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Final course outline

  1. 1. Final Course Outline 1RUNNING HEAD: Final Course Outline Final Course Outline for Job Search Class Tiffany A. Simmons Strayer University June 11, 2011
  2. 2. Final Course Outline 2 Table of ContentsAbstract………………………………………………………………………………………3JRD 101 Part 1 Introduction…………………………………………………………………………..4-5 Course Information……………………………………………………………………5 Section 1………………………………………………………………………………5 Section 2………………………………………………………………………………6 Section 3………………………………………………………………………………6-7 Section 4……………………………………………………………………………….7JRD 101 Part 2 Introduction…………………………………………………………………………8 Section 5……………………………………………………………………………8-12 Section 6……………………………………………………………………………12-13 Section 7…………………………………………………………………………….13-14 Section 8…………………………………………………………………………….14Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………..15References…………………………………………………………………………………..16
  3. 3. Final Course Outline 3 AbstractThe course outline below is a proposal to the college committee responsible for implementingchanges in the course curricula. The proposed course to be added, JRD101, is the first sequenceof courses offered to graduating seniors in obtaining employment. This course is necessary inhelping learners obtain gainful employment after college, and it will enable the college to stay ontrack with its mission. Both the learner and the college will win. It is hoped that this proposalmeets with the approval of the board.
  4. 4. Final Course Outline 4 JRD 101: Starting the Job Search, Part 1Introduction Upon graduation, students expect to be gainfully employed in their field of study. Moreoften than not, they are unprepared because they have not been shown the proper way to do aresume or cover letter, or they have not practiced their interviewing technique. The college mustdo a better job of preparing its graduates for the work world, and that means figuring out aneffective way of educating them about the job search and what it all entails. Many students justthink they can apply for a job, get an interview, and get the job. This is not always the case, andwith today’s economy, the college must stand ready to inform students about the reality of thejob market, the tools needed to succeed, and the personal qualities that they need to possess inorder to be successful in obtaining and keeping a job. With that thought in mind, it has been proposed that a new class be added, called JRD(standing for Job Readiness Development). The initial class will be called JRD101: Starting theJob Search. The students who should enroll in this class are those who have been identified as“ready to graduate,” as designated by their advisor in a degree audit. When those students havebeen identified, they will be automatically enrolled in this one-hour course upon registration oftheir final semester. This is to assure that the class will have adequate enrollment and instructorsupport in order for it to take place. The staff in the job placement office has offered their time and expertise in designing thisclass, advising on what content should be included. Below are details about the coursedescription, the pedagogy that will be used in the course, course objectives, and courseoutcomes. Please be advised that additional information is forthcoming, including proposed
  5. 5. Final Course Outline 5topics, a sample class, accessibility standards, and the faculty training that will be needed todeliver this course. JRD 101: Starting the Job Search Prerequisites: Must be a graduating senior, as confirmed by academic advisorSemester: Spring semesters onlyClass Meeting Times: Mondays (synchronous)Instructor: TBA“Learning must start with the issues around which students are actively trying to seek meaning”(Askew, 2011). The job search is no different in that regard. Learners in this course want toknow why they do not have a job at the present, how they can get one, and even how they cankeep one. Further, they want to know what they can do to improve their chances of obtaining ajob that matches their skills and abilities. This course is designed to engage the learner in thatsearch and assist him or her in obtaining gainful employment in his or her field of study. Section 1 Course DescriptionJRD101 is a course in job readiness development, designed to assist learners in developing theproper job search knowledge, skills, and attitudes in obtaining gainful employment. Job searchstrategies including resume development, interviewing techniques, and utilizing social media inthe job search. Current job market trends and personal experiences will also be integrated intothe course.
  6. 6. Final Course Outline 6 Section 2 Pedagogy for Course DeliveryInstead of a lecture-based pedagogy, this course will be project-based. Learners will be asked tocompile a portfolio that comprises their best work. This portfolio will be actively used in the jobsearch process. In addition, learners will use graphic organizers that serve as an initial tool forconstructing resumes and online profiles, as well as assessing their knowledge, skills, andattitudes. Supplementing this instruction will be video, slide shows, and simulations that willfill the gap between what learners know and what they need to know in order to be successful inthe job search. These videos, slide shows, and simulations will include tips on maintainingprofessionalism, effective interviewing, dressing for the job, and designing professional resumesand cover letters. Section 3 Course Objectives 1. Using samples and their own graphic organizers, students will construct a resume and cover letter with the following: a summary of qualifications, a professional work history, and educational background. 2. Using LinkedIn, students will construct an online profile for potential employers. 3. After completing a resume and cover letter, students will create a portfolio to present on interviews. 4. Utilizing their Internet skills, students will search for jobs online using popular job search boards. 5. After practicing their interviewing skills, students will prepare for a mock interview.
  7. 7. Final Course Outline 7 6. After viewing presentation on professionalism, students will be able to define professionalism and demonstrate it with their resumes, cover letters, and mock interviews. Section 4 Course OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Compose a professional resume and cover letter for job searches. 2. Utilize social media for the job search. 3. Conduct a job search online, as well as through the newspaper. 4. Utilize proper interviewing techniques and strategies in the job search. 5. Present a professional image for job searching. To ensure that the outcomes are met, learners will be assessed on a regular basis-by theinstructor, by his or her peers, and even through his or her own self-assessment. Assessment isnecessary to provide an authentic measurement of what the learner is learning and if the course ismeeting learner expectations. However, in order for learners to fully be engaged in the course,they must be present at each class meeting. Nothing of value can be accomplished if the learneris not present and is not participating. In the next section, more specific information, such as course topics, will be given. Thetopics, along with other information given, will support the course objectives and courseoutcomes so that the learner thoroughly understands what is expected and what he or she is ableto accomplish.
  8. 8. Final Course Outline 8 JRD 101: Starting the Job Search, Part 2IntroductionBefore beginning the course, each learner will be given a course syllabus via email to describethe course and what is required in order to succeed. In the previous sections, a coursedescription, pedagogy for course delivery, course objectives, and course outcomes weresupplied. In this section, weekly topics and suggested activities, a sample class, a statementaddressing accessibility standards, and training necessary to deliver the course will behighlighted. The course is a one credit-hour course that is optional for graduating seniors;however, individual instructors can choose to make the course a requirement as their needsdictate. Section 5 Weekly TopicsBelow is the weekly schedule for this class. The course outcomes for each week are listed, aswell as supportive activities that will measure mastery of the material.WEEK 1 Course outcomes to be emphasized: o Compose a professional resume and cover letter for job searches Topics for discussion: o Knowledge, skills, and abilities/attitudes that learners can use to include in the resume and cover letter o Significance of resume and cover letter in job search o Types of resumes and cover letters for the job search Activities for the week:
  9. 9. Final Course Outline 9 o Graphic organizer: personal inventory of knowledge, skills, and abilities/attitudes o Live discussion on resumes and cover letters o PowerPoint presentation: Professional Resume and Cover Letter Preparation o In-class guided activity: construct a summary of qualifications and skills for resume o Assignment due week 2: Compose resume and cover letter Resumes should include a summary of qualifications, a professional work history, and educational background, and be no longer than two pages in length. The cover letter should briefly describe job experiences related to the position being applied for. Please submit to the assignment one drop box no later than 5pm Monday.WEEK 2 Course outcomes to be emphasized: o Conduct a job search online, as well as through the newspaper Topics for discussion: o Targeting jobs that match the information on the resume and cover letter o Job descriptions and specifications o Online job boards and newspaper sources Activities for the week: o Graphic organizer: Jobs to Investigate o PowerPoint presentation: What Employers are Looking For o Create an account for at least one online job board
  10. 10. Final Course Outline 10 o Begin searching for appropriate jobs both online and using newspapers o Assignment for week 5: copy a job listing from the local newspaper or print a job listing from an online job board to present for interviewing. These job listings must be compatible with your resume and cover letter and be submitted to the assignment two drop box no later than 5pm Monday of week 5.WEEK 3 Course outcomes to be emphasized: o Utilize social media for the job search Topics for discussion: o The significance of social media in the job search o Creating accounts on social networking sites Activities for the week: o Live discussion on social media o PowerPoint presentation: Effective Use of Social Media in Job Searches o Guided activity: create LinkedIn accountsWEEK 4 Course outcomes to be emphasized: o Present a professional image for job searching Topics for discussion: o Portfolios for job searches o Professionalism Activities for the week: o Build your job search portfolio
  11. 11. Final Course Outline 11 o Video presentation or webinar: Professionalism o Live discussion: What does it mean to be professional? How can I be professional?WEEK 5Note: This week, the class meets in a physical location on campus for interview practices. Course outcomes to be emphasized: o Utilize proper interview techniques and strategies in the job search Topics for discussion: o Importance of the interview in the job search o Effective Interview Techniques o Professional Image in Interviews o Interview Practice Activities for the week: o Discussion on purpose of interviews and proper interview behavior o PowerPoint presentation on Effective Interview Techniques o Video presentation on Proper Interview Attire o Interview practiceWEEK 6Note: This week, the class meets in a physical location on campus for interview practices. Course outcomes to be emphasized: o Utilize proper interview techniques and strategies in the job search Topics for discussion:
  12. 12. Final Course Outline 12 o Interview Practice o Mock Interviews Activities for the week: o Video-recorded interviews o Mock Interviews o PowerPoint presentation: Types of Interviews o Individual evaluations of interview Section 6 One Week Sample Class The class that will be sampled for this section is week one. In this week, learners willconstruct resumes and cover letters for inclusion in their portfolios. Course outcomes to be emphasized: o Compose a professional resume and cover letter for job searches Topics for discussion: o Knowledge, skills, and abilities/attitudes that learners can use to include in the resume and cover letter o Significance of resume and cover letter in job search o Types of resumes and cover letters for the job search Order of class activities: o Live discussion: Using resumes and cover letters in the job search o PowerPoint presentation: Professional Resume and Cover Letter Preparation o Graphic organizer: knowledge, skills, and abilities/attitudes
  13. 13. Final Course Outline 13 o In-class guided activity: construct a summary of qualifications and skills for resume o Assignment due week 2: resume and cover letter Technology, Materials, Resources Needed: o Learners need a computer to access the synchronous course at the time designated o Instructor needs computer, video camera, microphone, and instant message access to field learner responses. o MS Word to complete class assignment Section 7 Addressing Accessibility Standards This course is accessible in any location where an Internet connection is available-whether from home with a broadband or wireless connection or in a remote location, like thelocal library, that has a broadband or wireless connection. Learners of all ability levels are able to participate. It is the course’s express intent toprovide assistive technology for those learners who are visually impaired or hearing impaired.For those individuals with visual impairments, the course will be equipped with AudioDescription, a technology that allows visually impaired learners to participate in the course. Thesoftware provides “narration that the blind or partially sighted person hears describes the actionsand changes on the screen, reads the screen prompts and any other functional information”(Holmes & Gardner, 2006). For hearing-impaired learners, close-captioning is available for thelive discussions and the PowerPoint presentations. For the webinars, a live transcript will be
  14. 14. Final Course Outline 14generated as the learner follows along. The learner will be able to type in his or her responsesand receive feedback as the webinar is taking place. For learners who do not have home computers, the school will allow learners to use thecomputer labs to participate in the synchronous discussion. So that other users are not disturbed,learners should use their headphones and type in responses to questions instead of speaking. Tomaximize time on task, Facebook and Twitter access will be disabled. Only LinkedIn will beenabled for completion of course-related activity. It is the goal of the college to involve every type of learner in this course, and providingassistive technology that enhances their experience will engage them and provide equalopportunity for them to find gainful employment as well. Section 8 Faculty Training Faculty should be trained in providing synchronous instruction. That means training inthe voice technology that accompanies it, as well as the assistive technology needed to reach outto learners who are visually and hearing impaired. Prior to the beginning of the course,instructors who are involved in administering the course will undergo extensive training. Thecollege will assume all costs for the training, as it is committed to e-learning as a way to helplearners become productive, self-sufficient citizens in an ever-changing economy. Facultyshould also have LinkedIn accounts themselves in order to teach learners how to open accountsand how to use them. Additionally, it will be helpful for connecting with learners and makingrecommendations. Faculty should also possess intermediate to advanced level knowledge of MicrosoftOffice products. Because of the content of the course, faculty should also have experience in
  15. 15. Final Course Outline 15job development activities, such as resume development, job interview techniques, andcounseling. Conclusion The information contained in this document is a proposal to include JRD101 as a coursefor graduating seniors. This course is designed to help them acquire the skills needed to be asuccessful job searcher and obtain gainful employment in the job or career of his or her ownchoice. In the modern economy, the nature of job searching has changed. The goal of thiscourse is to equip learners with the tools to succeed in the search. It is hoped that this course isincluded in the college course offerings for the spring semester.
  16. 16. Final Course Outline 16 ReferencesAskew, J. (2011). Educational Theories. Retrieved from http://crescentok.com/staff/jaskew/isr/ education/theories.htm.Holmes, B., Gardner, J. (2006). e-Learning: Concepts and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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