HPS207 - Preparing for Employment

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in course A301, D387, D390, D391, H300, H344, H344CR, H344DA, H344WE, H345, H348

Unit chair:

Sandra Hooper


Eligible students will have completed at least eight credit points of study and be enrolled in one of the following courses: A301, D387, D390, D391, H300, H344, H344CR, H344DA, H344WE, H345, H348



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour class per week (8 weeks), 1 x 2 hour class (guest speaker event) per week (2 weeks), and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week
Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminar per week


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


This unit aims to:
(i) provide students with an introduction to psychology as it applies in the workplace, and,

(ii) develop strategies and skills to assist students develop purposeful and relevant career plans and  gain meaningful employment at the completion of their studies in psychology


The unit is very practically oriented and is designed to provide students with insight into careers that relate to the application of skills gained from a behavioural science degree such as psychology. There is particular emphasis on relevant careers available to students exiting after a three year (Bachelor degree) or four year (Honours or equivalent) sequence in psychology. The unit focuses on assessing and developing people in an organisational context and will cover three main areas:

  1. The various options available for employment and career advancement within the field of Psychology and related occupations, including lifelong learning strategies and further studies. Development of skills will include refinement of the components of successful job search and identification, application and interviewing.
  2. Self-integration of the Deakin Psychology graduate attributes, the skills gained in studying psychology as a major sequence and other personal attributes. Utilisation of this knowledge will enable students to identify potential career options, transferrable skills, strengths and development areas and provide opportunities for them to enhance their marketability to potential employers.
  3. Key theoretical concepts of organisational psychology and their relation to work and employment and integrating them into real life attempts to secure and retain satisfying employment.


Assessments in this unit are particularly applied in nature.  They involve a high degree of self-reflection and self-assessment as well as application of information obtained through lived experiences and applied activities.


Assessment task 1: Self-assessment report and career development action plan (1500 words) 35%


Assessment task 2: Submission of a job application for a nominated real-life position including a document addressing key selection criteria and a cover letter (1200 words) and a curriculum vitae to be attached to the job application 30%


Assessment task 3:

Part a) Team solution of organisational psychology related business problem (10 minute group presentation) 5%

Part b) Individual analysis of the development of a newly formed team and evaluation of team performance and roles of team members in solving the problem (1500 words) 30%

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