Course Outline


Course Description

This course develops an understanding of labor market, explores contemporary issues related to employment, identifies the personal and professional skills required for employability, encourages thoughtful career planning, empowers students to create compelling curriculum vitae, personal statements, cover emails and online job applications. It also develops a range of strategies that allow the learners to get suitable career opportunities.

Additional Information

Develops appropriate use of the personal and verbal skills needed to succeed in a job interview. Enables an understanding and application of professional behaviors and skills for employment success.   

Course Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and evaluate key aspects of the labor market by exploring contemporary issues related to employment.

2. Identify and reflect upon personal and professional skills and experience, develop strategies for enhancement and use this information in career planning.

3. Create appropriate documentation and self-marketing materials including CV, personal statement, cover email and online job applications.

4. Use a range of skills and strategies to find suitable job opportunities.

5. Use the personal and verbal skills needed to succeed in a job interview.

6. Understand and apply professional behaviors and skills for employment success.

Delivery Framework

Course Orientation.

Understanding the work environment.

Research industry sectors internationally and locally.

Learn about occupations and organizations.

The advantages and the disadvantages of working in different sectors.

Learn about support for business start-ups.

Explore the changing needs of the market, and areas of high growth for graduates.

Understanding yourself.

Use career-related questionnaires and activities to explore one's own personality types, skills, interests, work values, and attitudes.

Reflect on these findings, developing insight and self-awareness.

Review the major theories and concepts that explain human personality, motivation and employee attitudes.

Career Planning.

Demonstrate awareness of one's own abilities and achievements and possible academic pathways.

Set realistic short-term and medium-term goals.

Understand the process of creating a personal career development plan.

Job Search Strategies.

Explore and evaluate the current job and career opportunities and requirements.
Conduct a targeted job search.

Learn how to identify and use a professional network.


Create/update CV in an appropriate format suitable for obtaining job interviews.

Formulate original and relevant personal statements.

Create an online profile using professional social media such as LinkedIn and practice completing online application forms.

Write a cover e-mail for a particular post.

Learn how to present a positive image in interviews.

Create a professional portfolio.

Professional behavior and skills in the workplace – suggested topics for student-led workshops.

NB: The above content is adapted to the needs of the students. Not all questions need to be covered, and students or faculty may choose alternative topics.

Professional communication.

Teamwork and leadership.


Negotiation and mediation skills.

Diversity in the workplace.

Decision-making and problem-solving.

Managing stress and work-life balance.

Time management, setting priorities.

Customer service.

Identify, analyze and re-frame common negative workplace behaviors.

Work placement orientation (optional).

Understand the work placement processes and assessments.

Understand employer expectations.

Research potential host organizations and make an informed choice.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Each course topic will be taught in both a theoretical and practical manner. Students will have the opportunity to assess themselves and will integrate self-knowledge and skills. Each subject area will be covered in the following manner:

1. Introduction of concept in class, through Blackboard, Learn and online discussions, using various formats such as lectures, workshops, class activities and case studies. Students are expected to complete the required preparation prior to class and actively participate in class discussions. Active participation is required for acquisition of theoretical knowledge and mastery of skills.

2. Observation of practical application of the concept. Guest speakers, field trips, and videos will be used to enhance student understanding of the application of skills in the local work environment. Students are encouraged to attend events such as career fairs and company open days.

3. Active learning through self-assessment, role play, the creation of documents and/or presentation. Hands-on activities will give students a holistic integration of skills. It is recommended to allocate a considerable amount of class time to project work and ongoing feedback, and for students to start building their e-folio early in the semester.

4. Self-reflection. Students reflect upon their learning and areas of growth with regards to career-related skills.

Assessment Strategies

1. Coursework - Oral Presentation: 20%
Group report based on an informational interview with a person working in a field related to the students’ program. Students are graded individually on their contribution, presentation, and reflection.
(Outcomes: 1)

2. Coursework - Practical Skills Assessment: 10%
As part of a practice job application, students find a suitable job advertisement and produce a CV and cover email that target that job.
(Outcomes: 3,4)

3. Coursework - Practical Skills Assessment: 20%
As part of a practice job application, students take part in a mock job interview, and evaluate and reflect on their own performance.
(Outcomes: 2,5)

4. Coursework - Oral Presentation: 20%
Group presentation on a topic related to work place behaviors and skills. Students research and present key concepts and lead a class discussion and activities. They are graded individually on their contribution, presentation, and reflection.
(Outcomes: 6)

5. Final Assessment - Portfolio: 30%
Student career e-portfolio showing evidence of self-exploration and learning over the semester.
(Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6)

Total Weight: 100%

Student Learning Outcomes by Module/Week:

Module / Week
Learning Outcomes / Learning Activity
Assessed projects in bold
Week 1
21-25 Aug 2016

Course Orientation
Course orientation
·      introduction to:
o BB Learn site
o activities and assessments
o e-portfolio
·         review of College policies

Labor Market Information
Course context
Labor Market Information
·   Research industry sectors internationally and locally
·   Explore occupations and organizations
·   Explore current job and career opportunities as well as requirements
·   Overview of Project 1 (company interview and presentation)
Week 2
28 Aug-
1 Sept
·         Overview of Project 2 (job application process)
·         Create/update CV in an appropriate format suitable for obtaining job interviews:
·         Formulate original and relevant profile and objectives
·         Identify educational, work and work-related experience
·         Identify skills, abilities and interests
Week 3
4-8 Sept

Understanding Yourself and Career Planning
E-folio overview and activities
·   Explore own personality, values, interests, skills, and abilities with a view to making informed academic and careers choices
·   Demonstrate awareness of possible academic pathways and own achievements
·   Be able to provide a rationale for academic choices
·   Learn to create a personal development plan
Week 4
11-15 Sept
Eid Al-Adha 11-13 Sept TBC
E-folio activities

Project 1 preparation
·   Each group reports on progress
Week 5
18-22 Sept
Job Search Strategies
·   Identify resources for job leads
·   Conduct a targeted job search
·   Define networking and create a professional network
Online Applications and LinkedIn

·   Ensure a professional electronic image
·   Understand why companies use online applications
·   Do’s and don’ts of online applications
·   Create an online profile using the Mehnaty job portal

Project 1 preparation
·   Each group reports on progress
Week 6
25-29 Sept
Project 1 Presentation
Group report based on an informational interview with a person working in a field related to the students’ program
Oral presentation 20%
·   Students are graded individually on their contribution, presentation and reflection

Week 7
2-6 Oct
Islamic New Year 2 Oct
Career planning and choices
E-folio update

·   Further career exploration activities started in Week 3

CV and job ad submission
·   Each student should have a suitable entry-level job ad related to his/her major as much as possible

Week 8
9-13 Oct
Cover Letter
·         Create a cover letter for a specific post
·         Customise the letter to show interest in a specific company
·         Relate skills and experience to the post

Interview skills and selection methods
Preparation for participation in simulated interview situation of approximately 15 minutes. The student will perform the role of job candidate and demonstrate the following competencies:
·   respond appropriately to relevant personal, academic and professional background questions;
·   respond to open-ended questions concerning qualifications, skills and experience; and,
·   be ready to ask questions about responsibilities, career structure, training
·         become aware of the basics of the hiring process : use of psychometrics, assessment centers, panel or group interviews
Week 9
16-20 Oct
Workplace Skills

Overview of Project 3
(workplace skills)
·         Students form groups, choose topics and discuss with teacher

CV feedback
Mock interview preparation
·         Students prepare all documents for the interview
·         Students practice self-introduction and common questions
Week 10
23-27 Oct
Project 2 part 1
·         Mock job Interview scheduled during class time

Project 3
·         Students carry out research, find video and start creating presentation and activities while other students have interviews
Week 11
30 Oct-3 Nov
Project 2 part 2
·         Mock interview reflection due end of Week 11

Project 3
·         Students prepare for Project 3 Workplace Skills presentation in class time
Week 12
6-10 Nov

Goal setting and decision making
·   Understand the importance of goal setting
·   Identify the impact setting goals and objectives will have on your life plan
·   Set realistic goals
·   Use goal-setting techniques to create short-term and long-term goals
Understand the importance of setting priorities

Project 3
·   Each group reports on progress

Week 13
13-17 Nov
Professional Behavior and Workplace Skills

Project 3 Workplace skills presentation in class
Students prepare e-folio

Week 14
20-24 Nov
Project 3 Workplace skills presentation in class
Students prepare e-folio

Week 15
27 Nov-1 Dec
Commemoration Day 30 Nov
Students prepare e-folio
Exam prep
Optional topics if suitable and time allows:
·         Work experience orientation
·         Scholarships and further studies

Week 16
4-7 Dec
Last day of classes 7 Dec
Project 4: E-folio submission

Work Experience Orientation

Overview of process, assessments and expectations
(optional, depending on semester)
·   Understand the importance of work experience as a College course and a learning experience
·   Understand the roles of the College and the employer and how the course will be assessed
·   Research company offers and potential  companies to determine a suitable place to complete WE
·   Explore appropriate Work Experience choices to gain experience related to major
·   Be aware of employers’ expectations of students during WE, as a working or non-working student

Scholarships and further studies
·   University and industry qualifications – overview and resources
·   Scholarship programs
·   General discussion of issues like program choice and timing, further studies as part of a career plan

8-15 Dec
Final Assessment period

18 Dec-
5 Jan
Winter break for students

20 Dec-
3 Jan
Winter break for faculty