CPSE 644 - Career Dev/Assess

Fall 2013

Section 002: 285 SWKT on Th from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
BYU Learning Suite Syllabus

Instructor/TA Info

Instructor Information

Name: Scott Hosford
Office Location: 2500 WSC
Office Phone: 801-422-2723
Email: scott_hosford@byu.edu

Course Information


Required Text

Sharf, Richard S. (2013). Applying career development theory to counseling, 6th Edition. New York: Brooks /Cole


Course Objectives

  1. Understand some of the theories of career development and decision making
  2. Learn the importance of vocational issues in psychological development.
  3. Develop a philosophy of advising/counseling that incorporates vocational issues.
  4. Begin to develop appropriate vocational interventions.
  5. Begin to learn to administer and interpret relevant instruments and integrate into advising
  6. See how career counseling is an aspect of advising/counseling— not a separate endeavor.
  7. Gain some multicultural career experience/awareness with regard to career counseling.      
  8. Gain awareness of computer based applications.
  9. Explore program development and assessment in delivery of career services.
  10. Begin to develop some effective career counseling skills in advising.
  11. Exposure to ethical standards and competencies in the field of career development.
  12. Appreciate the value of effective information gathering sources and interventions.


Readings should be completed prior to coming to class. As you read, please construct a test question (short essay) for each of the articles/chapters and bring it with you to the next class.  These questions will be used to stimulate class discussion and some will be selected for use on the exams.  


There will be two exams.  The midterm exam is a take home exam.  The final will be in class and will be comprehensive.  Both exams are open book, open note, open instructor, and open colleague.  Most of the questions will come from material that is in your readings and has been discussed in class.  However, you are responsible for the assigned readings and some questions may address material in the readings that has not been discussed in class.  The format for the exams will short essay (100 pts. each).


Grades will be based on the percentage of points earned, i.e., >93% = A, >90% = A-, >87% = B+, > 83% = B, >80% = B-, >77% = C+, > 73% = C, >70% = C-, . . . etc.  Grades may be adjusted for participation and/or attendance.  Points will be deducted for late assignments.

Grading Scale

Grades Percent
A 93%
A- 90%
B+ 87%
B 83%
B- 80%
C+ 77%
C 73%
C- 70%
D+ 67%
D 63%
D- 60%
E 0%

Participation Policy

Participation is an integral part of the learning process for this course. Grades may be adjusted for lack of participation. 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is an integral part of the learning process for this course. Two percent of one's grade will be deducted for each unexcused absence after 2 missed classes. If you anticipate a need to miss class please speak with the instructor beforehand. 


Assignment Descriptions

Science, Techonology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Career Fair

Due: Thursday, Sep 26 at 9:00 am

Attend either this, the STEM career fair on Sept. 26 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm in the Wilk Ballroom and Garden Court or the General Career Fair on October 3.

General Career Fair

Due: Thursday, Oct 03 at 11:59 pm

If you didn't attend the STEM Career Fair in Sept., then attend the General Career Fair on October 3.

Assessments & Self-Assessment Report

Due: Thursday, Oct 17 at 5:00 pm

The paper and pencil assessments (Strong Interest Inventory--SII, Type Focus, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator-MBTI, Campbell Interest & Skills Survey-CISS, and Self-Directed Search-SDS) can be purchased and completed at the Counseling and Career Center (CCC) in the WSC. Please take the assessments as soon as possible so they will be scored and the summary printouts will be available for our class discussion.    


Using the assessments assigned and any others you think are relevant, conduct a complete career assessment of yourself.  Use any appropriate format to report the results of your assessment.  It should include a complete history, assessment results, integration/synthesis, and recommendations/plans.  The written report should be in a form you would use in a professional setting (100 pts).

Test 1 (Midterm) Take Home

Due: Thursday, Oct 17 at 7:30 pm

The midterm exam is a take home exam.

Career Exploration Activity

Due: Thursday, Nov 14 at 5:00 pm

Work alone or with a partner to create a vocational exploration activity that is appropriate for the students with whom you are most likely to work.  The activity should encourage creative thinking about vocations and should push students to expand their perceptions of available or appropriate careers, or foster self-understanding that is relevant to career development.  The rationale for the activity should be clearly tied to the theories and/or ideas discussed in class and should be relevant to the developmental level of the group with whom you are working.  The activity can be one you conduct with an individual, in a small group, or with an entire class.  You will present and demonstrate the activity to the class. 


The presentation should include (1) a description of the rationale and the link of the activity to theory,  (2) developmental & cultural underpinnings of the activity, (3) a PowerPoint presentation describing 1 & 2 and (4) presentation of the activity itself– either conducted with the class or demonstrated for the class. Submit a brief outline of the activity that clearly identifies the theoretical rationale for the activity (including appropriate references), a detailed description of how to organize the activity, the expected outcomes, and some ideas about how to assess the outcomes (100 points).

Career Research, Job Shadow, & Information Interview

Due: Tuesday, Nov 26 at 5:00 pm

This assignment is an opportunity to place yourself in your students’ shoes.  You are to do an exploration of a particular career in which you may have an interest.  To complete the assignment you need to do the following:

  1. Research the particular career online and include the following information:
    1. Job outlook
    2. Training required
      1. What training is required?
      2. Where can one get the training?
      3. Where is the best available training?
    3. Salary
    4. What is the “Holland code” of this particular career?
    5. Where one can be employed with this career?
    6. What is the outlook for employment for this career?
    7. Is it “family friendly?”
      1. What percentage of men employed?
      2. What percentage of women employed?
  2. Do a half day (four hour) job shadow with an individual established in the career.
  3. Conduct an interview with an individual established in the career (this can be done at the same time as the job shadow).
  4. Write your findings in a 7 to 10 page paper  (100 pts).

Career Counseling Paper

Due: Tuesday, Dec 17 at 10:00 pm

Write a paper explaining what you believe is the role and function of a counselor/advisor regarding vocational development in secondary education.  Describe the means of change or development in philosophical and/or theoretical terms.  Include appropriate rationale and references for your opinions.  Also, describe what you believe the outcomes should be if that role is fulfilled.  Again, these anticipated outcomes should be based on existing research and/or a clear scholarly rationale. The paper should follow APA publication guidelines.




Write a paper describing the most painful career story you can discover in your family history.  Use your knowledge of counseling theories to interpret the story and describe interventions (again using appropriate references) that you believe might have helped this person to have a more meaningful work experience (100 pts).

University Policies

Honor Code

In keeping with the principles of the BYU Honor Code, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic work. Academic honesty means, most fundamentally, that any work you present as your own must in fact be your own work and not that of another. Violations of this principle may result in a failing grade in the course and additional disciplinary action by the university. Students are also expected to adhere to the Dress and Grooming Standards. Adherence demonstrates respect for yourself and others and ensures an effective learning and working environment. It is the university's expectation, and my own expectation in class, that each student will abide by all Honor Code standards. Please call the Honor Code Office at 422-2847 if you have questions about those standards.

Sexual Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an educational program or activity that receives federal funds. The act is intended to eliminate sex discrimination in education and pertains to admissions, academic and athletic programs, and university-sponsored activities. Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment of students by university employees, other students, and visitors to campus. If you encounter sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please talk to your professor or contact one of the following: the Title IX Coordinator at 801-422-2130; the Honor Code Office at 801-422-2847; the Equal Employment Office at 801-422-5895; or Ethics Point at http://www.ethicspoint.com, or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours).

Student Disability

Brigham Young University is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the University Accessibility Center (UAC), 2170 WSC or 422-2767. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified, documented disabilities. The UAC can also assess students for learning, attention, and emotional concerns. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the UAC. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures by contacting the Equal Employment Office at 422-5895, D-285 ASB.


Date Topics Readings Assignments/Tests Due
Th - Sep 05

Introduction, History, Advising/Counseling

Chapter 1

Th - Sep 12

Life Span Development; Theory of Donald Super

Chapters 7 & 8

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Video: The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain 


Th - Sep 19

College Student & Adult Career Development; Theory of Donald Super; Career Transitions and Crises

Chapters 9 & 10

Larry Smith Video: Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career


Have All Career Assessments Completed

Th - Sep 26

Trait and Factor Theory; Theory of Work Adjustment

Science, Techonology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Career Fair

Chapters 2, 3 & 4

David Brooks Video: The Social Animal


Th - Oct 03

Theory of John Holland; Career Assessments & Information Interviews

General Career Fair

Chapters 5 & 6

Th - Oct 10

Gender Issues & LDS Culture; Family-friendly work; Guest Presenter: Dr. Melissa Jones

Jackson & Scharman Reading-Constructing Family Friendly Careers.pdf  Download

Sheryl Sandberg Video: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders


Anne-Marie Slaughter Reading-Why Women Still Can't Have it All Reading.pdf  Download

Th - Oct 17

Social Learning Theory & Relational Approaches

Steve Jobs Video: How to Live Before You Die


Chapters 12 & 13

Assessments & Self-Assessment Report
Test 1 (Midterm) Take Home
Th - Oct 24

Circumscription & Compromise; Discussion of Career Fair Activity

Gottfredson Reading-Theory or Circumscription and Compromise.pdf  Download

T - Oct 29

Constructivist Approaches/Savickas--Guest Presenter: Alberto Puertas; Family Systems Career

Chapter 11

Th - Oct 31

No Class


Th - Nov 07

Personality & Self-Efficacy; Social Cognitive Theory; Guest Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Wong

David Kelley Video: How to Build Your Creative Confidence


Bandura Reading-Self-Efficacy.pdf  Download

Th - Nov 14

Career Activities

Career Exploration Activity
Th - Nov 21

Career Activities; Working with minorities-Guest Presenter, Dr. Steve Smith

Career Exploration Activities

T - Nov 26
Friday Instruction

*No Class

Career Research, Job Shadow, & Information Interview
W - Nov 27
No Classes
Th - Nov 28
Thanksgiving Day

*No Class

Th - Dec 05

Resumes--Guest Presenter: Lisa Christensen; Values and Career Counseling

Th - Dec 12

Interviewing--Guest Presenter: Barbara Thompson; Career as a calling;

Jeffery Thompson address: What is your calling in Life?


Reading: Calling and Vocation in Career Counseling-Recommendations for Promoting Meaningful Work.pdf  Download

F - Dec 13
Exam Preparation Day
T - Dec 17

Final Exam:

285 SWKT

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Career Counseling Paper