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
OfferedBerwick First semester 2014 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Mr John Pardy


This unit introduces students to applied learning pedagogies. The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) was introduced as a senior secondary schooling option in 2002. Applied learning as made available through VCAL offers a pathways approach to participation in Years 10-12. Pathways approaches to schooling rests upon teachers drawing upon academic, vocational education and training (VET), community participation and work-based learning opportunities to tailor schooling to meet the diverse learning needs of students who are not interested in or engaged with the mainstream curriculum. In this unit students will develop the skills, knowledge and capabilities to develop pathways learning options. More specifically students in this unit will examine the curriculum requirements of VCAL. In doing this students will explore the various ways in which the VCAL subjects literacy and numeracy, personal development, industry specialist study and work related skills can be taught and assessed.


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

  1. identify the key policy and curriculum issues underpinning applied learning and pathways education
  2. design and develop applied learning resources to foster engagement in schooling
  3. plan assessment strategies for applied learning and pathways education


Applied learning as a schooling option essay (4000 words, 50%)
Applied learning portfolio (4000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

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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