Course Title: Investigate the education system

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: TCHE5926

Course Title: Investigate the education system

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5383 - Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation

Course Contact: Soosan Kian

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9183

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No Pre-requisites

Course Description

This unit focuses on developing the skills and knowledge to investigate the education system. This includes examining the links between key national and state government policies and the requirements to work as a teacher.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22272 Investigate the education system


1 Examine the Victorian education system

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the sectors of the Victorian education system 1.2 Investigate the structure and features of each sector 1.3 Identify the roles and responsibilities of key authorities relevant to the Victorian education system 1.4 Examine the relationship between national and state responsibilities for education 1.5 Identify the link between key national and state education policies


2 Examine the education frameworks used in Victoria

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify the education frameworks used in Victorian education settings 2.2 Investigate the learning areas and capabilities contained in the frameworks 2.3 Source and examine resources to support the implementation of education frameworks 2.4 Analyse the ways in which the education frameworks facilitate the development of student learning and achievement 2.5 Analyse the ways in which the education frameworks address the diversity of learners


3 Investigate requirements to work as a teacher in Victoria

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify education requirements to work as a teacher in different education sectors 3.2 Investigate pathways to obtain teaching qualifications 3.3 Identify the registration requirements for teachers 3.4 Investigate the role and responsibility of the education regulatory body 3.5 Identify the professional responsibilities of a teacher 3.6 Examine the demand for teachers in different education sectors 3.7 Investigate current opportunities to work as a teacher.


4 Investigate an education sector

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Select an education sector 4.2 Develop a profile of the sector 4.3 Examine study pathways into the sector 4.4 Examine and compare areas of specialisation for study within the sector 4.5 Identify current issues within the sector

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes are to confirm ability to:

  • access and investigate information about the Victorian education system including:
    • the relationship between key Victorian and National education policies and frameworks
    • sectors within the education system
    • education frameworks and their links to learning
    • pathways into teaching
    • teacher responsibilities and requirements
  • use information to investigate own potential pathways into a specific education sector


Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of the Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation program. The learning and assessment in the program is delivered through face to face teaching, Unsupervised Directed Study and participation in work placement. It is strongly advised you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. You are not required to attend to complete Unsupervised Directed Study, however you are expected to complete the work given and will at times be required to show evidence the work has been completed. Your Unsupervised Directed Study will be posted on Canvas.

The student learning experience will be facilitated through participation in a range of activities:

  • Work placement
  • Group discussion
  • Research assignments
  • Guest speakers
  • Oral and/or written questions on "What if?" scenarios
  • Realistic simulations and role play
  • Practical demonstrations and direct observation of actual work and simulated work practice
  • Oral presentations
  • Individual and group projects - Completing the projects will include negotiated independent study time and practical work relevant to the unit of competency.  

Teaching Schedule

This unit will be delivered weekly.  
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources. Should the teaching schedule change students will be advised via Canvas.
Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is available on the RMIT website 

Teaching Schedule











Introduction to course

-          What is education?

-          Role in society?

-          History of Education in Victoria







Identifying sectors

-          Primary

-          Secondary/VET

-          Independent

-          Catholic

-          Alternative 





Identify & Investigate key frameworks

-          Charter of Human Rights

-          VCE/VCAL      






Examine & Analyse frameworks

- F-10






Identify & Investigate Authorities

-          VET

-          VIT

-          AITSL

-          ACARA     






Identify teaching requirements & processes

-          Registration

-          Duty of Care      







Examine policies

-          LANTITE

-          NAPLAN






Examine policies

- Cultural Diversity





Identify & Investigate Authorities

- Safe Schools





Investigate education requirements

-          personal attributes


Assessment One due - Education System Resource Book



24/9 - 5/10





Examine issues

-          Teacher quality/effectiveness







Investigating workforce trends

-          employment trends

-          cultural influences

-          changing family demographics

-          SES and it’s impacts

-          My School







Investigating workforce trends

-          technology

-          globalisation






Examine Issues/Guest Speaker





Investigate career opportunities

Assessment Two due – Career Plan




Reflection on investigating the Education System

Unit feedback and reflection


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through handouts, our online systems and access to facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources. It is recommended that you bring:

• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones 
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate the critical aspects of assessment and evidence required for the Unit in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by: 
• Oral or written questioning 
• oral presentations
• Assignments and projects 
• Direct observation and demonstration in actual work practice 
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files 
• Work-based activities 
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer 
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation. 

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.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 - Education System Resource Book (Week 11)

Assessment task 2 - Career Plan (week 16)

Assessment tasks in this unit are assessed using the following competency based results:
CA - Competency achieved
NYC - Not Yet Competent

All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the due date. If an extension is required please contact your teacher and/or Coordinator before the due date. 
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work.
All assessment tasks including electronically recorded student work will be kept by the University for student feedback and to meet government requirements.
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you may be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is 'CA'

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency and with the critical aspects of assessment for each unit. A copy of the assessment matrix is available for all students. 

Other Information

Attendance - The major learning experience involves participating in face to face classes. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
Feedback - Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Students may be asked to attend interviews with relevant teachers and Program Coordinator to discuss academic progress.
Assessment Academic Progress 
Special Consideration - All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please see the RMIT website for further information. 
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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