Course Title: Method: Professional Learning

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Method: Professional Learning

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Alison Lugg

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7803

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is one of a series of method courses designed to develop your knowledge and skills to teach in specialist disciplines in secondary school settings such as English, Humanities, Mathematics, the Sciences, the Arts, Business, and Health and Physical Education.   In this course, you will learn, practice and then be assessed on your capacity to:   Work with peers to respond to an ethical teaching dilemma using professional standards, resources and ethical frameworks to reach and present a strategy. You will also develop a professional learning plan that includes a rationale for your continued professional development and the implications for your practice. You will draw on your knowledge of the national Graduate Standards and appropriate sources for including external professionals and community representatives.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development



Course Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  
  Course Learning Outcomes Graduate Teacher Standards 
 Demonstrate understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching and relevant policies in developing a professional learning plan  6.1, 7.2
 2  Collaborate with peers to draw on the relevant ethical frameworks and resources for teachers’ professional learning to respond to a case study.  6.2, 6.3, 7.1
 3  Analyse an ethical issue demonstrating understanding of sensitive engagement with parents/ carers and colleagues.  7.3
 4  Provide a coherent, personal and professional rationale for continued professional learning and engagement with professional organisations and communities  6.4, 7.4
 5  Critically evaluate your own teaching strengths and weaknesses, identifying areas and strategies for professional growth 6.2, 6.3, 6.4


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

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

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. There are 2 assessment tasks:

 Title, Words, Weighting  Assessment of Course Learning Outcomes Assessment of Graduate Teacher Standards 
 Ethical case study presentation, 2000 word equivalent, 50%  2, 3  6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.3
 Professional learning plan, 2000 word equivalent, 50%  1, 4, 5 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.2, 7.4

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.

The statement of student responsibilities summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: