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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Michael Henderson


Computer-based techniques as a means of learning. Techniques and problems in the selection, evaluation, design, implementation and use of computer programs in educational settings will feature in this unit.


At the conclusion of module 1 of this unit, students will have:

  • developed an understanding of the terminology and methods used in evaluating technology based software and programs;
  • critiqued an evaluation report concerning technology based software and/or programs and designed an instrument to suit their own evaluation purposes.
At the conclusion of module 2 students will be able to:
  • critique educational software; and
  • provide evidence to substantiate their views on the merits of nominated software.
At the conclusion of module 3 students will have:
  • developed a basic understanding of the fundamentals of logo programming;
  • have developed an understanding of how logo is used in various educational settings; and be familiar with the pedagogy underpinning the use of logo.
At the conclusion of module 4 students will be:
  • familiar with the issues and methods of teaching computer programming in school and professional contexts;
  • understand the basic concepts and techniques of computer programming;
  • have developed simple computer applications using a recognised programming language; and
  • understand a range of pedagogical approaches to the teaching of computer programming.


Two software assessment tasks (2 x 2000 words each = 4000 words): 50%
Essay (4000 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Michael Henderson

Contact hours

3 hours per week