APE101 - Create Your Own Career

Unit details


2022 unit information

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Last updated: 4 March 2022

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

2022 Final year of offer

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Tony Chalkley
Trimester 2: Tony Chalkley
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit introduces students to three key principles of professional development planning – how to identify, research and pursue their preferred career path and how to develop their employability and professional skills throughout their studies and working life.

The self-awareness section works on identifying their strengths and weaknesses, what they want from work and how to find potential careers.

The industry awareness sections mentors students through researching an industry by interviewing a professional their preferred field.

The decision making section helps them identify steps they can take during their degree to improve their employability.

The work integrated learning sections helps them to explore opportunities to undertake internships, volunteer, study overseas or travel to build their experience and skills. This is designed to prepare students who wish to undertake APE201 Individual Professional Project and APE202 Team Professional Project or any other internship units within their own degree.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify key employability skills that are developed via their chosen course of study and understand how these skills can be evidenced

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate awareness of career opportunities and pathways into industries/professions of interest to them

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management


Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their current skill set and identify priorities for development

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop and present a personalised professional development plan

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Seminar /Online exercises 1600 words
or equivalent
(4 x 400 words)
40% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Report 1 (career interview and reflection) 1200 words
or equivalent 
30% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Report 2 (professional development plan) 1200 words
or equivalent 
30% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: APE101 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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