BSC Syllabus
Life Planning & Leadership
Interim at Birmingham-Southern College
(a.k.a. the Plan for Life Course for College Students)

1. Develop a Plan for Life

2. Learn and apply Life Leadership principles

3. Learn and prepare more for what professional organizations expect

"I learned more about myself in one month
than I had in 18 years."  - Lindsay

Term January
Instructor Dr. David Dyson

Grading Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S/U)—to encourage students to assess and create for themselves


Course Abstract and Description
The primary purpose of this project is to provide students with concepts and applications related to planning and leading our lives that will guide and inspire them through college and beyond, regardless of academic or professional choice.  Students will improve the design of their lives through a written life plan and autobiography, plus learn common denominator principles and best practices for successful living that transcend academic and professional choices.

Results desired include writing a plan for life to:
guide and inspire students in college and beyond;
boost self understanding of values, strengths, sense of  purpose and motivation....
use in matching with professional or graduate schools, employers or professional practices, and other important relationships…. 

Highlights of the Life Plan contents:
Personal Constitution (life mission statement, values, for the kind of person you wish be / life you wish to lead);
Legacy (desired contributions, relationships, accomplishments, experiences...);
Lifestyle Vision (a great life—day / week / month / year—your preferences, including even the little things that inspire you…)
Goals and important activities for the seven areas of life;  plus a plan (1 page) for one resolution;
Time priorities (priorities as a student to succeed with balance of school and social life, plus the 7 areas of life);
Weekly action guide (making time for the important—school, personal, social, spiritual...);
Assessment of strengths, weaknesses, talents, distinctions, areas in which you wish to improve.
Autobiography (life shaping experiences and people, lessons learned…). 

Students also will learn:
7 Best Practices for doing our best...balanced in the
7 Areas of Life;
7 Levels of Motivating Values;
7 levels of Earning Personal Empowerment;
4 quadrants of Time-priority Leadership;
7 Actions for True Professionals;
7 levels of Leadership and Personal Empowerment;
7 Actions for Leaders;
Principles and best practices taught by leading authors, including meaningful, best-selling books;
Other concepts Dr. Dyson teaches, coaches, and writes about for individuals, families, and organizations…. 

Grading is either satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U). The professor expects every student to pass by enthusiastically fulfilling the requirements. Each student should succeed by investing at least 120 hours (30 hours in class), plus inspiration and energy needed to learn, grow, and contribute to the class. 

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