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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleBSOR/BEd
CRICOS code064760G
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9904 4291, email

Course coordinator

Dr Justen O'Connor (Peninsula)


  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


The course provides attractive sequences of studies for students interested in sport and outdoor recreation studies and or the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum.


Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will have:

  • acquired the skills that will effectively allow them to plan and deliver primary school educational programs
  • gained an understanding of curriculum development and the significance of the key areas of learning taught in primary schools
  • developed knowledge about child development underlying professional practice and an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of primary teacher education
  • understood and appreciate the cultural contexts of schooling and the diversity of the student population
  • developed the capacity to be responsive to the needs of children, their families and communities in a flexible and innovative way
  • developed the interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and pedagogical approaches of physical and sport educations and/or outdoor, camps and environmental educations
  • understood the experiential and community bases of movement, physical activity, outdoor recreation and health/community promotion and wellbeing
  • understood the need for professional, safe and competent standards in physical and outdoor education.


Students must successfully complete the outdoor experiences and physical activity requirements of each unit (a minimum of approximately 40-60 days total over the program duration).

Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Those students who are employed in schools must complete a minimum of 50 per cent of supervised placement in a setting other than the school in which they are employed. Students must be available to undertake school placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement for full days at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be qualified to register as primary school teachers in Victoria (including health and physical education if the approved unit sequence is followed). For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check teacher registration requirements with local authorities.


To receive the awards of Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation and Bachelor of Education, a student must successfully complete units totaling 192 points consisting of:

(a.) studies in sport and outdoor recreation (96 points).

(b.) studies in education (96 points), comprising a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum. Fieldwork placements are also included.


First year

  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1 (five days professional placement)
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2 (five days professional placement)
  • EDF1611 Introduction to sport fitness and outdoor recreation
  • EDF1612 Outdoor recreation education
  • EDF1613 Biophysical foundations of physical activity A
  • EDF1614 Biophysical foundations of physical activity B
  • EDF1615 Experiential environmental education
  • EDF1616 Lifespan physical activity and wellness

Second year

  • EDF1307 Early literacy and numeracy 1 (10 days professional placement)
  • EDF2302 Re-imagining children's learning (five days professional placement)
  • EDF2611 Experiencing aquatic environments*
  • EDF2612 Experiential education in sport and outdoor recreation
  • EDF2615 Community, physical activity and wellness
  • EDF2616 Coaching
  • two approved BSOR electives in consultation with BSOR course adviser

Third year

  • EDF2301 Multiliteracies: Mediating the world
  • EDF2304 Early literacy and numeracy 2
  • EDF2618 Dance in education
  • EDF3301 Numeracy
  • EDF3311 Understanding space and place (15 days professional placement)
  • EDF3616 Camp planning and practices, or BSOR elective
  • EDF3619 Sport and physical activity education
  • one approved BSOR elective in consultation with BSOR course adviser

Fourth year

* Students wishing to major in physical education are required to complete the AUSTSWIM certificate and an approved qualification in first aid (level 2) in addition to their studies.


Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation