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PSY3101 Career Assessment and Development

Semester 3, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Psychology
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Tony Machin
Moderator: Andrea Lamont-Mills


Pre-requisite: PSY2010


Many adults will change careers a number of times during their working life. A holistic approach to career counselling will consider all aspects of an individual's life as integral parts of the career decision-making process.


This course focuses on giving students a solid foundation in career development principles as well as practice in using assessment results to increase clients' self-awareness and make rational career choices. Students will acquire rudimentary knowledge of using assessment results in a variety of counselling situations. The career development of adults in organisations will be a particular focus of this course.


On successful completion of this course students will have demonstrated competence in the following areas:

  1. extensive knowledge of a conceptual model for the use of assessment results in career counselling;
  2. administering, scoring and reporting the results of a range of assessment instruments;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Conceptual models for use of assessment results in career counselling 15.00
2. Using cognitive ability assessments in career interventions 15.00
3. Using vocational interest assessments in career interventions 15.00
4. Using personality inventories in career interventions 15.00
5. Assessing career decision-making difficulties 15.00
6. Integrating career assessment results 15.00
7. Comparing career counselling theories and models 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Osborn, D.S. & Zunker, V.G 2011, Using assessment results in career development, 8th edn, Thomson Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA.
  • Zunker, V.G 2011, Career counselling: A holistic approach, 8th edn, Thomson Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Albion, M.J 2000, Developing and validating a model of career decision making (Unpublished dissertation), University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
  • Liptak, J.J 2001, Treatment Planning in Career Counselling, Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA.
  • Niles, S. G. & Harris-Bowlsbey, J. G 2009, Career Development Interventions in the 21st Century, 3rd edn, Prentice Hall, NJ.
  • Patton, W. & McMahon, M 1999, Career development and systems theory: A new relationship, Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA.
  • Patton, W. & McMahon, M. (Eds) 1997, Career development in practice: A system theory perspective, New Hobsons Press, North Sydney.
  • Prince, J.P. & Heiser, L.J 2000, Essentials of Career Interest Assessment, John Wiley, New York.
  • Reardon, R. C., Lenz, J. G., Sampson, J. P. & Peterson, G. W 2009, Career Development & Planning: A Comprehensive Approach, 3rd edn, Cengage, Mason, OH.
  • Savickas, M.L. & Walsh, W.B. (Eds) 1996, Handbook of career counselling: Theory and practice, Davis-Black Publishing, Palo Alto, CA.
  • Sharf, R. S 2010, Applying Career Development Theory to Counseling, 5th edn, Brooks Cole, Belmont, CA.
  • Stevens, P 1996, Designing career development workshops, 2nd edn, Centre for Worklife Counselling, Sydney.
  • Walsh, W.B. & Osipow, S.H. (Eds) 1995, Handbook of vocational psychology: Theory research and practice, 2nd edn, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Northvale, NJ.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Directed Study 70.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 50 06 Jan 2014
2 HOUR OPEN EXAMINATION 100 50 End S3 (see note 1)

  1. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's responsibility to participate actively in all course activities and to study all course materials, so as to be informed of all course academic and administrative actions and policies, and to maximize his/her chance of meeting the objectives of the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks/grades obtained of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates may have access to any material during the Open examination except the following: electronic communication devices, bulky materials, devices requiring mains power and material likely to disturb other students.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next semester.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must have internet access and regularly access the USQ Study Desk throughout the course.

  2. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  3. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner.

  4. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  5. The Faculty will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media.

  6. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements

  7. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete - Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  8. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.