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


2020/1, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Peter Robertson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
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].

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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CRG11106 Career Development Theory