Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Peter Sullivan


This core education unit is an introductory unit for graduate teacher education secondary students. Drawing on their learning in related units and their experience in fieldwork settings, students will develop an understanding of key elements of learning, specifically: teaching and learning, effective communication, use of information and communication technology (ICT), literacy and numeracy, establishing effective learning environments, student motivation, and processes of classroom management. The emphasis is on exploring the rich interconnections between theory and practice and illustrating the power of effective theories in guiding complex practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. critically examine their personal beliefs, values and experiences about teaching and learning, classroom management, communication and motivation
  2. articulate their emerging professional learning, identifying significant change moments
  3. describe, evaluate and apply a variety of classroom management and communication strategies in educational contexts
  4. recognise literacy and numeracy needs of students
  5. identify and apply processes for drawing on a range of theories and principles to create effective learning opportunities for students in a range of contexts
  6. outline and apply processes for engaging students in their learning, especially disengaged students.


Reflective journal (2000 words, 50%)
Research task (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 9 hours of independent study per week


Successful completion of 3 years of an undergraduate education degree; or enrolment in Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary); or by special permission