I. Course Prefix/Number: ECS 102
Course Name: ECS 102
Credits: 1: 1: 0
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
o Demonstrate effective communication techniques.
o Differentiate between person centered care and the medical model of care.
o Discuss the positive benefits of person-centered communication.
o Describe legal and ethical responsibilities in caring for elders.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
o Elements of communication
o Effective communication techniques
o Barriers to communication with Elders.
o Reminiscing/life stories.
o Privacy & Confidentiality issues.
o Professional boundaries/therapeutic communication
o Elder Rights
o Observations/communicating changes
o Principles of Person- Centered Care
o Concepts Person-Centered Care
a. Self determination
b. Individual needs
c. Ability focused
d. Person before task
e. Individualized choices
f. Relationship building
g. Holistic focused
h. Spontaneous activities
o Communication using person centered concepts.
o Communication approaches assisting with ADL’s
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Requirements for Use: DVD player, computer. Course will be taught as face-to-face with an optional media-based component.
IX. Instructional Materials
Media-based components, both television-viewable and computer-readable DVDs, will allow students to access complementary instructional materials at personally convenient times and places. Books will be referenced similar to: How to Say It to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders by David Solie
In the Arms of Elders: A Parable of Wise Leadership and Community Building by William H. Thomas, MD
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.