Developing Professionally - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Reflective Journal 1 , Case Study (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Please note: Students who have started the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice before 2017 do not have to do this unit as a core, but can do the unit as one of their electives.

This unit is designed to enable students to relate what they have already learned about key concepts underlying the criminology and criminal justice systems to the kinds of careers available to them upon graduation. Participation in this course will require that students develop a broad understanding of the kinds of jobs available in the range of workplaces employing criminology and criminal justice graduates and of the knowledge and skills they demand. It will also mean that students will need to develop and articulate awareness of their own strengths and of the kinds of contributions they are best equipped to make. This course focusses on career development, linking theory and practice and reflective thinking skills. It is therefore relevant for all students, including those with extenstive work experience.

This unit will focus on developing each student’s own Personal Professional Practice Framework: the combined abilities, competencies, and patterns of practice that reflect the student’s values and knowledge-in-action as it is being acquired and applied. The unit fosters ongoing reflective practice of each student and considers the place of the individual in the professional workplace, including the range of professional cultures to which they must be to able adapt, strategies for self-care and techniques for acquiring further knowledge and skills as their career progresses. In summary, the unit aims:

  1. To actively prepare students for their entry into the professional workplace.
  2. To develop the students’ ability to reflect upon professional practice.
  3. To assist and encourage students to begin to develop a questioning, analytical, critical and self-evaluative approach towards their professional duties and professional tasks.
  4. To provide students with the opportuntiy to reflectively consider the methods of 'self-care' required for long-term resilience within the criminal justice profession.
  • Assignment — Reflective Journal 1
  • Case Study (30%)
  • Journal — Reflective Journal 2 (60%)
  • Presentation — Poster Presentation (10%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Careers in criminology I
2Job search activities
3Resume writing
4Selection criteria and letters of application
5Organisational structures
6Accountability and legitimacy and culture
7Self care and resilience in the job
8Communicating for different audiences
9Professional development plan
10Careers in criminology II

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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