Graduate Counselling and Applied Psychology (GCAP) 647

Career Development in Organizational Settings (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Paced study; online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Graduate Studies

Prerequisite: GCAP 645

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

Centre: Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology

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Overview

GCAP 647: Career Development in Organizational Settings seeks to combine a theoretical foundation with the practical realities of daily operations. It does this through a combination of lesson plans as well as through the demonstrated skills and knowledge that students are asked to employ.

The course reviews theories from the recent past and examines current theories and concepts in more depth. Actual programs and services that deliver career development within organizations are analyzed, as are strategies highly related or integral to career development, such as learning and feedback systems.

Additionally, the course will enable students to understand the role of the career development practitioner within organizations as more broad-based than that of the career counsellor. Students will be able to situate the counselling role within the broader context of work environments and organizational settings.

Outline

Unit A: Concepts and Theories of Career Development in Organizational Settings

  • Lesson 1: Overview of the theory and practice of career development in organizational settings
  • Lesson 2: Creating a conceptual framework for studying career development in organizations: outcomes, processes, and structures
  • Lesson 3: Analysis of workplace trends: Implications for career development in organizations
  • Lesson 4: Review of the evolution and impact of major theories of career development
  • Lesson 5: Understanding current theories in career development in organizations: connecting individual and organizational

Unit B: Application of Career Development Services and Programs Within Organizations

  • Lesson 6: Using a synergistic model of career development in organizations
  • Lesson 7: Roles and responsibilities of delivering career development in organizational settings
  • Lesson 8: Applying career development in organizational settings through distinct interventions
  • Lesson 9: Applying career development in organizational settings through integrated interventions
  • Lesson 10: The role of learning and feedback in delivering career development inside organizations

Unit C: Building Career Development Strength in Future Organizations

  • Lesson 11: The relationship between leadership and career development within organizational settings
  • Lesson 12: The career professional's role in delivering career development inside organizations: professionalism and ethics, competencies, and specializations
  • Lesson 13: Critical issues for the future of career development in organizational settings

Course Evaluation

To receive credit for GCAP 647, students must submit all of the course assignments. The passing grade for the course is B- (70%). The assessment structure for GCAP 647: Career Development in Organizational Settings is based on the following course activities, with the percentage weighting of each activity as indicated. Your final grade for the course will be a composite mark based on your performance in these course activities.

Course Activity Weight
Participation in Online Discussions 20%
Assignment 1: Theory of Career Development in Organizations Critique 20%
Assignment 2: Contemporary Issues in Career Development in Organizations Paper 30%
Assignment 3: Field Study of Practical Considerations in the Delivery of Career Development Within Organizations 30%
Total 100%

Course Materials

Course Texts

Bernes, K. (2000). A synergistic model of career development: Bridging the gap between employees and organizations. Edmonton, AB: Life-Role Development Group.

Redekopp, D. E. (1999). CONDUCT workbook: Professional development guide for career development professionals. Edmonton, AB: Life-Role Development Group.

Other Materials

All other course materials are available online.

Other Information

Students with a disability, who require academic accommodation, need to register with the Access to Students with Disabilities Centre at Athabasca University. Notification of the need for academic accommodation must normally be provided to the program office no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of class. It is the student's responsibility to register with the Disability Centre to request academic accommodation if required and to notify the instructor that such accommodation has been requested. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate individual student needs. However, because GCAP courses are paced, all student are required to participate weekly in the online discussion forums. There are also several courses where online exams are required.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice.

Opened in Revision 1, January 2009.

Updated March 29 2016 by Student & Academic Services