Skills For Professional Development –


(3 credits)

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 University of Phoenix. Students examine their reasons for returning to school and develop strategies for achieving educational goals in school, work, and personal settings. Students are also introduced to the university library and learn how to access its resources successfully.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Techniques for Academic Success

  • Identify university resources required for student success.
  • Create a learning plan based on personal learning style, time-management skills, as well as short and long-term goals.
  • Develop strategies for monitoring progress toward goal achievement.
  • Develop an effective and comprehensive team charter.

Working in Teams and Writing Basics

  • Identify the benefits and challenges of working and learning in teams.
  • Examine strategies for enhancing team performance.
  • Use prewriting techniques in the development of a research paper.

Conducting Research and Presenting Findings

  • Locate sources of relevant academic information in the University Library.
  • Demonstrate summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting information from various sources.
  • Prepare a research paper using American Psychological Association (APA) formatting standards.
  • Construct a presentation.

Thinking Critically

  • Evaluate sources of information for relevancy, reliability, and bias.
  • Examine ethics issues in an academic setting.

Personal Management

  • List strategies for increasing academic success.

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