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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)
This course is recommended for all new students pursuing a college degree or certificate and is an extension of the assessment and orientation process. This course is designed to orient students to the college environment and educational opportunities. Included are an introduction to college services, study skills, time management, college facilities, academic policies, and an exploration of the various segments of higher education in California. Students will develop an academic plan to achieve their tentative educational goals. May be taken for grades or on a credit-no credit basis. Two hours. 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)
This course is designed to assist adult re-entry women and men in continuing their educational goals. Objectives include becoming aware of and exploring new opportunities for self-fulfillment in educational and/or vocational areas. Academic and career planning and the concerns of adults in a changing world will be explored. Interest and personality assessments will be available. May be taken for grades or on a credit-no credit basis. Testing fee required for this course. Two hours. 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 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.
The above student learning outcomes are reasonable expectations for students who attend all class meetings, participate in all classroom activities and complete all homework assignments.
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 possible career choices.
  2. Prepare a goal-setting plan applying occupational research and personal values.
Counseling A135 - Principles of Effective Parenting (3 units)
This course is recommended for students who are interested in developing healthier communication patterns within the family system, workplace, and academic setting. Topics include in-depth self-exploration as it relates to family of origin and how it impacts an individual's level of functioning. Areas addressed include self-esteem, communication patterns, various realms of human growth and development, parent-child relationships, and stressors that impact a student's ability to function in a healthy manner. May be taken for grades or on a credit-no credit basis. Three hours. 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. Identify and implement at least two strategies for stress management, time management, and anger management.
  4. Identify and analyze existing real or potential problems and develop, evaluate, and test possible solutions, using a minimum of two developmental theories.
  5. Create a personal statement identifying a family plan for success.

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)
Presentation, discussion and study of personal development issues. Topics may include motivation, values clarification, decision making, self-esteem and others. Units will vary depending on topic and number of meetings scheduled. Intended for students wishing to deal with issues relating to their own personal development and/or helping others with these issues. Offered on a credit-no credit basis only. Three to nine hours lecture. 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 6/18/14