SO181 Career Development

Late Fall 2019

Course Information

Instructor: Derek Reilley

  • Days/Time: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Required Text:

    Nielson, T. (2008). Career Trek. Columbus, OH: Pearson.

    ISBN-13: 978-0131193048

    ISBN-10: 013119304X

  • Instructor Email:
  • Phone Number: 785-460-5431

CCC Mission

Challenge students to adapt to a diverse society. Create opportunities for student growth. Connect student learning with professional experiences.

Course Description

Career development outlines the many aspects of career planning and helps prepare students in the areas needed to effectively find and obtain a position in their desired career filed.



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Course Outcomes and Competencies

Outcome 1: Markets and Applications (1.1)

Upon completion of Outcome 1, students will:

  • Construct a resume that has been proofed and ready to submit to employers.

Outcome 2: Markets and Applications (1.1)

Upon completion of Outcome 2, students will:

  • Construct a cover letter that has been proofed and ready to submit to employers.

Outcome 3: Markets and Applications (1.1)

Upon completion of Outcome 3, students will:

  • Demonstrate interviewing another person and submit a mock interview report explaining the results.

Other Course Competencies

  1. Become aware of campus and online resources available to the career planning and job search process.
  2. Identify one’s own skills, interests, goals, and values.
  3. Relate personal characteristics to potential occupational fields.
  4. Use a decision-making model to identify career alternatives, consequences, and desirable outcomes.
  5. Develop a persuasive resume which reflects the above self-knowledge and decision-making.
  6. Learn to deal effectively with the various types of interviews.
  7. Understand economic, political, cultural, and demographic influences on job availability.
  8. Be aware of current theories of career development and what they indicate about one’s developmental status.
  9. Plan next steps in career decision-making or implementation.
  10. Become aware of what employers look for in potential employees and what it takes to be successful on the job.

Course Learning Objectives

The learning objectives and competencies detailed below meet or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Competency Project for this course, as sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.

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1. PV Markets and Applications

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3. Electricity Basics

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5. PV Module Fundamentals

6. System Components

7. PV System Sizing Principles

8. PV System Electrical Design

9. PV System Mechanical Design

10. Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting

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Course Policies

Assignments and Tests

When you first view your class, look over class requirements, assignments, and other class content to ensure that you wish to remain in the class. If you decide to drop the class, do NOT post in Canvas at all, as that counts as attendance per college policy, and you would be charged a portion of tuition for dropping after attending/posting. 

Late Assignment Policy

  1. Late assignments will be docked 15% if not approved prior to the assignment via email only.
  2. After the Mid-Term, no late work will be accepted for Modules 1-4 and a zero will be recorded into the gradebook.
  3. All assignments will be due at 11:59 pm CENTRAL TIME on the Assignments tab and calendar.
  4. Modules 5-8 assignments will be docked 15% if not approved prior to the assignment via email only.  The students will have one day only to complete late work for Modules 5-8 with the 15% penalty.  After one day, a mandatory zero will be recorded in the gradebook.

The readings for modules 1-4 are included into the course. Therefore, students can’t use the excuse that they couldn’t do the work for modules 1-4 because they are waiting on their book

Course Requirements

Understanding comes from interacting and you cannot interact if you do not participate in class.  Be sure to take notes on what you see in assigned reading, or during lectures.  Important objectives are presented in each class meeting or in each online unit.  Communicating your thoughts in the physical classroom or within the online threaded discussion is an important component of learning and participation is an important part of the course.

Grading Criteria and Description of Assignments

*Do not forget: Each assignment should have your name, assignment title, and date at the top of the page. Assignments should be typed in 12 point font and double spaced.

  1. Class Participation/Discussion Board Philosophy

 Class participation is required each week. To receive full credit you must post an initial response (10 points) to the discussion question by the due date and respond to two other posts (5 points each).  Your initial post must be at least 100 words. There is no length requirement for your two response posts; however, each response needs to address the content of the initial post. Simply put, responses such as “great job, I agree!” or responses that contain no substance-will not grant you credit. Module discussion takes the place of some of the discussion that exists in a physical classroom, it is extremely important to further student learning. Students often learn just as much if not more from their peers; take advantage of the weekly discussion as a way to help each other. If you absolutely cannot complete a weekly discussion, please contact me-otherwise, these cannot be made up. The goal is active discussion, posting late defeats that purpose.

Furthermore, class participation will be graded according to level of participation in discussions regarding readings and other assignments. Points will be assigned for each discussion. Points will be deducted if you minimally participate, make rude comments, or otherwise disrupt the class.

  1. Journals

 Each module, with the exception of module 7, there will be a required journal entry. Click on the journal link and respond to the material presented or question posted. Your reactions may take the form of new insights, questions, observations about related events in your life, social commentary, etc. The purpose of the journal is to apply the learning of each class period to your personal situation. It is also an opportunity to communicate privately with your instructor. 

  • It will be graded seven times. 
  • One journal per class as a reflection on material presented (not description).
  • Grading will be based on how well you have related the material to your personal situation.  Grading will also be based on the length of your journal.  Your journals need to be at least half a  page in length per journal. 

  1. Skills Assessment Paper

Submit five one-page summaries of five different accomplishments or challenges in your life. Describe the skills that you used in each situation or what skills you walked away with as a result. Describe how the skills you used or acquired can be carried over into other career related situations (i.e. career search, interviewing, work performance, leadership, career knowledge, etc.)

  1. Resume/Cover Letter

You are required to write:

  • resume
  • cover letter

The cover letter should concern a job that you would like to have either presently or following graduation.  

  1. Career Research Paper

Should consist of:

  • Research at least 3 types of jobs you may be interested in
  • A 3-4 page essay in which you summarize and explain the conclusions you have  

     drawn from the information about each of these jobs

  • You must utilize at least 3 resources to complete this paper. (a list of recourses are below)
  • Please provide a bibliography that lists the sources of information used in your

     paper. Cite sources using APA or MLA style.

                       You will find the following web sites helpful in locating information on particular 

        companies or organizations:

                                                                                                                                                                                                   *Feel free to use additional resources as long as they are credible.                

  1. Mock Interview Report

You are to interview one person using various forms of interview questions and record their responses (typed when you turn it in). You will also be required to attach a one-page summary of this experience and address how having an understanding of the interview process can better help you illustrate yourself. This is not as much about how well the other person did as much as it is about how well of an understanding you have of the various types of questions and responses.

Although it is not ideal to interview a close friend or family member, I will reluctantly allow it for this assignment. However, make sure to be as objective as possible. The goal of this assignment is to gain a better understanding of how responses can effectively address certain criteria as well as how responses can vary in real time. Your report will be graded according to grammar, style, appropriateness of person interviewed, and the depth of your understanding of interview questions.

For your grade:

  1.  You should have at least one-page worth of interview questions and answer typed when you turn it this assignment
  2. You should have a one-page summary of the experience.

Written Assignments: should be typed (12 pt), and double-spaced. They will be graded according to the depth, not the length (if no length requirements specified), of the reflections, your knowledge of the subject, and your ability to apply that knowledge personally. They will be graded on grammar, spelling, organization, style, and most importantly, your ability to apply class activities and assignments to your own situation. It is highly recommended that you have someone else edit your work.

Spend time reflecting on the questions and suggestions, and write thoughtful responses, giving evidence that you are attempting to internalize the material discussed in class. Be sure to answer the questions as fully as you can, or develop other themes that serve the purpose.

Assignments submitted after the due date will lose points according to the grading policy.

CCC Policies


Colby Community College views class attendance as a mandatory activity. However, if students must be absent, the students should make arrangements in advance with the instructors. Students absent as official college representatives (athletics, activities, or scholarship fulfillment) are not counted absent but MUST make advance arrangements with instructors to complete all course work. Punitive grades cannot and will not be assigned if the absence is excused by the college. It is always the student’s responsibility to notify instructors of any absence due to illness or any other reason.


Course communication will occur through Canvas Announcements, Canvas Inbox, and CCC student email accounts. Response to emails will occur within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours on the weekend.


In accordance with Colby Community College policy, students are required to be present for their final exam and/or complete any assessment during the time stated. If you have a conflict with this time, you must obtain written permission two weeks prior from the Executive Vice President and the instructor to schedule a make-up exam. Please note that vacations, previously purchased tickets or reservations, graduations, social events, misreading the final exam schedule, and oversleeping are not viable reasons for rescheduling a final.

Syllabus Information Disclaimer

I reserve the right to change any information contained in this document, when necessary, with adequate notice given to the student. Notice shall be given in the classroom during class. No other notice is required. It is the students’ responsibility to stay current with any changes, modifications, adjustments or amendments that are made to this document. Students should adhere to the attendance, cell phone, assignment, test and grading policies in the course syllabus.

Academic Integrity

Colby Community College defines academic integrity as learning that leads to the development of knowledge and/or skills without any form of cheating or plagiarism. This learning requires respect for Colby’s institutional values of quality, service and integrity. All Colby Community College students, faculty, staff, and administrators are responsible for upholding academic integrity.

Cheating is giving, receiving, or using unauthorized help on individual and group academic exercises such as papers, quizzes, tests, and presentations through any delivery system in any learning environment. This includes impersonating another student, sharing content without authorization, fabricating data, and altering academic documents, including records, with or without the use of personal and college electronic devices.

Plagiarism is representing or turning in someone else’s work without proper citation of the source. This includes unacknowledged paraphrase, quotation, or complete use of someone else’s work in any form. It also includes citing work that is not used and taking credit for a group project without contributing to it.

The following procedure will be used for students who violate the policy for the Academic Integrity Policy begins with the notification of the first infraction and continues throughout the student’s tenure at Colby Community College:

  • First Offense — Student will receive a zero for the assignment and the student will be reported to the Executive Vice President.
  • Second Offense — The student will receive a failing grade in the class and be reported to the Executive Vice President and removed from the class in which the offense occurred.
  • Third Offense — The student will be reported to the Executive Vice President and dismissed from the college.

Any questions about this policy may be referred to the Executive Vice President.


Colby Community College assesses student learning at several levels: general education, program, and course. The goal of these assessment activities is to improve student learning. As a student in this course, you will participate in various assessment activities. An example of your work, a paper, some test questions, a presentation, or other work may be selected for assessment. This process will not affect your grade, will not require you do additional work and your evaluation will be confidentially handled. Results of these activities will be used to improve teaching and learning at Colby Community College.


Free tutoring is available to all students at Colby Community College. The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), located in the Library, provides support services for all learners, on-campus and online. To schedule an appointment, visit, email or call 785-460-5480.

Tutoring is available in Student Support Services to eligible SSS participants. Please contact Student Support Services for qualifying program criteria at 785-460-5510, or by stopping by Student Support Services, located in the Student Union.

Online tutoring from ThinkingStorm is available to Colby Community College students 24/7 through their Canvas accounts. Every student can access up to 10 free hours of online tutoring each semester. For assistance with online tutoring, students may contact ThinkingStorm Support at or by phone at 1-877-889-5996.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

According to the Americans Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the college of his/her disability and to request accommodation. If a member of the class has a documented learning disability or a physical disability and is requesting special accommodations, he/she should contact disability services at

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Colby Community College provides equality of opportunity to its applicants for admission, enrolled students, graduates, and employees. The College does not discriminate with respect to hiring, continuation of employment, promotion, tenure, other employment practices, application for admission or career services and placement on the basis of race, color, gender, age, disability, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation or religion. For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, contact the Vice President of Student Affairs, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Colby Community College, 1255 S. Range Ave., Colby, KS 67701 (785) 460-5490).


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Method of Evaluation

Your grade will be based on the following:

Class Introductions - 6 points, Two replies to classmates - 2 points each 10
Syllabus Quiz - 10 points10
Discussion Questions - 7 Discussion Question Posts (10 points each) and 2 replies to classmates (5 points each) Each discussion board is worth a total of 20 points.140
Journals - Each journal is worth 20 points. There are 7 journals in the course140
Module 1 & 2 Quiz50
Skills Assessment Paper100
Mid Term100
Career Research Paper100
Resume (50 points) & Cover Letter (50 points)100
Mock Interview Report100

You will have the opportunity to earn extra credit:

Total Extra Credit-
Item -

Your grade will be based on the following:

90 - 100
80 - 89
70 - 79
60 - 69
0 - 59

Course Timeline

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