EDED20505 - Demonstrating Impact: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The capacity for teachers to demonstrate a positive impact on student learning is central to effective teaching and to the design of pedagogical practices that make a difference. In this unit, you will explore pedagogical strategies and processes applicable to your secondary curriculum learning areas with a focus on student engagement and student centred learning practices. You will explore how to select and use quality resources and teaching approaches appropriate for your curriculum learning areas. You will compile a portfolio of professional pedagogical repertoires that will include a range of strategies for teaching higher level content, based on contemporary research and best-practice evidence. Through exploring the characteristics of quality evidence and identifying the types of evidence you could draw upon, you will identify and analyse whether your teaching practice has made a positive impact on student learning. Evidence of your impact on student learning will be drawn directly from your personal reflection on your approach to planning and teaching, feedback received on your teaching practice and your observation of other teachers. Through critical reflection on your demonstration of the relevant professional standards, you will also identify your professional learning needs in order to improve your future practice.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite EDFE20036 Professional Praxis 3: Enacting Learning and Teaching

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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 Postgraduate 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. Portfolio 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 75.86% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 31.87% 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 evaluations
Assessment items - exemplars would be useful
Provide exemplars for both assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Exemplars were not provided as both assessments deal with personal reflection. However, drafted work was reviewed live during tutorials to ensure alignment with the criteria for each task. These recordings were available to all students. For task 1, an example senior profile was provided for students who did not have access to their own senior class data. The example profile ensured that the focus of the task - demonstration of knowledge of the senior syllabus - was still achievable.
Source: Student evaluations
Assessment items - ensure alignment with course materials
Review assessment and course materials for alignment and clarity.
Action Taken
Instructions on Moodle were clarified and drafted to ensure alignment.
Source: Student feedback. Unit coordinator feedback.
References to learning styles.
Remove references to learning styles.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Exemplars for assessments
Exemplars are difficult for these assessments as they are deeply reflective. More scaffolding to be provided for assessment completion.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design pedagogical practices that impact positively on student learning
  2. Critically reflect on professional practice outlining strengths and professional challenges to strengthen skills to impact on student learning
  3. Apply constructive feedback to improve professional practice and student learning outcomes
  4. Use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to monitor learning and improve professional practice in response to feedback, self-evaluation and reflection
  5. Create a portfolio of professional pedagogical repertoires.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) focus areas of:

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

4.1 Support student participation

5.1 Assess student learning

5.4 Interpret student data

5.5 Report on student achievement

6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8