Course Title: Learners, Learning and Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Learners, Learning and Development

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Allison Byth

Course Coordinator Phone: 99257480

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores children's learning and their cognitive, social and emotional development. It addresses a range of perspectives for understanding the learning and development of children from birth to 12 years within social, cultural and environmental contexts. This course introduces you to contemporary theories of learning and development and how these are applied to the complexities of teaching in current educational settings. You will apply these perspectives to enhance your knowledge about yourself as a learner and children as learners and participants in socio-cultural settings.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

   AITSL Standards
Synthesise your knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of children's cognitive, social and emotional development, and how these may affect learning at different stages of development   1.1 1.2
Critically review contemporary theories of learning and development and identify how these are applied in contemporary education environments.    1.2, 1.3, 1.4
Reflect on your own learning experiences in relation to theories of learning and development in order to understand how others learn   1.1, 1.2
Connect your knowledge of theories of children's learning and development to your own teaching practice 1.2, 4.1 


Program Learning Outcomes for BP320 students

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

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • Critically analyse and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across a range of disciplines, reflecting a graduate level of proficiency in teaching 
  • Develop deep and broad knowledge of education theory and the transformative potential of education in society in both local and global contexts

Program Learning Outcomes BP319 students

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

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in practical applications in Health, Physical Education and Sport
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical content knowledge and apply evidence-based high-impact teaching strategies in professional practice
  • Apply initiative, curiosity, creativity, judgement, critical thinking and problem solving skills and demonstrate the capacity to work responsibly, both individually and collaboratively, to address challenges in local and global contexts

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

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 Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here 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.

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.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Task 1: Layers of Cognitive development (20%) CLO1

Task 2: Your ‘virtual school bag’ (30%) Identify the range of influences that shaped your own learning, making links to relevant theories of learning and development. CLO2, CLO3

Task 3: Teach me something (50%) Applying your knowledge of learning theories and pedagogical approaches, teach your ‘buddy’ something they do not know, using strategies that reflect their learner profile. Reflect on the process you used and the learning that took place, with reference to relevant theories, and implications for practice. CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

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 coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Page 5 of 12 Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: