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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 0
Hours: 72 lecture per quarter (72 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The student will learn how to handle delays or changes in schedule calmly, and how to find solutions to these changes that may come up
  • Student will be able to utilize Google Maps or other resources to figure out routes and schedules


Introduction and practice of essential travel skills, such as reading bus/train schedules and maps, paying fares, boarding and exiting public transit, making transfers between the same or different modes of public transportation. Students will learn how to make judgments in various travel disruptions, use appropriate social and communication skills.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Utilize Google Maps or other online resources to figure out routes and schedules
B. Become familiar with the the process of utilizing different types of public transportation (e.g., how/where to buy a ticket or pass, how much money ticket or pass costs, etc.):
1. Buses
2. Trains
3. Light rail
4. Subway
C. Plan routes and estimate the time needed to arrive to destinations on time
D. Handle delays or changes in schedule

Course Content

A. Computer or Smart Phone Internet Skills
1. Web Browsing
2. Use of Search Engines
3. Familiarity with Public Transportation Websites and Posted Schedules
4. Use of Search Engine Map Applications
B. Use of Money, Credit Cards, and/or Debit Cards
1. Costs of Public Transportation
C. Time Management
1. Ability to Tell Time Using a Watch or Smart Phone
2. Determine How Much Time May be Needed to Arrive to Destinations on Time

Lab Content

A. Field trips taken out in the community utilizing different forms of public transportation:
1. Buses
2. Trains
3. Light-rail
4. Subway

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Accessible Classroom
B. Computers with Internet Access

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Hands-on practice with public transportation
1. Taking instructor-led trips with class utilizing public transportation
2. Taking trips on own, without instructor
B. Exhibiting mastery of skills taught by instructor
C. Demonstrating knowledge and successful use of different forms of public transportation

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Brief Discussion and/or Lecture
B. Demonstration
C. Field Trips

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Gallimore, Desirée. The Essential Guide to Safe Travel-Training for Children with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017.

Although published for children, this is a seminal text for public transit training.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments




Developmental Disabilities: DSPS,, Specialized Instruction (DSPS): Vocational Noncredit,, Specialized Instruction (DSPS): Noncredit