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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

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Doug Robb



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit further develops students' skills and understanding of positive learning environments and effective classroom management. The unit focuses on understanding classroom relationships and the connection between learning and behaviour and positive learning environments and relationships. It covers the causes of challenging behaviours and ways to respond in preventative and reactive, and ethical and professional ways. Students examine their own beliefs about classroom relations and develop strategies to respond to the learning needs of students with potentially challenging behaviours and better manage the situations that can give rise to such behaviours.


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

  1. understand the relationship between positive learning environments and relationships and classroom behaviour
  2. examine their own beliefs about classroom relations and professional and ethical issues surrounding their interactions with students
  3. understand the medical, ecological, organisational and relationship factors that can influence students' learning and behaviour
  4. develop an awareness of the effects on learning and behaviour of conditions such as learning disabilities, learning difficulties, mental health conditions and conduct disorders
  5. understand the impact of these on students' cognitive, social and emotional wellbeing
  6. develop a repertoire of effective behaviour management strategies including problem-solving and relationship-building skills with students
  7. learn to work effectively with students, their families and other professionals in meeting the broader needs of students.


Case study (2000 words, 50%)
Project plan (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 2 contact hours per week or equivalent

(b.) Additional requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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