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PSY 4512 Personal and Professional Development

Course Description

This course explores realistic goals for implementation of psychological knowledge, skills, abilities, and values in occupational, and/or educational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals. Also includes how those goals may meet societal needs. (Requirement: fourth-year standing in Florida Tech University Online.)

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to

  • Explore personal, sociocultural, and professional values
  • Explore the application of psychological principles to promote personal development
  • Examine the value in self-assessment and feedback
  • Examine metacognition
  • Discuss the value of self-management strategies that maximize healthy outcomes
  • Explore the applications of psychology when formulating career choices
  • Identify the types of academic experience and performance in psychology and liberal arts that will facilitate entry into the workforce, post-baccalaureate education, or both
  • Describe preferred career paths based on accurate self-assessment of abilities, achievement, motivation, and work habits
  • Identify and develop skills and experiences relevant to achieving selected career goals
  • Articulate how changing societal needs can influence career opportunities and foster flexibility about managing changing conditions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of lifelong learning and personal flexibility to sustain personal and professional development as the nature of work evolves

Week 1

Lecture: Course Introduction
Lecture: Career Decisions: Incorporating Values and Interests


  • Differentiate between different theoretical explanations of career values
  • Identify values considered when selecting a career
  • Identify life values, according to Super’s theory
  • Identify the six domains of career interest
  • Distinguish between life and career interests
  • Identify components of the information processing pyramid and apply to your career decision-making process

Week 2

Lecture: Assessing Skills and Career Decisions


  • Differentiate between interest and skill
  • Use the Holland codes to link interests, skills, and values to careers
  • Implement the Information Processing Pyramid to weigh careers against interests, skills, and values
  • Enhance self-knowledge of skills on national tests

Week 3

Lecture: Exploring the World of Work: Path to Degrees and Employment Requirements


  • Identify state educational and licensure requirements associated with professions being considered
  • Weigh important factors in programs providing required training for the profession
  • Describe job satisfaction theory
  • Contrast work activities in the profession with personal work values
  • Enhance self-knowledge in the relevance of your chosen career goal to their Holland Codes for interests, skills, and values

Week 4

Lecture: Résumé Building Activities to Demonstrate Skills or Abilities


  • Identify deficits in their experience in preparation for their career goal
  • Evaluate prior positions for work performance skills that could be emphasized on the résumé
  • Identify alternate work opportunities to demonstrate readiness for their career goals
  • Develop a plan to improve scores on admissions exams

Week 5

Lecture: Decision Making and Developing a Career Plan


  • Develop a personalized career plan following the CASVE cycle
  • Describe deficits in their knowledge about their chosen career goal
  • Evaluate their resume for areas needing emphasis as a candidate for that career

Week 6

Lecture: Résumé and Cover Letter Writing


  • Identify ways to represent themselves as the ideal candidate for their chosen career on paper
  • Identify skills to emphasize on their resume
  • Compose a cover letter that explains why they are a match to the needs of the position
  • Evaluate all forms of social contact for professionalism and image management

Week 7

Lecture: Interviewing and Professionalism


  • Identify the optimal plan for interview preparation
  • Describe appropriate interview attire and etiquette
  • Identify interview questions to prepare responses to in advance
  • Describe appropriate post-interview etiquette

Week 8

Lecture: Work Ethic and Professional Networking


  • Identify factors to consider in negotiating a job offer
  • Identify adjustment issues common in new workplaces
  • Develop a plan to strive for promotion
  • Utilize networking opportunities to enhance job growth

The course description, objectives and learning outcomes are subject to change without notice based on enhancements made to the course. May 2012