EDFE14020 - Professional Practice Specialisation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Effective instruction requires the application of professional knowledge about learning theory, curriculum content and the teaching strategies of a specific discipline or learning area. In this capstone unit, you will apply content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge to design teaching and learning experiences that develop general capabilities underpinning the curriculum framework and have a positive impact on students’ understanding of key curriculum concepts in an area of specialisation from your course of study. You will create resources that illustrate exemplary practice in classroom and remote learning contexts and share these resources in a community of practice that replicates the collaborative processes that underpin continuous improvement in the teaching profession. Through a process of self-evaluation and reflection on your experiences in this unit and across your course of study, you will highlight your professional strengths and illustrate your preparedness for employment as a graduate teacher through the creation of a portfolio that supports the employment application process.


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 EDFE14021 in the same term of study as this unit so that a context is created for the completion of the practical assessment.

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 1 - 2024

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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 Assessment 50%
2. Portfolio 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 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 59.26% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 17.42% 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 evaluation
Review variables in AT1 subtasks
Review the number of variables involved in the four tasks for AT1
Action Taken
Variables were reviewed.
Source: Student evaluation
Unit to be offered in Term 1 & 2
Offer EDFE14020 in Term 1 & Term 2 2024 onwards
Action Taken
EDFE14020 being offered Term 1 from 2024.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Resolve technical issue relating to assessment submission through Echo360.
Investigate alternative technologies for student uploads.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse curriculum to plan lessons and learning sequences that reflect the content, substance and structure of a learning area or discipline
  2. Design teaching and learning resources using knowledge of learning theory, content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge for a specialised curriculum learning area
  3. Apply communication skills that support understanding of curriculum concepts for students with a diverse range of characteristics and abilities
  4. Participate in evaluation and feedback processes to improve teaching practice and student learning outcomes
  5. Distinguish professional skills and capacities that enhance employability for a career in teaching.

This unit meets the requirements of the updated Program Standards for Accreditation of initial teacher education courses in Australia. The practical assessment task and the eportfolio task provide opportunities for students to collect evidence of the achievement of all focus areas of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Level).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 - Practical Assessment
2 - Portfolio