Psychology (PSYC) 443

Special Projects in Career Development 1 (Revision 1)

PSYC 443 course cover

Permanently closed, effective April 27, 2018.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study. Online-enhanced.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: PSYC 300 or its equivalent, and professor approval required. Students must be competent in organized, written English at the 400 level. The paper submitted in this course should be original work and not the basis of a credit award in another career development course.

Precluded Course: PSYC 443 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for CADE 403.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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University Certificate in Career Development

PSYC 443 is not available for challenge.


This course is an opportunity to those involved in particular aspects of career development to explore an area of interest in more depth than that provided in the rest of the University Certificate in Career Development. This is a chance to describe, explain, and critically reflect upon a topic of interest in career development. Topics are chosen in consultation with the course instructor taking into account his or her own areas of interest and expertise.

The course is evaluated on a project basis through production of a research paper. Participants in the course are expected to focus their project on a specialized topic in career development that is not available elsewhere in the curriculum or to take concepts covered in earlier courses to a greater depth of study. It is expected that learners will draw on their workplace experience to carry out the project. Learners are expected to have worked as career development practitioners for several years, have familiarity with career development theory, and have the competence to express their reflections in writing at the senior undergraduate level.


  • Identification and approval of a suitable and acceptable topic
  • Research proposal
  • Final Check
  • Prepare paper


This 40 – 50 page research paper is graded on a pass/fail system: Research paper 100%.

The following components constitute major elements of the research paper and must be completed satisfactorily:

  • Introduction
  • Body of paper
  • Conclusion

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

Course Materials

The course materials include a combined student manual/study guide and one article: Dobbert, M. L. (1982). Preparing a proposal - the design approach. In Ethnographic research: Theory and application for modern schools and societies. Praeger. Pp. 192 - 211.

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, February 28/03.

Updated April 30 2018 by Student & Academic Services