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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester (extended) 2010 (Flexible)
Clayton Trimester 2 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Judith Rochecouste


Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Level II further develops participants' understanding of the principles of teaching, learning and assessment. In this unit, participants will focus on advanced concepts relating to unit design, theories of student learning, and design of assessment strategies. Participants will explore a range of current issues in higher education, such as research-led teaching; problem-based learning; group assessment; and the use of learning management systems.


On successful completion of this unit, participants should be able to:

  1. introduce research developments from both pedagogy and discipline into teaching practice;
  2. construct an effective and efficient unit; to optimise learning; to normalise effectiveness;
  3. develop effective pedagogies for problem-based learning and POL;
  4. devise a set of principles of good teaching in Higher Education - personally relevant, professionally based and research referenced;
  5. list the defining characteristics of expertise and devise strategies that will encourage deep level thinking and problem solving;
  6. recognise the defining characteristics of an effective learning management system (LMS); to design a discipline-specific LMS;
  7. devise strategies for equity in group assessment and strategies for collegial engagement;
  8. reconceptualise assessment tasks as learning activities, considering the educative differences between formative and summative assessment;
  9. design targeted assessment tasks appropriate to the intended learning outcome in the context of research that underpins recent developments in effective assessment tasks.


Assessment will be by inter-unit assignments submitted as an ePortfolio (100%, approximately 4,000 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Judith Rochecouste

Contact hours

12 contact hours in workshops to be held over 2.5 days prior to the teaching semester. The remaining hours (10 to 12 hours per week on average) includes candidate's actual teaching time conducted in the course of their academic duties; reading/private study time; completion of online activities and preparation for assessment submission.




HED5001, HED5002, HED5003