Faculty of Education

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Mrs Megan Adams (Berwick); Dr Corine Rivalland (City, Peninsula)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)

City (Melbourne)

  • Term 2 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit develops students' understanding of the curriculum guidelines, documentation, assessment and evaluation policies that are pertinent to early childhood education at local and national levels. Students are involved in analyses of pedagogical, social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of curriculum theory, practice, design and assessment that meet diverse learners' needs. They develop in-depth knowledge of the key elements and requirements of current policy relevant to their local, regional and national contexts. They explore exemplars of early years programs and planning and how children's activities are assessed, so they can competently and professionally develop practices expected in early childhood learning and care nationally and internationally.


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

  1. demonstrate in-depth understanding of the curriculum guidelines, documentation, assessment and evaluation policies relevant to local, regional and national context
  2. demonstrate the ability to observe, document, analyse, assess and evaluate children's learning and reflect on curriculum effectiveness in their own practice
  3. apply curriculum theories and design to the development of culturally inclusive programs in diverse settings for children
  4. demonstrate reflexive practice to develop effective curriculum, assessment and documentation in education.


Curriculum policy and document analysis (2000 words, 50%)
Essay on curriculum development, application, assessment and evaluation in practice (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester/term comprising:

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

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Requirements for on-campus block City-based students:

  • two intensive weekend blocks
  • at least 4 hours of active online engagement in Moodle activities per term

(c.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:

  • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
  • at least 4 hours of online study per term

(d.) Additional requirements (all students):

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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