PERSONAL GROWTH 130 SYLLABUS – Spring, 2020
Career & Life Planning
Dates: 2/3 – 3/28/20, 8 weeks
Location: Fully Online
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but
the really great ones make you feel that you too can become great”. – Mark Twain
Erin Charlens, Ed.D.
firstname.lastname@example.org (contact via the Communication tool in Canvas is
much preferred for online courses).
Office: (619) 388-3796
Course Description: This course is designed to assist students with self-exploration, career
transitions and career-life planning in order to achieve success in a diverse society. Critical
thinking skills will be utilized through a systematic approach to career development by
examining values, interests, skills, life roles, personality type, personal self-management,
decision-making and goal-setting throughout the life span. The course is designed for new and
re-entry students and others who can benefit. Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU. CSU
General Education, Area E.
Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be
1. Assess personal characteristics such as values, skills, interests, life roles and personality
through a variety of assessment techniques, and explain how this information may yield
effective career and life decisions.
2. Identify and utilize specific job search techniques.
3. Explore and apply career development information through the use of technology.
4. Analyze several occupational decision-making models and implement a specific model for a
5. Examine and explain how specific job acquisition skills can be utilized to obtain
6. Demonstrate successful collaborative workplace and group setting behaviors through
7. Identify the physiological and psychological indicators for managing conflict in the
8. Understand how to utilize your strengths for the benefit of your organization and all
9. Set challenging yet attainable SMART personal and career goals.
COURSE SUPPLIES: There is no textbook required for this course. Outside materials will be
used at the discretion of the instructor. You will need access to a printer in order to complete
specified assignments in this course.
CONTACTING THE INSTRUCTOR: The best way to reach me is by using the communication
feature here in Canvas. I will do my best to respond to your message within 24-48 hours. If I
do not respond please re-send your message as I may have not received it. Note: I do not
regularly check Canvas messages on the weekends so please plan accordingly. If you have a
general question about the course that may not be answered in the syllabus, feel free to use
the Q&A discussion board thread (located under DISCUSSIONS) and post your question there.
Others may benefit from your question as well so I will post my response there.
PARTICIPATION: Participation in the online classroom environment is essential and mandatory
and will impact your final grade for this course. Your comments on the discussion board, along
with the submission of your assignments, is considered participation. Note: It is the
instructor’s discretion to drop/withdraw a student who is not participating weekly in the
online classroom environment.
NETIQUETTE GUIDELINES: Respectful behavior is expected of everyone in our online learning
environment. Please read the Netiquette Guidelines available at the following link: http://
ACCESSIBILITY OF COURSE MATERIAL: Every effort has been made to make this course
accessible to all of our participants, including participants with disabilities. If you encounter a
problem accessing anything in this course, please contact me as soon as possible so that I may
work immediately to remedy this situation.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT: All students are expected to follow the City College Student
Code of Conduct stated in the college catalog.
CHEATING/PLAGIARISM: Students are expected to be honest and ethical at all times in the
pursuit of academic goals. Students who are found to be in violation of Administrative
Procedure 3100.3 Honest Academic Conduct, will receive a grade of zero on the assignment,
quiz, or exam in question and may be referred for disciplinary action in accordance with
Administrative Procedure 3100.2, Student Disciplinary Procedures.
COURSE ORGANIZATION & TIMELINE: The Canvas course content is divided into 8 learning
modules, one for each week of the course. The following learning modules will guide you
through the course:
Week of 2/3
Introduction, Syllabus Review, and Community Building: This first
week you will be introduced to the course, the requirements, the
course organization and you will begin to introduce yourself to your
Week of 2/10 Career Development Theory: We will begin reading articles that
explain different career development theories to better understand
the development process in making career decisions.
Week of 2/17 Introduction to Career Assessments: What are your interests? What
lifestyle do you prefer? You will begin to understand how your skills,
values, interests, and personality relate to possible careers.
Week of 2/24 A Deeper Dive into Your Personality Type: You will be able to
identify your personality type and how it impacts your career/major
Week of 3/2
Exploring Labor Market Research: Labor market research is a tool to
help inform your career choices. Such career research is critical to
understanding if there will be employers seeking your education and
skills as you prepare to enter into the labor market.
Week of 3/9
Planning Your Career & Education: Introduction to Certificates,
Associate Degrees, and Transfer Options at San Diego City College.
Learn about factors to consider when choosing transfer colleges.
Emotional Intelligence & Effective Communication: Introduction to
Emotional Intelligence and communication strategies to maximize
Week of 3/16 Employment Strategies: How can you increase your chances for
employment after graduation? Learn more about resumes,
interviews, informational interviews and other strategies to help you
prepare for your job and/or career.
Week of 3/23 Planning & Course Reflection: This last week we will look at
planning your next steps in your career development journey and an
overall course reflection.
COURSE ACTIVITIES: Each week you will complete one or more of the following activities:
a) Read material in Learning Modules: Each module contains pages of content. In order to
complete the other activities in the course, participants must read the material in the
b) Participate in Discussion Forums: Interaction takes place in the discussion forums by
answering assigned focused questions. These should be completed in the order in which they
are encountered in the modules. Discussions will occur nearly every week.
c) Complete Journal Entries: As you read an assigned article or other reflective material, you
will be required to submit a journal entry. You will enter your responses in the Journal
Assignment page on Canvas.
d) Complete chapter activities/assignments: You will complete assignments including online
career assessments and other activities.
AVAILABILITY OF LEARNING MATERIAL ONLINE: In order to maintain a collaborative learning
environment, learning modules will become available on a weekly basis. Modules will typically
be released on Monday by 12 noon of the assigned week, and will be due at the end of the
week on Sunday before midnight unless otherwise specified.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: To maintain the integrity of the course, consistency of
assignments, and fairness to all, NO LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED with the exception
of verifiable, emergent situations. If you experience an unexpected emergency, please
contact me as soon as possible, prior to the due date of the assignment so that we may
discuss how to proceed. Each assignment will come with specific submission instructions.
Depending on the assignment, you may have the option to enter your text submission directly
into the assignment, upload a file, or attach a Google Doc. Please note that if you choose to
upload a file, only .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf formats will be accepted. Please do not use
iPages or any other format as they may not be readable in the Canvas system.
GRADING: Your grade will be determined on a standard grading scale based on the total
possible points at the end of the semester.
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = 59% and below
COURSE EVALUATION MEASURES:
• Introduction & Icebreaker Discussion Forum: 10 points
• Super’s Career Development Theory Case Study Discussion Forum: 20 points
• MyPlan and Personal Values Journal: 30 points
• MBTI Personality Assessment and Journal: 30 points
• Occupational Exploration Worksheets: 30 points (15 points each)
• Career Research Journal Entry: 20 points
• Educational Planning Journal Entry: 15 points
• Emotional Intelligence & Effective Communication Journal: 30 points
• Interviewing Discussion Forum: 15 points
• Resume Draft: 30 points
• Personal Reflection Paper: 75 points
The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus as necessary. Students will
be advised of any changes in a timely manner.
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