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EMP2020 Career Success

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Career Success
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080303 - Human Resource Management
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Deborah Munro

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

Students may be required to prepare and submit a video file of themselves as part of the assessment in this course.


The world of work has undergone major changes in the past century, and predictions are for the pace of this change to accelerate into the future. Graduates face a range of challenges in today’s competitive employment market and it is likely that individuals will transition through multiple jobs in their lifetimes, necessitating the development of a comprehensive set of career decision-making and problem-solving skills. It has long been acknowledged that an authentic understanding of personal interests, abilities and attributes including challenges, lies at the heart of effective career decision making processes. Equipping individuals with sound labour market information and empowering them to make informed career decisions is the foundation for career success, and furthermore, contributes to the achievement of labour market efficiencies and human capital benefits. On completion of this course, students will have enhanced career knowledge and skills which will position them to confidently enter and navigate the complex world of work.


This course introduces students to the current world of employment and will provide students with the knowledge and skills to successfully commence their employment campaigns and plan for their futures. It seeks to enhance students' understanding of the role of work in our lives and will draw on contemporary career theories to aid students to come to an understanding of themselves as employees. It will offer students opportunities to hone their career decision making processes and develop their workplace communication skills. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and critically about career theory and contemporary career rudiments including transferable skills, occupational research, job search strategies and collaboration in the workplace. Students will apply their career development and recruitment skills to the creation of professional documents and recruitment skills including resumes, cover letters, key selection criteria, online profiles and interview skills and expectations. The course contains a blend of theory, research, practical activities, and presentations by industry and alumni guest speakers to unpack real world scenarios and career-based problem solving.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. identify and reflect upon personal strengths, abilities and upon growth opportunities in relation to self in the modern labour market
  2. apply reflective and analytical thinking to career decision-making processes
  3. employ professional language to communicate personal professional capabilities to prospective employers
  4. utilise an entrepreneurial mindset for strategic career planning.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding yourself as an employee 25.00
2. Career decision making 25.00
3. Professional communication 25.00
4. Strategic career planning 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Bolles, RN 2018, What color is your parachute? : a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers, Ten Speed Press, California.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 60.00
Online Discussion Groups 26.00
Private Study 29.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include:

  1. stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs
  2. close integration between business and academic planning, and
  3. regular and rigorous review.