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COUNS 110 - Career- Life Planning - Susan Ling

Course:Career- Life Planning
Professor:Susan Ling
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Dear Student, 

 Hello and welcome to Counseling 110 - Career and Life Planning. If you ever wondered what kind of career path would be a good fit for you or questioned what your future looks like after college, then you are in the right place. This class will provide you with the career exploration and planning process. We will be taking part in different career assessments to learn more about yourself, your strengths, interests, skills, abilities, values and work preferences while researching the world of work to see where you may fit in best. Even if you know your major, this course will help you to clarify your occupational choices and confirm your decisions. 

 I look forward to working with you this semester to help you with the process and steps of your career planning journey.

Although this class is 100% online you can reach me through email and we can connect online through Zoom. 

Course Description

Career & Life Planning 110 introduces self-assessment tools to identify college majors and careers by clarifying interests, skills, abilities, values and personality type. Students will examine the decision-making process, self-management, life roles and goal setting. Includes a review of labor market trends, career research, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter writing and job search strategies. 

Online classes may appear easy, but students are often surprised by the amount of work these courses require. You need to stay highly motivated and organized to do well in this course. This course moves quickly, and students are required to take lengthy career assessments.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the career planning and decision-making process
  2. Find a career path and/or major consistent with individual skills, values, interests, and personality style
  3. Recognize the skills needed to succeed in a particular occupational field
  4. Gain cover letter, resume writing, and interviewing skills
  5. Have a better understanding of oneself

What to Expect in this Course

During the semester we will be participating in student led discussion posts. All students will interact with classmates through online discussions each week related to the current unit being discussed. There is also individual homework assignments covering course materials, handouts, online research and assessments. 

Types of Assessments

Homework assignments, discussion board posts, unit quizzes, career assessment reflections.

Textbook Information

We will be using Open Educational Resources (OER) materials for this course, which is a free digital textbook. A digital copy will be listed in Canvas. 

Other Relevant Course Information

We will be using Canvas as our online classroom. Be sure to complete the Canvas orientation to help you familiarize yourself with this online learning tool.

You will be expected to log into Canvas throughout each week in order to keep up with weekly discussion boards and assignments. I will post announcements, assignments, and discussion prompts at the beginning of each week for you to participate in by the end of the week. Keep in mind that all assignments and discussions must be completed by the posted due dates and late assignments will only be considered for half-credit.

**You are required to login to our course in Canvas by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) on Wednesday of the first week of the class and complete the Introduction Discussion Board post to introduce yourself to the class. 

If you do not complete this assignment by the deadline, you will be dropped from this course.  It is not enough to login to the Canvas course, you must also complete the discussion board activity to be counted as present in the course.

I highly recommend you take a look at the online tutorials provided on the COC Canvas site, to assist you in being a successful online student:

Canvas Login Information:

To log into Canvas, go to the website and click on the Canvas icon at the top of the page: Canvas logo

Once you log into Canvas, you should change your password to something unique that you will remember. Your password does not reset to ?student? each semester. 


Your MyCanyons Username (for example jdsmith)




Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 06/07/2021 Sub#: 218