Course Title: Education in Australia

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: HUSO5157

Course Title: Education in Australia

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4243 - Certificate IV in ESL (Access)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou, Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4488

Course Contact,

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jane Collins   94.3.16   email:

Melanie Kyle   94.3.16   email:

Caroline McEnroe   94.3.22   email:

Ceyhan Kurt   94.3.22    email:

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This is co-delivered with reading and writing units

Course Description

This module aims to familiarise learners who are speakers of Languages other than English with the structure of the education system in their state as well as the cultural features of education in Australia. Emphasis is on Higher Education in Australia.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAM546 Education in Australia


Element 1 Describe the organisational features of the education system in your state

Performance Criteria:

1.1 List the sectors of the state education system
1.2 Identify the role of sectors in the state education system
1.3 Outline the qualifications offered by the state education system
1.4 Describe how to gain access to various levels and sectors of the education system


Element 2 Describe the cultural features of the Aust education system

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Outline the role of the teacher in Australian education
2.2 Outline the rights and responsibilities of the student in Australian education
2.3 Identify appropriate communication between teachers and students
2.4 Identify the role of parents in primary and / or secondary education

Learning Outcomes

The outcomes described in this unit relate to:

  • understanding the organisational and cultural features of the Australian Education system

    Details of Learning Activities

    This unit is part of Certificate IV in ESL (Access) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

    This unit covers in part the reading, writing and speaking macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.

    You will:
    • read, analyse and review texts relating to Australian education

    You will:
    • describe the organisational features of the Australian education system
    • describe the cultural features of the Australian education system

    You will:
    • work in pairs and in small groups
    • discuss the organisational and cultural features of the Australian education system

    Teaching Schedule

    Program Dates: Mon 6 February – Fri 15 June 2012

    Term Break: Mon 9 April – Fri 13 April 2012

    Public holidays: Mon 12 March (Labour Day), Fri 6 April (Good Friday),Wed 25 April (ANZAC Day), Mon 11 June 2012 (Queen’s Birthday)

    Teaching Schedule:
    This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week.

    Your program is made up of:
    • Orientation
    • Learning activities
    • Mid semester review
    • Guest speakers
    • Excursions
    • Exit review

    All students will be inducted. The induction includes
    • Program Guide & Student Diary
    • Student Rights and Responsibilities
    • Explore RMIT ( an orientation to the university and its services)
    • Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction)
    • RMIT Online Systems Information Session

    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 contained in your student diary.

    Learning Resources

    Prescribed Texts


    Other Resources


    There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring
    • English-English dictionary (We ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)
    • Thesaurus
    • Display folder with plastic sleeves
    • Highlighter pens
    • Notebook or loose leaf paper
    • Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
    • USB (Memory stick)

    Overview of Assessment

    This course is part of a full-time integrated program. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies 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 researching and describing many aspects of the Australian education system.


    Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class both oral and written, 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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

    An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
    Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87r

    Assessment Tasks

    Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.
    Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

    Assessment tasks:

    Summative assessment: Describe the organisational and cultural features of the Australian education system

    Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

    Please note:
    Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.

    All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.

    Assessment Matrix

    Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.

    Course Overview: Access Course Overview