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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 2 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Singapore Term 4 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Anne Keary (Berwick); Dr Iris Duhn (Peninsula)


In this unit students develop understanding of the professional and ethical standards expected of educators working with children in the early years, in policy and practice and how they work with other professionals in interdisciplinary fields. They develop knowledge of documents and policies, including a review of legislative requirements informing educators' work and understanding of how to implement strategies to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in learning and teaching. They learn from professionals including social workers, health professionals and others to understand the day to day issues educators deal with in their work, and the importance of working in interdisciplinary teams. Students develop communication skills that enable them to work professionally and ethically with a variety of professionals in early years and primary settings.


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

  1. develop the knowledge of policies and processes to enable them to make ethical and professional decisions as educators in early years and primary settings
  2. understand and be ready to implement legislative requirements informing educators work
  3. implement strategies to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICTs in learning and teaching
  4. understand what an interdisciplinary focus means and how it is implemented
  5. learn to communicate with a variety of professionals connected to early years and primary settings
  6. develop and utilise the skills to work in larger teams of education professionals
  7. understand the implications of professionalism and ethics in interdisciplinary work for children and their families and the community.


Case study analysis of professional and ethical decision making (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Interview with an education professional who works in an interdisciplinary context and report on the everyday challenges of the role (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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