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Course Descriptions - Seminar

SEM 139 FIRST-YEAR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

First-Year PDS is designed to help students transition successfully from high school to college and to introduce students to career development resources and concepts. In the first half of the course, topics covered include time management, effective study habits, campus resources, self-awareness, and decision-making. In the second half, students explore majors and are introduced to resume writing, professionalism, networking, and electronic portfolios.

1 Hour, 1 Semester

SEM 239 SOPHOMORE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

Sophomore PDS centers on exploration of various majors, minors, and career options. Students work on job-search readiness by learning how to locate internship opportunities, refine their resumes, and write effective cover skills. In addition, they learn about networking and begin to develop interviewing skills through participation in mock interviews conducted by upper level students. Development of LinkedIn profiles and the professional electronic portfolio begins in this course.

1 Hour, 1 Semester

SEM 339 JUNIOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

The primary focus of Junior PDS is on strengthening interviewing skills. Over a four week period, every member of the class participates in a mock interview conducted by a guest employer. In preparation for this experience, students select an internship or job of interest and write a targeted cover letter which is given to the employer along with an updated resume and the job description. In addition to being interviewed, students provide constructive feedback to their classmates about their interviewing skills through observations and class discussions. Students will also further develop networking skills, personal branding tactics, and electronic portfolios.

1 Hour, 1 Semester

SEM 439 SENIOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

Senior PDS centers on making a successful transition to life after college by focusing on the job search or graduate school selection process as well as fiscal responsibility. Subjects covered include how to develop an effective job search strategy, negotiate salary, and be fiscally responsible. Students develop a comprehensive personal budget detailing their projected monthly income and expenses following graduation. The budget includes student loans, insurance expenses, retirement savings plans, etc. and is accompanied by a detailed written explanation of strategies. In addition, students will refine and complete their electronic portfolios and participate in a series of programs such as a financial conference, etiquette dinner, and alumni networking events.

1 Hour, 1 Semester

SEM 444 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (for UGA students only)

This course is designed to enhance students professional and communication skills in order to develop and maintain a professional career path. As a seminar course it is highly interactive and will cover the following topics: interpersonal communication, professional writing, networking, the job search process, career resources, mock interviewing, and the development of a professional online portfolio. It is recommended to take this course as close to the student’s anticipated graduation date as possible. At the end of this course students will have an updated resume, cover letter, and portfolio to prepare them for their professional lives.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

SEM 445 Prior learning Credit evaluation and portfolio development

This course is designed to provide an introduction to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio development. It provides a series of structured activities and systematic approaches for the student to prepare for petitioning for credit for learning outside the traditional classroom. SEM 445 satisfies the requirement for SEM 444.

3 Hours, 1 Semester