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COUNS 110 - Career Life Planning - Sylvia Tran

Course:Career Life Planning
Professor:Sylvia Tran
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Welcome to COUNS 110! 

I am excited that you have registered for this class! This class is all about YOU! You will be given the tools to explore your career interest and goals. At the end of this class, you will be able to assess and evaluate personal characteristics including your skills, values, interests, abilities and personality traits as it applies to academic, career and personal decisions throughout one’s lifespan.

This course will provide you with the skills necessary to find the "best fit" career(s) for you. The goal of this course is to assist you in the decision making process of selecting the "best fit" career path for you. You will engage in the journey of self assessment, exploration, and research.  

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

Course Description

This course introduces self-assessment tools to identify college majors and careers by clarifying interests, skills, values, and personality type. Students also examine the decision-making process, self-management, life roles and goal setting. It includes a review of labor market trends, career research, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter writing, and job search strategies.  

What to Expect in this Course

Learning is an active process and during each class you are expected to engage in activities that relate to the topic via discussion boards.  Be ready to share about your experiences and provide sound feedback to others.     

You will have weekly discussion boards, readings, and assignments that will be due on Wednesday and Sunday of each week. Therefore, to be successful in this class, you will need to log on to Canvas on Monday/Wednesday/Sunday (at minimum) to ensure that you do not fall behind. No late assignments will be accepted. 

IMPORTANT: Attendance is required the first week when this class begin. Therefore, to confirm your attendance in this class, you will need to submit a discussion board post on or before Wednesday of the first week when class begin. Failure to do, you will be dropped from the class. 

Technology Required: Webcam, access to Canvas, web browser, microphone, laptop/computer, Microsoft Word

Types of Assessments

All students will be required to participate in weekly discussion boards, assignments, and readings.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

We will be using Open Educational Resources (OER) materials for this course! There is no cost to you as a student-all the materials necessary for this course are FREE to you and will be available through Canvas in an online format. If you wish to purchase the Counseling 110 OER text in a hard copy format, you will be able to do so in the bookstore for a small fee.

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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 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: 06/09/2021 Sub#: 243