There are lectures, readings and workshop tutorials in this unit. There is a supporting website for the unit providing access to required and additional readings, links to resources and materials. Lectures will also be available through Echo in iLearn from the following website link: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
The unit content is delivered in 4 x 1-day workshops, to be held on the following dates:
Workshop 1: Fri, 26 February
Workshop 2: Fri, 26th March
Workshop 3: Fri, 23rd April
Workshop 4: Fri, 21st May
During workshops, students will engage with the unit lecture and reading content through small and large group discussions, analysis and reflection tasks, and practical activities. For this reason, attendance is expected at all 4 workshops. Information about COVID19 arrangements can be found on the ilearn site.
Both texts can be purchased from Booktopia, and copies are available in the Macquarie University library.
Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Dockett, S., & Farmer, S. (2021). Programming and planning in early childhood settings (8th ed.). Victoria: Cengage Learning Australia Pty Limited.
Colliver, Y (Compiler). Play and Inquiry in Early Childhood (4th ed.). Melbourne: Pearson Education Custom
Two additional required texts can be downloaded from the links below
Australian Government Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations. (2009). Belonging, being & becoming: The early years learning framework for Australia. Australia: Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved from
Early Childhood Australia. (2016). Early childhood Australia code of ethics. Retrieved from
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 there, 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 ECHO360. You must listen to all lectures.
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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.
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. 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.
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.