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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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Mr Michael Phillips


Issues in design and learning relating to the application of information, communication and presentation technologies for learning. Traditional and contemporary perspectives on instructional design. Applications to the design of learning environments, materials and systems in non-classroom based education. The unit is run in a flexible mode and is based on the ideas of student-centred learning. The unit is set largely in the context of adult education.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should:

  • be able to explain the concept of flexible learning;
  • describe the theories and processes of instructional design;
  • discuss considerations relating to the application of information technology to instruction and learning;
  • explain the relationships between flexible learning, instructional design and information technology, with reference to the structures of design, management and characteristics of technology;
  • demonstrate an awareness of the issues involved in the development of flexible learning, the theories and processes of instructional design and the application of information technology through discussion of them;
  • identify research problems and issues associated with aspects of open and flexible learning, instructional design and information technology approaches in their own workplace environment.


Issues presentation (3200 words equiv.): 40%
Research profile and plan (4800 word equiv.): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Michael Henderson

Off-campus attendance requirements

24 hours per week in participation, reading, research and assessment. Students should allocate 6 hours per week in interacting via the discussion forum or other CMC (e.g. two hours three times per week), another 6 hours in reading and research, and
another 4 hours in creating and designing. The remainder devoted to fulfilling assessment requirements. Face to face seminars will be held irregularly as most of the instruction and interaction will be conducted through computer mediated communications. Face to face and online events will be advertised through MUSO and via email.