Course Title: Integrated Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Studies

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2303

Brunswick Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

TCHE2329

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Nicky Carr

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7851

Course Coordinator Email:nicky.carr@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Non listed


Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on modelling the implementation of an integrated curriculum drawing upon multiple disciplines, interdisciplinary learning as well as personal and interpersonal learning. The course uses an apprenticeship model where students are immersed in authentic, situated and collaborative learning to solve scenario-based problems relevant to work integrated learning. Then, as a community of practice, students make explicit and reflect upon the pedagogies used throughout the problem-solving process. Students will also identify how different areas of learning have been integrated. The course also aims to draw upon people and resources from the wider community, and models the effective integration of information and communications technologies.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Experience and apply an integrated approach to the curriculum.
• Enrich their content knowledge across a range of disciplines
• Increase their awareness of and critically reflect upon pedagogical strategies.
• Understand the importance of engaging students in authentic situated learning practice.
• Make explicit links between the practice and theory of learning and teaching.
• Develop skills in collaborative learning.
 


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Develop integrated curriculum that integrates disciplines into scenario-based problems.
• Implement a variety of pedagogical strategies for diverse learners in the primary classroom.
• Produce multimodal texts for a variety of audiences and purposes.
• Manage the implementation of collaborative learning activities in the classroom.


ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
• Understandings of how ICT resources can be integrated in meaningful ways that take into account students’ existing and diverse technological skills and to produce engaging and challenging curriculum.
• Understandings of how to use ICT in the classroom to facilitate learning, in particular critical skills such as information skills, analysis, problem-solving and decision-making.
• Abilities to provide opportunities for students to be engaged in ICT-enriched activities that are essentially self-regulating and cooperative.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.
• Personal proficiency in using ICT.


VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
• Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning
• Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
 


Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online modes, including lectures and workshops, problem-solving tasks, collaborative learning activities, role play and character development, critical analysis and reflection, and ICT skill development.


Overview of Learning Resources

See part B


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in this course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, written, oral, multi-modal or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.