Provides an overview of how students can apply their experiences and skills in the professional world of collegiate athletics. Students will learn about different careers and have the opportunity to discover relative coursework, internship experiences, networking skills, and resume development.
Winter Session Online Course; Open to Degree and CDE students; This course may or may not fulfill degree requirements for UVM students. Please consult with your Dean's Office if you have any questions about applicability of winter session courses toward graduation requirements
Course Summary: This course offers an overview of how students can apply their experiences, skills, and knowledge in the professional world of collegiate athletics. Students interested in this career path will have an opportunity to learn firsthand what job opportunities are available in the field, regardless of major/minor or courses taken. Students will learn about different careers in the field, such as marketing, promotions, event operations, fundraising/annual fund, sponsorship sales, ticket operations, athletic communications, licensing/branding, business operations, athletic administration, compliance, and academic support. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn about relative courses, internship experiences, networking skills, and resume development. Using undergraduate academic experiences, students will learn through a variety of assignments. Please note coaching and athletic medicine will not be covered in this course. Learning Objectives: • Discuss some available careers in collegiate athletics. • Identify your personal career interests and map out the key steps to gaining experience in collegiate athletics during your time at UVM. • Create a cover letter and resume to assist in the application process for employment
Coursework – There will be three forms of work required: discussion postings, writing assignments, and a final cover letter & resume assignment as noted in the ‘assignment schedule’ tab. ➢ Discussion postings: Throughout the course there will be questions posted on Blackboard. Students will be required to submit an initial and subsequent prompt responding to classmates’ posts. Commenting on classmates’ posts is an important part of your discussion and participation grades. For full credit, you will need to post a minimum of 3 times per discussion, in addition to your initial submission. These posts should be about quality, not quantity. With that said, I expect thoughtful, in depth responses to classmate’s contributions to the discussion; not just a line or two. For a sample of a full credit discussion post (initial post) please visit course materials on blackboard. Word count for initial post: 250min – 500 max. Due by 11:59pm on the day specified per the assignment schedule. ➢ Blog Writing assignments: There will be online exercises or self-evaluative activities posted on Blackboard. Each assignment will be clearly outlined with specific due dates and the point values in the module. These are minimum 1-page, maximum 2-page assignments, double-spaced, to be posted in the blog feature on Blackboard (not as a word attachment). There will be a 5-point deduction for each day the assignment is past due. For a sample of a full credit blog entry please visit course materials on blackboard. Word count: 400min – 600 max. Due by 11:59pm on the day specified per the assignment schedule. ➢ Final Assignment: Students will research a job posting and submit a cover letter and resume to a position of their choice. The instructor will provide feedback so students can use this as a template for real-life application. There will be a reflection component to the final as well. This will be due the final week of class.
• 50% Class Participation – Based on class attendance; logging on to the class, class discussions, and responses to classmates’ and the instructor’s postings. This includes responding to the instructor’s questions directed towards you in the discussion forums AND your response to your fellow classmates’ questions and posts. • 35% Written Assignments – The discussion posts and writing assignments as outlined above will be an important part of your overall grade. There will be a 5-point deduction for each day the assignment is past due. • 15% Final Assignment – Cover letter, resume, position description / job posting and class evaluation.
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