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Family & Consumer Science Office is located in John MUIR 157  (West Campus)   575-6343                         

  • Monday - Fridays, 8:30 - 5:30   

FALL 2017 

FAMLF 131 (Click here to go to the syllabus and course page)

** Sect #4139:  Tues, 8:45 - 11:50 am, MUIR 155 (West)

** Sect #4157:  Tues, 1:30 - 4:35  pm,  MUIR 163 (West)                                                   

CLICK here for.....  FALL 2017 Updated SYLLABUS 


** WEEK 16      DEC. 12, 2017     FINALS ARE HERE!

 * * * Final Exam: Sect 4139 - 8:15 am, Muir 155; Sect. 4157 - 1:00, Muir 163.

 $$$ Multiple Choice Option (45 questions); no textbook; Scantron 882-e (or back side of first exam Scantron) and dark pencil. Class Evaluation(written), 3-5 min. (5 pts.)

* FAMFL 131 FINAL EXAM Study Guide

### Oral Essay Option:  Students will prepare response to ONE of questions from top of Chaps. 15, 16, or 17.  May use outline/notes to orally state your position/response and supporting statements, data, studies, etc. to prove your points ; no textbook. Must use 3 references, 1 of which can be personal; other 2 from textbook. MUST KEEP in First Person perspective.  Finish with brief summary/conclusion.  You will not be reading your essay.  I will allow the student 2 chances (with my questions) to ensure that you are meeting the criteria, that is, naming your references, giving examples, supporting your key points, etc. Should not exceed 3-4 minutes...... Max points: 35. 

Students opting for Oral essay will be assigned individual time slots, requested and confirmed via email. Hence, you will show up for your "Final" at that time slot, take the 3 - 5 min. written Class Evaluation (5 pts.), and proceed with your presentation.  Appointed time slot may not exceed 12 minutes. 

* Professor's Note: Have determined that a 45 question (instead of 50) multiple choice format is a more comparable measure to an Oral Essay for 35 points. Both formats take some study and preparation; both have a small margin of error to stay at 90% or above.  If Oral Essay presentations do not meet criteria after Instructor has granted 2 questions of clarification, support, etc., point total will drop to 31.5 or below.  Multiple choice point totals  falling below 40.5 will be comparably noted.



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Family Interview assignment here; DUE 12/05,*.  Here are links to sample questions:  Family History Interview questions here.      More Family History Sample questions here.  Family Tree sample questions here. * Pease disregard dates noted in link.  25 points

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 The Wisdom of  Fred Rogers...

"There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth".                                                    


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Welcome to FAMILY LIFE 131! 










Professor Karen Wells with Mom, son and two granddaughters; photo taken June 2004, 5 months before her Mom died.

What is Family? What is a generation? What is your family of origin? Of procreation? Does everyone have a family?  And who gets to tell the story of the family?  There is a great quote that may be anonymous, but Sesame Street of PBS thrives with these words: "A child's story is yet to be told".

The Family Life 131 course embraces the paradigm of the family "story", its identification and composition, and its evolving structure in today's American society. MJC's Family & Consumer Science Division and Professor Wells invite the students to participate with a willingness to look closely at other perspectives while giving credence to their own experiential knowledge of the family story. It is hoped to be a most worthwhile learning endeavor here at MJC.  Welcome!


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