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EDED14354 - The Ethical Professional

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In The Ethical Professional, students critically reflect on the nature of teaching as a complex profession in this capstone unit. They draft their own philosophical framework in relation to teaching and learning and test it by analysing the extent to which it supports them in discharging their professional responsibilities in educational contexts. Students are encouraged to prepare for their final placement in schools by using the National Professional Standards for Teachers; Codes of Ethics and Conduct that apply to the profession; and an understanding of the influence of the broader macro socio-political and policy environment affecting educational contexts to develop a framework of critical questions. These questions are used to guide reflection in, on and for action throughout the placement for Professional Practice 4 and subsequent internship. On conclusion of the full 10-week placement, students select one or more written reflections and apply an ethical decision-making framework to the central incident/s to develop and articulate a personal professional philosophy of teaching illustrating how it shapes their professional practice.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite:- Students must be enrolled in both EDFE14021 and EDFE14020 in the same term of study as this 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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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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 16.46% 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.

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Assessment requirements
Provide further development of assessment explanations.
Action Taken
This has been undertaken
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Assessment support
Continue to build additional support for assessment tasks
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Use professional standards and codes of ethics that apply to the teaching profession to set professional learning goals and generate a framework for appraising professional practice.
  2. Analyse teaching practice to make professional reasoning explicit and ethically defensible.
  3. Outline and reflect on specific strategies that will assist in engaging with ethical dilemmas.
  4. Formulate a personal professional philosophy of teaching illustrating how it shapes professional and ethical practice in highly accountable educational contexts.

Successful completion of the unit The Ethical Professional provides evidence that the following focus areas of the Australian Professional Standards have been demonstrated: 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2 and 7.4. Assessment tasks for this unit contribute to the development of a plan for ongoing professional development and the development of a personal professional philosophy of teaching which may be used for demonstrating the identified aspects of the standards.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment