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COUNS-150 - Student Success - Kerry F Brown

Course:Student Success
Professor:Kerry F Brown
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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"Never give up because great things take time"



Hello Everyone and Welcome to Counseling 150! My name is Kerry Faythe Brown, and I will be your instructor for your Student Success course, Counseling 150. I'm alumni of COC and have enjoyed 32 amazing years here at the college. During these 31 years at COC, I've taught Sign Language and Counseling Education courses and I've been a  full-time Counselor for the past 25 years. I have taught in all modalities, including traditional on campus classes and I have taught 100% online courses since 2014. 

Are you ready for a Fantastic Journey? This course is 100% online and has no required meetings; however, I will be available each week for online office hours via Zoom, and by appointment. You can also connect with me by using the CANVAS Inbox message center during our time together. I look forward to working with you as you develop your personal plan for student success. I'll see you online!

Kerry Faythe Brown


Course Description

Counseling 150 is designed to integrate personal growth, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving and academic success. The course introduces the student to the benefits of higher education, educational planning, goal setting and career choices. The student is guided through the process of self-discovery, which emphasizes the importance of self-awareness, self-responsibility and self-empowerment.

What to Expect in this Course

The course is organized into weekly Modules which are available each week on Monday at 8am. Each Module contains all course materials you will need to navigate your journey in our online course which includes: PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations, Lectures, videos, etc. and all activities/assignments for the week.

After completing this course, you should be able to

  1. Develop stronger interdependence
  2. Analyze self-motivation and create greater inner
  3. Create a plan of action to take charge of one’s life.
  4. Apply self-management techniques to become more effective and efficient in the accomplishment of goals and dreams.
  5. Identify self-defeating patterns of behavior and create a plan to overcome them
  6. Develop emotional intelligence and decrease stress
  7. Understand what self-esteem is and examine self-acceptance, self-confidence, self- respect, self-love, and unconditional self-worth.
  8. Apply critical thinking skills for effective problem
  9. Develop and employ effective study skills techniques

What you need in terms of technology

  • Access to Canvas.   Canvas is the Learning Management System COC uses. You will have access to Canvas as a registered student. There are no additional fees to access and use Canvas.
  • A reliable working computer and reliable internet access. There is a canvas app, however, students report to me that the desktop version may be easier to navigate.
  • Microsoft Word (free to COC students - click here)
  • Download Adobe Reader:  You will only need the free version.  PowerPoint slides and some assignments can be viewed through PDF files.
  • If you have an apple product, please submit your assignments as either .pdf or Microsoft Word Document.  I do not have access to the Pages software and will be unable to open this type of file.
  • YouTube

Types of Assessments

Assignments, Discussion Board Topics, Quizzes, Final Reflection Project

Textbook Information

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 PDF format.

Student Success. Martinez, Nguyen, Shaker, Garcia. College of the Canyons, 2019 (OER textbook found at

Other Relevant Course Information

Course Availability
The course will be available on COC's Canvas system the first day of the term. On that date, you must login to Canvas to enter our classroom. On that date, please login to Canvas to enter our classroom. You may access Canvas from the College of the Canyons homepage, click on Canvas and follow the log in username and password instructions.

Our Course can be accessed via Canvas at on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. You can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at 877-889-9052 for 24/7 support.

Confirm your presence in the online classroom:
Log in to the website and post to the "Introduce Yourself" - Discussion Board Assignment online by a date specified in the announcements and in the course syllabus  to confirm your presence in the online classroom. Typically, this deadline is the 4th day of class @ 11:59 PM.. Doing so will confirm your enrollment in the course and avoid being dropped as a "no show."  

In order to accommodate students on the waiting list, you may be dropped from the class if you do not log in and post to the "Introduce Yourself" Discussion Board Assignment by the 4th day of class @ 11:59 PM.   A student from the waiting list may be added in your place. Please note: it is the student’s responsibility to drop and withdraw from the course after this point. If you no longer wish to continue in the course, please consult Admissions and Records for drop and withdrawal deadline dates and use the online registration system to withdraw. It is your responsibility to be accountable for your academic records. If you stop participating in the course after the withdrawal date, it may result in a final grade of “FW” or “Failure to Withdraw” on your transcript. 

If the class is closed and you would like to add...
If you are on the official waiting list, the COC web registration system automatically adds students from the waiting list to the course. All wait-listed students will receive priority over those not wait-listed. If there is room in the course, I will add students based on their number on the waiting list. If you are on the waiting list, please send me an email indicating your interest in adding the course with your COC ID number that will authorize you to add via the COC online registration system, “My Canyons.”  

If you are not on the official wait list, I can consider adding you after any officially waitlisted students. Please send me an email with your COC student ID number indicating your interest; if there is room in the course after all of the waitlist students have been accommodated, I may be able to add you. 







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: 10/08/2022 Sub#: 805