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"Find your Purpose... Find Your Passion... Find your Pathway... Do What You Were Meant to Do and Become Who You Were Meant to Become!" - Cindy Morrin


Welcome to Counseling 120. This course will help you with your career and college journey. You will be involved in the career development process by taking career assessments and choosing careers you are interested in. You will also learn skills on how to be a successful student in college, career and life! You will create a Career Educational plan, future vision goals, and conduct career research to help you choose or confirm your major and future career goals. I hope you will follow your purpose and passions and discover who you are in this course. Welcome!

Instructor/Counselor: Cindy Morrin
Office Location: Room A-212 (Counseling Center)
Direct Office Phone: 619-660-4438
(This is my preferred way to communicate. If I don't respond to you within 24 hours, email me again because I didn't see it the first time and apologize.)


Counseling 120 Online Syllabus (No Classroom Meetings)
Counseling 120 Face2Face Syllabus
(Full-Semester Classroom Meetings)

Canvas for Online Classroom Work and Participation

Canvas is the course management system platform that we will be using for both online and Face2Face courses. Canvas will be used for assignments, orientation quizzes, weekly discussions, and journals/quizzes in CollegeScope. 

Accessing your Canvas Account

  • Go to Canvas at: and then click on Go go Canvas at: (bookmark this site by adding it to your favorites)
  • Your Canvas ID is your Webadvisor ID. This may be your first name and last name in lowercase with no spaces and a dot in the middle (For example, Joe Smith may have a Webadvisor ID of joes.smith).
  • Your password is your birth date in 8 digits (For example, if Joe Smith were born on January 1, 1986, his password would be 01011986).

Required E-Textbook and Materials

  • COLLEGESCOPE: We will be using an online interactive e-textbook for this class. This online text is personalized for each student based on an assessment of your personality type, strengths, values, and learning style. The e-textbook will embedded in your Canvas account and in each weekly module. Each week, click on CollegeScope and then click again on the icon CollegeScope. You will register for your CollegeScope account and then be asked to either pay by credit card/debit card or enter an access code you purchased at the bookstore. It is cheaper if you purchase with a credit/debit card and within Canvas. Access your e-text (CollegeScope) in Canvas under each weekly module. Do not purchase it at the bookstore if possible. The cost is $40.
    CollegeScope HELP DESK. If you have any technical difficulties with your e-textbook while registering or throughout the course, please contact the Help Desk. You can text, call, or email.
    Phone/text number: 1-888-295-1520 

Text or Call, 9 am to 5 pm Eastern, Monday through Friday

  • STRONG Interest Inventory: You will have to purchase this in the Book Store. I will give you more information on how to purchase this assessment
  • A Computer, Microsoft Office (Word), PDF capability, USB Port/Thumb drive/Flash Drive is highly recommended to organize and save your work for

Course Credit
General Education Credit for California State Universities, Area E; UC transferable

Student Learning Outcomes

Catalog Description
This course teaches success strategies to enhance academic and lifelong learning. Explore personality, interests and values to increase self-understanding and select an appropriate major and career. Learn about careers of the future. Identify your learning style and apply psychological principles of learning and memory to academic study strategies. Apply life management techniques such as time and money management to accomplish personal goals. Examine adult stages of development and develop a plan for wellness and living a long and healthy life. Learn strategies for motivation and stress management. Practice creative and critical thinking techniques. Not open to students with credit in COUN/PDC 124.

Course Content
The purpose of the course is to facilitate understanding of the human being as an integrated physiological, social and psychological organism. This course applies concepts from these three areas in order to assist students to be successful in college, the world of work, and throughout life. Topics included from the physiological perspective include wellness (physical, nutritional, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual); drug and alcohol abuse; sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS; the physiology of stress and stress management techniques. Topics from the sociological perspective include understanding and appreciating social diversity and recognizing the harmful effects of prejudice and discrimination; adult socialization including life stages and successful aging; and the world of work including job trends of the future, the impact of technology, and work skills for success in the 21st century. Topics from the psychological perspective include personality theory, theories of motivation, and principles of learning.

1) Personal Growth and Life Management

a. Self-Assessment: Personality (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator); Interests (Strong Vocational Interest Inventory) Values and Multiple Intelligence

b. Life Management: Goal setting, decision making, time/money management, behavior modification

c. Motivation: Intrinsic and extrinsic; Locus of control

d. Life Stages: Adult development (Erikson, Levinson, Sheehy)

e. Interpersonal Communication: Speaking, listening, conflict resolution

f. Diversity: Social diversity, prejudice and discrimination

2) Career Assessment and Research

3) Lifelong Learning

a. Psychological Principles of Learning and Memory; Note taking and test taking strategies

b. Learning Style and Personal Learning Strategies

c. Pre-Writing Techniques (Resume, Term Paper)

4) Health and Wellness

a. Wellness: Physical, nutritional, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual

b. Health, Exercise and Nutrition

c. Psychology of Stress Management

5) Critical and Creative Thinking

a. Critical Thinking

b. Creative Thinking

c. Methodology of a Social Science

Course Objectives (Expected Student Learning Outcomes)
Students will be able to:

1) Examine various motivational strategies and apply them to their success in college.

2) Examine vocational interests, values and personality theory to evaluate appropriate careers and college majors.

3) Analyze learning style and multiple intelligence to identify learning strategies that will facilitate productivity in college.

4) Analyze potential career choices by evaluating future job outlook, skills and salaries.

5) Evaluate learning strategies (memory, reading, note taking, test taking, time management) and demonstrate how to use them to facilitate college success.

6) Examine lifelong success skills that facilitate optimal communication, critical and positive thinking.

Method of Evaluation (Measuring Student Learning Outcomes with Representative Assignments)
A grading system will be established by the instructor and implemented uniformly. Grades will be based on demonstrated proficiency in subject matter determined by multiple measurements for evaluation, one of which must be essay exams, skills demonstration or, where appropriate, the symbol system.

1) Objective and essay quizzes and exams that measure students’ ability to apply physiological, social and psychological principles to success in college, careers and life.

2) Assessment of personality, interests, values and learning styles.

3) Written exercises or journal entries in which students assess their current behavior and make plans for improvement.

4) Writing assignments or journals describing personality, interests, values, learning styles, multiple intelligence, learning styles and lifetime goals.

5) Based on the behavior modification model presented in the text, students will complete a project to practice the techniques and establish a new pattern of behavior.

6) Completion of career research project that includes career description, outlook, skills required, and education needed.

7) Completion of an educational plan to match career goals.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar lists class start and end dates, deadlines, holidays, finals and more. It is important you are know the dates and deadlines on the academic calendar each semester.

Short Term Important Deadlines

Please note that short-term classes have different deadline dates than semester length classes in regards to adding, dropping, refunds and late withdrawals. It is the student's responsibility to make sure they follow deadlines for short-term classes.

Last Updated: 04/01/2019
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