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COUNS-120 - Transfer Planning - Erika Torgeson

Course:Transfer Planning
Professor:Erika Torgeson
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Welcome to Counseling 120 - Transfer Planning and I am excited to have you join me this semester! This class is all about preparing to transfer to a 4-year college/university and helping students navigate the relevant information they need to know to be a successful transfer student. It seems like each year there is something new regarding transfer preparation and this course will provide you with transfer links for California State University, University of California, private, and out-of-state colleges/universities. We'll also cover transfer applications, deadlines, and helping you determine where you are at in the transfer process!

Course Description

This course will introduce students to information and resources in order to facilitate a smoother transfer to four year colleges and universities. Topics include transfer applications, major and general education requirements, financial aid/scholarships, private and out-of-state transfer options, and analyze the many factors involved in the selection of transfer schools.

Course Objectives:

  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.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO):

At the end of this course, students who have regularly attended and completed all assignments will be able to:

  • Analyze university transfer criteria to increase transfer success.

What to Expect in this Course

To help students be successful in class, they will want to:

  • Log into the course regularly (every 1-3 days), turn in assignments, participate in discussion posts, and show a "presence" in class
  • Monitor deadlines and turning in assignments on time/early
  • Think critically on how topics relate to their classes and how actions are linked to success in college

Actively Participating

  • Understand that the online classroom learning environment is a shared responsibility between the professor and the student. It is an interactive process that emerges from what students bring into the online environment. I cannot force you to learn; it is up to You to want to learn!
  • Students are expected to actively participate by leading discussion board prompts and sharing their thoughts, opinions, and experiences with the class.

Inclusive Learning

  • Demonstrating inclusive behavior with professor and class peers
  • As a class community, we will learn and support each other, and solve problems as a team!
  • Be sensitive to the perspectives of students who have different beliefs, backgrounds, personalities, and abilities from your own and be open to working with each other  

Types of Assessments

*Student-lead discussion posts
*Individual homework assignments covering course material, handouts, and online research

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

There is no textbook for this class!!! We will utilize handouts, college websites, and other technology to help you find resources relevant to your needs as a transfer student.

Other Relevant Course Information


This is an accelerated 5-week course and it is very important that you are ready to take a course that will require between 8-10 hours/week. Though we are online due to COVID19, online education requires a different style of learning. Please take a moment to exam your personal learning style preferences and look into completing the Online Learning Readiness Assessment to better prepare for this course:

Successful online learning requires self-motivated, independence, access to recommended technology (computer/laptop; internet; document options such as Google docs, Word, Mac Pages), and have the time and energy to complete this course.

This course will be available on the scheduled start date and you will need to complete Discussion Post #1 - Introductions by the second day of class, to be considered "present" in the course. If you add this class after the first day of the term it may take up to 24 hours before you will have access to Canvas. If you cannot log in after 24 hours, please email me.

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: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 1031