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


The unit explores the growing emphasis on developing capacity in the workplace as a key platform of vocational education and training policy reform in Australia and overseas in recent decades. The unit will draw on workplace learning as it manifests within school curriculum as well as the ways in which teachers experience this in the school as workplace. Students will be introduced to the rationale for the introduction of vocational curriculums in schools and their connection to curriculum programs within them.


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

  1. understand the social and economic rationale for the emphasis on vocational learning curriculums in schools
  2. critically evaluate the implications of vocational learning and competency-based curriculum on teaching and learning in schools
  3. identify the implications of such curriculums for developing workplace learning in schools and other settings
  4. locate the school as a site of workplace change and workplace learning and explore the role of schools with respect to that change and that learning.


Critical evaluation of a vocational curriculum in schools (2000 words, 50%)
Reflection and analysis on workplace learning (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 24 contact hours per semester

(b.) Additional requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Enrolment in pre-service teacher education qualification, Bachelor of Education or Graduate Diploma of Education