EDFE12043 - Professional Practice 2 (Secondary) - Application of Curriculum

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will focus on the implementation and application of the relevant junior secondary curriculum during a 15 day block placement in a secondary school. Through the design of effective teaching and learning, which uses appropriate content knowledge and teaching strategies, you will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of your curriculum areas. You will apply this understanding of the curriculum framework to your teaching practices. During this professional experience placement, you will take an active role in self-evaluation processes and actively seek constructive feedback to improve your practice. Furthermore, you will be required to respond to identified learning needs to improve student learning outcomes. You will use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) as the basis for monitoring and documenting your professional learning and practice, in addition to setting your own professional learning goals. This effective application of curriculum will be demonstrated as you select and evaluate evidence of your practice in the professional e-portfolio.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- EDFE11038 plus students must have successfully completed a minimum of two units per Discipline Teaching Area to be eligible to enrol in this unit.

Only students enrolled in CC13 are permitted to enrol in 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30.68% 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 (Student Unit Evaluation Survey)
Assessment: return assessment task sooner.
Assessment task 1 is returned well in advance of subsequent assessments, and students are provided with descriptive feedback. This task requires an ICT resource; finalising the grades for AT1 is impeded in some cases by broken links, incorrectly embedded sources etc in some student's assignments. Recommended action is to ask students to ensure all referenced videos/clips are downloaded and saved to a secure drive or cloud folder to ensure these are accessible to the marker; PowerPoints to be exported and attached as a PDF; and sites to be hyperlinked and checked prior to submission.
Action Taken
The shift from an ePortfolio to a Word format alleviated many of the prior technical difficulties. There were minimal issues with embedded links and the conversion of PPTs to PDFs was successful. Marking therefore, proceeded as scheduled with assessments returned within 14 days.
Source: Student feedback (Informal feedback via Q & A Zoom session).
Exemplars: provide additional deconstruction of one of these in a separate assessment video.
The UC will make a short video explaining the attributes of an exemplar piece so that students can critically reflect on the design processes involved in curriculum lesson planning.
Action Taken
Exemplars were uploaded, and the UC deconstructed the assessment requirements in Zooms stage by stage, matching to the content.
Source: Student feedback (Student Unit Evaluation Survey) & self-evaluation.
Readings: strengthen opportunities for interaction.
To create a thread within the Unit Q&A or a study forum that students can use to post their questions and thoughts about weekly readings.
Action Taken
Students addressed each other through the Q&A forum, and interacted with the UC through teams, and there was a non-recorded extended session after the weekly zoom. These extended opportunities for interaction, but there was some initial confusion between how to use Moodle forums and Teams.
Source: Student feedback UC self-reflection
Communication - Implications of utilising two forums: Q & A and Teams
Use either Teams or Q&A only.
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback
Content Structure
Shift the focus on classroom management to later in the unit so this is closer to placement when this knowledge is applied.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan effective learning sequences using appropriate content knowledge
  2. Plan effective learning sequences using knowledge of student learning to promote engagement
  3. Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences
  4. Apply knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies appropriate to the teaching area and curriculum framework
  5. Reflect critically on professional practice outlining strengths and professional challenges
  6. Apply constructive feedback to improve professional practice and student learning outcomes
  7. Use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to monitor learning and improve professional practice in response to feedback, self-evaluation and reflection.

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

1.2 Understand how students learn

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

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

3.5 Use effective classroom communication

4.1 Support student participation

4.2 Manage classroom activities

4.3 Manage challenging behaviour

4.4 Maintain student safety

4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically

5.1 Assess student learning

5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning

5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements

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

7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

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
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Portfolio