EDED11455 - Curriculum Foundations and Decision-Making

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Curriculum Foundations and Decision-making builds students’ knowledge and understanding of the key learning theories of behaviourism, humanism, constructivism, social-constructivism and connectivism as a basis for exploring pedagogical approaches to curriculum construction and decision-making. Analysis and critique of the view of learners and approaches to teaching and learning articulated in the Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum documents are an important focus of this unit. Students reflect on how learners are positioned to make transitions to new learning contexts and evaluate strategies for designing authentic relevant curriculum and environments for diverse learner groups with a focus on inquiry, active investigation and problem-solving. Students collaborate in groups to apply these strategies across selected learning contexts including early years settings to either: (a) the design and presentation of child-centred open-ended learning experiences; or (b) the creation of a learning environment with possibilities for developing literate, numerate, scientific, technological or environmental understandings

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay City
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 16.29% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback Self reflection
Feedback
Participation in discussion forums
Recommendation
Encourage participation in discussion forums.
Action Taken
Various discussion forum 'styles' have been trialed to increase participation. The Moodle site has included more discussion forum posts as set activities for all weekly topics.
Source: Student feedback Staff feedback Self reflection
Feedback
Participation in Zoom sessions
Recommendation
Zoom meetings will occur each week using lecture format with additional sessions using discussion and Q&A format for assessment and content questions.
Action Taken
Further use of a range of interactive techniques such as writing into the powerpoints, break out sessions, and asking students to collaborate and then ask one student to type their results into the chat box for all.
Source: In-Class and during zoom sessions
Feedback
Zoom were engaging.
Recommendation
Zoom sessions continue to be interactive and recordings are uploaded as soon as possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: In-class feedback and some limited email.
Feedback
Second assessment task choices.
Recommendation
Retain option of submission choice for Assessment Task 2.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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