours)
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Course Title: Psychology of Adult Development and Aging

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Scientific study of a lifelong process of development with specific focus on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of adult development and aging. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1392 (3 Credit Hours)
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Course Title: Special Topics in Gerontology

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. Learning outcomes/objectives are determined by local occupational need and business and industry trends. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 2166 (1 Credit Hours)
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Course Title: Practicum (or Field Experience) - Adult Development and Aging

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (7 Ext.)


Course Number: GERS 2333 (3 Credit Hours)
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Course Title: Legal and Ethical Issues

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Exploration of the legal and ethical issues that families must consider as family members age. Emphasis on advocacy for the elderly in providing legal and financial well-being as well as knowledge regarding the access of social and medical programs for the elderly. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 2366 (3 Credit Hours)
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Course Title: Practicum (or Field Experience) - Adult Development and Aging

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (21 Ext.)



ACGM (Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual) Courses

Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for general academic transfer among community, state, and technical colleges in Texas; and state public four-year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.


WECM (Workforce Education Course Manual) Courses

Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.