Primary Professional Experience 1: Planning - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Exercises (60%) , Practicum - Prof Experience - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,850.00
International 3,100.00

This is the first in the suite of professional experience placement units. The unit explores what it means to be an effective teacher. It focuses on lesson planning, including selecting objectives and appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies. In addition, it includes the use of appropriate resources and effective communication to support learning. A two-week professional experience placement will enable students to apply their knowledge and skills gained in the theory component, and gain insights into the complexity of the teacher’s role, aiding their development of a teacher identity. The overall pass requirement for the unit consists of a mark of at least 50% for the theory component and a pass for the professional experience placement.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. create lesson plans with challenging learning goals, a range of teaching strategies, and diverse resources, including digital technologies, that reflect an understanding of how students learn
  2. demonstrate and evaluate the use of effective planning and a range of teaching strategies, acknowledging the needs of students from diverse backgrounds, in a primary classroom setting
  3. employ effective communication skills and maintain student safety in primary school settings
  4. examine and evaluate the way practising teachers plan learning experiences, and employ pedagogical and assessment strategies to engage students and monitor their learning.
  • Exercises (60%)
  • Practicum — Prof Experience
  • Report (40%)

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What makes an effective teacher? The Teaching Cycle - plan, teach, assess, and reflect. Initial planning for school placement
2Australian context & curriculum. Professional standards and responsibilities
3Teaching and learning strategies. Ways of learning / Learning styles
4Student motivation
5Planning for learning - lesson plans - curriculum / objectives / introductions
6Planning for learning - lesson plans - body and transitions
7Planning for learning - lesson plans - conclusions
8Planning for learning, group work and creating/managing a positive learning environment
9Planning for learning - creating/managing a positive learning environment
10Planning for learning - formative assessment
11Planning for learning - summative assessment
12Preparation for school placement - professional and ethical responsibilities Preparation for school placement - professional and ethical responsib
13Reflection and review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Learning for Teaching, Teaching for Learning with

    By:D. Whitton et al.

    ISBN: 9780170263368


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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