Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Online)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Thanh Pham (Berwick, online)


This unit focuses on learning and teaching in schools across a range of educational contexts and develops pre-service teachers' professional capacity to engage in educational inquiry about pedagogy, curriculum and assessment. Students draw upon principles of educational psychology and theories of learning to develop an understanding of how people learn in different contexts and educators plan to achieve successful learning outcomes. The unit highlights the centrality of language and communication to all teaching and learning. Students critically inquire into the relationships and modes of communication most conducive to creating productive learning environments.


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

  1. critically examine personal beliefs, values and experiences about learning and teaching, communication and motivation
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the central role of language in learning
  3. apply an understanding of theoretical views of learning and classroom management to the planning of learner-centred teaching
  4. plan and build positive learning environments and relationships through effective communication
  5. plan the creative use of a range of learning resources in their teaching
  6. apply a variety of pedagogical approaches that engage school students in their learning and assessment
  7. apply concepts and theories from educational psychology and philosophy to analyse, reconsider and question school-based experiences and improve their teaching
  8. plan a unit of work designed to develop cross-curricula skills
  9. critically enquire into various curricula, teaching and assessment practices to determine their educative value.


Peer teaching and reflection (2000 words equivalent, 25%)
Curriculum and resource development (2500 words or equivalent, 30%)
Analysis of academic literature (3500 words, 45%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)