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 Second semester (extended) 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Hariz Halilovich


Contemporary learning environments in higher education include: virtual spaces, industry placements, simulated settings, as well as a range of traditional and state-of-the-art lecture, laboratory and tutorial settings. This unit allows students to examine the influence of virtual design, physical spaces and the 'hidden curriculum' on learning. It introduces ways of promoting learning in a range of different contexts. Students consider the impact of different learning environments, how to maximise and/or broaden student learning, and practical considerations such as available resources and administration.


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

  1. outline the key influences of the learning environment and the student context on learning
  2. optimise use of available learning environments
  3. design virtual environments to maximise learning
  4. describe the impact of changing learning environments on teacher resources.


Series of reflexive short pieces (1000 to 1500 words, 30%)
Analysis of the participants' current learning environment (1000 to 2000 words, 30%)
Design portfolio or analytic paper outlining proposed learning environment designs and their relationship to student learning (2000 to 3000 words, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload comprises:
(a.) Overall requirements:
+ students are expected to undertake 120 hours per semester of study and use their study time 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

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Chief examiner(s)


First degree or equivalent