EDUC 4205 - Professional Experience 1 (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Students will undertake a series of 4 hour lectures and workshops for 8 weeks at University and one 5 week full time block of supervised teaching practice. Students who successfully complete the course are given a non-graded pass.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4205
    Course Professional Experience 1 (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week,plus 5 weeks of Professional Experience in a school
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites At least one Curriculum and Methodology course; Students intending to complete their first placement in Semester 2 must attend Professional Practice lectures in Semester 1
    Corequisites At least one Curriculum and Methodology course
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching & B Music Ed students only
    Course Description Students will undertake a series of 4 hour lectures and workshops for 8 weeks at University and one 5 week full time block of supervised teaching practice. Students who successfully complete the course are given a non-graded pass.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Westphalen

    Coordinator: Dr Linda Westphalen
    Location 805 Nexus 10 Buiding
    Phone: 8313 3784
    Course Website: Via My Uni
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge and Understanding – including University and AITSL Standards
    Domain Professional Knowledge Focus
    Know students and how they learn

    1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and
          characteristics of students
    1.2 Understand how sudents learn
    1.3 Studnets with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious
          and sociaeconomic backgrounds
    1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres
          Strait Islander students
    1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific leraning
         needs across the full range of abilities
    1.6 Strategies to support full participation of studnets 
         with disability

    Know the content and how to teach it

    2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching
    2.2 content selection an organisation
    2.3 Curriculum, assesment and reporting
    2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres
          Strait Islander peopple to promote reonciiation 
          between indigenous and non-indigeous
    2.5 Literacy and numberacy strategies
    2.6 Information and Communitication Technology

    Professional Practice Focus
    Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning 3.1 Establish challenging learning goals
    3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
    3.3 Use teahing strategies
    3.4 Select and use resouces
    3.5 Use effective classroom communication
    3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs
    3.7 engage parent/carers in the educative process
    Standard4 Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments 4.1 Support student participation
    4.2 Manage classroom activites
    4.3 Manage challenging behaviour
    4.4 Maintain student safety
    4.5 Use ICT safely, reponsibly and ethically
    Standard 5 Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning 5.1 Assess student learning
    5.2 Provide feedback to students and their learning
    5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements
    5.4 Interpret student data
    5.5 Report on student achievement
    Professonal Egagement Focus
    Engage in professional learning 6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs
    6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve
    6.3 Engag with colleagues and improve practice
    6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student
    Engage professionally with collegues, parents/carers and the community

    7.1  meet professional ethics and responsibilities
    7.2 Comply with legistlative, administrative and
          orgaisational requirements
    7.3 Engae with the parents/caregivers
    7.4 Engae with professional teaching networks and
          broader communities

    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students are advised to be familiar with the following websites in the subject area specialisations, where appropriate.  They should also be familiar with the following:

    SACE - South Australian Certificate of Education
    ACARA - Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
    IB - International Baccalaureate
    DECD - Department for Education and Child Development
    CEASA - Council for Education Associations of South Australia
    AISSA - Association of Independent Schools of South Australia
    CESA - Catholic Education South Australia

    Recommended Resources
    The following texts are recommended for the 4thYear Core:
    •  Brady, L. (2006) Collaborative Learning in Action, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest. ( About $60)
    •  Churchill, R., Ferguson, P., Et al. (2013) Teaching: Making a Difference, Wiley, Milton. (About $130 sorry.)
    •  Brady, L and Kennedy, K. (2012) Assessment and Reporting. Celebrating Student Achievement, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest. (about $60)
    • Keeffe, M. and Carrington, S. (2007) Schools and Diversity, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest. (About $75)

      Students are advised to be familiar with websites in their subject area specialisations, where appropriate. They should be familiar with the following:

      SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education)
      ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority)
      IB (International Baccalaureate)
      DECD (Department for Education and Child Development)
      CEASA (Council of Education Associations of South Australia)
      AISSA (Association of Independent Schools of South Australia)
      CESA (Catholic Education South Australia)
    Online Learning
    Assessment items and readings will be provided via MyUni where appropriate. All lectures are recorded and uploaded to MyUni. Resources form Education institutions (eg DECD) will also be provided online.

    Students are advised that email via MyUni is the principle means of communication with the Professional Experience office. They need to check their university email at least once a day.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    RP Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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