Course Title: Integrated Approaches to Learning and Teaching

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Approaches to Learning and Teaching

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr David Rousell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257480

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will build on and extend your knowledge of inquiry-based approaches to learning and teaching by exploring problem-based learning approaches to integrated curriculum. You will be immersed in collaborative learning to solve a complex problem centred on issues of sustainability. You will reflect upon the pedagogies used throughout the problem-solving process and identify how different areas of learning have been integrated, focusing on Science, Mathematics, Design and Digital Technologies as well as on interpersonal, metacognitive and self-regulation skills. You will apply learning to the development of authentic, engaging integrated learning curriculum plans that embody the principles being taught. The course also aims to draw upon people and resources from the wider community, and models the effective integration of Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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


AITSL Standards

1.Distinguish between different models of integrated learning, with an emphasis on problem-based learning.


2.Extend your knowledge of how to utilise and integrate ICT and collaborative learning in classrooms


3.Develop personal skills in problem-solving, drawing on your scientific, mathematical, engineering and technology skills to create solutions as well as develop capabilities in fostering such skills in your own students

2.1. 2.5

4.Design and plan an engaging transdisciplinary curriculum learning experience drawing on a variety of pedagogical, assessment and differentiation strategies.

1.3, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 5.1

5.Draw on your theoretical and practical knowledge to explain your pedagogical approaches to inquiry and collaborative learning


6.Enhance your knowledge of sustainability and how education can promote a more sustainable future


7.Demonstrate effective skills in communicating and collaborating in professional contexts


Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • 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 knowledge  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.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, 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 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: Problem-based learning essay (20%)  What is problem based learning and why is it relevant? CLO1

Task 2: PBL Presentation (30%) In groups undertake a problem-based learning investigation into a problem related to sustainability. Present the findings of your investigation to your peers, including an explanation of the processes you undertook, the learning you achieved, and links to PBL theory. CLO2, CLO3, CLO6, CLO7

Task 3: PBL Unit Plan (50%) Individually, design a problem-based learning inquiry for primary students that addresses and authentic problem related to sustainability. Justify your choices of teaching strategies, approaches to assessment and how you would differentiate the learning for students of varying abilities. Explain how your inquiry links to the Victorian Curriculum. CLO4, CLO5, CLO6

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 instructions which are available for review online: