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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Sociology

Career Development and Life Planning SOSC-107

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 107
  • 2 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/28/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Laurie M Ingebritsen M.S.

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Office: Adult Education Center 209, Office F
  • Phone: 208-665-5436
  • Website:

Office Hours:  Tuesdays 10:45 to 11:45, Adult Education Center, Room 209, office F.  Meetings outside of regular office hours will be available by appointmet.

Meeting Times


  • Tuesday, 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM, MHS 117


This course is designed to assist students in choosing meaningful and fulfilling career options. It provides students with the skills necessary to make informed and considered career decisions, and achieve academic and future success. These include enhancing self-understanding (such as interests, strengths-skills and abilities, values, preferred job characteristics, motivations, desired lifestyle, and personality) and information about the world of work (current information and future trends). Lecture: 2 hours per week


Student Success and Career Development

  • Author: Sukiennik, D., Bendat, W., & Raufman, L.
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Edition: 2011
  • ISBN: 0-558-88784-8
  • Availability: NIC Bookstore

Custom edition bundled in bookstore.


  • The student will demonstrate increased self-understanding, and how that contributes to career satisfaction
  • The student will demonstrate increased understanding of the world of work, as well as how to access this information
  • The student will develop the ability to apply a career planning process combining knowledge of self and knowledge of the world of work to make informed decisions about meaningful career options and future success



Grading:  There are a total of 1000 points in this class.  The final grade will be based on a flat percentage.

A=100-94     A-=93-90

B+=89-87     B=86-83     B-=82-80

C+=79-77     C=76-73     C-=72-70

D+=69-67     D=66-63     D-=62-60



Course outcomes will be measured by the following criteria:

  • Classroom and online participation
  • Completion of career assessments
  • Completion of assigned activities
  • Written assignments
  • Final project
Classroom participation:  16% (160 points)  Students will have 16 opportunities to participate in in-class discussions (10 points each).  In order to earn full points, students must contribute positive and meaningul content to classroom discussions.
Online participation: 15% (150 points) Students will  have 15 opportunities to participate in online discussions (10 points each).  To earn full points, students will need to answer the discussion questions(s), and make at least two (2) substantive posts (to each questions) to the online discussion.
Syllabus quiz:  .4% (4 points) There will be a short syllabus quiz before the first day of class.
Completion of career assessments:  4.6% (46 points) There will be 2 career assessments (23 points each) (Gonyea Career Development guide & an assessment of your choice).  You will be required to complete the Gonyea assessment.  For the second assessment, you will only be required to research and resport your findings.  However, you may take as many assessments as you wish.
Textbook assignments:  24% (240 points) There will be 12 homework assignments (20 points each)
Informal presentation: 5% (50 points) There will be one informal presentation about the assessment you choose to research.
Written assignments: 15% (150 points) There will be 3 one to two page writing assignments. (50 points each)
Final project: 20% (200 points)
NOTE:  This class does not offer extra credit options.

Course Policies

This class requires three to four hours of homework per week.  This is mandatory and is an integral part of the course.  In order to be successful, the student must do the following:

  • Come to class prepared
  • Read the text
  • Take notes
  • Be on time
  • Respect classmates
  • Complete all assignments by their due date
Cell phones are required to be off or silenced during lecture.  Texting in class will not be permitted.  Violations of this policy may result in the student being asked to leave for the remainder of the lecture and points may be lost.
Most of your assignments/exams will be accessed through the Blackboard website associated with this class.  You must have, or be able to regularly access, reliable internet capabilities.  Computers are available throughout the campus for your use.
Assignments will not be accepted late unless prior approval has been received by the instructor.  In those instances, it may be accepted up to one week late.  An appropriate deduction in points will be determined by the instructor.  No assignments or exams will be accepted after the last day of class.
Some of your assignments will come from exercises found in the textbook.  Please use the Blackboard website to submit your answers.
Please allow 48 hours M-Th for a reply to an email.  Your instructor does not work weekends.
Please print a copy of this syllabus to insert into your workbook.  The syllabus is subject to change depending on the pace of the class and the needs of the students.
This class covers a great deal of information in one short semester; therefore attendance is critical.  Attendance will be calculated as follows:
1 absence - 1% (10 point) deduction
2-3 absences = 5% (50 point) deduction
4 absences = 10% (100 point deduction
5 or more absences = 20% (200 point) deduction


Please access your weekly course schedule through Blackboard.  Your lesson modules have been created in detail within that venue.

Please note:  There is no class the week of October 30th

Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.


For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.