Course Title: Professional Experience: Classroom Cultures and Communication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Classroom Cultures and Communication

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Rucelle Hughes

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of TCHE2658 Numeracy Test for ITE AND TCHE2625 Literacy Test for ITE AND TCHE2623 PX Use Assess Data & Reporting

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

Course Description

In this course you will build on previous knowledge and skills to consolidate your teaching practise with a focus on establishing positive relationships to create and maintain safe and supportive learning environments. This course introduces contemporary approaches in classroom organisation and management, examining a range of frameworks that support a positive classroom culture and behaviour in the classroom. You will explore the relationships between these frameworks and theories of learning, and examine the impact of learner characteristics and context on classroom relationships and behaviours. You will develop your communication and interpersonal skills as you build positive relationships with students and explore strategies to engage parents/carers in the education of their children.

During your professional experience you will continue to develop your teaching practice more generally and participate as a professional teacher in the day-to-day activities of the school. You will also apply your knowledge and understanding of establishing positive learning environments and managing behaviours to your own practice.

The course includes a 15-day professional experience placement (work integrated learning) during which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from supervising teachers and/ or community is integral to your experience. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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


AITSL Standards

1. Discuss current theories and practices relating to establishing and maintaining a positive and inclusive classroom environment to improve student learning outcomes.

1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 4.1, 4.3, 7.2

2. Use sound judgement and knowledge of classroom communications and behaviour strategies to support students’ well-being and safety.


3.Organise classroom activities and communicate effectively, using verbal and non-verbal communication, with students to support broad participation and engagement in the classroom

3.5, 4.2

4.Demonstrate knowledge of strategies for engaging parents/carers in the education of their children

3.7, 7.3

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
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical content knowledge and develop highly effective classroom teaching skills in an area of specialisation
  • Show commitment to professional learning by being an independent, open-minded, resilient and critically reflective learner, seeking out, learning from constructive feedback and adapting to meet the demands of the profession
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course involves a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection. Your learning in this course will integrate experiences from previous school (PX) placements and include a Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) component.

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. Your professional experience placement is to be undertaken according to the Professional Experience Calendar, unless Special Consideration is granted for an equivalent assessment.

Task 1. Professional Communications with Parents (20%) CLO4, - identify a professional learning goal relating to a communication approach or strategy you wish to develop in relation to communicating with parents.

Task 2. Interpreting School behaviour frameworks and policies  (30%) CLO1, CLO2 , CLO4 - Analyse and critically discuss whole school frameworks, policies  and strategies relating to positive and safe learning environments, and to student behaviours. Identify communications strategies at whole school and classroom levels and how these influence student learning and well-being and parental/carer participation.

Task 3. Creating and maintaining a positive classroom environment (50%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 - Investigate and report on strategies used within your placement classroom that support a positive classroom environment and efficient classroom management. Identify strategies that you will adopt in your own practice, specifically including approaches you would take to managing challenging behaviour.

Assessment in this course is directly connected to your successful participation in professional experience. The end-of-placement report from your supervising teacher(s) on your professional development and participation in professional experience is an important component of your assessment. It will provide evidence of your ability to demonstrate the relevant professional practices and course learning outcomes specifically associated with the assessment tasks in the course.

In order to pass this course, you are required to receive a satisfactory assessment on your teaching placement, in accordance with Professional Experience requirements for outlined in this course guide below. If you fail to meet this requirement, for reasons other than those approved by Special Consideration, you will not pass the course. If granted Special Consideration, you may become eligible to complete supplementary professional experience to pass the course.

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: