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EDCP 040 - Education and Career Planning

Course Details 

Course Code:  EDCP 040

Precluded Courses:
  • EDCP 040 requires a higher level of English ability and more demanding assignments than EDCP 030. 
  • Credit for an Education and Career Planning course can only be used once towards an Intermediate or Advanced Certificate.
Calendar Description:
The goal of Education and Career Planning is to prepare adult learners with the life and employment readiness skills required for successful employment. The students will be prepared to pursue various occupational and educational goals.

Date First Offered:  2010-09-01

Hours:
  • Total Hours: 120
  • Lecture Hours: 60
  • Seminars and Tutorials: 60
Total Weeks:  16

This course is offered online:  No

Pre-Requisites:
  • Grade 10
  • OR ENGL 030 Intermediate English
Non-Course Pre-Requisites:  None

Co-Requisites:  None

Rearticulation Submission:  No

Course Content:
Core Units:
  • Communication Skills
  • Education and Career Exploration Skills
Elective Units (Choose five of the seven units):
  • Study Skills
  • Personal Awareness Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Living Skills
  • Job Search Skills
  • Work/Training experience
  • Career Management
Learning Outcomes:
Communication Skills (mandatory):
  • Identify and practice active listening skills in a variety of situations
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the range of effective speaking strategies
  • Extract, assess and exchange information using visual and electronic media
  • Recognize diverse cultural styles of communication
  • Identify and interpret non-verbal communication
  • Develop and apply effective writing processes in a variety of contexts
  • Develop self-awareness of personal qualities, values, interests, and abilities
  • Apply critical thinking skills
Education and Career Exploration Skills (mandatory):
  • Analyze current labour market and future trends
  • Undertake occupational and educational research
  • Discover, research and evaluate realistic occupational choices
  • Investigate and develop a personal network
  • Identify available funding supports
  • Apply personal values, aptitudes and interests to optional career paths
  • Recognize entrepreneurial options
  • Investigate and utilize work-related community resources
  • Familiarize themselves with student support services
  • Demonstrate the ability to set short and long term educational and career goal
  • Access and extract information from academic calendars
Study Skills:
  • Recognize how personal learning style affects the perception and processing of information
  • Develop strategies to effectively work in all learning styles
  • Identify and practice active reading skills necessary to gather information
  • Develop and apply effective note-taking strategies
  • Identify strategies for effective time management
  • Identify and use a variety of memory techniques and strategies
  • Develop and apply effective test-taking strategies
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills using word processing, Internet, e-mail, databases, and spreadsheets
  • Describe student responsibilities in a college environment
  • Increase understanding of the value of lifelong learning
Personal Awareness Skills:
  • Recognize that building self-esteem is a lifelong process
  • Recognize personal feelings and their influence
  • Employ strategies to deal with anger
  • Assess and manage stress
  • Analyze and utilize time management strategies
  • Explore and connect personal assumptions with behaviour
  • Clarify personal values and their impact on choices
  • Create awareness of the spiritual, physical, intellectual and emotional dimensions of self
Interpersonal Skills:
  • Examine group process and practice the skills necessary for successful group experiences
  • Review problem solving models and develop group decision making strategies
  • Research and use the various methods of conflict resolution and demonstrate their use
  • Clarify the definition of assertiveness and implement successful techniques
  • Analyze the reasons for bias and develop the ability to recognize it in everyday situations
  • Identify issues around all forms of prejudice and practice non-discriminatory interpersonal skills
  • Recognize gender and equity issues and assumptions
  • Investigate the various types of relationships and interactions people have with others
  • Identify methods of developing positive relationships including effective communication techniques
  • Examine the diversity of relationships and cultures in Canadian society
Living Skills:
  • Design and implement a personal budget
  • Formulate financial planning using long and short term goals
  • Investigate nutrition and its impact on personal health
  • Assess personal wellness (check out testwell booklet)
  • Examine safety issues (self-defense)
  • Investigate and utilize community resources
  • Strengthen personal support system and advocacy options
  • Examine the impact of lifestyle choices
  • Explore techniques for being an effective consumer
Job Search Skills:
  • Identify and plan the major steps of the job search process
  • Develop effective interview strategies
  • Develop and maintain job search networks
  • Create an effective resume and cover letter
  • Explore entrepreneurship
Work/Training experience:
  • Gain exposure to a work or training situation
  • Participate in work experience if feasible
  • Demonstrate appropriate work habits
  • Gather information about vocational choices
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills with co-workers and supervisors
  • Identify work adjustment needs and strategies for success
  • Explore and/or participate in required industry training certificates
Career Management:
  • Examine labour/union negotiation and human rights
  • Review Labour Standards Act
  • Investigate entrepreneurial options
  • Develop strategies to prepare for career transition
  • Identify rights and responsibilities for employees and employers
  • Develop strategies and attitudes to maintain employment
  • Identify workplace ethics
Grading System:  Letters

Passing Grade:  D (50%)

Grading Weight:
  • Quizzes and Tests: 30 %
  • Assignments: 70 %
Number of Assignments:  14

Writing Assignments:
  • Varies according to which elective units are covered; may include short research essay, cover letter, resume.
Percentage of Individual Work:  100

Course Offered in Other Programs:  No

Additional Comments:
  • Assignments may vary in number from 7-14 depending on what elective units are chosen.
Text Books:
  • Optional - Ellis, D.B., 2003, Becoming A Master Student (Rapid City, SD College Survival (Houghton Mifflin)). Chapters Covered: Varies
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