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Career, College, and Life Success

Course Descriptions

CCLS 100: Steps to Success

Credits: Maximum of 2.0 possible

Students, new and continuing, receive an orientation to success strategies and campus resources, with assignments that help pave the way to that success. Discussion of learning styles, instructors' expectations, time management, an introduction to Blackboard, and more!

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Navigate college resources, advising, and college support systems. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Describe the College-Wide Abilities and their importance to student success. [REASON]
  3. Identify strengths and barriers to success, using self-assessment techniques, and target areas for further development. [REASON]
  4. Develop goals and design an action plan for continued educational success. [REASON]
  5. Assess learning style preference(s) and identify strategies that maximize personal learning styles. [EXPLORE]
  6. Utilize college technology to access student data, class information, communication systems, instruction, and instructional support. [ACT]

CCLS 105: Choosing A Major/Career

Credits: Maximum of 2.0 possible

Identify and examine your motivators, experiences, skills, personality, values, and needs that affect choosing a major and/or making career and life decisions. Discover your "best fit" career options and design an Action Plan.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Inventory relevant experiences, transferable and job-specific skills, interests, motivators, values, resilience, and strengths and describe how these contribute to college major and career choices. [REASON]
  2. Navigate and utilize on-campus departments, contacts, and processes, and online and community resources, to research college major and career descriptions, requirements, and occupational outlook. [EXPLORE]
  3. Compare and describe self-assessment with college major and career research to determine compatible, realistic career paths. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Design an Action Plan integrating self-knowledge and research to progress toward current and future educational and career goals. [ACT]

CCLS 116: Test Taking Success

Credits: Maximum of 2.0 possible

Increase confidence in confronting and reducing test anxiety, learn coping strategies, and apply skills to facilitate academic and personal success.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Identify learning style and apply to studying course material for test preparation. [REASON]
  2. Utilize autobiography and self-assessment to identify strengths, resiliency, and history of test anxiety to develop and outline coping strategies. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Define locus of control and describe its potential impact on test performance. [REASON]
  4. Describe characteristics of a successful study environment and study schedule, and design and implement a study plan. [ACT]
  5. List and apply techniques for enhancing memory, studying, taking notes, and steps for successful test taking. [ACT]
  6. Categorize the types and causes of test anxiety, and describe and apply stress-management and anxiety-reduction techniques. [COMMUNICATE]

COPSY 117: Love and Power

Credits: Maximum of 4.0 possible

Learn about types of love, media myths about love, characteristics of healthy intimate relationships and "red flags" of unhealthy ones. Examine the power of self-esteem, and ways to increase yours, to create and enhance positive, loving relationships.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Evaluate level of self-esteem using self-assessment tools. [EXPLORE]
  2. Describe the basic theory that underlies love and various types of loving relationships. [REASON]
  3. List characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships and apply knowledge to assess their own relationships. [REASON]
  4. Use active listening, conflict management, and other communication techniques that enhance relationships. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Identify, examine, and express feelings productively and appropriately. [ACT]
  6. Employ exercises to enhance mood, motivation, and self-esteem. [REASON]
  7. Describe components of Emotional Intelligence related to communication in relationships. [COMMUNICATE]

COPSY 118: The Personality Effect

Credits: Maximum of 4.0 possible

Discover the effects of your personality type on your leadership, "behind-the-scenes" inspiration, or on your success as part of a couple, family, friendship, or work team. Learn about your strengths and areas of growth, and increase your understanding of those around you.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Assess personality type preference using Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality inventory and self-evaluation. [REASON]
  2. Describe basic personality type theory and application and identify characteristics of the 16 MBTI personality types. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Select and apply appropriate type language to communicate with different personality types. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Analyze personality strengths and areas for improvement. [REASON]

COPSY 123: Increasing Happiness

Credits: Maximum of 4.0 possible

Apply practical techniques from Positive Psychology, counseling, and cognitive psychology fields' research into ways to increase happiness and satisfaction with life and relationships. Class combines theory and application.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Assess mood and life satisfaction using self-assessment techniques. [EXPLORE]
  2. Describe basic theory underlying Positive Psychology and cognitive psychology application. [REASON]
  3. Identify and describe characteristics of happiness and unhappiness. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Demonstrate use of techniques that enhance positive emotions and life satisfaction. [ACT]