Course Title: Vocational Assessment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Vocational Assessment

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

Course Coordinator: Judy Heard

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7513

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores the basic knowledge, resources, relationships, and practice that underpin the delivery of vocational assessment in a professional, effective and ethical manner.

During the course you will be involved in actively developing a critical and practical knowledge of vocational assessment processes and skills through the use of various tests, inventories and career exploration processes.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where your feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.      

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you can expect to be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of assessment in career development
  • Describe and critically evaluate assessment instruments and methods
  • Demonstrate understanding of concepts such as validity, reliability, norms etc
  • Employ appropriate assessment tools and processes effectively with individuals and groups
  • Explain and undertake assessment as a process complementary to other career development processes
  • Make assessment outcomes and processes meaningful and useful for individuals and groups

Overview of Learning Activities

Course materials are designed to introduce participants to the full range of competencies that underpin work in vocational assessment. Work is viewed as a product of Knowledge, Resources, Relationships, and Practice; accordingly competencies are addressed and examined by a range of activities within those four elements:

  • Knowledge – reading and exercises designed to critically examine the concepts, frameworks and theories that inform vocational assessment
  • Resources – activities such as engagement with test distributors designed to explore and develop skills, strategies and tools commonly used in vocational assessment
  • Relationships – activities such as online discussion designed to develop communication skills, collegiality, networks and relationships that lead to effective assessment
  • Practice – activities such as undertaking testing with clients, designed to evaluate and reflect upon the methods and processes common to vocational assessment.

In keeping with the competency focus of the profession and this course, learning activities will be linked to your own personal and professional practice with the intention of producing capable practitioners. Learning activities will help you develop insight into principles and issues associated with vocational assessment, an understanding of specific tests and their place in the career development process, and eligibility to purchase a number of otherwise restricted vocational assessment tools. This course will provide you with the opportunity to receive industry feedback on your learning activities and assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

As a distance education course, materials are delivered through a variety of formats. These include online delivery via myRMIT and / or PDF files on CD. Learning resources are comprehensive – no additional texts or materials are required beyond those supplied.

Overview of Assessment

Your ability to clearly describe and apply concepts and theory relating to vocational assessment will be assessed via a number of written assessment tasks such as your contribution to online discussion and assignments.

A suggested timetable for assignment submission is provided but dates are open to negotiation within semester of enrolment.