LIFE CONNECTIONS COURSE SYLLABUS
COURSE DESCRIPTION This is a one-credit course. This course focuses on practical problems
related to nurturing human development throughout the life span and life cycle. Course content
provides opportunities for students to explore basic needs of individuals regarding human growth and
development; stages across the life span; career planning; dating and marriage; financial
management; parenting decisions; relationship adjustments; middle-age, retirement issues, and
intergenerational living; balancing work, family, and community responsibilities; improving the quality
of life, community resources and services; technology; and careers related to families as they
progress through the life cycle. Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), an
integral part of the curriculum, provides opportunities to apply instructional competencies and
workplace readiness skills, enhances leadership development skills, and provides opportunities for
PROGRAM NAME Family and Consumer Science
Strengthening the well-being of individuals and families across the life span.
Becoming responsible citizens and leaders in family, community, and work settings.
Promoting optimal nutrition and wellness across the life span.
Managing resources to meet the needs of individuals and families.
Balancing personal, home, family, and work lives.
Using critical- and creative-thinking skills to address problems in family, community, and
Managing life, employment, and career development successfully.
Functioning effectively as providers and consumers of goods and services.
Appreciating human worth and accepting responsibility fro one’s actions and success in
family and work life.
Enhancing intellectual development and maximizing potential.
1. How does each stage of the life cycle build on the previous stage to determine the ultimate
outcome of an individual over a life span?
2. What factors should be considered in the beginning stage of the life cycle in order to be a
productive member of society and successfully progress into the next cycle?
3. What challenges do prospective parents face in the 21st century?
4. How can you make a workable plan to be an effective parent?
5. What are the biggest adjustments for parents when children leave home?
6. What are the responsibilities of parents in preparing their children to leave home?
7. What impact does the “empty nest” have on parents?
8. How does intergenerational living impact individuals and families throughout the life cycle?
9. What are the effects of divorce on families?
10. What criteria would you use to create a retirement plan?
11. What are the signs of aging in older adults?
12. What housing options are available for older adults?
13. What care options are available for older adults?
14. What strategies are necessary to balance multiple roles in the home and achieve success in
15. What personal qualities contribute to healthy relations with family, friends, and co-workers?
16. What is the significance of work for self, family, and society?
17. Explain why you think technology makes life simpler or more complex.
18. What career options are related to how individuals and families progress through the life cycle?
I. Human Development
III. Balancing work and family
IV. Intergenerational living
1. Graphic illustration that depicts the correlation of the family life cycle.
2. Student developed career plan, portfolio and resume based on personal interests and abilities.
3. Management Guidebook on how to best manage resources in the beginning stage of the life cycle.
4. Parenting Handbook based on the stages of child development, including responsibilities and rewards
of each stage.
5. Graphic organizer that illustrates good time management, appropriate decision-making skills, goal
setting, responsibility and independence.
6. Creative writing assignment describing marital adjustments in the launching stage.
7. Written letter that offers help and support during a difficult family situation.
8. Essay on the effects of divorce on family members.
9. Children’s book on dealing with divorce of their parents.
10. PowerPoint on stages of grief.
11. FCCLA community service project
12. Personal organizer to help maintain a healthy balance in daily life.
13. Career Resource Binder
14. Essay on impact of technology on individuals and families throughout the life cycle.
ASSESSMENT PRECEDURES Grading Scale
Student’s work will be evaluated approximately as follows: 90% - 100% = A Excellence
Daily participation 25% 80% - 89% = B Above average
Assigned written work (notebook) 25% 70% - 79 % = C Average
Assigned projects (group and individual) 25% 60% - 69% = D Below average
Quizzes and tests 25% 0% - 59% = F Poor
CAREER TECH STUDENT ORGANIZATION
FCCLA, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
AVAILABLE STUDENT INDUSTRY CREDENTIALS
AAFCS Pre-Professional Assessments – Personal and Family Finance, Broad Field Family
and Consumer Sciences, and/or Family Services