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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester (extended) 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Willems


This unit enhances students' knowledge of the principles of planning, teaching, learning and assessment. Effective teaching is viewed as a continually evolving practice based on the quality cycle of plan, act, evaluate and improve. Students explore inclusive student-centred learning activities and make choices in matching learning outcomes, learning activities and assessment with learning objectives. The unit also investigates strategies for optimising student engagement and helps participants act effectively in the classroom through analytical processes and peer review.


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

  1. design and evaluate a learning activity
  2. test the key features of an effective assessment task
  3. identify ways in which the quality and impact of teaching might be evaluated
  4. apply the key principles of effective teaching to improve practice
  5. critically reflect on their teaching and devise a plan for improvement.


Short paper on the method and response to student and peer feedback on aspects of the unit and current teaching (2000 to 3000 words, 40%)
Portfolio of activities that highlight an academic's reflection on practice (2000 to 3000 words, 50%)
Database entry that provides recommendations for higher education teachers based on a review study from a higher education journal (500 words, 10%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload comprises:
(a.) Overall requirements:
+ students are expected to undertake 120 hours per semester of study: to attend on-campus lectures and workshops, undertake the unit tasks as set out in the unit guide, which include set readings, and to complete assessment tasks

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


First degree or equivalent


HED5001, HED5011, HED5012