Course Title: Applied Professional Practice in Career and Life Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Professional Practice in Career and Life 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 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Kathleen Gregory

Course Coordinator Phone: By email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By email and by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Recommended completion HWSS2240

Course Description

In this course you will explore how the capabilities required to enable people to construct fulfilling lives founded on learning and work that is individually meaningful and socially constructive are applied in practice. Underpinned by design thinking this course examines how you will apply the Career Industry Council (CICA) competencies professional standards in a range of different career development contexts. 

This course examines how you will apply the Career Industry Council (CICA) professional standards and contemporary theoretical knowledge in a range of different career development and employability contexts.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

Develop theoretical and technical knowledge in careers practice, employability solutions and life design 

  •  Apply design and narrative career counselling in conjunction with CICA professional competencies to develop client focussed outcomes 
  • Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, ethical practice, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner 
  • Demonstrate customised approaches to engage and communicate with a range of clients and complex issues in diverse settings 
  • Analyse and reflect on labour market trends, global changes and technological advances to inform your work with clients 
  • Professionally communicate with clients, colleagues and the broader community 

Upon successfully completing this course you will be able to: 

  1. Apply relevant theories, frameworks, initiatives and policy to the practice of learning, career and life design. 
  2. Assist individuals with self-understanding particularly as it applies to identification of interests, skills and values and effective decision making. 
  3. Work respectfully and ethically with individuals, demonstrating acceptance of difference and overcoming bias and stereotyping that limit learning. 
  4. Apply skills in professional practice, e.g., verbal and written communication, referral, maintenance of records, appropriate use of technology, creativity, enterprise, planning and evaluation. 

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

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. 

Assessment tasks: 

1. Foundations of Practice – Supporting Virtual Client(s) (1000-1500 words or equivalent) 

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

2. Work Placement Observation (500 word report) 

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 4,

3. Report and Reflection - Supporting Virtual Client(s) (1500-2000 words) 

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

Assignments are competency-based, unweighted, Pass/Fail. Submission dates are 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.