Course Title: Professional Experience: Teaching in Curriculum Specialisations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Teaching in Curriculum Specialisations

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Melanie Nash

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99256656

Course Coordinator Email: melanie.nash@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.02.008 Bundoora West


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will critically evaluate a teaching scope and sequence with your peers and suggest how it might be improved or modified. You will use a variety of assessment strategies and evidentiary data to identify what students already know and what they are ready to learn. Using your knowledge of assessment strategies you will plan a lesson sequence based on curriculum and assessment data that demonstrates your understanding of student learning needs. In addition you will develop skills and strategies for providing feedback to students, to your supervising teacher and where possible to parents and carers.

This course is one of a sequence of professional experience (work integrated learning) courses designed to develop your knowledge and skills to teach in educational settings. It has an embedded placement component in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

Course Learning Outcomes             AITSL Standards      
 1Evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning and determine the effectiveness of teaching strategies and resources.  3.6
 2Identify assessment strategies including formal and informal diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess and to support students learning in your specialism. 2.3, 5.1
 3Collect, analyse and interpret assessment evidence about learners, to make informed judgements about learning.  5.3, 5.4. 5.5
Demonstrate a range of strategies for providing feedback to students about their learning. 5.2, 5.5
 Synthesise assessment data in order to design learning sequences that will address group/class learning needs.  2.3, 5.4 

Program Learning Outcomes:

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse and apply educational research to your professional practice, demonstrating inclusive, learner-focused, evidence-based teaching.
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical knowledge and judgement to develop highly effective and innovative teaching skills in an area of specialisation.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for critically reflective practice including social, environmental and cultural professional awareness in both local and global contexts.
  • Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with students, colleagues, parents, carers and education stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Show commitment to ongoing professional learning, particularly in relation to meeting the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection. Your learning in this course will also involve professional experience in an educational setting.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from http://rmit.libguides.com/sb.php?subject_id=67929

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies. http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

In order to pass the course, you are required to receive a satisfactory assessment on your professional experience, in accordance with expectations outlined in the PX Handbook for the course. If you fail to meet this requirement, for reasons other than those approved by special considerations, you will not pass the course. If granted Special Consideration, you may become eligible to complete alternative professional experience to pass the course.

There are 3 assessment tasks:

 Title, Words, Weighting Assessment of Course Learning OutcomesAssessment of AITSL Standards
Analytical case study report of a teaching scope and sequence, 500 word equivalent, 20% (small group task)  1 3.6, 5.1
Assessment audit and interpretation of class data 1500 word equivalent, 40%2, 3 5.1, 5.4, 5.5
Development of evidenced-based learning sequence, 1500 word equivalent, 40%3, 4, 52.3, 5.4, 5.2 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment