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Transfer Courses

All courses numbered 100 or higher are transferable to the California State Universities (CSU). Courses that are transferable to the University of California are designated 'UC.' Some of these courses have limits on the amount of credit that is granted. See the UC Transferable Course List available in the Counseling Center or Transfer Center for these limitations. Courses that are non-credit or not AA degree applicable are designated with the letter 'N' preceding the course number. Identification of courses that have been accepted into the California Articulation Number (CAN) system appears after the course title.

Counseling Courses

Counseling A100 - Introduction to College (1 unit) (8 week course)
Introduces new students to college services and facilities, academic policies and various segments of higher education in California. Includes time management, study skills, and academic planning. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Transfer Credit: CSU.
Students will be able to:
  1. Identify the college’s student services resources and describe what each component provides for students.
  2. Interpret academic terminology as it pertains to successful educational planning in higher education.
  3. Develop a Student Education Plan (SEP) that defines an educational goal.
Counseling A101- New Horizons for Men and Women (1 unit) (8 week course)
An orientation course designed to assist adults re-entering academic life. Orientation to O.C.C. and higher education will be offered. Topics will include career development, career change, study skills, time management, life transitions, job skills, self-esteem, assertion, and communication skills. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Transfer Credit: CSU.
Students will be able to:
  1. Assess their interests and abilities and match these to careers.
  2. Develop an individualized educational plan and summarize its basic components.
  3. Identify and describe the basic stages of career development.
  4. Identify their current stage of career development and describe which steps are needed to reach their next stage.

Counseling A104 - Career & Life Planning: A Holistic Approach (3 units)
In depth career and life planning: Designed primarily for students uncertain about educational-occupational plans. Standardized tests of interests, personality characteristics, and values are utilized to develop a systemic approach to career and life development. This course emphasizes the importance of taking personal responsibility for ones educational, career and personal decisions to achieve satisfaction through work and life balance. This course may also be offered online. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Students will be able to:

  1. Apply career inventory results to determine interests, personality traits, skills and possible career choices.
  2. Prepare a goal-setting plan applying occupational research an dpersonal values.
  3. Examine and explain how specific job acquisition skills can be utilized to obtain employment.
  4. Assess personal characteristics such as values, skills, interests, life roles and personality and explain how this information may integrate toward effective career and life decisions.

Counseling A105 - Strategies for College Success (3 units)
This is a course designed to integrate personal growth, critical and creative thinking, problem solving and academic and career success.  Topics include study techniques, orientation to higher education and resources, life skills, academic planning, and personal development.  For all students wishing to improve their success in college.  This course may be offered online.  May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.  Transfer Credit:  CSU; UC.

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of multiculturalism through active listening and
    participation with fellow students; evaluate personal attributes and traits; identify
    stereotypes, biases, and potential barriers to their success; and collaborate in developing
    plans to overcome common barriers for diverse student populations.
  2. Utilize college resources to design a personal academic advising notebook that
    reflects their understanding of the culture of higher education, developed study skill,
    identified personal learning styles and personal and career goals.

Counseling A106 - High School Early Entry Orientation (.5 units) (8 week course)
Designed to provide high school seniors with information and skills to facilitate their registration, transition and access to Orange Coast College.  Familiarize students with educational options, requirements and tools.  Introduce students to the campus climate, services, policies and student success principles.  Completion of this course grants credit for New Student Orientation requirements and continuing student status for registration in the subsequent term.  Transfer Credit:  CSU.

Students will be able to: 

  1. Create a one-semester student educational plan (SEP).
  2. Log onto MyOCC and register for classes.
  3. Differentiate between risky behaviors and those related to success in college.
Counseling A107 - Chicana/o & Latina/o Experience in Higher Education (3 units)
Counseling practices will be applied to explore factors that contribute to a successful experience in higher education for Chicana/o and Latina/o students. An examination of the educational experience of the Chicana/o and Latina/o community in the United States. Emphasis on understanding the background of Chicana/o and Latina/o students in relation to current educational conditions and trends. Advisory: English A099. Transfer Credit: CSU.
Students will be able to: 
  1. Demonstrate by written account an understanding of the background and condition of the Chicana/o and Latina/o experience and success in higher education.
  2. Develop an awareness of the barriers and challenges toward educational equity and the Chicana/o and Latina/o community through problem solving exercises and group discussion.
  3. Comprehend the importance of peer/group relationships and the campus community related to academic success in enabling the skills related to well being.
  4. Articulate a presentation on the context of the Chicana/o and Latina/o experience regarding educational and career attainment in relation to its community.
Counseling A109 - Developing and Understanding Happiness (3 units)
The study and practical application of well-known perspectives and research findings on happiness, life satisfaction, flow, and self-actualization. Topics include happiness, self-esteem, empathy, friendship, goal setting, love, achievement, creativity, mindfulness, spirituality, and humor. This course may also be offered online. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Three hours. Transfer Credit: CSU.
Students will be able to:
  1. Create a life statement using assessed individual strengths that describes a student’s current state of happiness and positive traits.
  2. Chart a strategic plan that designs short-term and long-term goals based upon both research and individual student's subjective assessment of what constitutes well being for that student.
Counseling A110 - Applied Stress Management (2 units) (8 week course)
This course is designed to respond to the need to understand and manage personal stress. Symptom identification and management techniques will be emphasized. Offered on a credit-no credit basis only. Four hours. Transfer Credit: CSU.
Students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of stress and the multifaceted contributors to stress in their lives.
  2. Create a personalized stress management program to include specific strategies for managing stress in the physical, cognitive, emotional, time managing and interpersonal dimensions of their lives.
Counseling A120 - Career Planning (2 units) (8-16 week course)
An accelerated class designed for students uncertain about their educational-occupational plans.  Carrer inventories are used along with non-test data to evaluate occupational choices.  This course may be offered online.  Offered on a pass-no pass basis only. Transfer Credit: CSU.
Students will be able to:
  1. Apply career inventory results to determine interests, personality traits, skills and identify possible career choices related to those results.
  2. Prepare a goal-setting plan applying occupational research and personal values.
  3. Demonstrate logical career decision-making.
Counseling A135 - Principles of Effective Parenting (3 units)
Designed for students who are interested in improving parenting skills and promoting healthy functioning in the context of all relationships. The course focuses on developing healthier interpersonal relationships that ultimately increase self-awareness and self-esteem which are essential to effective parenting and personal success. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. Transfer Credit: CSU.  
Students will be able to:
  1. Self-evaluate how values, attitudes, strengths, and family of origin impact present relationships.
  2. Demonstrate conflict diffusion in relationships by communicating verbal and non-verbal messages that promote love and encouragement.
  3. Create a personal statement identifying a family plan for success which will include two or more strategies for stress management, time management and/or anger management.

Counseling A170 - College Major Search (1 unit) (8 week course)
Course is designed to facilitate a student's exploration and selection of a college major.  Students will examine and apply a decision making process in identifying their academic interests and will develop an educational plan based on a major selection.

The student will be able to:

  1. Ability to navigate hard copy and online resources in gathering information for identification of an
    intended college major. Instructors will present and model use of resources for students application.
  2. Ability to apply selected assessment inventories for information gathering and evaluation for college major
    selection. Outcome will have identified academic interests and goals.
  3. Students will develop and prepare an electronic/digital educational plan with a demonstrated selection of a college major.
Counseling A199 - Topics in Counseling (.5-3 units) (1-16 week course)
Present, discuss, and study personal development issues. Introduce student to campus resources. Topics will change each semester. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only. Transfer Credit: CSU.
Students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate new or enhanced understanding of higher educational options, and relate it to personal development by articulating their student education plan (SEP).
Revised 7/15/15