CAP 131 (Career Assessment & Planning) Online
This three credit course is designed for all students and career changers who are seriously exploring career and life decisions. Through exercises, discussions and research, students engage in self-assessment, career exploration and goal setting. By the end of the course students are able to identify careers that match their interests, skills and values; create a targeted resume; formulate long-term goals; and locate local resources for implementation of their goals.
Instructor Contact Information
The best way to reach me is through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org You may also leave a message for me by calling the PGCC Career Center at 301-322-0960 ext. 7. I usually check my e-mail at least twice per day and will respond to simple questions immediately. For more involved questions, I will make every attempt to return a student's e-mail message within 48 hours.
Online office hours will be held throughout the semester through the Virtual Classroom feature of Blackboard. I am also available to meet with students in the Career Center by appointment.
Borchard, D., Bonner, C. & Musich, S. (2002). Your Career Planner (8th Edition). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company.
It is recommended that you purchase the text before classes begin so that you will be ready to begin Module 1 immediately. DO NOT PURCHASE THE STUDY GUIDE.
At least every other day you should check your e-mail and log-in to the course to read the Calendar and Announcements for any course changes or updates.
The course is divided into modules that cover the topics of self-assessment, career exploration, and job search skills. Although you may complete the modules at any time of the day or night and from any location, you will be required to submit assignments each week in the order specified. Each week you will:
Once you are registered for the course, you will receive information from the PGCC Distance Learning Department regarding your username and password. You will access the course through the URL http://pgcconline.blackboard.com
If you have questions about the Blackboard e-learning platform, review the Blackboard student manual through the Distance Learning Website.
Within the course outlines you will be able to view the grade point totals for each assignment and the overall scores needed for each letter grade. There are opportunities to earn extra credit points by completing additional exercises and attending on-campus events.
Assignments will be graded each week and scores will be posted on the Blackboard Gradebook. General comments for the entire class will be posted on the Announcements and individual feedback will be submitted to you privately within 10 days of the due date.
Late Policy - Late work may be submitted for partial points for up to 5 days after the due date.* However, you will lose 2 points for each day that an assignment is late. AFTER 5 DAYS I WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE WORK.
* This does not apply to the final assignment submitted during finals week.
Withdrawal Policy - Students who wish to end their enrollment in any class must officially withdraw by completing the necessary forms in the Office of Admissions and Records. If you do not complete the required assignments and do not officially withdraw from the course, you may receive an "F" for the semester.
It is expected that students in this class adhere to the PGCC Code of Conduct. See your college catalog or student handbook for a full description.
To ensure that your career planning voyage is as smooth as possible (and to complete the course successfully), here are some helpful hints to get you started.
Is an online class the right choice for me?
In comparison to a face-to-face class, an online class offers many advantages and disadvantages. You will have to weigh them according to your personal situation. Students who succeed in online classes are generally focused, organized, and self-motivated. They have good reading, writing and computer skills and have already proven to be successful in the face-to-face college environment.
To learn more about the distance learning options available at PGCC and to enter a self-guided tour of the Blackboard system, please see the Distance Learning website.
How will I submit assignments?
You will submit assignments electronically through the Digital Drop Box feature of Blackboard. Documents must be either Word documents (.doc) or Rich Text files (.rtf). Do not send assignments as attachments to e-mail messages.
How much time should I budget for this class?
You will need to schedule a total of 6-9 hours per week to thoroughly understand the lecture notes and readings and to think critically about the assignments. Remember this course is designed to help you set a course for your future career and life plans. Investing the time now will save you countless hours of heartache later in life.
How important is it to keep up with the rest of the class?
It is incredibly important. CAP 131 is designed to build on previous concepts as you move through the assignments. Your classmates can provide a wealth of information if all of you are addressing the same topics simultaneously.
What if I can't make a deadline?
Plan ahead now. If you know you have a vacation or business trip scheduled this semester, work ahead on your assignments. Do not get allow yourself to get behind. Late work may be submitted for partial credit for only 5 days after the due date. After that point, no work will be accepted. Students who are successful in this class submit all assignments on time.
Do I have to attend the on-campus orientation session?
No, attendance is not mandatory for this class. However, you are welcome to attend the orientation to learn more about distance learning options and some of the basic procedures for operating the Blackboard software.