Unit description

Introduces foundation concepts of learning, teaching and curriculum, various theories of, and models for, learning, how students' achievements impact on learning, and how social, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds may affect learning. Pedagogical approaches, policy documents and organisational practices in a secondary school are considered.

Unit content

Module 1: Requirements and operational management

Module 2: Classroom and behaviour management
Developmental and other issues in classroom and behaviour management
Classroom discipline: Principles and practices

Module 3: Linking pedagogy curriculum and learning in the classroom
Organisation of a school
Policies and policy documents
Professional experience expectations and requirements
Professional Experience 1

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Churchill, R et al., 2013, Teaching: Making a difference, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, Milton, Qld. ISBN: 9780730303381.
  • NSW Department of Education, Policies and procedures – Protecting and supporting children and young people policy, NSWDE, https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/policies/.
  • NSW Government, 1998, NSW Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998, http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/caypapa1998442/, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (4 weeks)
Workshop on-site 1 day (once)
Community/Professional placement 24 days (Once)
Behaviour Analysis50%
Lesson Planning and micro teach50%

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

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