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ECHE3400 – Curriculum Connections and Pedagogy 1

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Coordinator
Raewyn Burden
Contact via via Dialogue action on iLearn
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above including (ECH130 or ECHE1300) and (ECHP223 or ECHP2230)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit will introduce students to the NESA website and the resources available to support teachers in planning, scoping and implementing curriculum effectively. Assessment systems, including NAPLAN, will be examined and students will practice analysing assessment data effectively. In particular, students will be reviewing the Key Learning Areas of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) History and Geography. This unit will develop students' understandings of effective teaching and assessment, including literacy and numeracy learning, across curriculum areas in the K-6 context.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Identify and develop diverse strategies for programming, planning and assessing learning in an integrated and inclusive manner that supports diverse student learners.
  • ULO2: Examine planning and assessment strategies for all learners and develop strategies for providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning.
  • ULO3: Investigate and identify cross-curricular links and pedagogical approaches that are responsive to children's diversities and differences, behaviours, development and intellectual pursuits.
  • ULO4: Unpack the socio-historical origins of current understandings and pedagogical practices that have impacted on the framing of the syllabus documents; PDHPE, History and Geography.
  • ULO5: Compile a collection of movement and dance experiences for K-6.
  • ULO6: Demonstrate a developing understanding of pedagogy and appropriate teaching strategies and be able to critically reflect on these.
  • ULO7: Examine strategies, such as NAPLAN; Best Start and analyse assessment data to assess student's learning in relation to KLA outcomes in ES1, S1, S2 and S3.

Assessment Tasks

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Students should consult iLearn for revised unit information.

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General Assessment Information

Assessment Presentation and Submission Guidelines

Specific information in regards to exact submission criteria for each individual assessment task and related marking criteria are available on the ECHE3400 iLearn site.


Draft Submissions & Turnitin Originality Reports

Students may use Turnitin’s Originality Report as a learning tool to improve their academic writing if this option is made available in the unit. Students are strongly encouraged to upload a draft copy of each assessment to Turnitin at least one week prior to the due date to obtain an Originality Report.

The Originality Report provides students with a similarity index that may indicate if plagiarism has occurred. Students will be able to make amendments to their drafts prior to their final submission on the due date.

Generally, one Originality Report is generated every 24 hours up to the due date.

Please note:

Students should regularly save a copy of all assignments before submission,

Students are responsible for checking that their submission has been successful and has been submitted by the due date and time.


Assignment extensions and late penalties

In general, there should be no need for extensions except through illness or misadventure that would be categorised as serious and unavoidable disruption according to the University definition of same, see: students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration

Applications for extensions must be made via AskMQ according to the Special Consideration policy. Extensions can only be granted if they meet the Special Considerations policy and are submitted via ask.mq.edu.au/. This will ensure consistency in the consideration of such requests is maintained.

Late submissions without extension will receive a penalty of 5% reduction of the total possible mark for each day late (including weekends and public holidays). You are reminded that  submitting even just 1 day late could be the difference between passing and failing a unit. Late penalties are applied by unit convenors or their delegates after tasks are assessed.

No assessable work will be accepted after the return/release of marked work on the same topic. If a student is still permitted to submit on the basis of unavoidable disruption, an alternative topic may be set.

Students should keep an electronic file of all assessments. Claims regarding "lost" assessments cannot be made if the file cannot be produced. It is also advisable to keep an electronic file of all drafts and the final submission on a USB untouched/unopened after submission. This can be used to demonstrate easily that the assessment has not been amended after the submission date.

It is not the responsibility of unit staff to contact students who have failed to submit assignments. If you have any missing items of assessment, it is your responsibility to make contact with the unit convenor.


Requesting a re-assessment of an assignment

If you have evidence that your task has been incorrectly assessed against the grade descriptors you can request a re-mark. To request a re-mark you need to contact the unit convenor within 7 days of the date of return of the assignment and provide a detailed assessment of your script against the task criteria. Evidence from your assignment must be provided to support your judgements.

Note: Failed assessments cannot be re-marked as they are all double-marked as a part of the moderation process.

Please note: The outcome of a re-mark may be a higher/lower or unchanged grade. Grades are standards referenced and effort is NOT a criterion.


University policy on grading

Assignments will be awarded grades ranging from HD to F according to guidelines set out in the University's Grading Policy. 

In order to meet the unit outcomes and successfully pass this unit, students must make a genuine attempt at all assessment tasks. Where any submitted assessment task is considered to be unsatisfactory in this regard, the highest possible final grade that can be awarded for the unit will be 45.

Students will be awarded grades ranging from HD to F according to guidelines set out in the policy: staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/assessment-in-effect-from-session-2-2016



Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.


Withdrawing from this UG Unit

If you are considering withdrawing from this unit, please seek academic advice via ask.mq.edu.au before doing so as this unit may be a co-requisite or prerequisite for units in the following sessions and may impact on your progression through the degree.

Delivery and Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Any references to on-campus delivery below may no longer be relevant due to COVID-19.

Please check here for updated delivery information: https://ask.mq.edu.au/account/pub/display/unit_status

Before commencing ECHE3400, please read this outline very carefully and ensure that you can meet all requirements, including workload requirements, attendance requirements, and assessment requirements.



This unit is offered via internal and external modes and comprises of one-hour podcasts / lectures and one two-hour tutorial each week. All classes for this unit begin in Session 1, Week 1 for all students. 

In the tutorial students will discuss issues and questions arising from the podcast/lectures and prescribed readings. They are expected to base their arguments/discussions on evidence from published research and other relevant material. Students are required to participate in small group activities and whole class discussion, to read the weekly material in advance, and to complete brief tasks either as individuals or in pairs. The weekly program for the course with the accompanying readings/ preparation is available on the unit iLearn site

Activities completed during weekly tutorials (internal) or on campus days (external) are essential for building the core knowledge and/or skills required to demonstrate the learning outcomes of this unit [and to meet the AITSL Graduate Teacher Standards and/or ACECQA requirements]. Attendance at all tutorials or on-campus days is expected and the roll will be taken.

Students are required to attend the tutorial in which they are enrolled. Any changes to tutorial enrolments must be completed officially through e-student. Please do not contact the unit convenor requesting a change.


Unit Expectations

Students are expected to read weekly readings before completing tasks and attending tutorials

Students are expected to listen/attend weekly lectures before completing tasks and attending tutorials

Students are required to participate in small group activities, whole class discussions, and to complete tasks either as individuals or in pairs.

Attendance at all lectures, tutorials and on-campus days is expected. Attendance will be recorded.



Credit points indicate the approximate hours per week that a student is expected to spend studying in order to pass a unit. In a 10 credit-point unit you should expect to commit nine (9) hours of your time per week to your studies. Study includes listening to lectures, completing set readings and background readings, completing assignments and using the unit’s iLearn site.

Independent study is strongly encouraged in ECHE3400. Some students may wish to spend more time on the unit, particularly if attempting to achieve high grades or if problems are encountered understanding the material or meeting unit requirements.

Please ensure that you have sufficient time to dedicate to your studies before attempting this unit. We are sympathetic that students often have significant domestic and work-related responsibilities. To be fair to our staff and to other students, however, these cannot be used to justify incomplete work or extension requests.


Support resources

Macquarie University has a range of services for students. If you are struggling with any aspect of academic life or career trajectory and skills, we have great supports within the university. Please refer to the comprehensive list of support services here.


Practical Session Requirements

Students are expected to participate in all practical components of the unit and complete all activities as required. For practical sessions, students must wear appropriate clothing and footwear for participation in sporting activities. Appropriate clothing is deemed as shorts, leggings, and tracksuit pants with footwear being joggers/running shoes. Students who do not present at the beginning of practical sessions appropriately attired (i.e. skirts, jeans, inappropriate footwear) will not be eligible to participate and will be marked as absent for the respective week. Failure to attend all of the practical workshops may result in a Fail grade being awarded.


Pregnancy and Injury

If you are pregnant or injured please be realistic and responsible in relation to both your health and the health of your developing child. PDHPE is a physically demanding unit of study (for example, it might include running, dancing, jumping or standing for extended periods of time) and your fitness to undertake it must be considered. Please feel free to discuss your circumstances with the unit coordinator if you are concerned about certain aspects. If you are unsure of your ability to fully participate, please speak with your medical practitioner for guidance.


Required texts 

There is no requirement to purchase any set texts for the completion of this unit.

The required and recommended readings for this unit are noted in full and will be available via the iLearn site.

Students are expected to purchase or download the following syllabus AND any support documents:

NSW K-10 PDHPE syllabus and support documents: educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/pdhpe

NSW K-10 History syllabus and support documents: educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/hsie/history-k-10

NSW K-10 Geography syllabus and support documents: educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/k-10/learning-areas/hsie/geography-k-10

iLearn / Electronic Communication

This unit has a full web presence through iLearn and students will need regular access to a computer and the Internet to complete this unit.

Weekly access to iLearn is compulsory for all students. Important assessment information will be posted here, as will other relevant unit notices and materials to assist your studies.

Weekly lectures are available on the web through the ECHO360 lecture component. You must listen to all lectures if you do not attend these ‘live’.

Information for students about access to the online component of this unit is available at ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/. You will need to enter your student username and password.

Please do NOT contact the Unit Convenor regarding iLearn technical help.No extensions will be given for any technical issues. Allow enough time for your submissions. Assistance is available from IT Helpdesk ph: 1800 67 4357, or log a request at help.mq.edu.au. OneHelp is the online IT support service for both students and staff.

It is the student’s responsibility to check all electronic communication on a regular weekly basis. Communication may occur via:

  • Official MQ Student Email Address
  • The Dialogue function on iLearn
  • Other iLearn communication functions

Unit Schedule

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The unit schedule/topics and any references to on-campus delivery below may no longer be relevant due to COVID-19. Please consult iLearn for latest details, and check here for updated delivery information: https://ask.mq.edu.au/account/pub/display/unit_status

Due to the practical nature of this unit and content delivered by various academics a complete schedule will be posted on the ECHE3400 iLearn page for your convenience.

A full itinerary of the on-campus day for external students will be made available in the 'External Students' block of the ECHE3400 iLearn page.

Content included in this unit:

• K-6 PDHPE Pedagogy and syllabus

• K-6 History and Geography

• Integrating Learning Areas

• Assessment and Learning

• Inclusive Practice

• Practical Dance and FMS

• Lesson Planning

• Planning units of work

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

External Students

The on-campus sessions on Tuesday 21 April and Wednesday 22 April, 2020 are essential to student engagement and learning with attendance both days expected. Failure to attend or to have an approved Special Consideration, may result in a Fail grade for the unit. Please see attendance requirements in this unit guide.

Prior to the on-campus sessions, you should have read the prescribed readings and listened to the lectures. Summarise the main points, and make a note of the key terms and definitions. Prepare any discussion questions of your own that you wish to share.

Please make effective use of the online component of the unit and access iLearn regularly. Keep up to date with listening to the lectures on a weekly basis.