Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 2 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Timothy Lynch (Berwick); Dr Corine Rivalland (City); Ms Marie Hammer (Peninsula)


This unit develops students' understanding of the curriculum guidelines, documentation, assessment and evaluation policies that are pertinent to early childhood education at local and national levels. Students are involved in analyses of pedagogical, social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of curriculum theory, practice, design and assessment that meet diverse learners' needs. They develop knowledge of the key elements of current policy including the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), the Australian Curriculum and the Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). They explore exemplars of early years programs and planning and how children's activities are assessed, so they can competently and professionally develop practices expected in early childhood learning and care in Australia and internationally.


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

  1. demonstrate in-depth understanding of the curriculum guidelines, documentation, assessment and evaluation policies
  2. demonstrate the ability to observe, document, analyse, assess and evaluate children's learning and reflect on curriculum effectiveness in their own practice
  3. apply curriculum theories and design to the development of culturally inclusive programs in diverse settings for children
  4. demonstrate reflexive practice to develop effective curriculum, assessment and documentation in education.


Curriculum policy and document analysis (2000 words, 50%)
Essay on curriculum development, application, assessment and evaluation in practice (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester/term comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan based students:

  • one intensive block comprising two week nights and weekend days, normally from Thursday to Sunday
  • at least four hours of online study per term

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)

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