Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please 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 or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit involves identifying, investigating, improving and reporting on a learning dimension of students' work. The starting point is on student identity as a learning practitioner; that is, a person whose work focuses on learning in organisational settings, in local communities and/or in educational institutions. It builds on the current attention given to learning that occurs in everyday work practices as well as in formal educational settings. Several perspectives of learning are explored, all of which emphasise the importance of the learners' personal, theoretical and cultural locations.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand and foster the learning dimension of work
  2. reflect on and describe their identity as learner practitioners and the way this identity is constructed through a number of local and global conditions
  3. interpret and evaluate various conceptual perspectives on learning in practice that apply to, and which may, influence their work
  4. generate a critical analysis of their work and workplace based on conceptual perspectives.


Online participation (800 words equivalent, 10%)
Case study report stage 1: critical assessment of identity as a learning and development practitioner (3200 words equivalent, 40%)
Case study report stage 2: discussion paper on the various conceptual understandings of learning in practice (4000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face to face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
  • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

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