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EMP2030 Employability and Professional Skills

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Employability & Prof Skills
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, if required, as part of the assessment in this course.


The current labour market is intensely competitive. Employers are seeking graduates who demonstrate not only the technical industry knowledge required for a specific occupation, but also a strong set of transferable employability and professional skills. Candidates who are able to demonstrate a good balance between the two are favoured by employers. It has become increasingly important for individuals to be able to manage their own careers, with research demonstrating that effective career management skills are linked to career satisfaction. It is essential for students to develop opportunity awareness, to understand and master recruitment practices, and to develop a protean and entrepreneurial mindset. An in-depth understanding of contemporary and future career issues will help students to better position themselves in a rapidly changing work environment and to work towards achieving a satisfactory work/life balance. These professional skills and understandings will enable graduates to successfully transition between occupations throughout their lives.


This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to gain insight into contemporary career issues and to develop their employability and professional skills. It will provide students with a solid understanding of current graduate recruitment processes and strategies for positioning themselves well during these. Furthermore, students will be encouraged to consider a holistic approach to work, which takes into account the importance of seeking a work-life balance which enables continued personal growth. Students will be enabled to begin building a global professional profile which incorporates social media, to develop strategies which will enable them to understand and excel in the recruitment process, and to identify continuing professional development opportunities beyond their university studies. The course content will include exploring future work skills, building a professional profile, networking, excelling in the recruitment process, developing and entrepreneurial mindset, conducting ethical practice and advocating to address social issues. The course contains a blend of theory, research, practical activities, industry and alumni guest speakers and problem solving.


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

  1. research and analyse employment trends and emerging opportunities both locally, nationally and globally with relation to current program of study
  2. utilise career management, planning and organisational skills
  3. construct a professional identity and devise strategies for effectively positioning themselves in the workforce
  4. evaluate the importance of ethical practice and effective career transitions skills and develop strategies to facilitate these
  5. employ professional language to articulate employability and professional skills to prospective employers.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The world of work 25.00
2. Career management skills 25.00
3. Utilising entrepreneurial mindsets 25.00
4. Positioning yourself in the workplace 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.
Barnett, B 2015, The strategic career: let business principles guide you, Standford University Press, California.
Reardon, RC, Lenz, JG, Peterson, GW & Sampson, J 2012, Career development and planning: a comprehensive approach, 5th edn, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque.
Unnikrishnan, R 2017, The career catapult : shake-up the status quo and boost your professional trajectory, Career Press, New Jersey.
Watson, M and McMahon, M 2012, Career development : global issues and challenges, Nova Science Publishers, New York.
Australian Journal of Career Development.

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.