EDUC 6511A - Business Studies Curriculum & Methodology A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

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 6511A
    Course Business Studies Curriculum & Methodology A
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    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
    Prerequisites Pass in 6 courses of Business Studies
    Restrictions Available to GradDipEd 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: Troy Schroeder

    Troy Schroeder  Lecturer tschroed@pembroke.sa.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course is designed to contribute to the development of Graduate attributes and AITSA Graduate level Standards which are specific to one or more aspects of the ‘Business’ area of the senior secondary curriculum. At the completion of this methodology course students should:
    1 Be aware of the place of business education in the senior secondary curriculum
    2 Have a strong understanding of and commitment to prior planning of all lessons.
    3 Know and understand the aims, content and pedagogy appropriate for the discipline
    areas of Accounting, Business and Enterprise or Economics.
    4 Learn from the review process and make appropriate adjustments to their teaching.
    5 Understand and apply the theory and practice of all forms of assessment i.e. formative,
    summative, diagnostic, evaluative, and predictive.
    6 Understand and be able to apply a wide range of methods of presenting course material to
    students specific to Accounting, Business and Enterprise or Economics and
    include the use of modern technology.
    7 Undertake a review process at appropriate points in
    their teaching, e.g. at the end of each lesson, section of work, completion of
    a unit of work


    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, 3, 4, 5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required resources or set textbooks for this course
    Recommended Resources
    SACE Board of South Australia Curriculum Statements. Available online at http://www.sace.sa.edu.au/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There will be one 2 hour lecture/workshop per week. Some online resources will be used and  classroom observation at a negotiated time will be expected.
    Workload

    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 assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. A subject worth 2 points, therefore, should take 8 hours (incl 2
    hours of formal classes) during the teaching weeks of the course. Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures/seminars throughout the semester. There are no tutorial sessions for this course Please refer to Access Adelaide for your timetable and enrolment details.  http://www.adelaide.edu.au/access/ 
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction
    Course Expectations & Organising a Class
    Classroom design
    Week 2 ‘Senior Secondary’ Business Education in Schools
    SACE 2014 and The National Curriculum
    Analysis of Course Outlines and impacts of National Curriculum.
    Focus on teaching using technology.
    Week 3 IB 2013 – Economics and Business Lesson Planning – Theory Importance of planning
    Week 4 Lesson Planning - Theory
    Criteria & Templates
    Week 5 Lesson Planning – Practice
    Unit Planning - Theory
    Peer Assessed Lesson Delivery
    Week 6 Lesson Planning - TheoryCriteria & Templates Designing Unit Plans
    Week 7 Analysis of Curriculum Documents
    Week 8 Determining appropriate content for students
    Subject Specific Content
  • 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 Date Weighting Learning
    Outcome
    Workshop Activities Presentation of topic using technology

    Presenting a topic using a game
    In lecture/tutorial
    Dates to be negotiated
    20% 3, 6
    Lesson Plan and Portfolio
    2, 3,5, 6
    Unit Plan and Portfolio
    2, 3, 5, 6
    Assessment Detail
    Individual Task sheets will be provided to students detailing the requirements of the tasks specified above.Assessment Criteria/RubricsThe tasks identified above will be assessed using some or all of the following criteria as well as appropriate AITSL
    •    Know and understand the aims, content and pedagogy appropriate for the discipline area.
    •    Understand and be able to apply a wide range of methods of presenting course material to students and include the use of modern technology.
    •    Understand and be able to apply a wide range of methods of presenting course material to students and include the use of modern technology.
    •    Understand and apply the theory and practice of all forms of assessment
    •    Have a strong understanding of and commitment to prior planning of all lessons.
    •    Presentation
    Submission
    PRESENTATION AND SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS
    Tasks should be submitted to the hub on the due dates as indicated in the summary above. (unless submitted during the lecture)
    •    All assessment tasks should be word-processed;
    •    Assignments that do not meet academic formatting standards will be returned for reformatting;
    •    All assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission;
    •    Lecturers can withhold student’s results until such time as the student has signed the Assignment Cover Sheet and can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism;
    •    Computer problems, resource availability and/or lost materials do not constitute grounds for an extension. Further, if you are experiencing any difficulties understanding an assigned task or meeting a deadline you are encouraged to make an appointment with your course coordinator to discuss the matter;
    •    Content and quality of thought matter more than quantity, so you should keep to the prescribed word limit;
    •    Copies printed back-to-back are acceptable, but must be numbered and securely attached;
    •    Deadlines exist for a purpose. Submit the assessment task by 4pm on the final day it is due;
    •    Assignments are to be submitted in the correct allocated box in the Student Hub;
    •    Double-lined spaced with a margin of at least 3-4cm on the LHS of the page to leave room for comments;
    •    Requests for extensions will be considered only if they are made three days before the due date for which the extension is being sought. Students must apply to the course coordinator concerned on the ‘Application for Extension’ form at the back of the Academic Program Handbooks;
    •    Students are to provide medical certificates when appropriate to support requests for extension;
    •    Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the course coordinator of any discrepancies;
    •    Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course in the university (this is called self-plagiarism and/or deceptive conduct); and
    •    Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    In some cases, students can include a stamp self-addressed envelope with their assignment so that they do not need to venture to the university to collect their graded paper.

    RETURN OF ASSIGNMENTS AND FEEDBACK
    Assignments will be returned to students during the lectures.Assignments will be returned to students within 3-4 weeks of the due date with written feedback. Course results should be available within 6-weeks of the final assignment. University staff are not permitted to provide results to students over the telephone or by email. When results are approved and finalised they are available through Access Adelaide: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/access/ 

    In some cases, students can include a stamp self-addressed envelope with their assignment so that they do not need to venture to the university to collect their graded paper.

    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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    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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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