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  1. 1. BUAD 2000: CAREER DEVELOPMENT I-SPRING 2009 THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION ALL CLASSES MEET IN ST 2030 Section Meeting Day/Time Section Meeting Day/Time 012 Monday 10:30 a.m.-Noon 042 Tuesday 2:30-4 p.m. 022 Monday 2:30-4 p.m. 052 Wednesday 4-5:30 p.m. 032 Tuesday 10:30 a.m.-Noon 062 Wednesday 5:45-7:15 p.m. Instructor: Amy O’Donnell Phone: 419-530-2422 Office Hours: Monday/Tuesday: Noon – 2 p.m.; Wednesday: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., FAX: 419-530-2365 or by appointment. Office: Stranahan: 2012 Management Department Office: Stranahan 2007 Email: Use the email function on our class home page in Blackboard Emergency Email: Do not use this for class-related purposes. Note About Communication with the Instructor: All BUAD 2000 email communication must occur through Blackboard. The Emergency Email address listed above should only be used for issues unrelated to this course. More on Blackboard usage will follow. Additionally, telephone contact is best managed Monday through Wednesday. The instructor is generally not on-campus Thursday or Friday. Note about Communication with the College of Business Administration: The University of Toledo recognizes students’ UTAD Email as the official means of electronic communication. You must check your UTAD Email daily to ensure you are receiving important information from the College and the University. For example, all job/internship announcements are posted through the UTAD Email. You will miss responding to employment opportunities if you do not check your UTAD email daily! If you are not receiving messages from Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore on your UTAD account, please send her a message, to from your UTAD account stating that you are not receiving her messages. COURSE RESOURCES VAULT Online Career Resource Library* Optimal Resume* CareerShift, CareerJournal Today, ( Additional readings/activities as assigned *Note: The VAULT Online Career Resource Library, Optimal Resume, and CareerShift are three valuable resources for College of Business Administration undergraduate students only. To access them, visit the Business Career Programs website,, and select “Students.” All three are listed under Student Resources (see page 2). These three resources will be used in the Career Development classes and throughout the remainder of your time in the College of Business Administration. Your technology fee has paid for these exemplary services. Use them to enhance your skills, knowledge and professional presence! 1 “Developing Life-Long Leaders for the World of Business”
  2. 2. *Note: The VAULT Online Career Library, Optimal Resume, and CareerShift are three resources for College of Business Administration undergraduate students only. To access them: 1. Visit the Business Career Programs website,, and 2. Select the “Students” tab under the College of Business Administration Header (do not select “Student Information” under the left hand column with the header, Business Career Programs). All three are listed under Student Resources. You may also access Optimal Resume and CareerShift by using the web addresses listed under Course Resources on page 1. Vault should be accessed through the Business Career Programs site, as noted above. 2 “Developing Life-Long Leaders for the World of Business”
  3. 3. DESCRIPTION This one-hour course will assist students with self-assessment, exploring career options and developing a resume. Skills in communicating, listening, organizing and supervising are some of the areas required for long-term career success that are covered. (Open to Business students only. Graded A-C/No credit.) Prerequisite: BUAD 1000, business major and sophomore status. COURSE OBJECTIVES • Explore personal qualities, interests, skills and values and how these relate to majors and career choices • Identify the connection of College of Business Administration academic majors to career options • Analyze the components of a major and career to determine fit with identified career interests • Utilize print, personal and computer-based occupational resources to aid in major and career search • Effectively market experience and skills to potential employers • Create an action plan or strategy integrating self-assessment, research and career alternatives COURSE EXPECTATIONS Students will: • Review the BUAD 2000 Homepage to familiarize themselves with the areas/resources to be used throughout the course. The homepage will also be used for general information relevant to class. Areas you will access include: • Email-where all electronic communication will occur between you, the instructor and your classmates • Resources and Help-where the syllabus, useful career/job search resources may be found • Survey Folder-location for Data Sheet Surveys 1 and 2, and other assignments as necessary • Assignments/Activities-requirements for all assignments will be accessed from this folder • Extra Credit Options-requirements will be posted as available • Discussion Board- Announcements and inquiries about the course and assignments (open daily) Need help with Blackboard? Blackboard and computer related troubleshooting tips can be found on the Blackboard Help Desk page; ( if you need further assistance, call 419.530.8835 (866.UToledo, toll free) or email • review the BUAD 2000 syllabus thoroughly, noting any questions or clarification needing addressed—students are responsible for all information included in the syllabus. Once reviewed, students should accept the Course Contract in the Survey Folder. • use email through the BUAD 2000 Home Page for all electronic communication related to this class. All electronic communication must occur through the Blackboard course environment. Other communication can be managed through Office Hours visits (see page 1) or by telephone. The “Subject” line of all email communication must begin with the student’s BUAD 2000 section number, followed by the nature of the message. Your section number may be found on page 1 of the syllabus, at the top of the page. Students whose messages do not comply with the required format may not be read. For example: • open the BUAD 2000 homepage daily in the event announcements are posted in the Discussion Board Folder or on the homepage—students are accountable for all information posted! • attend all classes—in the event a student must miss class, the instructor must be notified as soon as possible, as she retains the right to grant excused absences (students may always attend another section to make up for the missed class) • arrive on time for all class sessions and take care not to create disturbances if they are late 3 “Developing Life-Long Leaders for the World of Business”
  4. 4. • sign their own name to the Sign-in Sheet to ensure credit for attendance (this includes students attending a section other than their own for make-up purposes) • demonstrate respect to the instructor and their classmates by refraining from social discussions in class • silence cell phones and discontinue use of any other means of technology during class—the only acceptable use of technology would be a laptop—days when laptops are required will be noted in the course schedule (see page 9 for details on wireless connectivity) • come to class having read the assigned readings • participate actively in classroom dialog and activities • complete and turn in all assignments on the specified due date in the specified form (electronic or hard copy) • submit all assignments using Microsoft Word; assignments loaded in a format other than Microsoft Word are difficult to open and cause unnecessary delays in reading and assessing students’ work. This is a critical! • accept responsibility for obtaining missed notes or assignments, and subsequently, completing all assignments— ask your peers or the instructor for assistance • engage in peer dialog and review of assignments in- and out-of-class as required • adhere to the College of Business Administration’s Code of Academic Conduct As a student taking coursework in the College, you have an obligation to maintain the highest ethical conduct. This involves avoiding acts of academic dishonesty. The reason for requiring the highest standards of ethical conduct is to ensure fairness, honesty and integrity in the evaluation of student performance. Evaluation of student performance should not be invalidated by students intending or attempting to misrepresent the skill, achievement or ability of either themselves or others. To achieve this purpose, the College has enacted a Code of Student Academic Conduct. This Code sets forth specific types of academic misconduct which will not be tolerated. If there is any evidence of any of these types of academic misconduct in this course, charges will be filed against the student or students involved. Along with the Code, the College has also enacted a Student Academic Grievance Procedure. The purpose of this grievance procedure is to provide the exclusive method by which a student can file a grievance if s/he believes that the charge of academic misconduct is false or to grieve a final course grade which s/he believes has been unfairly or erroneously assigned. The Code of Student Academic Conduct, the Student Academic Grievance Procedure, and the Student Grievance Form can be reviewed on the College of Business Administration website. The Instructor will: • arrive for class on time, prepared to share her knowledge in ways that accommodate the needs of the students (Note: in the event class must be cancelled due to an emergency, every effort will be made to notify students in advance of the class meeting) • honor her office hours and meet with students individually as necessary • apply fair and consistent grading for all student assignments, returning them in a timely fashion • help identify resources needed to complete assignments or career-related endeavors • do whatever she can to make sure this is a successful experience for all participants • amend, adjust or deviate from the syllabus as necessary. COURSE/ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS • Assignments are due according to the course schedule, although, the instructor may be able accept early assignments if desired. All assignment requirements will be posted in the Assignments/Activities Folder on the BUAD 2000 homepage as soon as requirements are finalized. If you are experiencing difficulty with any aspect of Blackboard, troubleshooting tips can be found on the Blackboard Help Desk ( dl/helpdesk/hlp_index.html) page; if you need further assistance, call 419.530.8835 (866.UToledo, toll free) or email The instructor can respond to assignment content questions, not technical questions regarding Blackboard access. 4 “Developing Life-Long Leaders for the World of Business”
  5. 5. • Late work is not accepted. In the event a student believes an assignment will not be completed on time, communication must occur with the instructor prior to the due date. If the instructor deems the student’s rationale for late work acceptable, the assignment may be submitted by the time designated by the instructor to the appropriate location (depending on the assignment requirements) • the location determined by the instructor in the BUAD 2000 course environment in Blackboard • the Optimal Resume Review Center • the instructor’s mailbox in the Management Department Office, ST 2007 • Students will work individually and in groups or Career Clusters to achieve the desired objectives and to complete assignments. Participants will engage in active classroom and out-of-classroom experiences to complete assignments. • Unless otherwise noted, all work must be submitted using Microsoft Word, following the specifications noted on the assignment requirements. Once graded, assignments should be three-hole punched so they are easily added to the Career Development Portfolio if students choose to organize their materials this way. CAREER CLUSTERS Students will be assigned career clusters based on tentative career direction. These groups are designed to facilitate in- and out-of-class conversation among peers about career related issues, and to share resources and ideas for researching and writing about career information. Students will also engage in significant peer review of writing in their career clusters. ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTIONS (AT A GLANCE) Full descriptions of all assignment requirements will be available to students in the BUAD 2000 Homepage, Assignments/Activities folder, Blackboard. (Any login or access issues must be addressed through The University of Toledo Distance and eLearning Help Desk page. If you need further assistance, call 419.530.8835 (866.UToledo, toll free) or email BUAD 2000 Course Contract Acceptance (Due in Blackboard Survey Folder by 5 p.m., 3/27/09) To ensure students understand the syllabus and course expectations, acceptance of a contract is required to make certain all class participants are accountable for the expectations outlined in the syllabus, discussed in class, and reiterated in the contract (Survey Folder). Data Sheet Survey 1 and 2-5 points each (Due in Blackboard Survey Folder by 5 p.m., 3/27/09 and 5/1/09 respectively) Students are asked to assess their perceived readiness to explore majors and careers. Quality points are not awarded for these tasks—when completed, students receive the full 5 points for each. Completion of Data Sheet Surveys 1 and 2 help College faculty determine if they are making progress on the desired competencies necessary for graduation. See page 7 of the syllabus. Online Career-assessment/Reflection-20 points (Due in Blackboard Assignment Drop Box by 5 p.m., 3/27/09) Students will take one of two free online career-assessments, print their results and compose a brief reflection to be used during the second class session. The completed, typed Microsoft Word reflection will be placed in the Blackboard Drop Box. No handwritten reflections will be accepted. In-class Reflections-3@20 points each=60 points (To be completed in class, and placed in the Blackboard Assignment Drop Box by 5 p.m., 3/27/09) Students will compose three in-class reflections focusing on interests/skills, values/personal qualities and a summary of their perceptions about their career profile. The completed, typed Microsoft Word reflections will be placed in the Blackboard Drop Box. No handwritten reflections will be accepted. Use of a laptop is strongly encouraged during this class. VAULT Reflection-15 points (Due in Blackboard Assignment Drop Box by 5 p.m., 4/10/08) 5 “Developing Life-Long Leaders for the World of Business”
  6. 6. Students will select an article of interest to read from the Career Advice tab on VAULT. Upon reading the article (drawn from the Industry Advice, Work/Life or Job Search sections) a brief reflection will be composed, copied, and pasted into the Assignment Drop Box in Blackboard. Information Interview-50 points (Due in Blackboard Assignment Drop Box by 5 p.m., 4/24/09) Some of the most valuable information job seekers can gather about the world of work comes from the people who are working in their desired field. Career information is readily available on the web and in hard copy; however, the best career-related information comes from practitioners. Students will conduct an Information Interview with someone in a position they are considering. A brief reflection will be submitted following the interview. Major/Career Exploration Project-35 points (Due in Blackboard Assignment Drop Box by 5 p.m., 5/1/09) Students will combine their knowledge of self, College of Business Administration majors and potential careers in a paper focusing on one potential career. Students will access resources via informational interviews, print, web and personal resources to produce the finished project. Resume-25 points (Due the last day of class (Monday (012/022) 4/27, Tuesday (032/042) 4/28, or Wednesday (052/062) 4/29—download and print from Optimal Resume and bring to class) This summary of your skills and qualifications for employment is a living document that will change continually. We will spend time in- and out-of-class working on this all important job search tool. Resumes will be critiqued in-class on the last day of class. ATTENDANCE-35 POINTS This class will be highly interactive. Therefore, all participants will need to come prepared to discuss topics and their individual career development. We will all learn through the experiences of one another; thus, extensive participation is expected. Absences will be considered unexcused unless discussed with the instructor prior to class. The instructor will adhere to The University of Toledo missed class policy available at PROFESSIONALISM POINTS—AT THE INSTRUCTOR’S DISCRETION While it is the instructor’s responsibility to attempt to increase your knowledge and provide you with strategies for enhancing your career success, it is your responsibility to practice professionalism in this class. Consider this a training ground for your future. Attend class, arrive on time, participate, demonstrate conscientiousness, respect, and a solid work ethic, and submit written documents that are free of typographical and mechanical errors. Professionalism does not begin when you graduate and accept a full time position. The impressions you create now will follow you throughout your experience at The University of Toledo, in the College of Business Administration and in other student or professional circles. Discretionary bonus points may be added due to exceptional performance and commitment to professionalism. ASSIGNMENTS AT-A-GLANCE Graded Component Points Points Due Date Achieved BUAD 2000 Course Contract Acceptance 5 3/27 Data Sheet Survey 1 5 3/27 Data Sheet Survey 2 5 5/1 Online Career Assessment/Reflection (bring assessment results and reflection to 20 3/27 class prior to submitting reflection in the Blackboard Assignment Drop Box) In-class Reflections (3@20 points each) 60 3/27 VAULT Reflection 15 4/10 Information Interview 50 4/24 Major/Career Exploration Project 35 5/1 Resume 25 In Class 6 “Developing Life-Long Leaders for the World of Business”
  7. 7. last week Attendance 35 Extra Credit 10 5/1 Total Points 255 EXTRA CREDIT OPTIONS (A TOTAL OF 10 POINTS MAY BE ACHIEVED) Students who excel in the career/job search are those who go beyond what is expected. As such, completion of extra work will yield additional points in class. All extra credit options are designed to complement students’ career/job search preparedness and marketability. Generally, in-depth requirements, as well as other options, will be presented throughout the course and posted in the Extra Credit Folder on the BUAD 2000 Homepage on Blackboard. Written extra credit will be accepted until 5 p.m., 5/1/09 in the Blackboard Survey Folder, Extra Credit File. Currently, two extra credit options are offered: 1. Completion of a second VAULT Reflection 2. Compilation of a Career Development Portfolio This portfolio will allow students to capture all of the information they collect and track their progress over the course of the semester. The portfolio, if constructed, will be reviewed at the end of the course, and may be used in the subsequent BUAD 3000, Career Development II, class. GRADING COMPETENCIES AND SCALE COMPETENCIES The College of Business Administration is committed to promoting development in eight competencies or undergraduate learning goals listed below. Growth in these competencies is evaluated in assignments. 1. Interaction – Each student can demonstrate collaboration, leadership and professional behavior. 2. Ethics – Each student can recognize, analyze and resolve ethical issues explicit or implicit in decision-making. 3. Continuing Self-development – Each student is encouraged to develop attitudes and habits of self-learning relevant to business. 4. Critical Thinking – Each student can think critically to identify, research and analyze problems and make decisions. 5. Analytical Skills – Each student can make sound inferences from data and use effective problem-solving techniques. 6. Perspectives – Each student can identify, interpret and evaluate the legal, global, entrepreneurial and environmental dimensions of business and personal careers. 7. Communication — Each student can communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and organize and share information. 8. Technology Each student can understand and utilize technology in improving business competitiveness and personal productivity. This course mostly emphasizes development in Communication and Continuing Self-development. Assessment of assignments will reflect students’ achievement in these competencies. GRADING SCALE Final grades will be a percentage of total points received versus total points available. Letter Percentag Points Letter Percentag Points Grade e Grade e A 93%-100% 238-255 B- 80%-82% 204-211 A- 90%-92% 230-237 C+ 77%-79% 197-203 B+ 87%-89% 222-229 C 73%-76% 187-196 B 83%-86% 212-221 7 “Developing Life-Long Leaders for the World of Business”
  8. 8. COURSE SCHEDULE (The schedule will be adjusted pending the pace of the individual class). Assignment requirements will be available in the Assignments/Activities Folder, BUAD 2000 Homepage in Blackboard. You are responsible for following the progress and structure of the Course Schedule. Due assignments are preceded by a bold “Due” and are listed under Action Items (the far right column). Readings for future weeks will also be listed under Action Items. Topics, unless amended, are discussed on the meeting date. Note: Pay attention to due dates/times. All assignments are electronic, time-stamped submissions in Blackboard or the Optimal Resume Review Center. Because assignments are due by 5 p.m., that means all documents should be submitted well in advance of 5 p.m. on or before the due date. Submissions that are attempted after 5 p.m. on the due date cannot be loaded. Supplemental readings for most topics may be found in the Resources and Help Folder on the homepage. Assigned readings and in-class discussion are the foundation; however, if necessary, additional readings may be included in the Resources and Help Folder which will complement your knowledge and skills. Date Topic and Special Notes Action Items (Readings, Projects Due) 3/17 Introductions, Syllabus, Expectations and Course • Take one of these online career assessments: Resources Review, Stages of Career Development 1. or 2. Students will be introduced to VAULT, the online Print your assessment results and bring them to your next class! (See Online Career- career resource library, Optimal Resume, the assessment and Reflection Requirements in the Assignments/Activities Folder on the resume development tool required of all BUAD homepage). 2000 students, and CareerShift. See pages 1 and 2 • Then Read “John Holland’s Theory of Career Choice,” of the syllabus for directions on accessing each of these resources. Your Optimal Resume Profile .asp must be completed by the week of 4/6 to be able The Career Key. Do not take the Career Key Assessment. Simply read the theory. to build your resume. Do not delay! 3/24 Interests, Skills, Values, Personal Qualities, Career Due: BUAD 2000 Course Contract, by 5 p.m., 3/27, in Blackboard Survey Folder Development Theory, Career Assessments and Due: Data Sheet Survey 1, by 5 p.m., 3/27, in Blackboard Survey Folder Informational Interviewing Due: Online Career Assessment Reflection, as well as the following three In-class Note: reflections that were written in class: Interests/Skills, Values/Personal Qualities, and VIPS, 1. Bring your Online Career Assessment by 5 p.m., 3/27, in Blackboard Assignment Drop Box Results (printout) to class. 2. Bring a laptop to class as In-class • Create your Optimal Resume Profile by the week of 4/6. This must be done in Reflections will be composed and preparation for discussing resume writing. Go to the UTCOBA Optimal Resume site, submitted to the Assignment Drop Box and select New User in the Login Box, upper during class. left portion of the screen. For additional help, open the Optimal Resume Profile Completion document in the Resources Folder in Blackboard. 8 “Developing Life-Long Leaders for the World of Business”
  9. 9. 3/31 Using Web Resources to Inform Career • Read VAULT Guide to Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews, Chapters 1-4 on Development Resumes, as well as relevant articles under the Career Advice tab (Job Search). Note: Meet at Carlson Library 1025! • Review relevant resume construction articles on, and, http:// 4/7 Resume Development Review COBA website focusing on departments and majors Note: • You must have your Optimal Resume Due: VAULT Reflection by 5 p.m., 4/10, in Blackboard Assignment Drop Box Profile completed by this date! Bring a laptop to class to use Optimal Resume. 4/14 COBA Departments and Majors 4/21 Careers in Business Due: Information Interview, by 5 p.m., 4/24, in Blackboard Assignment Drop Box 4/28 Course Wrap-up, In-class Resume Critiquing and Due: Major and Career Exploration Project, by 5 p.m., 5/1, in Blackboard Assignment Drop Preparation for Next Step in Career Development Box Process, Evaluation Due: Rough Draft Resume, in class Due: Data Sheet Survey 2, by 5 p.m., 5/1, in Blackboard Survey Folder Note: Bring Rough Resume (downloaded and Due: Any Extra Credit by 5 p.m., 5/1, (if written) in Blackboard Assignment Drop Box. If printed from Optimal Resume) to class as they will students choose to create a Career Development Portfolio for extra credit, it should be be critiqued in class! brought to this class for review. FINAL NOTES: Follow up as soon as possible: • Ensure your Optimal Resume Profile is completed by the week of 4/6/09! Direct any issues to Amy O’Donnell through Blackboard email. • For wireless connection details, click on: • Consider ordering free business cards for your internship search. Check out these two sites: 1. VistaPrint 2. OvernightPrints 9 “Developing Life-Long Leaders for the World of Business”