Course Title: Practices in Career Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Practices in Career Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Kathleen Gregory

Course Coordinator Phone: By email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By email and appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to a range of strategies to map your career and make decisions about your professional learning. You will also explore the nature, purpose and acquisition of career and life design practice and gain insight into the Career Industry Council (CICA) professional standards. You will explore how your current knowledge and skills of the professional standards can apply in practice.  

Through this course you will gain a deeper understanding of your own areas of strength and areas for further development by reflecting on your knowledge of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) practitioner standards, current career development theory. You will create a learning map to further develop your practice as a lifelong learner.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Develop theoretical and technical knowledge in careers practice, employability solutions and life design  
  • Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, ethical practice, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner 
  • Analyse and reflect on labour market trends, global changes and technological advances to inform your work with clients 

Upon successfully completing this course you will be able to: 

  1. Describe and analyse major theories and concepts relevant to work, career development, change and transition, lifelong learning and professional development. 
  2. Articulate personal constructs such as interests, skills and values and their relationship to self-assessment, work choice, decision making, lifelong learning and ongoing development. 
  3. Analyse and describe current frameworks, initiatives and policies and factors shaping the future of work and life. 
  4. Reflect and analyse how professional standards for Australian Career Development Practice apply to your own career and life design and enhance your knowledge as a practitioner.  

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include: 

  • Engagement in online learning activities including discussions, activities and webinars 
  •  Review of relevant literature 
  •  Self-directed research on topics linked to assessment tasks 
  •  Reflection and analysis of your practice in terms of how it relates to professional standards. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

The University Library has extensive resources for Education students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies []  

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

 1. Career and Life Design Map (500 words or equivalent) 

Linked Course Learning Outcomes:  1, 2,4 

 2. Professional Learning Plan, Implementation  (1000) 

Linked Course Learning Outcomes:  1, 2, 4 

 3. Reflection on Ongoing Professional Development Plan and next steps (1500-2000 words) 

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 

Assignments are intended to develop key concepts, theory and practices associated with the CICA professional competencies, as reflected by the learning objectives listed above. 

Assignments are unweighted, Pass/Fail only and submitted according to a negotiated schedule developed by you and your course leader.  

All assessments need to be successfully completed to pass this course. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.