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GEN 300

Skills for Professional Development

Program Council

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Course Syllabus

Course Title:

Course Schedule:

Course Location/Times/Newsgroup: BSIT5.03-28.BIT0535C-GEN300

Required Text: Sabin, W. (2005). The Gregg reference manual: UOP Edition (w/passcode card) (10th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

American Psychological Association (2001). Publication manual of the American psychological association (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Note: The Gregg Reference Manual and the APA Manual are program textbooks to be acquired at the beginning of the degree program to be used throughout the course of the degree program.

Bishop, J., Carter, C., Kravits, S., (2002). Keys to college studying. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Paul, R. and Elder, L., (2001), The Miniature guide for students on how to study and learn, The Foundation for Critical Thinking, Dillon Beach, CA.

Paul, R. and Elder, L., (2003), The Miniature guide to understanding the foundations of ethical reasoning, The Foundation for Critical Thinking, Dillon Beach, CA.

Electronic Resources: Note: All required text materials can be found on the GEN/300 course page. The page can be accessed through the University of Phoenix Student and Faculty Website at

University library Electronic Reserve Readings, from University of Phoenix Library. Weekly Electronic Reserve Readings can be located on the resource page for this course.

Instructor's Name:

Telephone: 517-796-8151

UOP E-mail Address:

Alternative E-mail Address:

Availability: Prefer email contact---if phone prefer 8am-Noon EST

WELCOME to five week's of learning and very participative discussion about developing our Learning, Team, and Writing skills. As your course facilitator my goal is to move the study of 'Skills for Professional Development' from a textbook observation of how things should be to an everyday real world use of effective learning techniques, team participation, and clear communication processes.

Our individual learning experiences are much more powerful when we participate fully. We each gain from the observations, perceptions, and workplace experiences of others. I look forward to expanding my understanding through your sharing and active participation.

More than anything our ability to succeed and grow depends upon our abilities to work with other individuals and groups toward common clearly understood goals.

Instructor Bio-- Bio will be posted on the first day of class in the Main Class room - and is included at the end of this Syllabus


This course examines the skills necessary for successful critical thinking, teamwork, research, and communication. The course is designed to aid adult learners in acquiring and improving the core competencies that are necessary at the University of Phoenix. Students will examine their reasons for returning to school, and develop strategies for achieving educational goals in school, work, and personal settings. Students will also be introduced to the University library and learn how to access its resources successfully.


Adult Learning

* Identify personal reasons for returning to school.

* Recognize adult development and learning theory.

* Analyze and identify personal learning styles.

* Define an adult learner's role and responsibility.

Critical Thinking Skills

* Identify and apply critical thinking skills.

* Recognize ethical concepts.

Personal Management

* Analyze and identify time management skills.

* Analyze and identify stress management techniques.

* Analyze and identify useful study skills.

* Perform a realistic self-assessment and examine expectations.

Presentation Skills

* Demonstrate effective oral presentation skills.

* Demonstrate the appropriate use of visual aids.

* Examine strategies for team presentations.

* Utilize the peer review process to perfect presentation skills.




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