NDNU Core Courses & Evidence to Support Learning Outcomes

NDNU School of Business & Management

Evening Human Services Program


Communication Skills: This highly participative course focuses on analyzing and applying techniques of effective communication in organizational and interpersonal situations. Includes the use of personal assessment instruments that reflect students’ preferred communication styles. All class participants make formal and informal presentations and practice utilizing fundamentals in active listening, self-esteem building, and conflict negotiations. (3) Fear & Anxiety by Adrina Vasquez

Completed Spring 2017 Term 1

I remember taking this class because of the professor. Dr. Patrick Arbore is the sweetest most caring professor on the planet. I was nervous about this class due to it being about public speaking and presenting to an audience. I panicked all the way through this class. At the end, it was so worth it. I included one of the presentations that I presented in class. Dr. Arbore made everyone feel so important and valued. 

Professional Writing: Emphasizes collaborative learning and writing-across-the-disciplines. Writing in a variety of professional modes (directions, descriptions, process) and forms (memos, letters, reports) is practiced. Fulfills General Education Upper-Division Writing requirement. (3) ProfessionalWritingFinalPaper

Completed Spring 2017 Term 2

Just from looking at the syllabus for this class, I felt I had made the biggest mistake of my life. I hated writing. Dr. Sandra Larragotti was so detailed (hence the scary syllabus), that it made class and writing itself, a lot more easy. Every week we had a 3-4 page paper due, and it was going towards our final paper. This professor was completely organized. Thankful I did not back out.

Human Services: Examines the human service industry: its evolution, role in contemporary society, anticipated future in relation to the changing society, and the restructuring of community and work organizations. Discussions of theory and practice of professional management strategies and clientele characteristics and reactions as well as future directions for human service program planning and design are presented by area speakers and analyzed by students in written and group presentation format.  Fulfills Cultural Diversity requirement. (3) HumanServicesFinal

Completed Summer 2017 Term 1

Professor Ralph Barsi is amazing! I love that he understands that majority of his students are full time workers during the day. He never gave us homework because he knew the every day stress of working and coming to class in the evening. All his projects and presentations were very well explained and I enjoyed every bit of it. I chose a non-profit in the San Mateo area to complete my project and paper in the class. With Mr. Barsi’s help and great teaching, I was able to complete both. 

Professional Ethics: Students learn the relationship between law and morality, develop individual core values, and study various business decision-making models. This course examines major ethical theories and explores the application of those theories to current organizational, economic and social issues. Case studies and critical thinking are used to enable the student to apply concepts learned to moral issues raised by contemporary professional practices. (3)

Scheduled for Spring 2018 Term 2

Financial Management: Introduces financial management for nonprofit organizations, focusing on the key principles and terminology needed by managers. Emphasizes financial accounting, budgeting, financial reports, and reporting cycles. Coursework includes case studies and a final project analyzing the fiscal status of a nonprofit agency or organization. (3) Swords to Plowshares Business PlanReaction Paper

Completed Fall 2016 Term 2

This class gave me an introduction to the financial side of a non-profit organization. Mr. Hernbroth was a great professor other than a minor incident that had occurred during the presidential election 2016. I think he explained our project well enough for us to execute and submit. I chose a non-profit organization in San Francisco that serves homeless military Veterans. I learned a lot about where the money comes from and how their employees get paid. I also learned how they budget to make sure they have the funds to keep helping the Veterans.

Community Leadership Practicum: Mentoring, in various forms, can be a key for community building and individual success. In this half unit course, students learn to recognize mentorship models, understand and implement the active listening process, explore and develop personal leadership skills relating to community and business, and demonstrate the ability to mentor through a practice model. (.50) Gallup Report Signature Themes

Completed January 20, 2018

Although this class was only one full weekend day, I learned a lot about myself. Ms. Santamria was so full of energy that it made the class go by quick even though it was from 9am – 4pm. The class gave me a sense of understanding of who and why I am the way I am. We took a survey that analyzed our Top 5 strengths and Ms. Santamaria explained each type for everyone in the class. It was interesting to see what my strengths were. 

Professional Development: Provides accelerated students with an interactive seminar exploring career management techniques including self-assessment, researching the world of work, decision-making and goal setting, and job search strategies. Students develop an individualized career management plan. (.50)

Not Yet Scheduled

Senior Seminar: This capstone course utilizes all key Human Services theories, concepts, and methods acquired through the coursework. Successful demonstrations of competencies are exhibited in case studies, analysis, group discussion, individual presentations, and community project work. (3)

Currently in Progress

Social Research Methods: Introduces the major techniques of social research to demystify the research process and increase competence in student’s ability to investigate ideas, concepts, and statistical data or literature. Proficiency is measured by performance in individual and collaborative group projects, individual written assignments, and a final research presentation. (3) BURNOUT Research Paper

Completed Summer 2017 Term 2

Dr. Patrick Arbore is just simply amazing. This course however, was the most difficult class I have ever taken at NDNU. From the beginning I felt lost, no matter how many times Dr. Arbore helped. He never gave up on me though and I owe him the world. My research final paper was based on Burnout. I myself, was burned out throughout the final paper!! I quite honestly believe I am not research material and the people who have a passion for research, I am inspired by them. They are my heroes.