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  • Professional and Career Development 1

    PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

    Course Syllabus

    Course Code: CAR 220

    Course Type: 135 hours/4 Months (120 Days)

    A. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Our Professional and Career Development course has been designed to develop and enhance the students skills and

    attributes thereby optimizing his/her chance of succeeding in the workplace. This course is packed with innovative

    resources you can use now and throughout your career, it helps you move from "job seeker" to "job finder" with its

    comprehensive step-by-step guide to finding and keeping a job. Both empowering and encouraging, this course

    effectively breaks the daunting prospect of marketing yourself to prospective employers into a manageable process.

    Clear instruction guides you through self-assessment, employer research, self-marketing, writing a market-driven

    resume, and interviewing. It equips you with the tools you need to gain a competitive advantage in the workplace, reach

    your career potential, and stand out in a crowd.

    B. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

    This course is self-paced, independent study, in an online environment. It takes a lot more discipline than an in person

    class. You are responsible for scheduling your study time and sticking to it regularly. This course will take approximately

    135 hours to complete. This includes your reading, module activities, and module exams. The text for this course is an

    embedded PDF textbook.

    Each of your modules consists of reading materials, learning activities, videos, websites, and a module exam. Your

    module exams determine your grade in the course. The final module of the course involves a cumulative, timed,

    proctored exam. Your exams include questions from the reading only, however we encourage you to view all the videos

    and read the associated articles. These materials are an extension of your reading materials and will be great resources

    for you in the future.

    C. LEARNING OUTCOMES

    1. Identify the steps for setting career targets and searching for jobs that align

    2. Recognize the importance of researching careers and building a network

    3. Recall the steps for writing successful resumes and cover letters

    4. Describe strategies for marketing yourself before, during and after a job interview

    5. Recognize methods for negotiating job offers and managing your career

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    D. COURSE TOPICS/UNITS

    Module # and Topics

    Module Subtopics Module Learning Objectives Assignments Learning Outcomes

    Module 1:

    Your Life

    Dictates Your

    Job Search, Not

    the Reverse

    Job Search

    Considerations

    Translating

    College Majors

    to Potential Jobs

    Pursuing

    Internships

    Timing

    Considerations

    Internship

    Performance

    Internship

    Compensation

    Employment

    Gap

    Changing

    Careers

    Relocating

    Long Distance

    Job Searching

    Targets

    Recall considerations when job

    searching

    Identify how to translate college

    majors into potential jobs

    Recognize the components of

    pursuing internships

    Recall timing considerations

    Identify internship performance

    criteria

    Recall the fundamentals of

    internship compensation

    Define the employment gap

    Recognize the principles of

    changing careers

    Define the stages of relocating for

    a job

    Recall the stages of long distance

    job searching

    Define targets as related to job

    searching

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 1

    2. View Chapter

    1 PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    1, 2

    Module 2:

    Overview of the

    Six-Step Job

    Search Process

    Why You Need a

    Process

    Confidence

    Communication

    Skills

    Poise

    Resources

    Trends in

    Twenty-First-

    Century Job

    Search

    24/7 Job Search

    Entrepreneurial

    Approach

    Emerging

    Trends

    Recall why you need a process

    Identify the importance of being

    confident

    Recognize the importance of

    communication skills

    Define poise and why its

    important

    Recall resources for creating a

    process

    Identify trends in the twenty-first

    century job search

    Recognize how to search for a job

    24/7

    Define the entrepreneurial

    approach to job hunting

    Recall emerging trends in job

    searching

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 2

    2. View Chapter

    2 PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    1, 4

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    Module 3:

    Identify Your

    Job Search

    Targets

    Three Element

    Structure

    Industry

    Function

    Geography

    Match Interests

    to Three

    Elements

    Personal

    Decision Criteria

    Employer

    Characteristics

    Compensation

    Environment

    Advantage of

    Multiple Targets

    Define the three element

    structure

    Recognize the industry job

    targets

    Recall the function of job search

    targets

    Identify the geography of jobs

    Recall how to match interests to

    three elements

    Identify personal decision criteria

    Differentiate between various

    employer characteristics

    Recall compensation aspects of

    employers

    Recognize various work

    environments

    Recall why having multiple

    targets is important

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 3

    2. View Chapter

    3 PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    1, 2

    Module 4:

    Creating a

    Compelling

    Marketing

    Campaign; Part

    I: Resume

    Purpose and

    Goal of a

    Resume

    Header

    Objective

    Education

    Section

    Work

    Experience

    Skills

    References

    Functional

    Resumes

    Curriculum

    Vitae (CV)

    Documenting

    Problems

    Identify the purpose and goal of a

    resume

    Recall the features of a header

    Recognize proper objectives

    Identify components of an

    education section

    Recall stages of developing a

    work experience section

    Identify ways to list skills

    Recall ways to incorporate

    references

    Identify functional resume styles

    Define curriculum vitae (CV)

    Recognize how to properly

    document problems

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 4

    2. View Chapter

    4 PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    3, 4

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    Module 5:

    Create a

    Compelling

    Marketing

    Campaign: Part

    II: Cover Letter,

    Pitch and Online

    Profile

    Cover Letter

    Preliminary

    Work

    Job Descriptions

    Cover Letter

    Template

    Creating a

    Portfolio

    Format

    Online Profile

    LinkedIn

    Your Networking

    Pitch

    Write, Edit and

    Practice Your

    Pitch

    Identify preliminary steps in

    developing a cover letter

    Recall proper ways to write job

    descriptions

    Recognize cover letter templates

    Recognize how to create a

    portfolio

    Recall the proper format

    Identify components of an online

    profile

    Recognize features of LinkedIn

    Recall how to develop your

    networking pitch

    Identify tips for writing, editing

    and practicing your pitch

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 5

    2. View Chapter

    5 PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    3, 4

    Module 6: Conduct In-Depth Research

    What Do You

    Research?

    How Do You

    Find Critical

    Information?

    Job-Specific

    Research

    Resources

    Organization-

    Specific

    Research

    Resources

    Industry-

    Specific

    Research

    Resources

    Tracking

    Ongoing News

    Informational

    Interviews

    Research in the

    Job Search

    Etiquette

    Recall what you research

    Recognize how to find critical

    information

    Define job-specific research

    resources

    Identify organization-specific

    research resources

    Recognize multiple industry-

    specific research resources

    Recall how to track ongoing news

    Identify the basics of an

    informational interview

    Recognize how to research in the

    job search

    Define etiquette and its

    components

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 6

    2. View Chapter

    6 PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    1, 2

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    Module 7: Network Effectively

    Four Stages of

    Networking

    Research

    The Approach

    The Follow-Up

    The Request

    Building Your

    Network

    Network with

    Executives

    Network with

    Recruiters

    Social

    Networking

    Identify the four stages of

    networking

    Identify how to research for

    networking

    Recognize the basics of the

    approach to networking

    Recall the fundamentals of the

    follow-up to networking

    Identify the basics of the

    networking request

    Recall how to build your network

    Recognize how to network with

    executives

    Identify how to network with

    recruiters

    Define social networking

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 7

    2. View Chapter

    7 PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    2

    Module 8: Master The

    Interview

    Before, During

    and After the

    Interview

    Different Types

    of Interviews

    Behavioral

    Interviews

    Case Interviews

    Informational

    Interviews

    Methods of

    Interviewing

    Interview

    Venues

    Types of

    Questions

    Things to Avoid

    in an Interview

    Differentiate between the steps to

    perform before, during and after

    the interview

    Differentiate between various

    types of interviews

    Recall basics of behavioral

    interviews

    Define the stages of case

    interviews

    Identify informational interviews

    Differentiate between methods of

    interviewing

    Recall various interview venues

    Define types of questions

    Identify things to avoid in an

    interview

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 8

    2. View Chapter

    8 PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    4

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    Module 9: Stay Motivated and Organized and

    Troubleshoot Your Search

    Long-Term

    Motivation

    Short-Term

    Motivation

    Strategies for

    Maintaining

    Motivation

    Organization

    System

    Customized

    Electronic

    Systems

    Troubleshooting

    Job Search

    Three Stages of

    Troubleshooting

    Three Common

    Problem Areas

    Overall

    Troubleshooting

    Job Search

    Strategies

    Recognize the ideas behind long-

    term motivation

    Recall the strategies behind

    short-term motivation

    Identify various strategies for

    maintaining motivation

    Define an organization system

    Recall the fundamentals of

    customized electronic systems

    Identify ways of troubleshooting

    job searches

    Differentiate between three

    stages of troubleshooting

    Recall three common problem

    areas

    Recognize overall troubleshooting

    job search strategies

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 9

    2. View Chapter

    9 PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    1, 2

    Module 10: Negotiate and

    Close Your Offer

    Effective

    Negotiating

    Items Open to

    Negotiation

    Why You Should

    Always Consider

    Negotiating

    How to Get a

    Decision

    How to Juggle

    and Time

    Multiple

    Searches

    Stay Organized

    Use Strong

    Communication

    Avoid Alienating

    Prospective

    Employers

    Six Things

    Needed to Close

    an Offer

    Recognize how to effectively

    negotiate

    Recall items open to negotiation

    Identify why you should always

    consider negotiating

    Recall ways to get a decision

    Recognize how to juggle and time

    multiple searches

    Recall how to stay organized

    Identify how to use strong

    communication

    Recall ways to avoid alienating

    prospective employers

    Differentiate between six things

    need to close an offer

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 10

    2. View Chapter

    10

    PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    4, 5

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    Module 11: Social Media and the Job Search

    Social Media

    and the Six-

    Step Job Search

    Process

    Site Profiles as

    Prototypes

    Compelling

    Marketing

    Campaign

    In-Depth

    Research

    Network and

    Interview

    Use Social

    Media to

    Motivate,

    Organize and

    Troubleshoot

    Negotiate and

    Close the Offer

    with Online

    Data

    Blogs and

    Personal

    Websites

    How Recruiters

    Use Social

    Media

    Managing Your

    Online Brand

    Identify how social media and the

    six-steps job search process

    correlate

    Recall how to use site profiles as

    prototypes

    Recognize how to develop

    compelling marketing campaigns

    Identify in-depth researching

    techniques

    Recall how to network and

    interview

    Differentiate between using social

    media to motivate, organize and

    troubleshoot

    Recall how to negotiate and close

    the offer with online data

    Identify the components of blogs

    and personal websites

    Recognize how recruiters use

    social media

    Recall how to managing your online brand

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 11

    2. View Chapter

    11

    PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    2, 4

    Module 12: From Job Search Success to Career Success

    Succeeding in

    the Job You

    Have

    Develop,

    Expand and

    Maintain

    Professional

    Relationships

    Career

    Advancement

    Career

    Management

    Promotions,

    Raises and

    Performance

    Reviews

    Securing Your

    Job During

    Identify tips for succeeding in the job you have

    Differentiate how to develop, expand and maintain professional

    relationships

    Recall the stages for career advancement

    Recognize steps for career management

    Differentiate between promotions, raises and

    performance reviews

    Recall how to secure your job during difficult economic times

    Recognize how to manage work conflicts

    Identify the various ways to balance life and career

    1. Read the PDF

    Chapter 12

    2. View Chapter

    12

    PowerPoint

    3. Practice the

    Learning

    Activities

    4. Watch the

    Videos

    5. Review the

    Webliography

    6. Take the

    Exam

    4, 5

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    Difficult

    Economic Times

    Managing Work

    Conflicts

    Balance Life and

    Career

    How to Get Your

    Next Job

    Recognize steps for getting your next job

    Module 13: Steps to Course Completion

    Final Exam Course Survey Certificate of

    Completion

    N/A

    1. Take the Optional Cumulative

    Practice Final Exam

    2. Review the Proctored

    Exam Information

    3. Create an

    Account with Proctor U

    4. Schedule an Exam Time

    5. Take the Cumulative

    Proctored Final Exam

    6. Submit the Course Survey

    7. Print Your Certificate of

    Completion

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    E. TEXTBOOK(S) AND REQUIRED MATERIALS

    Textbook (required): Your Career: How to Make it Happen by Lauri Harwood

    (All required materials are included in your tuition, there are no additional fees.)

    F. GRADING RUBRIC

    We use a percentage system for grading quizzes.

    A = 90-100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = 0-59%

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    Total Points Percentage Average Letter Grade

    1170 - 1300 90 100 % A

    1040 - 1169 80 89 % B

    910 - 1039 70 79 % C

    780 - 909 60 69 % D

    0 - 779 0 59 % F

    G: PROCTORED FINAL EXAM The final module of this course consists of a one hour, 50 question, cumulative proctored exam proctored by ProctorU.

    You will need to have access to a webcam, microphone and a computer in order to take the proctored final exam. You

    will need to create an account at https://go.proctoru.com prior to scheduling your final exam. From there, you can

    select your exam and create an appointment. Possible dates for the exam will appear in a calendar. All exams need to be

    scheduled 72 hours in advance in order to not incur any additional cost. The normal fee for proctoring is covered in your

    tuition. If you need to take an exam sooner than 72 hours there will be an additional fee.

    Once you are logged in to take the exam, you will be introduced to your proctor who will walk you through the

    proctoring process. You will need to hold up your government issued photo ID to help the proctor authenticate your

    identity. Then, the proctor will have you pan the webcam 360 degrees around the room so they can see the

    surroundings. This step is followed to ensure there are no unauthorized materials in the workspace. During the exam,

    the proctor is using screen-sharing and audible programs to monitor your surroundings to ensure academic integrity.

    To learn more about the proctoring process, go to: http://proctoru.com/portal/ed4online.

    H: SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Internet Connection

    Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

    *Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and

    viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

    Hardware Requirements

    Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher

    Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

    *While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD

    with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.

    PC Software Requirements

    Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher

    https://go.proctoru.com/http://proctoru.com/portal/ed4online

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    Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open

    Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)

    Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended

    o Cookies MUST be enabled

    o Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)

    Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded

    for FREE onto your computer.)

    PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)

    Adobe PDF Reader

    QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player

    MAC Software Requirements

    Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows

    Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)

    Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended o Cookies MUST be enabled

    o Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)

    Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded

    for FREE onto your computer.)

    PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)

    Adobe PDF Reader

    Apple QuickTime Media Player

    Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.

    I: INFORMATION, POLICIES AND GUIDELINES

    College Credit Recommendation

    Courses offered by Ed4Online that are included in the Alternative Credit Project have undergone ACEs credit

    recommendation process and have been granted an ACE CREDIT recommendation. This class has been recommended

    for three (3) college credits. ACE CREDIT has been recommending college credit for non-classroom learning for over 30

    years and ACEs credit recommendations are considered by over 2,000 colleges and universities across the United

    States.

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    Accommodations of Disability Policy

    It is the policy of Ed4Online, LLC, (Ed4Online.com) to provide an appropriate environment to optimize learning of

    educational materials. Anyone that needs additional assistance for a disability can contact Ed4Online to make additional

    accommodations, when available. Ed4Online can be contacted by emailing [email protected] or by calling 800-939-

    0734.

    Online Etiquette & Courtesy

    Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important

    in an online course. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism. It is important not to

    take disagreement personally. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective

    means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have

    the potential to be taken personally. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good

    because our knowledge is broadened. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to

    handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness which blocks learning. Here are online references that

    discuss online netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html

    Academic Integrity

    Ed4Online expects students to exhibit academic integrity through their educational experiences and to avoid all forms of

    academic dishonesty. Academic dishonestly, which includes but is not limited to plagiarism, collusion, abuse of resource

    materials, cheating on an examination, or other academic work to be submitted, is subject to disciplinary action.

    Students are allowed to reference course materials while taking quizzes and tests due to their emphasis on application;

    however, exams must be taken independently.

    Students found responsible for an act or acts of academic dishonestly will be subject to academic and disciplinary

    sanctions. Academic sanctions may include withdrawal from the course with a grade of F and/or a reduction of a grade

    in the course. Disciplinary sanctions may include suspension for a specified period of time, permanent separation from

    the program, and/or filing of criminal charges.

    No certificate of completion will be given if the course is completed by anyone other than you. When you enroll in the

    course you are stating under penalty of perjury that you, and not another person, studied the material in its entirety and

    completed all requirements. By registering for this course, you understand that it may be a crime to make false

    statements or to falsify documents submitted.

    Best Practices for Online

    Ed4Online provides instruction in an online learning environment. An online learning environment needs structure for

    effective communication to occur. Below is a list of guidelines for effective online communication:

    Stay engaged and on-task in your course.

    Utilize good time management skills.

    Read your messages in the message system.

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Communicate with a respectful, professional tone in discussion threads (collaborative learning).

    Uphold the standards of Academic Integrity set forth by this company.

    Avoid typing in all caps. Typing in all caps in the online environment is viewed as SHOUTING and should not be

    used. If you wish to place emphasis on an important passage, use bold.

    Recognize that you are participating in an online dialogue. Use correct spelling and grammar in all forms of your

    writing.

    Utilize Netiquette standards in all forms of communication.