Required and recommended texts
- Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Dockett, S., & Farmer, S. (2020). Programming and planning in Early Childhood settings (8th ed.). Melbourne: Cengage. (if you have an earlier edition that is fine to use)
- Little, H., Elliott, S., & Wyver, S. (2017). Outdoor learning environments: Spaces for exploration, discovery and risk-taking in the early years. Melbourne: Routledge.
- Porter (2016). Young children’s behaviour. (4th ed). Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
Note: You should have most of these texts already from other units.
In addition to readings from your textbooks, most weeks will include other readings (available via Leganto unit readings). Refer to iLearn for details.
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 required 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 if you do not attend these ‘live’.
PowerPoint slides are available in iLearn in advance of the weekly lecture and/or are available in the Active Learning Tool.
Access and technical assistance
Information for students about access to the online component of this unit is available at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/index.php. 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.
Weekly lectures are available on the web through ECHO360. All lectures are pre-recorded and will be available no later than Monday each week.
This unit is taught in tutorial mode, delivered either face to face or online (depending on COVID-19 social distancing restrictions) during the timetabled tutorial times. These tutorials are supported by pre-recorded online lectures, readings and reflection tasks. Students will be informed of the tutorial delivery mode via iLearn.
Online lectures may have reflection questions and tasks that students are required to complete prior to the relevant weekly tutorial. Weekly readings also form the basis for tutorial discussions. Tutorials are structured to include whole and small group discussions an tasks, as well as independent work. Effective preparation is required, and attendance is expected.
The unit comprises one 1-hour weekly online lecture and 2 full-day sessions for external/infrequent students. In tutorials students will discuss issues and questions arising from the 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, complete brief tasks either as individuals or in pairs, and to read the weekly material and complete any associated online tasks in advance as preparation. The weekly program for the course with the accompanying readings/ preparation is available on the following pages or on the unit iLearn site.
Attendance at all tutorials (whether online or face-to-face) is expected. There will be a supporting website for the unit providing additional readings, links and materials. Lectures will also be available through Echo in iLearn from the following website link: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
External Students: Two sessions are scheduled on Saturday 21st August and Saturday 2nd October. Details of start times, duration and format (face-to-face or Zoom depending on COVID-19 restrictions) will be provided on iLearn.
- Students are expected to read weekly readings before completing online tasks and tutorials
- Students are expected to listen/attend weekly lectures before completing online tasks and tutorials
- Students are required to make a genuine attempt at all assessment tasks to pass the unit.
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.