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EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development

Semester 1, 2014 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ

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Examiner: Peter McIlveen
Moderator: Mark Dawson


While a career is a significant and integral part of the life of most people, the shape of careers is undergoing considerable change as the world of work moves from an industrial-based model to an information and service-based model. This course focuses on career development as a lifelong process to enable learners (including career development practitioners, educators, counsellors, trainers and other interested professionals) to understand the relevance of career development in education and the contemporary world of work.


This course will introduce students to some of the major theories of career development, particularly those relevant to lifelong adult career development and the changing world-of-work. The course overviews the practices and providers of career development, current international and domestic policy issues, industry trends, and lifespan development and societal issues that relate to career development. In addition to theory, the course entails practical activities for part of the assessment which will require students to complete a set of self-reflective learning tasks that underpin career self-management for lifelong learners.


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 completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of lifelong career development (Assignment 1 and 2)
  2. demonstrate a critical understanding of selected theories of career development relevant to lifelong career planning (Assignment 1 and 2)
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the career development industry, the major providers of career development services, by reflective practice, within it and a foundation understanding of professional practices (Assignment 2)
  4. demonstrate an in-depth self-understanding with relation to his/her own career development taking a lifelong perspective (Assignment 1)
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the changing nature of the world of work and the need for career development at the level of the individual and society (Assignment 2)
  6. demonstrate an understanding of some of the lifelong development and societal issues and their relationships with career (Assignment 1 and 2)
  7. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (Assignment 1 and 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theories of lifespan career development 20.00
2. Self-managed career development 20.00
3. The providers and practices of career development 5.00
4. Career Development and public policy 20.00
5. Employability and career development 20.00
6. Career and lifespan developmental issues 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Patton, W., & McMahon, M 2006, Career development and systems theory: connecting theory and practice, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 PART A 5 5 09 Apr 2014
ASSIGNMENT 1 PART B 45 45 09 Apr 2014
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 11 Jun 2014

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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 complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment 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 assessment items in the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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. 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. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. Students enrolling in ONLINE courses MUST have ongoing convenient and reliable access to the Internet in order to access course materials and participate in activities that will affect assessment. The levels of equipment required may change from time to time, with the most recent specification listed at // You can check whether your computer system meets these requirements from USQAssist (