Related Instruction

COCC Related Instruction requirements (Approved Academic Affairs 5/26/10)

All applied degrees and certificates of one year or more (36 credits or greater) must include identifiable related instruction.

Communications: Three credits in a writing course specified by the program (WR 065 thorough 100-level)

Computation: Three credits/30 contact hours of math content

Human Relations: A (minimum 3 cr) course from the approved human relations list (ANTH 103, BA 206, BA 285, FOR 211, GEOG 107, HS 162, HS 208, PSY 101, PSY 228, RMGT 130, SOC 201, SOC 206, SP 218); programs may require a specific course or subset of courses from the list.

Human Relations Criteria:

Criteria for Human Relations courses was developed by a task force of Academic Affairs and approved on January 14, 2011. Courses on the human relations list must be approved by the Curriculum Committee as meeting the following Outcomes and Criteria:

Outcomes: As a result of taking a designated Human Relations course, learners will be able to:

  • Collaborate with others to solve problems, manage conflict, and achieve goals while communicating effectively both verbally and nonverbally.
  • Demonstrate the behaviors associated with professionalism and leadership.
  • Critically analyze the role of human behavior (their own and others) within the contemporary professional environment.

Criteria: A course with the Human Relations designation will:

  1. Explore the role of diversity as it relates to understanding ones own perspectives and those of others especially as it pertains to the workplace setting.
  2. Provide opportunities to perform skills related to interpersonal, group, and social effectiveness and receive feedback on the performance of those skills.
  3. Support self-reflection as it relates to group collaboration, creativity, motivation, and personal success.
  4. Provide opportunities to practice leadership, negotiate conflict, make decisions, problem-solve, and manage change.

CCWD definition (source: CCWD Community College Handbook)

Programs of study for which applied or specialized associate degrees are granted, or programs of an academic year or more in length for which certificates are granted, must contain a recognizable body of instruction in program-related areas of 1) communication, 2) computation, and 3) human relations. Additional topics which should be covered as appropriate include safety, industrial safety, and environmental awareness. Instruction in the related instructional areas may be either embedded within the program curriculum or taught in blocks of specialized instruction. Each approach, however, must have clearly identified content that is pertinent to the general program of study.


NWCCU definition

2.C.9 ... Applied undergraduate degree and certificate programs of thirty (30) semester credits or forty-five (45) quarter credits in length contain a recognizable core of related instruction or general education with identified outcomes in the areas of communication, computation, and human relations that align with and support program goals or intended outcomes.