EDCP 040 - Education and Career Planning

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.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 60; Seminars and Tutorials: 60)


Total Weeks:  20


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.


“C” or higher in EDCP030 or ENGL030 or ENGL10 or equivalent or Advanced Level Placement on the CCP English Assessment.


Non-Course Prerequisites:


Co-requisite Statement:


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%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Text Books: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.