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Don Nickel - Counseling & Matriculation

Spring Quarter: CLP 75: College Major and Career Options

Instructor: Don Nickel, Counselor

Office: RSS 213
Phone: (408) 864-5423
Office hours: by appointment.

Course Description

This course examines the decision-making process for choosing a major and career. Students will learn about theories in career development and explore other influences such as familial, social, and cultural. Students will utilize self-assessment inventories to identify individual interests, values, skills, and personality types as they relate to major and career choices.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will develop and evaluate college major and career options by analyzing a multitude of factors involved in career development such as: personality, values, skills, interests, attitudes, and family and culture.


Advisory: English Writing 211 and Reading 211 (or Language Arts 211), or English as a Second Language 272 and 273.

What to Expect

This is a six week online course that begins April 10 and ends May 21. You should expect to spend about 6 hours a week reviewing the online course materials and completing various assessments, homework assignments and quizzes. To be successful in this course you should log into the course multiple times each week. There is no textbook as all materials are available through the online course.

Class Attendance Policy

Students must complete Quiz 1 and Reflection 1 by April 16 at 5:00pm or they will be dropped from the course.

Academic Integrity

Here is the link to De Anza College’s policy on academic integrity:

Grading and Assignments

All online assignments and testing have an enforced deadline with no exceptions. No late submissions are accepted. There will be some opportunities to earn extra credit.

Grading Scale:

97 - 100 = A+

93 - 96  = A

90 - 92  = A-

87 - 89  = B+

83 - 86  = B

80 - 82  = B-

77 - 79  = C+

70 - 76  = C

67 - 69  = D+

63 - 67  = D

60 - 62  = D-

below 60 = F

Assignment Value:

Graded Assignment

Points Possible





Final exam


Total Points

Extra Credit: Degree Works Ed Plan


Extra Credit: The Virtual Career Center 5


 Grading rubric for the Discussion Forums 

You should plan to check in to the Discussion board to post and respond to new postings several times a week.



Full credit

Quality of postings

Postings are not relevant to the question assignments.

Postings reflect the readings and lecture topic focus. Use of critical thinking/real world application is evident.

Quantity of postings

Responds to the question posted and one of the following:

  • neglects to respond to any postings OR
  • dominates the thread with excessive postings

Responds to at least one other participant.


Timeliness of posts

Posts meet the other criteria but are posted at the end of the week when class discussions have moved on to other topics.

Responses occur early enough in the week to allow others to provide feedback and contribute to the discussion in a timely manner.


Grading rubric for Reflections writings



Full credit

Focus of writing

Writings are not relevant to the assignment.

Writings reflect the readings and lecture topic focus. Use of critical thinking/real world application is evident.

Quality of writing

Responds to the question and one of the following:

  • Writings lack correct English usage or
  • Writings are vague and lack support to back ideas


  • Writings are grammatically well written and
  • Ideas are expressed clearly with strong support

Timeliness of writing

Assignments are submitted late.

Assignments submitted on time.



email Email: Don Nickel
Phone: 408.864.5423
Office: RSS 240




Last Updated: 4/7/17