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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 09-Apr-24

Fall 2024 | INT-2860-VO01 - Professional Field Experience

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (0). Please contact your nearest center for availability.


Erin Meenan
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gilberto Diaz Santos

Course Description

This course connects classroom learning to experience in a workplace or community setting. Students design a field study that meets their personal and degree program goals. The classroom component may include critical analysis and reflection on work, service to the community, the roles and responsibilities of citizens, and the relationship between learning and the field study. The course consists of at least 15 hours of class time and 80 hours in the field. Students must meet with an academic advisor and receive approval before enrolling in this class. Prerequisite: English Composition and a minimum of 30 prior college credits or advisor permission.

Essential Objectives

1. Clarify and reflect on personal career goals; examine the settings, challenges, and opportunities of various professions.
2. Design a learning contract that aligns field experience goals with the student’s program outcomes.
3. Demonstrate effective participation in a workplace or community setting (e.g., communication, teamwork, appropriate workplace ethics).
4. Apply program-specific learning and skills in a workplace setting.
5. Examine the ways in which an individual contributes to society through work and community engagement.
6. Describe how organizations impact the social, economic, and political systems in a community.
7. Evaluate the learning gained in the field experience through a process of reflection and supervisor feedback.
8. Develop important job search skills (e.g., resume and cover letter writing, researching employment opportunities, and interviewing) to support life-long career development.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


  • group discussions
  • interactive projects and/or activities
  • readings, writing, and inquiry-based research
  • professional work-based learning experiences
  • interviews
  • service learning

Evaluation Criteria

Your final grade will be based on the following assessments:

Assignment Category Grade Weight Percentage
Learning Contract 10%
Discussions 25%
Assignments 25%
Evaluations 40%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introductions, Syllabus Review

  • Week 1 Lesson
  • Review How Our Course Works
  • Read through the whole Syllabus
  • Review the page, Success in Your Online Course
  • Discussion
  • Quiz
  • Field Experience Progress Report


Professionalism at Work

  • Week 2 Lesson
  • Harrison School of Pharmacy Tenets of Professionalism
  • Discussion about professionalism


Learning Contracts & Goal Setting

  • Week 3 Lesson
  • Five Golden Rules of Goal Setting from Entrepreneur
  • Learning Contract Assignment
  • Test Your Knowledge quiz on goal setting


Individual Contributions at Work

  • Week 4 Lesson
  • Article: Can One Person Really Make a Difference? by Steve Tobak
  • Article: One Person Can Really Make a Difference by Paul Mobley
  • Discussion about Contributing to Society
  • Resume Workshop Activity


Occupational Search

  • Week 5 Lesson
  • Video: How to use the Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Occupational Outlook Job Search Assignment
  • Resume Workshop Activity


Political, Social and Economic Impacts

  • Week 6 Lesson
  • Article: The Roles of Business Organizations in Economic Development by Danielle Smyth
  • Article: What is Social Impact?
  • Article: How Do Local Businesses Affect Social Policy? By Glenn Carroll
  • Article: Public Policy Advocacy: What, Why & How from the Nonprofit Association of Oregon
  • Article: From Mission to Movement by Ben Gose
  • Discussion on political, social, economic impacts of work
  • Resume workshop activity


Mid-Semester Evaluation

  • Mid-semester evaluation due
  • Resume workshop activity


Applying Theory to Work

  • Week 8 Lesson
  • Article: For Interns, Experience Isn't Always the Best Teacher from by David Moore
  • Video: Internship Reflection
  • Discussion about reflecting on your internship experience and goals



  • Week 9 Lesson
  • Sample Resumes
  • Resume Workshop
  • Resume submission through the resume workshop assignment
  • Prepare for your informational interview assignment


Applied Research

  • Week 10 Lesson
  • Article: How to Keep your Job Skills Current
  • Journal Article Review discussion


Informational Interviewing

  • Week 11 Lesson
  • Article: Questions To Ask During An Informational Interview from the University of California
  • Article: Informational interviewing - Get the inside scoop on careers by Olivia Crosby
  • Video: How to Run an Informational Interview
  • Informational Interview Assignment


Cover Letters

  • Week 12 Lesson
  • Sample Cover Letters Download Sample Cover Letters
  • Additional Resources
  • Video: How to Write a Cover Letter from Forbes
  • Targeted Cover Letter assignment



  • Week 13 Lesson
  • Top Five Personality Traits Employers Hire Most by Meghan Casserly
  • 37 Percent Of Employers Use Facebook To Pre-Screen Applicants, New Study Says from the Huffington Post
  • The Most Difficult Interview Questions (and answers) by Nicole Williams
  • Video: Job Interview Tips - How to Prepare for a Job Interview
  • Video: Job Interview Tips - Job Interview Questions and Answers
  • Polished Cover Letter assignment


Final Evaluations

  • Final Evaluation from your site supervisor


Final Reflections

  • Final Summary Report assignment

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

There will be a mix of discussions and assignments throughout the semester in addition to your 80 hours of field experience. Be sure to check in on Monday of each week to review your weekly resources and to see what will be due each week. All of your assignments will relate to your experience and career development.

Assignment Deadlines: In the weeks we have an assignment, your assignment will be due on Monday at midnight.

Discussion Deadlines: In the weeks we have discussions, your initial post will be due by Thursday at midnight. You will then have until Monday at midnight to submit additional reply posts. The goal is to distribute your posts throughout the week so that folks have time to respond. Be sure to support all of your posts with examples, additional questions, quotes from the readings and outside research.

Missing & Late Work Policy

For each day that an assignment is handed in late, the final grade will drop one point. For example, if you achieve a 10 out of 10, but the assignment is two days late, you would receive an 8 for that assignment. You may not submit late posts on the discussion board for a grade.

Attendance is measured by your participation in the weekly discussion boards and/or by your submission of weekly assignments. No more than two absences are allowed. Three absences will result in a failing grade.

Experiential Learning Expectations

Hours: 15 or more

You will complete 80 hours as part of a field experience in our course. You will find an organization related to your program to develop skills and experience in the field.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.