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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Career Planning and Development I &II
Module Code FB304P
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ann Largey
Semester 2: Ann Largey
Autumn: Ann Largey
Module TeachersAnn Largey
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will equip students to identify their own knowledge, skills and abilities, to match these with the knowledge, skills and abilities required by employers of graduates, and to consider the implications of any gaps that are identified. The module covers topics such as the nature of careers, career planning, CV preparation, interview preparation and job search. The module is organized around lectures, discussions and practicals and will include visits from guest speakers on the career opportunities available both nationally and internationally.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the processes involved in career planning.
2. Evaluate their own knowledge, skills and abilities and how these relate to different types of career opportunities
3. Critically assess the range of job opportunities available to graduates both nationally and internationally
4. Prepare a CV and know how to adjust this in line with available opportunities
5. Demonstrate the skills required to perform well at both interview and in presentations.
6. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a work environment (work placement).

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture54No Description
Group work30No Description
Independent Study166Including work placement
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The nature of Career Planning. CV preparation. Knowledge, skills and abilities required by employers. Key graduate skills and abilities. Job searching skills. Preparing for interview.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentIn your teams, research a job opportunity in a particular sector or business (decision on the particular area to be identified following consultation with the lecturer). Prepare a presentation to your class on the job opportunities, giving an in depth account of the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the sector or organization.20%Week 6
AssignmentPrepare a detailed career plan, including an application for a graduate position that you have seen advertised. This will involve you in updating your CV and identifying the ways in which your skills and abilities match those required by the employer30%Week 12
Practical/skills evaluationPrepare for and participate in a mock interview20%Week 8
Reflective journalKeep a learning journal with 10 entries that identify your own knowledge, skills and abilities and the ways in which you have both developed these over the course of the module and your plans for future development in line with your career aspirations.30%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Bolles, R: 2013, What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers, Tenspeed Press, New York,
  • Rook, S: 2013, The Graduate Career Guidebook, Palgrave MacMillan,
Other Resources

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