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SPED8910 – Critical Reflection and Professional Experience for Teachers in Sensory Disability

2021 – Session 1, Infrequent attendance, On location at placement

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.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Adminstration
Lena Karam
Contact via 02 98720303
RIDBC Renwick Centre, North Rocks
9.00-4.00 Monday to Friday
Susan Silveira
Alison Hawkins-Bond
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MDisabilityStud and 40cp from SPED units at 8000 level and permission by special approval
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides students with the opportunity to observe, plan, implement, manage and evaluate teaching programs as part of undertaking 16 days of professional experiences. Central to this professional experience is a critical reflection model that guides and highlights the student's awareness regarding the role that research plays in strengthening their professional skills and knowledge. Using critical reflection students will demonstrate professional practice that optimises outcomes for people with sensory disability.

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: Investigate research in sensory impairment and synthesise findings to make improvements in identified focus areas for improvement.
  • ULO2: Critically reflect on level of competency of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (and relevant elaborations) in order to formulate an improvement teaching plan
  • ULO3: Create, and deliver lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning and evaluate effectiveness of implemented teaching strategies
  • ULO4: Apply understanding of assessment strategies, including formal and informal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess and report on student learning.

General Assessment Information

Assessment Presentation and Submission Guidelines 

Please follow these guidelines when you submit each assignment: 

  • All assignments must comply with the RIDBC Renwick Centre Accessible Style Guide

  • The assignment title page should include the student name, student number, unit code, title of the assessment and submitted word count.

  • 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 assignments must be submitted through Turnitin as an accessible word document – do not submit as a pdf.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all assessments are successfully submitted through Turnitin (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/tools-and-resource s/ilearn/ilearn-quick-guides-for-students/assignments-and-grades).

  • For written assignments, the Turnitin Similarity Report must also be submitted using the correct Turnitin submission point at the time of assignment submission.

  • Faculty assignment cover sheets are NOT required, but a completed ePortfolio Checklist must be included. 

 

Draft Submissions & Turnitin Originality Reports 

  • Students must use the Turnitin Similarity Report as a learning tool to improve their academic writing and, in consideration of the report outcome, attend to any potential academic integrity issues, prior to submission of the final version of the assignment.

  • 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 Similarity Report. 

  • The Similarity 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 Similarity Report is generated every 24 hours up to the due date.

  • For all written assignments, the Similarity Report must also be submitted using the correct Turnitin submission point.

 

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 

 

  • 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  and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.  Late penalties are applied by unit convenors or their delegates after tasks are assessed. 

 

  • 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.  

  • Grades are standards referenced and effort is NOT a criterion.  

 

University policy on grading 

Criteria for awarding grades for assessment tasks 

SPED8910 is a pass/ fail unit. In order to meet the unit outcomes and successfully pass this unit, students must make a genuine attempt at all assessment tasks. Students who demonstrate a 'Graduate' level of competency on their Professional Experience and complete the requirements of the ePortfolio will be awarded an Ungraded Pass.

Students will be awarded a Pass/ Fail grade 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 

Assignments will be awarded a grade 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 

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

(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 

(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. Please also contact Claire Farrington on 0298720811 or claire.farrington@ridbc.org.au prior to withdrawing and for advice related to your progression. 

 

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
ePortfolio (Block 1) 50% No on completion of Block 1
ePortfolio (Block 2) 50% Yes Week 13 06/06/2021

ePortfolio (Block 1)

Assessment Type 1: Portfolio
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: on completion of Block 1
Weighting: 50%

Practical experiences in the field of sensory disability


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Investigate research in sensory impairment and synthesise findings to make improvements in identified focus areas for improvement.
  • Critically reflect on level of competency of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (and relevant elaborations) in order to formulate an improvement teaching plan
  • Create, and deliver lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning and evaluate effectiveness of implemented teaching strategies
  • Apply understanding of assessment strategies, including formal and informal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess and report on student learning.

ePortfolio (Block 2)

Assessment Type 1: Portfolio
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Week 13 06/06/2021
Weighting: 50%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

Practical experiences in the field of sensory disability


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Investigate research in sensory impairment and synthesise findings to make improvements in identified focus areas for improvement.
  • Critically reflect on level of competency of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (and relevant elaborations) in order to formulate an improvement teaching plan
  • Create, and deliver lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning and evaluate effectiveness of implemented teaching strategies
  • Apply understanding of assessment strategies, including formal and informal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess and report on student 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

SPED8910 has a full web presence through iLearn. The iLearn site is available ahead of Session 1 for the completion and uploading of all Mandatory Check Forms. All other requirements for this unit begin Session 1 Week 1, 2021. Students are expected to access the iLearn site and engage with unit materials regularly during Session 1.

 

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.http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/

 

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.

Unit Schedule

Unit Schedule for SPED8910

The unit is divided into a series of topics; the materials are open for the entirety of the session:

  • Completion of Critical Reflection Tool (prior to starting Professional Experience block 1)
  • Completion of Focus Area planning, setting of individual SMART learning goals and outline of literature review (prior to starting Professional Experience)
  • Professional Experience (practicum) in 2 blocks of 8 days
  • Submission of block 1 ePortfolio with mid-term reflection post and block 2/ FINAL ePortfolio with end-session reflection post

Week  

Week Begins  

Activities and Assessments 

 Due Dates

1

22 Feb

Activity 1 Completion of Critical Reflection Tool

Activity 2 Completion of Focus Area planning, setting of individual SMART learning goals (based on Focus Areas to improve) and outline of proposed initial  literature review/research

Mandatory checks and Task 1 and 2 due midnight 28 Feb

2

1 Mar

Ongoing Focus Area planning and reading of identified literature. Initial references submitted are to be added to throughout the Prof Exp. as you deepen your understanding or your chosen Focus Areas for improving.

 

3

8 Mar

Assessment 1 Start Practicum Block 1

 

The practicum dates outlined here are only a guide to assist you in ensuring that you will finish by the end of the Session.

4

15 Mar

Practicum

Ensure Block 1 dates have been authorised/ signed approval given by Professional Experience Coordinator midnight 28 March 

5

22 Mar

Practicum

 

6

29 Mar

Practicum submission of Block 1 ePortfolio, as a guide only

Complete mid-session online reflection (as part of block 1 ePortfolio) and comment on at least 2 other student’s reflections.

BLOCK 1 MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR MARKING BEFORE STARTING BLOCK 2.

NOTE: Ensure 2-week gap between submission of Block 1 ePortfolio and starting of block 2, to allow sufficient time for marking and feedback. 

 

 

 

University Recess

starts Monday 5 Apr

 

 

University Recess

starts Monday 12 Apr

7

19 Apr

Practicum

Ensure Block 2 dates have been authorised/ signed approval given by Professional Experience Coordinator

8

26 Apr

Practicum

 

9

3 May

Practicum

 

10

10 May

Practicum

 

11

17 May

Practicum

 

12

24 May

Practicum

 

13

31 May

Assessment 2 Submission of Block 2/FINAL ePortfolio.

Complete end-session online reflection (as part of block 2 ePortfolio) and comment on at least 2 other student’s reflections.

As stated in the handbook all coursework needs to be completed and submitted for marking in week 13 of the Session in which you enrol in the course. Final date for submission of ePortfolio is midnight 6 June

General Assessment Information

Students requesting an extension for the final assignment should submit this at https://ask.mq.edu.au/. The Professional Experience Coordinator should be notified prior to the submission being made.

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. 

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 

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. 

 

Professional Experience Unit Placement Expectations

Students may not be able to commence their placement until all alleged academic honesty breaches have been investigated and concluded.  

To be eligible to commence the placement component of this unit:

Students must be able to present evidence of completion of the following prior to Week 2:

  • A Working with Children Check or State/ Territory equivalent
  • Anaphylaxis training (practical and online training). Please note that Anaphylaxis training is only current for 2 years so students will need to update this, if lapsed
  • Child Protection online training

Students are responsible for ensuring that their evidence is current.  Please be aware that you may need to update your training or credential prior to beginning your first placement.  Students may need to withdraw from this unit if this has not been obtained in time.

  • Students must have submitted all written assessment tasks and/or associated unit component requirements prior to the commencement of the block.
  • Students must meet the participation requirements for the unit.

 

  • Feedback from Supervising Teachers is of a general nature. It is incumbent on the student to check the requirements of any assessments or bookwork prior to submission. 
  • If a Student is identified being in need of additional support for Professional Practice the Department’s ‘Additional Support’ procedure will be activated and they will not be able to withdraw themselves from this Unit.
  • The timing of placements can vary. For placements early in the Session, Fail grades may be approved by the University prior to the end of Session for students who do not meet the placement expectations of the Unit.

 

Fitness to practice requirements:

  • Macquarie University operates under a ‘Fitness to Practice’ model as specified in the University's Academic Progression Policy.  For this Unit, this means that, when undertaking a placement, a student is declaring that they are able to demonstrate professional competence, acceptable professional behaviour, freedom from impairment, and compliance with program specific requirements needed for a student to practice properly and safely throughout their Practical, Clinical or Professional program or unit. It is the responsibility of the student to determine whether they are fit to undertake a placement. Therefore, if a student is feeling unfit to undertake a placement, they should not do so. For more information https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/academic-progression

 

Twice Fail Rule for Professional Experience Units

General Coursework Rule 10(7) stipulates that if a student fails a required unit twice in an professional program listed on Schedule 2, they may be permanently excluded from further enrolment in that program.

 

In order to meet the Professional Experience placement expectations of this unit, students must:

  • attain a ‘Graduate’ level for their Practicum Assessment Tool (PAT) in all competencies, AND
  • attain a ‘Satisfactory’ grade for their Professional Experience ePortfolios, AND
  • contribute to online reflection posts in a timely manner

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.