Course Title: Inquiry Across the Curriculum

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Inquiry Across the Curriculum

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Naomi Wilks-Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 7480

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West 220.03

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore concepts, values and skills that apply across and beyond the traditional constraints of individual learning areas. You will develop your capabilities to integrate learning and teaching across the curriculum, through the exploration of ethical and social issues of relevance to primary school children. You will develop and apply your knowledge of inquiry pedagogies to the development of engaging integrated curriculum with a focus on Humanities, The Arts and Literacy. You will also strengthen your ability to use a variety of resources, including Digital Technologies, to engage students in their learning. You will extend your capacity to design learning experiences that differentiate to meet the needs of students across a range of abilities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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
  • Develop deep and broad knowledge of education theory and the transformative potential of education in society in both local and global contexts
  • Apply initiative, judgement, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills and the capacity to work responsibly, ethically and inclusively in individual and collaborative professional contexts to enhance your practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and capacity to promote education for a sustainable future and to support diversity in all its forms
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contexts.

Course Learning Outcomes

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


AITSL Standards

1.Design and plan effective and engaging inquiry-based learning experiences that integrate content knowledge, teaching and assessment strategies across a range of learning areas and ethical capabilities

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.2, 3.3, 5.1

2.Identify strategies for differentiating teaching to meet specific learning needs of students with varying abilities and diverse backgrounds and set learning goals that provide achievable challenges

1.3, 1.5, 3.1

3.Draw on your theoretical and practical knowledge to explain your pedagogical approaches to inquiry and how they support student learning


4.Extend your knowledge of resources, including Digital Technologies, that engage students in their learning across curriculum areas


5.Extend your knowledge of social and ethical issues and inquiry pedagogies, to strengthen your teaching of these areas

2.1, 3.3

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures (online and face-to-face), workshops, practical activities and projects, individual tasks, 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’s 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Inquiry Pedagogy (50%) CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 

Assessment Task 2: An Inquiry Unit (50%) CLO 1, 2 ,3 ,4, 5 

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instruction.