EDUC 4522A - Senior History Curriculum & Methodology A (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4522A
    Course Senior History Curriculum & Methodology A (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 hours per week, in addition to a 2 hour common lecture focussing on Planning and Teaching
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Pass in 6 semesters of History courses- in certain circumstances students with only 4 semesters may be accepted
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching students only
    Course Description The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Matthew Muscat

    Lecturer: Matthew Muscat
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On Successful completion of this course student will be able:

    APST Standard

    AQF7/8 GA
    Semester One

    Demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the discipline and theteaching strategies of the learning area. 2.1 Knowledge 1,2,3,5,6,7


    Design and sequence unit and lesson plans based on essential content of the subjectarea, curriculum, including effective assessment principles. 2.2 & 2.3 & 3.2 Application 1,2,3

    Assemble a range of subject-appropriate resources, including online, that engage a diversity of students in their learning. 2.6 & 3.4 Application 2, 4, 5, 8

    Integrate relevant research and theory to develop a broad repertoire of subject-appropriate teaching and learning strategies, including use of ICT. 3.3 7 3.2 Skills 2,3,5

    Assemble relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers including subject professional associations. 6.2, 6.3 & 7.4 Knowledge
    & Skills
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    Demonstrate a commitment to work ethically and collaboratively so as to meet the professional expectations required of teachers 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 Knowledge, Skills & Application 3,4,8

    Demonstrate communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a diverse range of students 3.5, 4.2, 5.5 Knowledge, Skills & Application 2,4

    Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF): 

    Graduate Attributes: University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes:
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,4,6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,5,6,7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,3,4,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Stage 1 History, 
    Stage 2 Modern History
    Stage 2 Australian History 
    Australian Curriculum: Senior SACE History (writing begins this year) TBA
    ACARA:   (only a guiding document – the SACE Board is working on the Australian Curriculum Stage 1 course this year with working parties and focus groups).
    International Baccalaureate 

    Recommended Resources

    These will be provided at relevant points during the semester.

    Online Learning
    Steiner, A (2013) Remember the Holocaust: Art and the Holocaust YouTube channel: 
    Other Course materials will be available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Workshop style lectures with numerous opportunities to discuss learning and teaching methodology, strategies and curriculum. Sessions will include guided and open discussions, practical activities relating to teaching strategies and benchmarking.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assists students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    Students are required to utilise an equal amount of time in independent study as spent in lectures. This may involve reading, viewing, research or resource gathering. More time may be required to produce summative tasks.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Topic Lecture Learning Outcomes
    Week 1 Introduction to Senior History Courses Course introduction, SACE, IB, upcoming Senior Australian Curriculumoverview, policies, procedures and discussion 1, 5
    Week 2 Resourcing Collecting, gathering resources (pre-planning) 3, 5, 6, 7
    Week 3 Online assignment - Resourcing Online assignment (no physical lecture, work and complete assignment) 3, 5, 6, 7
    Week 4 Planning a Senior History unit Preparation for planning to teach Senior History 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
    Week 5 Planning lessons Lesson planning for Senior History and how to maximise this on teaching
    1, 2, 3, 4, 7
    Week 6 Delivering History lessons to Senior students Teaching strategies, discussion and group activities 1, 4
    Week 7 Understanding Performance Standards and rubrics Unpacking the Performance Standards and rubrics. Developing explicit
    understanding for students and teachers.
    1, 6
    Week 8 Creating assessment tasks Good task design and practice. Preparation and discussion relating to
    the upcoming Teaching Practicum.
     4, 7

    Semester 2 course will include benchmarking sessions in line with moderation principles. Senior History Curriculum Methodology B in Semester 2, will have an emphasis on Assessment and Reporting.
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Online assignment – Resourcing for Senior History. Collect resources and websites for a Senior History topic and briefly analyse each to explain how they would be used in your teaching. 500 words.

    Online assignment
    Online assignment in lieu of lecture Thursday, Week 3 10%
    3, 5, 6, 7
    1500 words
    Unit planning

    Summative, Week 5
    50% e.g. 1,2,3,4,6

    1000 words

    Lesson Planning. A series of lessons for one week of teaching Senior History to be shared with other pre-service students

    Week 7


    1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures throughout the duration of the course.

    Students are expected to contribute to class discussions and offer professional and constructive criticism to the ideas and plans of others in the class. 
    Assessment Detail

    Assignments will be assessed through the conditions specified on the assessment task sheet.


    Each of the assessment tasks are to be completed and submitted through TURNITIN through electronic submission.

    There will be a penalty of 5% for late submission unless granted an extension for an extension had been applied for
    and approved. Students should have their work graded two weeks after the final due date for each assignment.

    Course Grading

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

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    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.

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