Psychology (PSYC) 205

Portfolio Development (Revision 2)

PSYC 205 Course website

Permanently closed, effective March 4, 2010.

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Note: This course is for students in programs at Athabasca University. It is not intended to transfer credit to other institutions. It is best taken near the beginning of the program. Credit obtained elsewhere for course work cannot be considered for additional credit through the portfolio process. Students who register in PSYC 205 and who have obtained credit elsewhere to be transferred into their program plan, will need to pay for a credit evaluation. Furthermore, in addition to the fee for PSYC 205, if you plan to petition for more credit then there is another fee for the evaluation of your portfolio. Please check the latest version of the AU Calendar for the fee involved.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study. Online-enhanced.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None, however, experiential learning that is related to an academic program or courses is crucial. Also, a successful portfolio depends very heavily on selection of the most appropriate degree and also a clear understanding of the requirements for the chosen degree. If you are unsure about this, you need to seek Student Services for this type of guidance since it is beyond your tutor's duties to offer this kind of help.

Precluded Course: PSYC 205 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for CADE 205.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Centre: Centre for Psychology (University Certificate in Career Development)

PSYC 205 is not available for challenge.


This course is designed foremost as an educational process to facilitate an adult student's review of his or her prior experiential learning in order to be awarded appropriate academic credit. In this context, “prior” means learning that is prior to the academic program or credential that is under consideration. The educational process culminates with the completion of a portfolio. The portfolio is the means by which academic assessors determine what a person has learned “outside of school” and what credit, if any, should be awarded. Participants who successfully complete the portfolio will be awarded credit for this course and in addition will be able to petition for more credit through the portfolio. There is no guarantee that a petition will be successful. Ultimately, responsibility for the completeness and quality of the portfolio rests with the student.


The course consists of the following eight units.

  • Unit 1: Understanding Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio Development
  • Unit 2: Identifying Career Goals, Education Objectives, and Employability Skills
  • Unit 3: Researching Your Degree Program Major
  • Unit 4: Articulating Experiential Learning as Learning Clusters
  • Unit 5: Writing Learning Statements
  • Unit 6: Developing a Summary Transcript
  • Unit 7: Developing Other Perspectives on Learning
  • Unit 8: Putting It All Together


This course is evaluated on a pass/fail basis that reflects a mastery learning model. All unit assignments are components of the final portfolio.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The course materials include an Assignment Booklet and Study Guide that includes extensive commentary and directions.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, August 11, 2003.

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Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services