EDUC 4209 - Professional Experience 2 (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

The Professional Experience Course is central to the Teacher Education degree. It is the capstone course, drawing on cumulative learning across the coursework components of the degree and applying that in the school setting through practicum Placements. This course provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate they have met the requirements for the Teaching Performance Assessment through successful completion of the Placement and of an e-Portfolio.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4209
    Course Professional Experience 2 (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Online for five week placement
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Student Teacher Interaction and two different Curriculum and Methodology A courses
    Incompatible EDUC 4206
    Restrictions BTeaching 4th year students only
    Assessment 25 day practicum placement 50%, e-Portfolio 50%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Stephanie Eglinton-Warner

    Room 8.16 Nexus 10
    Ph: 831 34164

    Course Timetable

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

    Students will be notified of the dates for their 25 day Professional Experience Placement as soon as they are confirmed.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Understand and address a diversity of student cohorts and how they learn
    2 Develop an initial understanding and growing expertise in the teaching methodologies of students’ curriculum
    3 Develop an initial understanding of assessment and reporting processes, including the provision of feedback to students about their learning
    4 Develop engagement with other professional educators, including curriculum area associations

    The Professional Experience is the central focus of Teacher Education programs. The two (2) primary Professional Experiences Placements together with the ePortfolio constitute the capstone requirements for the completion of a teaching degree program.

    Detailed information about the requirements of the Professional Expereince Placements and the ePortfolio can be found in the Professional Experience Handbook and the e-Portfolio Handbook respectively.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are not required texts for this course.
    Recommended Resources
    Recomended readings and resources will be detailed on the Professional Experience MyUni site
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used extensively as the platform for shairng information and resources related to this Professional Experience Placements and e-Portfolios.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The primary learning will occur on Professional Expereince Placement with guidance and support from the Mentor Teacher and University Liaison, and through self-directed investigation, reflection and evaluation.

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

    Professional Experience Placement will be 5 consecutive weeks in a School totally 25 days.
    Learning Activities Summary
    See Professional Experience Placement Handbook and e-Portfolio Handbook for details.
    Specific Course Requirements
    This course focusses on the completion of 25 days Professional Experience Placement and the e-Portfolio.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course does not offer a designated Small Group Discovery Experience.
  • 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
    e-Portfolio Formative and Summative

    2 weeks after the last day of the Professional Experience Placement

    Hurdle - met assessment requirements or revise and resubmit until you do
    Successful Completion of PE – 5 weeks in a school Ongoing formative with summative review at the end.
    Assessments are made by Mentor Teachers in schools.
    Completion of a 5 week placement 100% - students are awarded a non-Graded Pass/Fail All
    Assessment Related Requirements
    See details of assessment requirements for e-Portfolio in the e-Portfolio Handbook and for the Professional Experience Placement in the Professional Experience Placement Handbook.
    Assessment Detail
    See details of assessment requirements for e-Portfolio in the e-Portfolio Handbook and for the Professional Experience Placement in
    the Professional Experience Placement Handbook.
    e-Portfolio is due no later than 2 weeks after the last day of the Professional Experience Placement.
    Final grades for this course will be determined on the basis of the Mentor Teacher Final Professional Experience Placement Report submitted by the school as soon as possibe following the placement and successful completion of the e-Portfolio.
    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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