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Course ID: GBS175
Title: Professional Development
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 10853

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Textbook required for Course:

Title: Professional Development
Author: Sukiennic, Bendat, and Raufman
ISBN: 9780558252687 or 9781256977834

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Examines personal qualities and professional skills needed to find a good job. Explores techniques required to build a successful career.
Official Course Prerequisites
Official Course Competencies
  1. Write a resume and an application letter.
  2. Fill out an application form completely, neatly, and accurately.
  3. Demonstrate interview preparation and how to present oneself effectively.
  4. Identify and develop effective habits and practices with regard to personal hygiene, exercise, and diet.
  5. Apply basic principles of color, line, construction, and price when selecting a wardrobe.
  6. Demonstrate effective, written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills.
  7. Describe the impact of personal effectiveness on self and others.
  8. Identify personal values and compare them with professional ethics.
  9. Demonstrate effective self-management skills relative to time management, interpersonal relationships, and professional conduct.
  10. Select appropriate wardrobes and develop cost-effective itineraries for business travel.
  11. Develop an overall financial plan for personal budgeting, investments,taxes, and retirement.
  12. Assess priorities relative to balancing personal life and career pursuits.

Course Requirements

Failure to successfully submit the first two assignments by the due dates listed may result in the student being withdrawn from the course for lack of active participation.

  1. You must complete all course assessments listed in your online gradebook to be eligible for a passing grade. Check the link on the Course Homepage for due dates.
  2. You are allowed to submit your assignments, including quizzes, only one time unless you have permission from your instructor to resubmit an assignment.
  3. You are expected to write at a college level. Use the grading matrix (if applicable) to see how your assignments will be evaluated. Edit your work carefully before submitting it to your instructor.
  4. Keep a copy of all assignments that you submit.
  5. Contact your instructor if you have any questions while you are enrolled in the course.
  6. Assignments must be submitted by the specified due date. If you find that you need an extension on an assignment, contact your instructor before the scheduled due date. Individual instructors will determine whether or not to grant the extension. If you do not apply for an extension, or an extension is not granted, your instructor will decide whether or not to accept the work and if points will be deducted.
  7. Each student must submit his or her own original work, as outlined in the plagiarism section in the syllabus. Plagiarism can include, but is not limited to:
    • submitting work that is not your own
    • submitting work that is copied directly from another source such as another student, a Web site, or a print source without proper citation
    • submitting work that is paraphrased or summarized from another source without proper citation.
  8. Assignments must include information summarized in your own words and personal examples in addition to quoted information from properly cited sources.
  9. You must earn an average of 60% or higher on the exam(s) and/or Midterm/Final Project(s) in order to be eligible to pass the course.

Time Requirements

Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Assignments will be graded based on content, incorporation of course and text concepts, and quality of writing. Even though this is not a writing course, college level writing is expected of all students. Essays should be formatted properly, spell checked, and reviewed for grammar, word usage, and sentence construction before being submitted. Your essay answers should be a combination of your own ideas supported by information from the text. This shows that you have read and understand the material, and are able to apply it to different situations.

Proper formatting of essay assignments includes:

  • an introductory paragraph in which your main ideas are presented
  • a body paragraph(s) in which your ideas are described in detail and supported with references to the text (references are required)
  • a concluding paragraph that ties everything together

You are expected to include citations or references to the text or other sources to support your  ideas. Proper citation format for a reference includes the name of the authors, the date of publication, and the page number (Levy and Weitz, 2007, p. 25).

Your essays, assignments and exams will be graded by using the grading matrix below. Please don’t hesitate to contact your instructor if you have questions.






% of grade

Accuracy and relevancy of answer

Answer given is inaccurate and not relevant to the question asked

Answer given is accurate but not relevant or barely relevant to the question

Answer given is accurate and somewhat
relevant to the question

Answer given is very accurate and very relevant to the question



Completeness and detail of answer

Answer is not complete at all and provides no detail

Answer is partially complete and provides minimal detail

Answer is complete and provides adequate detail

Answer is very complete with additional details to support ideas



Application of key terms

Key terms are not applied or are applied incorrectly

Minimal application of key terms;
key terms that are applied are not all
applied correctly

Key terms are applied to some
extent; application is correct

Key terms are applied often and are all correct



Spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and format

Answer contains gross errors in spelling, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and format

Answer is barely at a college writing level with
many errors in grammar, spelling,
sentence format, punctuation,
and format

Answer contains some errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and format

Answer is correctly formatted with no or minimal errors in spelling, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and format



Note: You may open the Submit box for your quizzes and other assignments up to five times. After you have opened them five times, you will not be able to open them again. In addition, you may submit your assignments only one time. Exceptions to this may be granted by your instructor at his or her discretion.

In addition, you may only open your exams and the exam acknowledgement form one time.  When you open any documents pertaining to your exams you must be ready to complete and submit them.  The exams will not be reset.

Grading Procedure

There are 750 possible points for this course.

1 syllabus quiz @10 points  =     

10 points
10 quizzes @ 20 points  =          200 points
11 assignments = 340 points
2 Exams (Midterm and Final Exam @100 each)  = 200 points
Total Points Possible = 750 points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

675 - 750 points = A (90% - 100%)
600 - 674 points = B (80% - 89%)
525 - 599 points = C (70% - 79%)
450 - 524 points = D (60% - 69%)
0 - 449 points = F (0% - 59%)

Please Note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. There will be no "point adjustments" made for such things as "class participation" or other subjective factors.

Please note: Extra credit is not available for this course.

Hints For Success

Your success in this course will depend, to a great degree, on how much effort you devote to carefully reading your lessons and the text, reviewing the learning objectives for each lesson, answering any review questions at the end of the chapters, and practicing the key terms for the chapters. In addition:

  • Use the grading matrix as you prepare your papers.
  • Refer to the information about preparing your essays in the Grading Procedures and Scale section above.
  • Stay in touch with your instructor and let him or her know of any questions or concerns you have during the course.


There are two required on-line exam(s) for this course. Please review the "Grading Procedure and Scale" portion of your syllabus for details. Your course materials may give specific information about these exams and make suggestions for test preparation.

Check your Gradebook for specific due dates for your exam(s).

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including any exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. If interested, See detailed information about the (P/Z) option.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

Submitting Assignments

Your lessons will provide specific instructions for submitting your assignments.  Please read that information carefully before you submit your work to your instructor.

All assignments are listed under the “Readings, Resources, and Assignments” and in the “Assessing Your Learning” sections of the lesson.  All lessons can be accessed from the Course Section Home Page.

Quizzes: You are expected to complete the quiz once you access the link in the lesson.

Essay Assignments: Once you begin, be sure to save your work frequently and submit your work within 7 days of accessing the submittal link.

Midterm or Final Exams/Projects: Once you begin, be sure to save your work frequently and submit your work within 7 days of accessing the submittal link unless your exam has a time limitation noted in the lesson.

For all assignments, please make sure you have answered all questions prior to clicking the Submit button. Once submitted, you will not be able to access the assessment again.

Note: Please keep a copy of everything your submit.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your Gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via Riolearn at least one week prior to the due date. You can request a due date change on the Due Dates tab in Gradebook.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion. Instructors are not obligated to approve extension requests and will typically do so only if the student has been submitting work on time and in the appropriate format.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Distance Learning course is assigned a "start date" and an "end date." It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

If a student falls behind, she/he must contact the instructor and request an extension of her/his end date in order to complete the course.

It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request for an extension.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at (480) 517-8562 or


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

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