PS303 Career Counseling & Development

for U1V 2012

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PS 303 Career Counseling & Development


U1V 2012 GO


Draper, Brittany


Adjunct Faculty


BA in Psychology, Angelo State University
MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Angelo State University

Office Location

by appointment before or after class

Office Hours

by appointment before or after class


Semester Dates

June 4th - July 29th

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours


Zunker, V. G. (2012). Career Counseling: A Holistic Approach (8th Ed.) Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning

Student Copy ISBN: 978-0-8400-3435-9

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

Course Description:
PS303 Career Counseling and Development: Theories of career development and various approaches to career across the lifespan will be critqued. The use of career assessment instruments and career exploration resources, including technology in occupational decision-making will be evaluated. In addition, issues affecting special populations and effective adjustments in the workplace are analyzed. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: PS101

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor's teaching style is one based on a variety of teaching techniques and approaches. Many students have different learning styles, which is why this approach tends to be highly effective. Through the use of lectures, readings, dialogues and discussions, quizzes and examinations, videos and demonstrations, I will work to engage each learner in an interactive environment so that each student can gain the most from this learning experience. 

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Gaining factual knowledge of terminology, classifications, methods, and trends within career counseling
  2. Learning to apply the course material to improve critical thinking, problem-solving, and making decisions
  3. Learning fundamental principles, generalizations, and theories
  4. Developing and communicating alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
Class Assessment:
Assignments for this class include:

1. Completing weekly reading assignments
2. Completing weekly quizzes
3. Participating in classroom discussion (includes oral & written responses)
4. Completing a proctored midterm exam
5. Completing a proctored final exam

Course Evaluation:

1. There will be in-class discussions that will require participation and turning in written responses to the questions. This will be worth 200 points total (100 points for participation, 100 points for written responses).

2. There will be 5 weekly quizzes (except during week 5, week 8, and 1 additional week). Each quiz will be worth 20 points (10 questions each, 2 point per question) = 100 points total. These will be taken in the on-line classroom. Each quiz will be due by Sunday at 11:59pm the week it's assigned.

3. There will be 1 midterm exam for 150 points. It will be objective (multiple-choice), 75 questions at 2 points each. This will be taken during week 5 (on July 2) in class. 

4. There will be 1 final exam for 150 points. It will be objective (multiple-choice), 75 questions at 2 points each. This will be taken during week 8 (on July 25) in class. The final is not comprehensive.

Grading Scale (based on 600 points total):

A (90 - 100%) 540 - 600 points
B (80 - 89%) 480-539 points
C (70 - 79%) 420-479 points
D (60 - 69%) 360-419 points
F (0 - 59%) 359 points and below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will be accepted provided that you have an excused absences with a note from a supervisor, doctor, etc. Late assignments will not receive full credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. If you must bring your cell phone to class, please turn it off or set it to vibrate to avoid disrupting others.

2. If you will be arriving late/leaving class early, please let me know ahead of time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

**Please Note: This Course Syllabus/Course Calendar is subject to change at the discretion of Mrs. Draper in the event of extenuating circumstances**

Week 1
June 4
Course Overview/Syllabus
Chapter 1, "Historical Development and Some Basic Issues," (pp. 2 - 19)
Chapter 2, "Theories of Career Development," (pp. 20 - 72)

June 6
Chapter 2, "Theories of Career Development," (pp. 20-72)
Class Discussion

June 10
Quiz 1 (covers chapters 1-2) due by 11:59pm

Week 2
June 11
Chapter 3, "Career Counseling Models," (pp. 73-115)
Class Discussion

June 13
Chapter 3, "Career Counseling Models," (pp. 73-115)
Chapter 4, "Integrating Career and Personal Counseling," (pp. 116-129)
Class Discussion

June 17 
Quiz 2 (covers chapters 3-4) due by 11:59 pm

Week 3
June 18
Chapter 4, "Integrating Career and Personal Counseling," (pp. 116-129)
Chapter 5, "Career Counseling Intake Interview," (pp. 130-148)

June 20
Chapter 6, "Using Standardized Tests and Self-Assessment Procedures in Career Counseling," (pp. 149-175)
Chapter 7, "Some Career Information Resources and Learning Platforms," (pp. 176-195)
Class Discussion

June 24
Quiz 3 (covers chapters 5-7) due by 11:59 pm

Week 4
June 25
Chapter 8, "On Being an Ethical Career Counselor," (pp. 196-208)
Chapter 9, "Career Counseling for Minority Groups," (pp. 210-234)

June 27
Chapter 10, "Gender Issues and Dual Careers," (pp. 235-251)
Class Discussion
Review for Midterm Exam

July 1
Quiz 4 (covers chapters 8-10) due by 11:59pm

Week 5
July 2 
Midterm (covers chapters 1-10)
Class Discussion

July 4
NO CLASS: enjoy your independence and thank you for your service to our country

Week 6
July 9
Chapter 11, "Career Counseling for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Clients," (pp. 253-267)
Chapter 12, "Career Counseling for Individuals with Disabilities" (pp. 268-282)
Class Discussion

July 11
Chapter 13, "Career Transitions and Job Loss," (pp. 284-306)
Class Discussion

July 15
Quiz 5 (covers chapters 11-13) due by 11:59 pm

Week 7
July 16
Chapter 14, "Adult Career Development Concerns," (pp. 307-329)
Chapter 15, "Career-Related Programs for Career Development in Elementary Schools," (pp. 332-354)

July 18
Chapter 16, "Career-Related Programs for Career Development in Middle School," (pp. 355-371)
Class Discussion

Week 8
July 23
Chapter 17, "Career-Related Programs for Career Development in High School and Beyond," (pp. 372-393)
Class Discussion
Review for the Final Exam

July 25
Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

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