Online Courses

PSCN 10 - Career and Education Planning

Instructor: Chris Lee
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Course Description

Exploration of the concept of educational/career planning focusing on personal career development through self-assessment, psychological testing, and individual counseling. Emphasis on clarification of individual interests, values, needs, and abilities and investigation of occupational opportunities in the world of work. Designed for those undecided or uncertain about their career and educational plans. (May not receive credit if Psychology-Counseling 10A or 10B has been completed.)

To take this class, you must have daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and experience using a web browser. You will also need to utilize your college Zonemail account. Learn more about Zonemail.

Check the college catalog for CSU/UC transferability and to see if this course meets AA/AS degree requirements.

The instructor may drop students who miss the first meeting of a course. The first meeting of online or hybrid Distance Education courses is the first day of the class as specified in the class schedule listing. For these courses, instructors may drop students who do not log into their Blackboard course and/or complete indicated activities by the third day of classes. DE instructors may drop students if they have not submitted work and/or accessed the class for two consecutive weeks.

Students enrolled in PSCN 10 will be assessed a $27 materials fee at registration. Learn more about instructional materials fees.

This class begins Jan 19 and ends May 27.

On-Campus Meetings

There are no required on-campus meetings for this class. You can attend an OPTIONAL, on-campus orientation to Online Learning on Jan 13 from 1 - 2:30 pm or Jan 14 from 5:30 - 7 pm in Room 2410. A virtual session will be offered on the Internet on Jan 19 from 5:30-7 pm. Learn more about these orientations, which are NOT course-specific.

How This Class Operates

This is not a self-paced course; you will be expected to complete assignments by the due dates typical of a face-to-face course.

This class is divided into modules, and each module contains various activities. All of the modules will be accessible from the Course Materials area, but you will only be able to access typically two modules at a time. Each module lasts approximately two weeks but you will be required to submit your blog entries the first week and then your comments on other students' blogs during the second week of each module. E.g., you submit your comments on other students' blogs AFTER the blog entries deadline.

Please make sure to give yourself enough lead time to complete each module. You can always save your work on your own computer in advance and then submit them when you are ready. Do not wait until the last minute to work on your blogs or other assignments because each module is scheduled to close exactly at 11:59 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on the due date.

Communications for this class will be via email and blogs.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • better understand your own personal traits and characteristics through the identification and analysis of personality, interests, skills and abilities;
  • define and use elements of the career decision-making process;
  • locate and analyze occupational and educational information and resources;
  • integrate course components and formulate a tentative career plan.

Please note that students enrolled in PSCN 10 will be assessed a $27 materials fee at registration.

Class Activities

The class activities may include:

  • Module A (Introduction) Tasks & Quiz
  • Module Blogs (posting a blog entry and then providing comments/feedback on other students' blog entries)
  • MBTI and SII Career Assessments
  • MicroSkills Report
  • Resume Writing & Peer Review of Resumes
  • Informational Interview Summary
  • Mock Interview Responses & Peer Review of Interview responses
  • Final Exam

How Students are Graded

Divide your total points earned by the total points possible to determine overall percentage of course points earned. For example, if you earn a total of 568 points then you will divide 568 by 635 (568/635) that would result in a B grade (89.45%). Grades are based on the standard below:

89.50% - 100% = A
79.50 - 89.49% = B
65.50 - 79.49% = C
50.50 - 65.49% = D
Below 50.50% = F

This scenario assumes that you complete your final exam. Failure to complete the final exam will result in a full lower grade (e.g., from a B to a C).

Succeeding in an Online Course

Students who succeed in online courses tend to be independent, self-motivated learners with good computer skills. If you are a procrastinator who relies heavily on the instructor for motivation, can't use a computer too well, have taken less than 21 units of college credit in your lifetime, and/or have a grade-point-average under 2.0, you should probably consider enrolling in a face-to-face course instead.

Also, don't enroll in this class if you believe the myth that learning online requires less effort than learning face-to-face. This course covers the same content and has similar activities as the face-to-face version of the course; only the method of delivery changes.

LPC offers a tutorial called "Succeeding in an online course" that will not only tell you if you are a good fit for online learning, but it also offers many strategies -- among other pertinent information -- that will help you succeed online. Please complete the tutorial.


This course will use the Blackboard course management system as its virtual classroom. To learn how to log in to Blackboard, go to the Blackboard Login Procedures page. Once you enroll, you will not be able to log in until the first day of class.

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Page last modified: April 25, 2017