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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedCaulfield Summer semester A to Semester one 2010 (Flexible)
Clayton First semester 2010 (Flexible)
Clayton Summer semester A to Semester one 2010 (Flexible)
Clayton Term 2 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lorraine Bennett


The aim of HED5021 Contemporary issues in Higher Education A is to provide opportunities for staff to negotiate a program of study focusing on issues in Higher Education they identify as being most germane to their own teaching context and discipline. By undertaking a range of modules of study, candidates will be able further develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of teaching, learning and assessment and improve their personal practice. Workshop modules will be offered by the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) and in some cases in partnership with faculties and University divisions. The list of modules available may change slightly from year to year. Candidates will be required to undertake five workshop modules in HED5021 and complete the prescribed activities.


Each module in HED5021 Contemporary Issues in Higher Education A will have specific objectives. At a general level, on successful completion of a module in HED5021 participants should be able to:

  1. Identify the contemporary issues in Higher Education that are germane to their own teaching context and discipline.
  2. Be able to draw on the relevant educational literature and research to become better informed about the impact of changing trends on pedagogical principles and practice.
  3. Be better equipped to apply theory to their teaching approaches and strategies.
  4. Reflect on and demonstrate the impact that the selected issues have on their personal practice.


Assessment will be by ePortfolio comprising evidence of the impact of the workshops on the candidate's personal teaching practice (100%, approximately 4,000 words or equivalent). Photographs, journal notes, reflections, observations and accounts of skill development will be encouraged.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Lorraine Bennett

Contact hours

Candidates are required to complete five workshop modules from the approved list for HED5021 offered by CALT or through Faculties and other University Divisions. Workshops may vary in length, but on average would be expected to be 3 to 4 hours (one half day). Each module will also involve approximately 25 hours further study comprising literature and web searches, reading/reflection time; completion of assessment activities and compilation of an online e-portfolio.