EDFE11038 - Professional Practice 1 - Introduction to Teaching

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In Professional Practice 1 you will be introduced to the teaching profession and work-integrated learning in educational settings through tutorial workshops and a placement comprising 15 days of practical experience under the guidance of a supervising teacher. The placement will take the form of a 3 week block period of assessable practice at the end of the term. During the placement, you will apply knowledge gained throughout the first year to practise the skills of planning, teaching, managing the learning environment, and assessing and recording student learning. You will be assessed against the relevant focus areas of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers by your supervising teacher/s. You will maintain professional records of your practice in the form of a working portfolio and compile evidence of your demonstration of aspects of the Standards in a portfolio of evidence. A major emphasis of this course is the development of the disposition for ongoing professional learning through reflection on the professional role and responsibilities of teachers and evaluation of effective teaching practice to improve student learning.


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

Students must have successfully completed at least three first year units in the Bachelor of Education course in which they are enrolled to be eligible for enrolment in this unit and placement in an educational setting for the completion of the practical component. It is mandatory that students successfully complete EDED11454 or equivalent, prior to enrolment in EDFE11038 Professional Practice 1 - Introduction to 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 3 - 2023

Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Written Assessment 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Portfolio 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 87.72% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 18.27% 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
The unit is well organised and easy to follow
Continue to update the unit as necessary.
Action Taken
The unit was updated as needed.
Source: Student feedback
Dissemination of placement requirements
Provide small chunks of information each week regarding the requirements of the placement.
Action Taken
Small chunks of information each week were provided.
Source: Student feedback
Assessment Task 3
Clarify the Task 3 requirements.
Action Taken
Task 3 requirements were still confusing. A change of task name will help to clear up the confusion.
Source: SUTE feedback
Include further early childhood resources and materials.
Increase the number of resources that early childhood students can use in their placemeent.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE feedback
Include further resources for secondary students.
Increase the examples situated in a secondary context.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE feedback
Unit prepares students well for their first placement.
Continue to spend tutorial time on skills and knowledge needed for the practical component of being in a classroom.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret and apply the key responsibilities of educators with regard to duty of care and codes of conduct for the sector
  2. Collect and organise profiling data on individual strengths, interests and learning needs across a range of domains
  3. Observe teaching and learning to identify how teachers structure learning experiences and use communication and teaching strategies that promote engaged learning and on-task behaviour
  4. Plan and implement learning experiences that set clearly identified goals that meet learners’ needs, and include a well-structured introduction, body and conclusion, a variety of teaching strategies and strategies for assessing and monitoring the learning
  5. Trial the use of non-verbal and verbal communication skills that establish effective relationships with learners and promote positive attitudes to learning in preventive and non-intrusive ways
  6. Respond to feedback and self-evaluation to reflect on and suggest improvements to planned learning experiences
  7. Reflect on own teaching and the roles and responsibilities of educators to identify evidence of professional standards, improve practice and set goals for ongoing professional learning.

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

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

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

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.5 Use effective classroom communication

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

4.1 Support student participation

4.2 Manage classroom activities

5.1 Assess student learning

5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning

5.4 Interpret student data

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

7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

In addition, competency elements from the Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) are taught and assessed in this unit and demonstrated through practice in an authentic setting.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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 10