PS303 Career Counseling & Development

for F1K 2012

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PS 303 Career Counseling & Development


F1K 2012 LA


Anderson, Walter M.


Adjunct Faculty


MA - Management & Leadership
BS - Management/Human Resources

Office Location

After class or by appointment

Office Hours

After class (8:30-9:00pm) or by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20, 2012 -October 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 8:30 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, videos, demonstrations, and examinations, 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. Gain factual knowledge of terminology, classifications, methods, and trends with career counseling.
  2. Learn fundamental principles, generalizations, and theories.
  3. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  4. Learn to apply the course material to improve critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making.
Class Assessment:
Assignments for this class include:
1.  Complete weekly reading assignments
2.  Complete weekly counseling article (Written)
3.  Complete research paper (Written)
4.  Complete research presentation (Oral) 
5.  Participate in classroom discussion (Oral & Written)
6.  Complete proctored final exam (Written)
Learning will be assessed via classroom participation, weekly counseling article, research paper, rsearch paper presentation, and final examination. 

Total points for this course is 1000 points broken down as follows: The final exam will be worth 300 points, weekly counseling article 240 points (6 articles, 40 points each), research paper 150 points, research paper presentation 150 points, class participation 160 points (10 points per class). 


Class Participation - 10 points per class - 160 points total
Weekly Article - 40 points  - 240 points total
Research Paper - 150 points total
Research Paper Presentation - 150 points total
Final Exam - 300 points total
Total Points - 1000
The following scale will apply:
A = 90 -100% (900 - 1000 points)
B = 80 - 89%  (800 - 899 points)
C= 70 - 79%  (700 - 799 points)
D = 60 - 69% (600 - 699 points)
F = 59 and below (599 or below)
The final grade will be based on the overall average of all assignments to include the final exam, taken during this course. 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will be accepted provided that you have an excused abscence and prior approval from the instructor.  Students departing on TDY or Leave should complete ANY assignments prior to departure.  Late assignments will not receive full credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to attend all classes and participate in class discussions, oral presentations, and projects.  Class participation grades will be awarded based on performance and quality related  to class participation and practical exercises. 
Students are expected to place cell phones on silent or turn off during class.  Students are also expected to be respectful and mindful of fellow classmates and faculty during class lectures/instructions, presentation, and testing.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week               Assignment                                                                              Homework
Week 1            Introductions, Review Syllabus, Discuss Chapters 1 & 2           Be ready to discuss Chapters 3 & 4
8/20 & 8/22                                                                                                    Counseling Article (due Mon/Week 2) 
Week 2            Discuss Chapters 3 & 4                                                           Be ready to dicuss Chapters 5 & 6    
8/27 & 8/29                                                                                                    Counseling Article (due Wed/Week 3)
Week 3            Discuss Chapters 5 & 6                                                           Be ready to discuss Chapters 7 & 8
9/5                                                                                                                  Counseling Article (due Mon/Week 4)
Week 4            Discuss Chapters 7 & 8                                                           Be ready to discuss Chapters 9 & 10
9/10 & 9/12                                                                                                    Counseling Article (due Mon/Week 5)
Week 5            Discuss Chapters 9 & 10                                                         Be ready to discuss Chapters 11, 12, &13
9/17 & 9/19                                                                                                    Counseling Article (due Mon/Week 6)
Week 6            Discuss Chapters 11, 12, & 13                                                Be ready to discuss Chapters 14 &15
9/24 & 9/27                                                                                                    Counseling Article (due Wed/Week 7)
                                                                                                                        Prepare to submit Research Paper (10/3)
Week 7            Discuss Chapters 14, & 15                                                      Be ready to discuss Chapter 16
10/01 & 10/03                                                                                                 Prepare Research Presentation (10/10)
Week 8            Discuss Chapter 16
10/10               Research Paper Presentations
                        Complete 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 95-96

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 95

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 98

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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