Psychology (PSYC) 200

Introduction to Career Development (Revision 1)

PSYC 200

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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This course reviews the history of career counselling and discusses a sampling of career development theories, the general process of career counselling, the career concerns of diverse client populations, and different settings in which career counsellors work. This course alone will not prepare students to be practicing career counsellors, but it will provide familiarity with the field of career counselling.


PSYC 200 comprises the following eight units.

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Career Counselling
  • Unit 2: Introduction to Career Development Theories
  • Unit 3: Developing the Relationship and Defining the Career Concern
  • Unit 4: Exploring the Problem: Understanding the Self
  • Unit 5: Exploring the Problem: Contextual and Labour Market Options
  • Unit 6: Action Planning and Evaluation
  • Unit 7: Career Development and Diverse Populations
  • Unit 8: Career Counselling in Different Settings


To receive credit for this course, students must complete all of the assessments and achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) for the entire course. The final grade is determined by the weighted average of the grades received on the assessment activities.

Activity Weighting
Career Questionnaire 5%
Four Application Papers 12.5% x 4 50%
Quiz 1 7.5%
Quiz 2 10%
Quiz 3 7.5%
Research Project 20%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Amundson, N. E., Harris-Bowlsbey, J., & Niles, S. G. (2014). Essential elements of career counseling: Processes and techniques (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.

Niles, S. G., & Harris-Bowlsbey, J. (2017). Career development interventions (5th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Education Inc.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.


Merrill Education Media Series. (2005). Career counseling work in progress DVD. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Other Materials

All of your Athabasca University materials will be found at your online course site. Key course materials include the Course Manual, the Study Guide, and assignments and quizzes.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 200 challenge registration, you must achieve D (50 percent) on the invigilated exam.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 1, June 28, 2012.