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
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit requires students to critically engage with the pedagogical theories and practices relevant to upper secondary schooling. Using their chosen disciplinary field(s) as context, students are supported in developing an understanding of how a range of pedagogical approaches need to be considered in relation to individual student needs and the requirements of senior secondary curriculum and assessment frameworks. In particular, this unit offers students opportunities to further develop pedagogical content knowledge relevant to their chosen disciplinary field(s) and examine engaging and innovative approaches to teaching and learning within the constraints of externally moderated senior secondary curriculum. They are required to draw upon both their classroom experiences and the research literature as they reflect on the critical construction and utilisation of relevant pedagogical content knowledge in the senior years of secondary schooling.


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

  1. understand and apply the requirements of senior secondary curriculum and assessment frameworks for their chosen discipline(s) in their professional experience
  2. critically evaluate and implement different assessment approaches in their chosen disciplinary field(s)
  3. demonstrate an understanding of different pedagogical approaches in the teaching of students across the senior years of secondary schooling
  4. extend their repertoire of teaching skills and strategies that promote purposeful, engaging, innovative, creative and intellectually challenging learning.


Portfolio of reflective practice (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Critical investigation of assessment approaches (2000 words or 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 over 8 weeks including lectures and tutorials

(b.) Additional requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

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