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COUNS 120 - University Transfer Planning - Dora Lozano

Course:University Transfer Planning
Professor:Dora Lozano
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


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Hello!  My name is Dora Lozano and I am the academic counselor for foster youth and a professor at College of the Canyons.  Welcome to Counseling 120, University Transfer Planning! If you have any questions about this course prior to its start, please email me.  I will respond within 48 business hours. Please write COUNS 120 in the subject line when emailing.  I am looking forward to seeing you online and getting to know you through Counseling 120!

Course Description

Counseling 120 uses the learning management system Canvas as our online classroom. There will be no in person meetings. In order to participate in this class, you must have access to a computer, internet services, e-mail and to a camera or scanner.  All communications and assignments are through Canvas. The goal of this course is to prepare you for the challenges in selecting a transfer school, including the application process. You will have the opportunity to identify the criteria that is important to you in a transfer school and write a decision analysis paper.

The catalog description for COUNS 120 states, introduces students with information and resources in order to facilitate a smooth transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Topics include transfer applications, major and general education requirements, financial aid/scholarships, private and out of state options, and analysis of factors involved in the selection of transfer schools.

What to Expect in this Course

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Evaluate potential transfer options using critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  2. Compare and contrast the UC/CSU and independent college systems basic function, structure and requirements.
  3. Compare and contrast the general education and major course requirements for a specific transfer goal.

Types of Assessments

Discussion boards, assignments, and quizzes.

Textbook Information

There is no textbook for this course.

Other Relevant Course Information

Keep in mind this is a short-term course. You will be expected to participate in discussions each week and complete all assignments by the posted due dates.  This requires logging into Canvas at least every other day. 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 class.  Just like in a traditional classroom, you are expected to PARTICIPATE, SHOW UP (ONLINE) AND DO THE WORK

This course will be available on the scheduled start date. You will be expected to log into the Canvas classroom on the first day of 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

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: 08/24/2021 Sub#: 584