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ED5907 - Career Development Theories and Tools

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

A comprehensive understanding of career development theory forms the basis of quality career development practice. As such, in this subject students will be introduced to contemporary theoretical perspectives of career development and accompanying tools. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of career development theories and critically reflect on their application in a range of contexts across educational, community and employment settings. as part of this subject, students will also begin integrating these theories into their own personal theory of career development and practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse the theoretical origins and illustrate concepts underpinning contemporary career development theories;
  • examine the purpose of general assessment and career development tools, and conceptualise their role in career development practice;
  • apply career development theories to a range of career development guidance and counselling contexts and issues;
  • practise advanced communication and advocacy skills to interpret, evaluate and justify complex ideas and professional judgements to a broad range of stakeholders.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (30%) - Group
  • Written > Case study analysis - (50%) - Individual.


Study Period 84, External
Census Date 15-Jul-2021
Coord/Lect: Dr Jon Woodend.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 7 hours - Online Student Engagement
  • 13 hours online content
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.