Core Module Information
Module title: Professional Contexts for Career Development

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

Module code: SSC11114
Module leader: Peter Robertson
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Teacher Education

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

Description of module content:

This module enables you to develop knowledge and understanding of the wider context within which career counsellors and guidance practitioners operate. This includes the impact of public policy and organisational settings on practice. There will be an opportunity to consider the needs of a service user group. You will develop an awareness of the labour market context for career choice. Issues of social justice (equality, diversity, social inclusion and social mobility) are central to the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Critically evaluate the implications of specific public policy and institutional contexts for practice (including education, workplace and community settings).
LO2: Assess the needs of specific service user groups, and their implications for service design.
LO3: Explain key changes in employment and evaluate strategies for gathering and disseminating labour market intelligence.
LO4: Critique the role of career guidance services in promoting social justice, and identify the practical and conceptual challenges arising from this role.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Online, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
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:
This module develops an active approach to studying and the capacity for independent learning. You will be provided with responsive, engaging and interactive online learning materials which will include a general introduction to the topic and how to study the module, together with core academic theory relating to the topic. You will also be directed to a variety of electronic sources including e-books, e-journals and other web-based resources, to support your learning. A mix of reflective exercises, case studies and self-assessment questions (with feedback) for each unit will engage you in the learning process. The online materials will encourage you to reflect upon your experiences and learning. You will be encouraged to form your own independent study groups and to interact via Moodle through discussion forums.

To support your learning, you will have access to module specific materials which will comprise of the following: a module introduction/overview, including learning outcomes, and summary of key learning points; ten subject specific units (addressing LO1-4); narrated PowerPoint presentations covering key learning points for each unit; podcasts and/or videos which further explain key concepts (where appropriate); recorded keynote lectures/guest speakers (as appropriate); case studies and outline solutions; two online discussions moderated by the online tutor; self-assessment questions (with automated feedback); reflective exercises; end of unit progress tests; links to core module academic materials; book chapters / journal articles / case materials etc; and a database of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. Your learning is also supported by a weekly online tutorial, giving you the opportunity to interact with the module leader and fellow students

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback will be provided to you throughout the module via feedback on the self-assessment questions and case studies, both of which will have outline solutions developed by the module leader. This will enable you to self-assess your progress and understanding. Appropriate online feedback will be available automatically and immediately after the assessment is completed. Reflective exercises within each unit will provide you with the opportunity to apply the theory to your own practice / experience to support your personal and professional development – your reflections will be captured in an online reflective portfolio which you will be able to review and print.

In week 8, you are encouraged to submit a draft structure, and reference list for the project assignment. At this stage you are also invited to ask questions related to this assignment. You will receive feedback and answers to your questions.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be in the form of one component, with two elements.

Firstly, regular engagement with learning resources is encouraged by ten end of unit progress tests (10%). These tests will consist of ten questions at the end of each of the ten units. They will also offer formative feedback. The tests are ideally undertaken on a weekly basis; week 14 represents the final opportunity to complete them.

The second and final module assessment will be a 3,000 word written project assignment, which contributes the remaining module marks (90%). You will have some choice in the focus of this assignment, to facilitate the exploration of a topic of relevance to your professional interests.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 50
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 10 1,2,3 & 4 14 HOURS= 1.5, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 90 1,2,3 & 4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 10
Component 2 subtotal: 90
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SSC11114 Professional Contexts for Career Development (Global Online)