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EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Peter McIlveen


Our understanding of the nature and importance of careers is undergoing considerable change as the world of work continues its evolution from an enterprise industrial-based model to an information, enterprise and service-based model. Career development and education are becoming more important than ever as counsellors, mentors/supervisors, teachers, parents and others help prepare students to plan and prepare for, transition to, and participate effectively in these new work environments.

This course will introduce students to the major theories of career development and associated practices that are relevant for persons training as school guidance officers, educators and career practitioners and others who are interested in the broad area of career planning and development. Emphasis will be given to integration of theory and practice within educational/learning environments. Emerging theories and technologies will also be considered. It is expected that students will have access to an educational or training setting in which they are able to apply the concepts and principles studied in this course.

Course learning outcomes

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of career, the changing nature of the world of work, as well as of definitions and the complementary components of career guidance, careers education and career development (Assignments 1 Career Development Theory & Assignment 2 Program Development and Evaluation);
  2. compare and contrast major theories of career development and analyse implications for approaches to career development, guidance and education (Assignment 1 Career Development Theory);
  3. develop and justify an approach to career guidance and education which is relevant to a particular educational setting (Assignment 2 Program Development and Evaluation);
  4. develop a program appropriate to the needs of diverse learners in educational settings, incorporating evaluation criteria, processes and strategies (Assignment 2 Program Development and Evaluation);
  5. evaluate a range of career guidance/education resources (Assignment 2 Program Development and Evaluation);
  6. comment critically on a range of other practical issues affecting career guidance and discuss implications for professional and ethical practice (Assignment 2 Program Development and Evaluation);
  7. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (All assessment items).


Description Weighting(%)
  1. Importance of career guidance in education
  2. Definitions and components of career guidance in education
  3. Theories of career choice and development
  4. The changing world of work
  5. Application of theories
  6. Program delivery/practical issues for career guidance in education

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

McCowan, C., McKenzie, M., & Shah, M 2017, Introducing career education and development: A guide for personnel in education institutions in both developed and developing countries, InHouse Publishing.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Case Study No 50 1,2,5,6,7
Assignments Written Planning document No 50 1,3,4,5,6,7
Date printed 27 June 2022