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EDUC1050 – Education: The Psychological Context

2021 – Session 1, Infrequent attendance, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Emma Burns
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10
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Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description
This unit is intended as an introduction to the field of educational psychology. The field of inquiry combines major theories from the disciplines of Psychology and Education, and applies these to the context of teaching and learning. The central focus is on human development. Development and learning are influenced by a large range of factors, such as the cognitive, personal, social (including language), emotional, and physical developments. In addition, social and cultural influences and the education setting play a role in learning.

Important Academic Dates

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

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Demonstrate an understanding of factors within the learner and the environment that plays a role in human development.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts in the field of educational psychology.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate an understanding of some applications of educational psychology in classroom contexts.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate an understanding of educational ideas and issues through research and critical analysis.
  • ULO5: Demonstrate an understanding of basic academic literacy skills in implementing a sustained and written argument.
  • ULO6: Demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students' learning.
  • ULO7: Demonstrate an understanding of how to critically reflect on relevant issues and terminology for pedagogy in teaching and learning.

General Assessment Information

Online Low Stakes Quiz

Due: 25/03/2021

Weighting: 5%

In this task you will be assessed on your understanding about the requirements of EDUC1050 unit guide, academic honesty and other assessment issues (e.g., APA referencing). This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

  • 5. To demonstrate an understanding of basic academic literacy skills in implementing a sustained and written argument.
  • 6. To demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students’ learning.

Major essay

Due: 23/04/2021

Weighting: 30%

In this task you will be assessed on your ability to compose a 1000-word essay in an acceptable academic format (with proper APA referencing) linking Piaget’s and Vygotsky’s Theories of Learning and Development with classroom practice, as observed via a video. More information about this assessment will be provided in a separate document and in Lecture 11. This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

  • 1. To demonstrate an understanding of factors within the learner and the environment that plays a role in human development.
  • 2. To demonstrate an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts in the field of educational psychology.
  • 3. To demonstrate an understanding of some applications of educational psychology in classroom contexts.
  • 4. To demonstrate an understanding of educational ideas and issues through research and critical analysis.
  • 5. To demonstrate an understanding of basic academic literacy skills in implementing a sustained and written argument.
  • 6. To demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students’ learning.
  • 7. To demonstrate an understanding of how to critically reflect on relevant issues and terminology for pedagogy in teaching and learning.

Referencing: You are expected to use APA 7th Edition referencing style in your essay. An APA referencing guide can be accessed through the Library’s Multisearch function; additional resources will also be provided on the iLearn page.

Word Count: State your word count at the end of your essay and before your reference list. Essays should be within the word limit by +/- 10%; essays outside of range will be penalised. The reference list is not counted in the word limit, but in-text references are.

A note on Turnitin All assignments are submitted digitally to Turnitin. A Turnitin submission link will be posted to iLearn. You must ensure you have uploaded the correct file. If you upload the incorrect file, you may lose late marks until the correct file is uploaded. If you do upload the wrong file before the due date, please try resubmitting; if not possible, please contact the unit convenor.

Online Multiple Choice Quiz

Due: 14/05/2021

Weighting: 15%

In this task you will be assessed on your ability to complete a 35-minute online quiz comprising 30 multiple choice questions based on lectures and weekly readings (up to Lecture 18 topics). This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

  • 1. To demonstrate an understanding of factors within the learner and the environment that plays a role in human development.
  • 2. To demonstrate an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts in the field of educational psychology.
  • 6. To demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students’ learning.
  • 7. To demonstrate an understanding of how to critically reflect on relevant issues and terminology for pedagogy in teaching and learning

Final Exam

Due: Exam period

Weighting: 50%

In this task you will be assessed on your ability to complete a major exam comprising 10 multiple choice questions and a combination of short answer and extended response questions. All material is testable. This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

  • 1. To demonstrate an understanding of factors within the learner and the environment that plays a role in human development.
  • 2. To demonstrate an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts in the field of educational psychology.
  • 3. To demonstrate an understanding of some applications of educational psychology in classroom contexts.
  • 6. To demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students’ learning.
  • 7. To demonstrate an understanding of how to critically reflect on relevant issues and terminology for pedagogy in teaching and learning.

Exam timing: Please view the exam timetable at http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/exam. The exam timetable does not typically become available until the midsession holidays. Once it is available, please mark the date in your calendar. Please note: EDUC1050 teaching staff do not have any power to change the date and do not know the date in advance. You are expected to present yourself for examination at the time and place designated in the exam timetable.

Failure to attend: Macquarie University policy requires that no early examinations be set for individuals. Late examinations are only given in exceptional circumstances. Please do not book holidays until you have seen the Exam Timetable. The only exception to not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unexpected and unavoidable misadventure. In these circumstances you must apply for Disruption to Studies as soon as feasible.

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Assessment Presentation and Submission Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines when you submit each assignment:

  • Allow a left and right-hand margin of at least 2cm in all assignments.
  • Please type all assignments using 12-point font and 1.5 spacing.
  • All assessments must be submitted through Turnitin in .doc or .pdf format
  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all assessments are successfully submitted through Turnitin.
  • Faculty assignment cover sheets are NOT required.

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:  https://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 https://ask.mq.edu.au/. This will ensure consistency in the consideration of such requests is maintained.
  • Late submissions: Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g., quizzes, online tests. Late penalties are applied by unit convenors or their delegates after tasks are assessed.
  • 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.

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:

  • Please do not request a re-mark for a Failed assessment as they are all double-marked as a part of the moderation process.
  • The outcome of a re-mark may be a higher/lower or unchanged grade.
  • Grades are standards referenced and effort is NOT a criterion.

Units with Quiz Assessments

Online quizzes are an individual assessment task and MUST BE COMPLETED by each student individually. Similarities in responses between students will be checked and investigated for possible collusion. Please see the Academic Honesty Handbook for more information.

 

University policy on grading

Criteria for awarding grades for assessment tasks

Assignments will be awarded grades ranging from HD to F according to guidelines set out in the University's Grading Policy. The following descriptive criteria are included for your information.

Descriptive Criteria for awarding grades in the unit

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: https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/assessment-in-effect-from-session-2-2016

The following generic grade descriptors provide university-wide standards for awarding final grades.

Grade

Descriptor

HD

(High Distinction)

Provides consistent evidence of deep and critical understanding in relation to the learning outcomes. There is substantial originality and insight in identifying, generating and communicating competing arguments, perspectives or problem solving approaches; critical evaluation of problems, their solutions and their implications; creativity in application as appropriate to the discipline.

D

(Distinction)

Provides evidence of integration and evaluation of critical ideas, principles and theories, distinctive insight and ability in applying relevant skills and concepts in relation to learning outcomes. There is demonstration of frequent originality in defining and analysing issues or problems and providing solutions; and the use of means of communication appropriate to the discipline and the audience.

Cr

(Credit)

Provides evidence of learning that goes beyond replication of content knowledge or skills relevant to the learning outcomes. There is demonstration of substantial understanding of fundamental concepts in the field of study and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of contexts; convincing argumentation with appropriate coherent justification; communication of ideas fluently and clearly in terms of the conventions of the discipline.

P

(Pass).

Provides sufficient evidence of the achievement of learning outcomes. There is demonstration of understanding and application of fundamental concepts of the field of study; routine argumentation with acceptable justification; communication of information and ideas adequately in terms of the conventions of the discipline. The learning attainment is considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the specified outcomes

F

(Fail)

Does not provide evidence of attainment of learning outcomes. There is missing or partial or superficial or faulty understanding and application of the fundamental concepts in the field of study; missing, undeveloped, inappropriate or confusing argumentation; incomplete, confusing or lacking communication of ideas in ways that give little attention to the conventions of the discipline.

 

Note: If you fail a unit with a professional experience component, the fail grade will be on your transcript irrespective of the timing of  the placement.

 

Withdrawing from this unit

If you are considering withdrawing from this unit, please seek academic advice via https://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.

 

Results

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.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Final Examination 50% No Exam Period
Major assignment 30% No 23/04/2021
Quiz 5% No 25/03/2021
Quiz 15% No 14/05/2021

Final Examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 2 hours
Due: Exam Period
Weighting: 50%

Final Examination


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of factors within the learner and the environment that plays a role in human development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts in the field of educational psychology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some applications of educational psychology in classroom contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students' learning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to critically reflect on relevant issues and terminology for pedagogy in teaching and learning.

Major assignment

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 26 hours
Due: 23/04/2021
Weighting: 30%

Major Essay on a theory of education (1000 wds)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of factors within the learner and the environment that plays a role in human development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts in the field of educational psychology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of some applications of educational psychology in classroom contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of educational ideas and issues through research and critical analysis.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic academic literacy skills in implementing a sustained and written argument.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students' learning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to critically reflect on relevant issues and terminology for pedagogy in teaching and learning.

Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: 25/03/2021
Weighting: 5%

Low stakes quiz


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic academic literacy skills in implementing a sustained and written argument.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students' learning.

Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 1 hours
Due: 14/05/2021
Weighting: 15%

Online Multiple Choice Quiz


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of factors within the learner and the environment that plays a role in human development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts in the field of educational psychology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students' learning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to critically reflect on relevant issues and terminology for pedagogy in teaching and learning.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Required and recommended texts

There is no required textbook for this course. Weekly assigned readings will be accessible online via Leganto and on iLearn. Students are expected to keep up with weekly readings. Library texts and resources are online and in reserve through MQU Library

 

Information about the unit iLearn site  

This unit has a full web presence through iLearn. 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, including a reading template and guide to lecture note taking to assist your studies.

Various activities and materials for discussion and critical reflection are included and external students especially are encouraged to use this web component. Electronic links and suggested references will be included in the Resources section. Please check the iLearn unit regularly.

Weekly lectures are available on the web through the ECHO360 lecture component. You must listen to all lectures. PowerPoint slides are available in iLearn in advance of the weekly lecture. 

 

Access and technical assistance

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.

This unit requires students to use several ICT and software skills:

  • Internet access: The iLearn site contains materials for this unit; it is also required for the online submission of all Assessment Tasks, and for the use of Turnitin submission for ALL tasks. 
  • Word processing, visual representations, and document formatting: You are required to use an appropriate form of software to present your assignments.
  • Uploading of assessment tasks to iLearn

 

Structure This unit comprises (i) weekly two one-hour lectures (ii) two on-campus days: 3/4/2021 and 16/5/2021. There will also be weekly online tasks related to the lectures (unmarked). These tasks are to ensure student engagement and will be related to the on-campus day activities. Lectures will also be available through Echo in iLearn from the following website link: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au . In summary, students are required to participate in small group activities, whole class discussion, and to complete brief tasks either as individuals, in groups or in pairs. The weekly program for the course with the accompanying readings/ preparation is available on the unit ILearn site.

Unit Schedule

This unit comprises (i) weekly two one-hour lectures (ii) two on-campus days: 3/4/2021 and 16/5/2021

Lectures Lectures will be posted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Lectures are available through Echo in iLearn from the following link: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au. PowerPoint slides are available on iLearn in advance of the weekly lecture. You must listen to the previous lectures before your on campus days. You are welcome to post questions or comments about the lecture via iLearn.

On Campus Days  Attendance at on campus days is mandatory and attendance will be recorded. You are expected to stay for the full day - both on campus days are on the weekend. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are available on both those days or have an approved special consideration. Please do not enroll in external mode if you cannot attend both days in full. The activities completed are essential for consolidating knowledge about the learner, building educational research skills, and considering classroom implications. Full attendance enables you to demonstrate the learning outcomes of this unit and to meet the AITSL Graduate Teacher Standards.

Schedule

Date of recording  Lecture Topic  Lecture Number Assessment /OCD
23-Feb Introduction to the unit / academic integrity / unit requirements 1  
24-Feb What is Educational Psychology? 2  
2-Mar Piaget 1  3  
3-Mar Piaget 2  4  
9-Mar Vygotsky 1  5  
10-Mar Vygotsky 2  6  
16-Mar Child Development  7  
17-Mar Adolescent Development 1  8  
23-Mar Adolescent Development 2  9  
24-Mar Social Development  10 Quiz 1
30-Mar The Essay  11  
31-Mar Social Cognitive Theory  12 OCD1
  Recess    
  Recess    
20-Apr Self Determination Theory  13  
21-Apr Expectancy Value Theory  14 Essay 
27-Apr Cognitive Load Theory  15  
28-Apr Geary’s Theory of Evolutionary Cognition 16  
4-May Behavioral Explanations of Learning 17  
5-May Humanistic Explanations of Learning 18  
11-May Constructivists Views of Learning 19  
12-May Direct Instruction Approach  20 Quiz 2; OCD2
18-May Problem Solving 21  
19-May Inclusive Education  22  
25-May Personality and Individual Differences 23  
26-May Contemporary Ed. Terminology 24  
1-Jun Unit Overview 25  

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

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

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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

School of Education Procedures

In addition, the following policies and procedures of the School of Education are applicable in this unit.

Attendance for undergraduate units

Activities completed during the on campus days 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 on campus days is expected and the roll will be taken.

 

Unit Expectations

  • Students are expected to read weekly readings before completing tasks 
  • Students are expected to listen to weekly lectures before completing tasks

Note: 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.

 

Electronic Communication

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

 

External Students

  1. The on-campus sessions on (3/4/2021 and 16/5/2021) are essential to student engagement and learning and attendance on all days is 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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.

Graduate Capabilities EDUC1050

Problem Solving Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations. This graduate capability is supported by:

  • Learning outcomes
    • 4. To demonstrate an understanding of educational ideas and issues through research and critical analysis.
    • 5. To demonstrate an understanding of basic academic literacy skills in implementing a sustained and written argument.
    • 6. To demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students’ learning.
  • Assessment tasks
    • Major essay
    • Online Multiple Choice Quiz
    • Final Exam

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate. This graduate capability is supported by:

  • Learning outcomes
    • 4. To demonstrate an understanding of educational ideas and issues through research and critical analysis.
    • 5. To demonstrate an understanding of basic academic literacy skills in implementing a sustained and written argument.
  • Assessment tasks
    • Major essay
    • Final Exam

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems. This graduate capability is supported by:

  • Learning outcomes
    • 1. To demonstrate an understanding of factors within the learner and the environment that plays a role in human development.
    • 2. To demonstrate an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts in the field of educational psychology.
    • 3. To demonstrate an understanding of some applications of educational psychology in classroom contexts.
    • 4. To demonstrate an understanding of educational ideas and issues through research and critical analysis.
    • 5. To demonstrate an understanding of basic academic literacy skills in implementing a sustained and written argument.
    • 6. To demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students’ learning.
    • 7. To demonstrate an understanding of how to critically reflect on relevant issues and terminology for pedagogy in teaching and learning.
  • Assessment tasks
    • Online Low Stakes Quiz
    • Major essay
    • Online Multiple Choice Quiz
    • Final Exam

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy. This graduate capability is supported by:

  • Learning outcomes
    • 1. To demonstrate an understanding of factors within the learner and the environment that plays a role in human development.
    • 3. To demonstrate an understanding of some applications of educational psychology in classroom contexts.
    • 4. To demonstrate an understanding of educational ideas and issues through research and critical analysis.
    • 5. To demonstrate an understanding of basic academic literacy skills in implementing a sustained and written argument.
    • 6. To demonstrate an understanding of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students’ learning.
    • 7. To demonstrate an understanding of how to critically reflect on relevant issues and terminology for pedagogy in teaching and learning.
  • Assessment tasks
    • Major essay
    • Online Multiple Choice Quiz
    • Final Exam

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking. This graduate capability is supported by:

  • Learning Outcomes
    • 3. To demonstrate an understanding of some applications of educational psychology in classroom contexts.
  • Assessment task
    • Major essay

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments. This graduate capability is supported by:

  • Learning outcome
    • 1. To demonstrate an understanding of factors within the learner and the environment that plays a role in human development.
  • Assessment task
    • Online Low Stakes Quiz