Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Examines both the various processes that individuals go through as they attempt to change or enrich their knowledge, values, skills or strategies; and also the resulting knowledge, values, skills, strategies and behaviours.

Unit content

The unit comprises the following topics:

  • Education psychology and the development of theories of learning
  • Characteristics of the adult learner: physiological, self-concept, emotion, stress, anxiety, past experience, time, motivation, learning styles and abilities, developmental stages and transitions
  • The emergence and critical debate of a theory of adult learning: Andragogy vs pedagogy
  • Characteristics of the learning situation: directing, facilitating, collaborating, teaching models (information-processing, programmed learning, learner-centred), teacher characteristics
  • Adult learning principles and their application to program planning.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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