EDUC 3009 - Education Project: Self-Directed Study

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

Focussed in Education, but could relate to one of the student?s other subject area specialisations (eg. History) or; Relate to one fo the following areas: curriculum; teacher education; pedagogy; technology; media; gender; cultural difference; international perspective(s); workplace education or wellbeing or; A topic created in consultation with the course coordinator. Students will work under the supervision of an Education academic. The Project structure includes: A commentary and justification of 3-4 thousand words, with an associated project designed for a learning process, such as a media production (eg. a learning app), workplace professional learning module, documentary or other project (in consultation with the course coordinator).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 3009
    Course Education Project: Self-Directed Study
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Students must have successfully passed 12 units of EDUC courses including EDUC 2001
    Restrictions Only available to students undertaking an Education major
    Course Description Focussed in Education, but could relate to one of the student?s other subject area specialisations (eg. History) or;
    Relate to one fo the following areas: curriculum; teacher education; pedagogy; technology; media; gender; cultural difference; international perspective(s); workplace education or wellbeing or;
    A topic created in consultation with the course coordinator.

    Students will work under the supervision of an Education academic. The Project structure includes:
    A commentary and justification of 3-4 thousand words, with an associated project designed for a learning process, such as a media production (eg. a learning app), workplace professional learning module, documentary or other project (in consultation with the course coordinator).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Westphalen

    Associate Professor Linda Westphalen
    Room 805 Level 8
    Nexus 10 Building
    Unversity of Adelaide.

    linda.westphalen@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: 08 8313 3784
    Office Hours:  Monday 9 - 4pm  Tuesday - Friday 9 - 5pm. 
    (Please note that I prefer contact via email, but I'm very happy to set up f2f appointments as needed.)
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1.  Create an Education-based research project that aligns with established learning theory;

    2.  Explore and critically review an education based-research project in the context of an innovation, workplace or subject content area.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 2

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 2

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1, 2

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required learning resources.  Students will need a laptop or tablet device.  Other materials for design will be provided.
    Recommended Resources
    This course requires good knowledge of library search skills.  It is advised that students seek help from Library staff in accessing materials to justify their design process and project.
    Online Learning
    Online learning will be used in the event of another wave of COVID or if students are unwell or working from overseas.  If students are in Adelaide it is expected that they will attend in person.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Seminars will be conducted weekly face to face to enable supervision, unless in the case of illness.  Peer review and support should be expected.




    Workload

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




    WORKLOAD – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING Hours
    Project construction 10 hours per week x 12 120
    Assignment and commentary preparation 8 hours per week x 10 80
    Research and reading 8 hours per week x 11 88
    TOTAL HOURS 312




     



    Learning Activities Summary


    Week

     SEMINAR TOPIC (1 hour + online or research task)

    1 Review of learning theories (Behaviourism, Cognitivism, Constructivism)
    2 Learning design: Using the ADDIE framework to consider design (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation)
    3 Supervised independent research: Proposal due
    4 Content and resource selection; Structure and alignment; Gagne’s Instructional events
    5 Supervised independent research - design and development
    6 Workshop: Assessment Technology in education; Inclusion and diversity – the target ‘student'; Ethics and professional standards
    7 Supervised independent research: Annotated Bibliography and Abstract due
    8 Possible School Site visit - Depending on COVID; Otherwise project review and independent research
    9 Workshop: Research Project Presentation to Peers
    10 Supervised independent research
    11 Supervised independent research
    12 Submission of research project.  Professional Reflection based on Brookfield
    Specific Course Requirements
    Student should be expecting to work more or less independently on their research project.
  • 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

    WEIGHTING
    COURSE
    LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
    Project Proposal 500
    Words
    Formative and Summative 20% 1 and 2
    Annotated
    Bibliography and Abstract 2000 Words
    Formative and Summative 30% 1 and 2
    Project with
    accompanying commentary 4000 words
    Summative 50% 1 and 2


    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Description
    % weighting
    Project Proposal 500
    Words

    Students write a 500 word proposal outlining their education project
    20

    Annotated
    Bibliography and Abstract 2000 Words
    Based on their research towards their education project, students construct an annotated bibliography and complete a draft abstract, drawing on this research.
    30
    Project with
    accompanying commentary 4000 words (per 6 unit course)
    Students create and present an Education-based research project, accompanied by a commentary justifying their project’s learning structure and projected outcomes.
    50

     
    Submission
    Submission will be via MyUni.  It is expected that sutudent will submit a turnitin report with their submission.
    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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