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COUNS110 - Career & Life Planning - Samir Hamawe

Course:Career & Life Planning
Professor:Samir Hamawe
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello and welcome to Career Life Planning! My name is Samir Hamawe and I have the honor of being your instructor and look forward to meeting you in the next coming weeks. I am excited to lead you through this journey of identifying what your interests are and what you are good at. Career and life planning is a continuous process that involves reevaluating the world we live in, your personal needs, and what life experiences you have had. My goal is to lead you through this self-exploration and come out feeling more confident and prepared for the life that lies ahead after high school. So, join me as we work to identify what your purpose is and mindfully outline a pathway to reach the future version of the self you strive to be.

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.

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 this semester, you will be completing the following activities: 

  1. Student-lead discussion posts. 
  2. Individual homework assignments covering course material, handouts, online research, and assessments.
  3. In our face-to-face meetings, I will lecture and you will interact through collaborative learning activities.
  4. Individual and/or group presentations. 

This is a 3-unit college level transferable course. To be successful in this class, you should expect to be engaged with the course work for a minimum of 9 hours per week. Attending class in-person and actively participating is an essential part of the learning experience. Since we only meet twice per week, there will be a heavy emphasis on online course work that must be completed.

Types of Assessments

This course will not have the traditional mid-term or final exams. However, your understanding of the course material will be evaluated through student-lead discussion posts, individual homework assignments, handouts, online research, quizzes and career assessments.

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 which you will then be able to download. 

Other Relevant Course Information

We will be using Canvas as our online classroom and you will be expected to log into Canvas various times each week in order to keep up with discussion boards and weekly assignments. I will be posting announcements, assignments, and discussion items that you will be expected to participate in, at the beginning of each week (Sunday). Keep in mind that all assignments and discussions must be completed by the posted due dates.

This course is hybrid meaning we will be meeting face-to-face in a classroom and online.

All coursework will be completed online using Canvas. Be sure to complete the Canvas orientation to help you familiarize yourself with this online learning tool (listed below). 

If you have any questions, please email me in advance. I look forward to working with you in class!

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: 08/12/2022 Sub#: 1451