Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 titleBAdultLrng&Devt
CRICOS code067957D
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students must meet the recognition of prior learning (RPL) requirement for 48 points of credit at first year level.
  • Full-time study only. With RPL, the duration of study is two years.


This course is designed specifically for people currently working in the field of adult learning and development who wish to upgrade their formal qualifications, gain recognition for prior work experience, and improve their theoretical knowledge and practical expertise. Completion of this course will lead to a recognised tertiary degree in adult and vocational education and training that will place graduates at the forefront of professional knowledge and practice and give them a competitive edge in the employment market. Opportunities exist for further study at honours or masters level.


This course aims to develop highly qualified educational professionals and leaders who can facilitate the learning and development of individuals and enterprises within local and global communities. Upon successful completion of the course, it is expected that participants will have:

  • developed sound understandings of core concepts and contemporary policies and practices in adult learning and development, and their application to their work and organisation
  • formed clearer understandings of the issues and strategies needed to undertake educational work effectively, ethically and sustainably, in locally and globally-networked organisations and communities
  • enhanced their skills in designing and implementing programs to suit diverse and complex learning needs and learners
  • developed capacities to plan, manage, deliver, promote and evaluate adult learning and development projects in workplaces and in communities
  • developed stronger skills and understandings of the applications of new learning technologies in adult learning across different sites
  • formed skills in reading, interpreting and conducting research into their own workplace practices.


Students receive recognition of prior learning and complete compulsory units.


Students enter directly into the second year of the course. The second and third years of the course comprise 16 compulsory units.

First-year level

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) normally equivalent to 48 points

Second-year level

  • EDF2801 Adult education practices 1
  • EDF2802 Contexts of adult learning and development
  • EDF2803 Learning and researching in work-related contexts
  • EDF2804 Multimedia in adult education: Policy and practice
  • EDF2805 Multimedia in adult education: Implementation and evaluation
  • EDF2809 Workplace learning and development
  • EDF2810 Program design and delivery
  • EDF2811 Working with difference

Third-year level

  • EDF3802 Work, development and identity
  • EDF3804 Independent work-based project 1
  • EDF3806 Future directions in adult learning and development
  • EDF3807 Contemporary workplaces: Issues and practices
  • EDF3808 Research perspectives in adult and workplace education
  • EDF3809 Independent work-based project 2
  • EDF3810 Mentoring at work
  • EDF3811 Policy and change in adult education and training


Bachelor of Adult Learning and Development