Worsham Course Descriptions

Funeral Program Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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ACCT 325 ACCOUNTING I / 1 credit
An introduction to the basic accounting principles, procedures, concepts and basic language used by employees and managers.

ACCT 350 ACCOUNTING II / 1 credit
A continuation of Accounting I, concentrating upon the application of accounting data in financial analysis.

BIOL 320 ANATOMY I / 2 credits
An introduction to basic human anatomy, with special emphasis upon cells, tissues, organs, the skeletal system and its articulations, as well as various definitional terms.

BIOL 330 MICROBIOLOGY I / 2 credits
An introduction to microbiology focusing upon definitional terms, classification and evolutionary history of microorganisms, the anatomy of bacteria, and environmental factors that favor the growth of bacteria.

BIOL 340 ANATOMY II / 2 credits
A continuation of Anatomy I, with concentration upon the muscular and nervous systems. The study of the muscular system will include the types of muscle tissues, the anatomy of a muscle, and identification with regard to location and function of muscles of the human body.

BIOL 350 MICROBIOLOGY II / 2 credits
A continuation of Microbiology I, with concentration upon the various methods of studying microorganisms, the physical and chemical methods of control, epidemiology, and the specific and non-specific defense mechanisms of the body.

BIOL 365 PATHOLOGY I / 2 credits
An introduction to the immune system, and how disease affects the human body.

BIOL 420 ANATOMY III / 1 credit
A continuation of Anatomy II, with concentration upon the circulatory system including blood, coagulation, the heart and identification and location of the blood vessels of the human body. The course also includes a study of the lymphatic and respiratory systems with emphasis on the organs involved.

BIOL 425 ANATOMY LABORATORY I / 1 credit
In this course the student will be expected to dissect and identify the major anterior and posterior muscles, blood vessels and nerves.

This course is conducted at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

BIOL 430 MICROBIOLOGY III / 2 credits
A continuation of Microbiology II, focusing upon the bacterial diseases and procedures to ensure the safety of the public as well as the funeral service professional.

BIOL 440 ANATOMY IV / 1 credit
A continuation of Anatomy III. Emphasis is placed upon the anatomy and functions of the digestive, respiratory, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems.

BIOL 445 ANATOMY LABORATORY II / 1 credit
Utilizing a human anatomical specimen, the student will be expected to correctly identify the major parts and structures of the heart and internal organs.

This course is conducted at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

BIOL 450 MICROBIOLOGY IV / 2 credits
A continuation of Microbiology III, focusing upon viruses, fungi, protozoa and helminths.

BIOL 465 PATHOLOGY II / 2 credits
A continuation of Pathology I. Concentrates upon the various systems of the body and its disorders.

BIOL 475 PATHOLOGY III / 2 credits
This courses is intended to inform the student of the relationship between the cause of death and its impact upon the embalming procedure.

CHEM 320 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I / 1 credit
An introductory course focusing upon the basic principles of matter, atomic theory, periodic relationships and chemical reactions.

CHEM 340 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY II / 1 credit
A continuation of Inorganic Chemistry I, concentrating on the basic principles of solutions, colloids, and acid/base concentrations.

CHEM 420 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY / 1 credit
An introduction to Organic Chemistry, focusing upon the identification of functional groups and definitions of biochemical groups.

CHEM 440 EMBALMING CHEMISTRY / 1 credit
An introduction to Embalming Chemistry. Discussions encompass decomposition and embalming, including the composition, function, and precautions necessary when using chemical fluids during the embalming process.

COMM 310 SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS I / 1 credit
An introduction to the art and science of communicating. This course will define communications and give students an understanding of the characteristics and elements involved in the communication process. A study of communications as it relates to the funeral service environment will be examined.

COMM 320 SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS II / 1 credit
This course offers the students practical instruction on how to speak effectively in public and an introduction to the basic principles of speech communication. There is step-by-step advice on how to prepare and present a eulogy. Public speaking links the speaker, listener, language, occasion and the overall communication environment. The value of speech training in the development of the total person, and specifically the funeral service professional, is stressed.

COMM 410 SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS III / 1 credit
This course provides a practical introduction to the principles and skills of effective communication in business and professional settings. It focuses on various face-to-face and written communication activities such as resumes, interviewing, groups and meetings, and listening skills.

COMM 420 ETIQUETTE / 1 credit
This course introduces and examines contemporary etiquette practices. It focuses on the business, social, and ceremonial field of manners and behavior. Etiquette and decorum relevant to the funeral service profession is examined.

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FSSA 301 FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS / 2 credits
This course introduces the student to the role of the funeral director, specifically educating the families they serve of the various choices available, during the arrangement conference.

FSSA 310 FUNERAL DIRECTING I / 1 credit
An introduction to death certificates, burial permits and the various types of burial allowances available. Additionally, the student will become acquainted with the duties and responsibilities of the funeral director.

FSSA 311 HISTORY OF FUNERAL SERVICE I / 1 credit
An introduction to the customs, beliefs, and the people who influenced funeral service beginning with the Egyptians and concluding with the present.

FSSA 320 FUNERAL DIRECTING II / 1 credit
An introduction to funeral service merchandising, definitional terms and pricing techniques will be explored.

FSSA 321 HISTORY OF FUNERAL SERVICE II / 1 credit
An introduction to the customs, beliefs, and the people who influenced funeral service beginning with the Egyptians and concluding with the present.

FSSA 330 EMBALMING I / 2 credits
An orientation and introduction to the art and science of modern embalming, covering its definition, necessity, legal, moral and sanitary aspects; a survey of the equipment, instruments and accessory embalming materials.

FSSA 335 RESTORATIVE ART I / 2 credits
In this course the student is introduced to the basic concepts,the study of the bones of the skull and face, the muscles of facial form and expression as well as subcutaneous tissues.

FSSA 340 EMBALMING II / 2 credits
A detailed study of the blood vessels most commonly used during the embalming process, the procedure and method of arterial embalming, the dilution, distribution and diffusion of arterial embalming solutions and the types and functions of embalming chemicals.

FSSA 345 RESTORATIVE ART II / 2 credits
The student will concentrate on the natural and acquired facial markings, as well as the anatomy and physiognomy of the ear, nose, mouth and eye.

FSSA 410 FUNERAL DIRECTING III / 2 credits
This course examines the various religious and fraternal customs associated with the funeral.

FSSA 420 FUNERAL DIRECTING IV / 2 credits
This course examines the Federal Trade Commission's Funeral Rule, as well as the major funeral service associations.

FSSA 430 EMBALMING III / 1 credit
A study of typical obstacles encountered in the embalming process' Special procedures for embalming autopsied cases will also be discussed.

FSSA 431 EMBALMING LABORATORY I / 1 credit
This course involves the practical application of the principles and techniques of modern embalming procedures in a controlled laboratory environment. The student is afforded maximum opportunity for learning through direct contact.

This course is conducted at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

FSSA 435 RESTORATIVE ART III / 1 credit
The techniques of restorative treatment both in general and as applied to specific restoration problems are fully presented with emphasis upon adaptation to the individual case.

FSSA 436 RESTORATIVE ART LABORATORY I / 1 credit
A practical laboratory application of the principles learned in Restorative Art I and II. Students apply the modeling techniques to reproduce, in clay, the four features of the human face, namely; the ear, nose, mouth and eye.

FSSA 440 EMBALMING IV / 1 credit
This course focuses upon the transfer and embalming of contagious and infectious cases with some consideration of the techniques of "waterless" embalming.

FSSA 441 EMBALMING LABORATORY II / 1 credit
This course is a continuation of Embalming Laboratory I, involving the practical application of the principles and techniques of modern embalming procedures in a controlled laboratory environment. The student is afforded maximum opportunity for learning through direct contact.

This course is conducted at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

FSSA 345 RESTORATIVE ART IV / 1 credit
The importance and use of color in its application to restorative art and funeral service is studied, including the Prang System of color combinations and harmonies both in pigments and illumination.

FSSA 346 RESTORATIVE ART LABORATORY II / 1 credit
Development of the skills acquired in Restorative Art Laboratory I are enhanced. Students are issued a Plaster of Paris skull, with which the student is required to model, in clay, a photograph of their choosing.

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LEOB 305 BUSINESS LAW I / 2 credits
An introduction to the law and a basic overview of the American system of jurisprudence with emphasis upon business law and a study of the requirements, formation and enforcement of contracts.

LEOB 315 BUSINESS LAW II / 2 credits
An overview of the law of sales and negotiable instrumentswith regard to the Uniform Commercial Code.

LEOB 405 FUNERAL SERVICE LAW / 2 credits
An introductory course with concentration upon the law relating to the disposition of the deceased, rights and duties of the funeral director, and a study of wills and inheritance.

LEOB 415 BUSINESS LAW III / 2 credits
An introduction to the law regarding various forms of business organization including agency, partnership, incorporation and ownership and possession of property.

MGSC 415 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT I / 2 credits
An introduction to the role and function of small business in the United States. Discussions focus upon what is involved in initiating and/or purchasing a small business. The course also covers general management technique and theory as it relates to the funeral service profession.

MGSC 425 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT II / 1 credit
This course focuses upon the responsibilities and functions of a manager, with special emphasis on managerial guidelines specific to funeral service.

MGSC 426 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS / 1 credit
An introductory course utilizing Microsoft Windows and various programs specific to funeral service.

PSYC 325 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY / 2 credits
An introduction to the physiological and psychological dimensions of human emotions, especially related to grief.

PSYC 355 FUNERAL SERVICE COUNSELING / 2 credits
This course acquaints the student with the nature and various approaches to counseling, as well as recognizing when a family member requires the assistance of one specifically trained in psychology.

PSYC 425 PSYCHOLOGY OF GRIEF / 2 credits
The psychology of grief is explored, studying the impact and special needs of the family unit when a parent or child dies.

PHIL 125 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS I / 1 credit
A discussion class focusing upon the role of the funeral director, both ethically and morally, when dealing with colleagues as well as the families they serve.

PHIL 350 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS II / 1 credit
A continuation of Professional Ethics I, with concentration upon the role of the funeral director in employee/employer relations.

SOCL 405 SOCIOLOGY / 2 credits
An introduction to the study of culture, the nature of groups, rituals, institutions & their impact upon families in bereavement.