HDFS 492 - Seminar - Program Proposal Development

  • 3 credits

Research, development, and oral presentations of program proposals from a family systems and development perspective.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a human service program that reflects an appropriate synthesis of relevant developmental and/or lifespan theories in HDFS, contextual frameworks, and empirical research.
  • Evaluate and synthesize multiple forms of information relevant to the development of a human service program.
  • Write a professional-quality grant proposal that demonstrates effective written communication skills and APA skills for upper division courses in HDFS.
  • Create, prepare, and deliver two professional-quality presentations that demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate effective professional and leadership skills, including ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct, and effective skills in collaboration, problem solving, and goal setting.

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 350 (Applied Research Methods); EDUC 400 (Diagnostic Teaching of Reading). Major in Human Development and Family Studies or Early Childhood Education; completion of 90 credits.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    American Psychological Association
    ISBN: 978-1433805615
  • Winning Grants Step by Step*, 4th Ed.
    O'Neal-McElrath, Tori

*NOTE: E-book version is available for free download through Morgan Library.


Lilyana Ortega
Lilyana Ortega


Dr. Ortega is an assistant professor in the HDFS department. She has been at CSU for two years but previously taught at the University of Maine and CU Boulder. Dr. Ortega’s research interests include evaluation of prevention and intervention programs for high-risk youth and restorative justice approaches.

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