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COUNS 110 - Career-Life Planning - Dr. Anh Nguyen

Course:Career-Life Planning
Professor:Dr. Anh Nguyen
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Welcome to Counseling 110! I'm very excited to have you in my class and look forward to helping you achieve success in your academic, personal, and professional lives. Congratulations on taking the first step toward setting goals for your future career and professional lives by registering in this class. I am here to help support you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this class.

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.  It includes a review of labor market trends, career research, interviewing skills, resume and cover letter writing and job search strategies.

Prerequisites: None                                                                 Transferability: CSU

Course Objective

To assist students as they examine their major and career options.  The goal is for students to have a better understanding of what they want to major in and what their future career plans are.  Course objectives include:

  • Understanding the career planning and decision making process
  • Finding a career path and/or major consistent with individual skills, values, interests, and personality style
  • Recognizing the skills needed to succeed in a particular occupational field
  • Gaining resume writing and interviewing skills
  • Having a better understanding of oneself

Student Learning Outcome

At the end of this course, it is expected that students who have actively participated and completed all assignments will be able to:

  • Assess and evaluate personal characteristics including their skills, values, interests, abilities and personality traits as they apply to academic, career, and personal decisions throughout one's lifespan. 

What to Expect in this Course

This is a 100% ONLINE course with no in-person meetings required. In this class, it is expected that you complete all assignments online (including but not limited to lectures, videos, discussions, and quizzes) using COC’s course management system, CANVAS.  In order to participate in this class, you must have access to a computer, internet services, and a web cam or scanner. We will be utilizing photo/video devices and/or online audio devices so that you can post recordings, videos, and/or photos as part of your assignments when needed. All communication is through CANVAS announcements, email, and/or discussion boards.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE COUNSELING COURSES. It is important to have good self-management skills and self-discipline to keep up with the assignments in order to be successful in this online class. Just like in a traditional classroom, you are expected to PARTICIPATE, SHOW UP (ONLINE), AND DO THE WORK. You will be expected to participate in discussions each week and complete all quizzes, exams, journals, and projects as scheduled.

This course will be available in CANVAS on the first day of the academic term. You must log into CANVAS on the first day of the term to avoid being dropped from the class. Thereafter, you will be expected to log into CANVAS several days per week.

All announcements, assignments, discussions, and quizzes for this class will be posted online by 12:00 p.m. on Mondays. All assignments are due as noted in CANVAS.

To access the online class work, you will need to log into College of the Canyons’ learning management system called CANVAS:

Your CanyonsID username is your MyCanyons email address "", and the password is your email password.

For new students, please refer to the username and temporary password provided to you in your Admission Acceptance email.

For help with logging into and/or using Canvas, please contact COC Student Tech Support:

  • Website: 
  • Canvas Student Support Zoom Room:
  • Email:
  • Phone: 661-362-3344 (Mon. to Thurs. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.–3 p.m.)
  • Canvas Support 24/7 via Online Chat or by phone: 1-877-889-9052

First Day of Class:

You will be required to complete an assignment to introduce yourself to the class by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday of the first week of class. Failure to login by this time and complete this assignment will result in being dropped from the course. 

**If you are on the “waitlist” and are still interested in adding the class, please email me on the first day of class. If space is available, I will "add authorize" in the system and then you will be able to register yourself in your My Canyons account. I am unable to add you to the course before the first day of class. Because this course is accelerated, I cannot add students after the add/drop deadline regardless if you were on the waitlist.

Types of Assessments

During the term, you will be completing the following activities – Student-lead discussion posts: You will interact through online discussions with classmates each week related to the current unit being discussed. Individual homework assignments covering course material, handouts, online research, and assessments.

Textbook Information

FREE Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbook - Counseling 110

Other Relevant Course Information

Distance education/online learning is not for everyone. Please examine your preferred learning style. You should be self-motivated, independent, enjoy spending time on the computer, have the ability to articulate your voice in written language, and have the time required to complete the class. To determine if you are ready for a hybrid/online course and know what to expect, visit:

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: 04/19/2024 Sub#: 799