Course Content and Outcome Guide for MSD 123 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
MSD 123
Course Title:
Job Search Strategies
Credit Hours:
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Special Fee:

Course Description

This 10-hour workshop explores strategies for finding the "right" job. Includes self-discovery, goal-setting, prospecting, networking, resume-writing, interviewing, career-planning, and self-marketing skills. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Examines and discusses setting a climate for intrinsic motivation. Includes examination of motivational theories, recognizing needs in the workplace, delegation, obstacles to motivation, effective recognition systems, and understanding emotional intelligence.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Use goal setting, self exploration, writing a

resume, and research to develop and act on a job
search strategy.

  •  Prepare, practice, and perform effectively in job


Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Various individual and/or group skill-building activities such as case studies, or other exercises geared toward critical analysis of course concepts.
  • Written assignments or oral reports designed to integrate course material into personal experience or experiences of others.
  • Exams comprised of essay and/or objective questions, or complete an individual and/or team project or paper, which requires integration, application, and critical examination of course concepts, issues, and themes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Self-assessment of skills, interests, values
  • Goal setting
  • Communicating positive perspectives
  • Recognizing negative thinking patterns
  • Developing job search strategies
  • Effective interviewing

General Concepts

  • Self-awareness
  • Skills, interests, values
  • Defining one's value to an organization
  • Being proactive about weaknesses
  • Goal setting
  • Networking
  • Resume writing
  • Interviewing
  • Career planning
  • Job prospecting
  • Self-marketing


  • Value of thoughtful self-assessment for job search success
  • Preparation is a valuable job search skill
  • Successful job search requires strategy


  • Presenting weaknesses in proactive manner
  • Identifying one's personal value to an organization
  • Doing well in an interview