HSDD 6000 – Developmental Disabilities Masters Research Project
Semester and Year: Winter 2023

I. Course Information
Semester and Year: Winter 2023
Course Start and End Dates: 01/04/2023 – 04/30/2023
Course CRN and Section: 31049 – L02
Building and Room: Online Venue – CANVAS

II. Instructor Information
Professor: Adela Beckerman Fontana
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 954-675-3723

If the instructor cannot be reached, please contact the Department offering this course.

III. Class Schedule and Location
Day Date Time Location Building/Room

01/04/2023 – 04/30/2023 Programs On-line Online Venue-CANVAS

IV. Course Description
In this course, students are expected to work with a faculty member advisor to complete a research
project in which they will design a social service program targeting individuals with developmental
disabilities or will evaluate an existing program that serves developmentally delayed individuals. Program
design and evaluation methodology, analytic thinking, and writing skills will be infused throughout the
curriculum to prepare students to complete this research project. Specific deadlines will be provided so that
the student can complete the project in a timely manner. Prerequisite: HSDD 5000.

V. Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes
1) Apply knowledge in a specific area within the field of developmental disabilities by conducting a
research project consisting of either a program design or program evaluation.
2) Gain experience in designing or evaluating a program within the field of developmental disabilities.

VI. Materials and Resources
Book Url: NSU Book Store
Course Required Texts and Materials:
American Psychological Association. (2019). Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association (7th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. ISBN: 978-1-4338-3217-8
Calley, N. (2010). Program Development in the 21st Century: An Evidence-Based Approach to
Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. Sage Publications:Thousand Oaks.
Course Supplemental Materials:
Bolman, L.G. and Deal, T.E. (2008). Reframing Organizations, (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-

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Fitzpatrick, J. L., Sanders, J. R., and Worthen, B. R. (2010). Program evaluation: Alternative
approaches and practical guidelines (4th ed.). Prentice Hall.
Greenberg, J. (2005). Managing behavior in organizations. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson
Harvey, C. and Allard, J. (2005) Understanding and managing diversity (3rd ed.) NJ: Pearson-
Prentice Hall.
Heifetz, R. (2003) Leadership without easy answers. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Kettner, P. M., Moroney, R. M.,

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