Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and 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

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or

Course coordinator


  • 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. The course of study must be completed in a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 8 years and enrolment must be continuous. As students will start this course with recognition of prior learning, the actual full-time duration of study is two years.


This course is designed specifically for people 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 leads to a recognised tertiary degree in adult education and training that places graduates at the forefront of professional knowledge and practice and gives them a competitive edge in the employment market. 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. Opportunities exist for further study at honours or master's level.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • understand core concepts and contemporary policies and practices in adult learning and development, and their application to their work and organisation
  • comprehend the issues and strategies needed to undertake educational work effectively, ethically and sustainably in locally and globally networked organisations and communities
  • design and implement programs to suit diverse and complex learning needs and learners
  • plan, manage, deliver, promote and evaluate adult learning and development projects in workplaces and in communities
  • demonstrate skills and understanding in the application of new learning technologies in adult learning across different sites
  • demonstrate skills in reading, interpreting and conducting research into their own workplace practice.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have successfully completed post-school qualifications, together with relevant work and/or community experience, are eligible for block credit of 48 points in the course, enabling them to complete the degree in two years. Examples of appropriate qualifications include:

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
  • Diploma of Training and Assessment
  • Diploma of Vocational Education and Training Practice
  • Certificate IV in Human Resources
  • Diploma of Human Resources Management

Students who have completed or commenced other studies may also be considered for credit. All credit applications will be individually assessed.


Students receive block credit of 48 points for prior studies and enter directly into the second year of the course and complete 16 core units.


First-year level

  • Block credit granted at level 1 equivalent to 48 credit 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
  • EDF3806 Future directions in adult learning and development
  • EDF3807 Contemporary workplaces: Issues and practices
  • EDF3808 Research perspectives in adult and workplace education
  • EDF3809 Reflection as workplace learning
  • EDF3810 Mentoring at work
  • EDF3811 Policy and change in adult education and training

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Bachelor of Adult Learning and Development for course progression advice.

Progression to further studies

An honourshonours ( program may be undertaken by graduates of this course who achieve a distinction average in their final two years of study.


Bachelor of Adult Learning and Development