|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Associate Professor Kathleen Tait
Contact via Contact via Dialogue on the iLearn site
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Admission to MSpecEd or GradDipSpecEd or MInc&SpecEd or GradDipInc&SpecEd or MEd or GradCertEd or GradDipEdStud or GradCertEdStud
This unit provides a comprehensive outline of careful planning strategies. Key foci include instructional goals and objectives, professional standards and rules of practice required to enable meaningful educational opportunities for diverse students. This unit focuses upon the knowledge and skills of ethical practice and professional accountability which will provide a foundation for subsequent professional practice experiences. This unit includes five days of mandatory professional experience
Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Assessment Presentation and Submission Guidelines
Please follow these guidelines when you submit each assignment:
Draft Submissions & Turnitin Originality Reports
Assignment extensions and late penalties
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.
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.
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 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.
Appeals against final unit grades
See the Policies and Procedures section for details on appeals against Unit Grades.
Academic honesty and plagiarism
You must read the Academic Honesty Policy that is linked in the Policies and Procedures section of this guide.
How will I get feedback for my assignment?
Individual feedback will be provided electronically where you submitted your assignment.
The assignment rubric and performance criteria will be available on the iLearn site in the Assessment section.
Practicum (Professional Experience)
Students are ONLY required to complete 5 days professional experience.
All students enrolling in this unit are required to complete 5 days of professional experience (practicum). This is an accredited requirement of this unit's assessment.
Students can choose to either complete 5 days of supervised professional experience at the on campus MUSEC Special School or they can choose to arrange a placement at an education setting that is inclusive of students with disability (in consultation with the Acting Course Director, Dr Loraine Fordham). Further details about when this may be completed can be found on the unit Ilearn site.
Students residing outside the Sydney Metropolitan area may elect to complete their professional experience at MUSEC School or another Sydney education setting, or they may negotiate another appropriate site closer to home. External professional experience sites must be approved by the Course Director.
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Assessment Type 1: Work-integrated task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)
Supervised professional experience practicum allows for systematic and first-hand observation of teaching competencies.
This assessment will include an assessment activity which asks students apply theories, frameworks and concepts to authentic classroom or school-based scenarios through the completion of a plan setting out the required steps, actions and/or tactics to meet identified goals. Practice based tasks may involve analysis of assessment results, curriculum analysis, case studies, scenario-based development of intervention strategies, addressing specific conceptual and theoretical issues of differentiated instruction and universal design for learning (Approximately 2000 words).
The examination will serve as a summative assessment for the unit and will typically consist of a range of short answer questions addressing conceptual understanding and practical application of unit content. There will be a focus on scenario-based questions.
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
Westling, D., Carter, E., Da Fonte, A., & Kurth, J., (2021). Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities (6th Edition). Boston: Pearson
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.
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 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:
General organisation of the unit
The unit is organised in external mode only, and in a flexible delivery format.
Delivery is designed such that students may seek as much or as little assistance as required in completing the unit. In flexible delivery units, it is critical that students are organised and disciplined. If you get significantly behind in your topic coverage, it may be impossible to catch up. Please start your study as soon as possible.
This unit has a full web presence through iLearn. Students are expected to access the iLearn site and engage with unit materials regularly during the teaching weeks of the semester.
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.
Access and technical assistance
Information for students about access to the online component of this unit is available at https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/tools-and-resources/ilearn. You will need to enter your student username and password.
Unit delivery: Teaching and learning activities
Technologies used and required
The unit uses an iLearn web site. You may access the site from:
Zoom Meetings will be used for consultation. You can sign up to use the service for free (https://www.zoom.us) and download clients for computers and mobile devices here:
Topics of study that will be covered in this unit include: Codes of practice and accountability of professional practice; Creating inclusive educational environments; General skills for professional practice and Advanced skills for professional practice. A full schedule of lectures, and recommended readings by week can be found on the ilearn site.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Education Procedures
In addition, the following policies and procedures of the School of Education are applicable in this 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.
It is the student’s responsibility to check all electronic communication on a regular weekly basis. Communication may occur via:
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.
Professional Experience Unit Placement Expectations
For more details re school placement requirements see: https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/professional-learning/pre-service-teacher-resources/induction-for-pre-service-teachers/mandatory-pre-requisites-for-pre-service-teachers-participating-.
This includes completing the teacher acknowledgement: https://education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/teaching-and-learning/professional-learning/pre-service-teacher-resources/Document2_Pre-service_teacher_Acknowledgement_October_2020.pdf
Students are responsible for ensuring that their evidence is current. Please be aware that you may need to update your training or credential during your program of study.
Fitness to practice requirements
Twice Fail Rule for Professional Experience Units
General Coursework Rule 10(7) stipulates that if a student fails a required unit twice in a professional program listed on Schedule 2, they may be permanently excluded from further enrolment in that program.
Professional Experience Placement Expectations
To be eligible to commence the professional experience placement component of this unit, please note:
In order to meet the Professional Experience placement expectations of this unit, students must:
Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/
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.
Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.
For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au
If you are a Global MBA student contact email@example.com
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.
This is a new unit of study.
The 5Rs Framework, developed by the School of Education at Macquarie University, is embedded throughout your teacher education course. Your use of the 5Rs Framework will help you develop the capabilities that will make your teaching career sustainable and fulfilling. In this unit, you will learn the 5 Rs framework in the following important ways.
Resilient. Students will become aware of a range of students’ strengths and needs, how to consider pupils’ special learning needs and methods for addressing issues of professional practice accountability.
Reflexive. Students will engage with activities that will encourage them to think deeply and to consider how they might adjust and adapt their newly acquired knowledge into their professional practice for future success.
Responsive: Students will be encouraged to think about the complexities of assessing and teaching pupils with a range of special needs and to respond with practical solutions; grounding each student’s understanding of and connection with future pupils.
Ready to learn. Creatively designed supplementary activities will challenge students to exhibit their eagerness to learn and their appetite for knowledge.
Research engaged. Assessment activities will ask students to apply theories, frameworks and concepts to authentic scenarios encouraging a research sensibility of overlapping networks and groups of human relations utilizing newly acquired evidence based professional practice.
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Unit information based on version 2021.02 of the Handbook