Module title: Career Development Theory

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CRG11106
Module leader: Peter Robertson
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Peter Robertson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods
Traditional lecturing is supported by online learning materials and directed readings of published theory [LO1 & 2]. These are critiqued and discussed through tutorials (face to face or online) [LO3], and the implications for practice are debated [LO4]. Observations on placement also help to contextualise the learning [LO4].

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
This module demands close reading of the career guidance literature and critical analysis of the concepts, thus developing students’ scholarship skills. The relevance of concepts to practical applications in the the workplace is a recurring theme.

Research/ teaching linkages
The module is strongly rooted in published literature and evaluating its relevance and applicability to guidance practice. This is principally theory literature, although the evidence base for different theories and the practices based on them is explored.

Supporting equality and diversity
The module encompasses theories and perspectives that explicitly address diversity issues, such as feminist perspectives, gender aware and ethnically aware guidance practice.

This module does not explicitly address international perspectives, although it draws on sources from several English speaking nations including USA, Australia and Canada. The materials and topics are not UK specific so may be suitable for study by students overseas.

Formative Assessment:
Both assessments require students to apply theory to practice: The case study involves interviewing an adult and subsequently interpreting their career history in terms of theory.

Summative Assessment:
Both assessments require students to apply theory to practice: The essay challenges students to evaluate the applicability of contemporary theory to practice in more depth, building on the case study experience and feedback.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Online Guided independent study 26
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 100
Other Work based learning 50
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,3 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Essay 50 2-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will assume no prior knowledge of psychology or sociology. Career theories will be compared and contrasted. The relationship between theory and practice will be explored, while placing guidance in its political context. Every opportunity will be taken to relate the value of theory to the practical day to day work of professional careers advisers. Psychometric testing and other assessment practices will be explored in relation to their underpinning theory.

Learning Outcomes for module:

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

LO1: Analyse the main psychological and sociological theories of career development

LO2: Critically evaluate theories and models of vocational choice and career development.

LO3: Critically explore the implications of theory for professional practice, including assessment

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