EDSE12025 - Engaging Learners: Classroom Management and Neuroscience

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Understanding how students learn and crafting learning experiences that align with the brain's processes is crucial for engaging learners. In this unit, you will acquire a foundation in educational neuroscience, understanding how students learn and how to manage challenging behaviour effectively. You will also delve into cultivating a growth mindset focused on continuous improvement to enhance student engagement, classroom management, and safety. Leveraging the latest insights from evidence-based research; you will gain the expertise and tools necessary to establish and sustain a safe and supportive learning environment that caters for the learning and well-being needs of all students.


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 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 1 - 2024

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 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. Project (applied) 40%
2. Project (applied) 50%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%

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 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 56.52% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 22.33% 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: Students and staff
Refine module content.
Reduce engagement requirements in unit resources and provide more scaffolding in modules.
Action Taken
Amount of resources were reduced.
Source: Staff and students.
Replace much content in the first two modules of the four modules in the unit with more short courses yielding micro-credentials.
Replace content in the first two modules of the four modules in the unit with relevant short courses yielding micro-credentials.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Utilise research into how students learn using the brain’s plasticity through engagement in their learning and appropriately challenging stretch goals.
  2. Identify strategies to support student engagement in their learning using effective communication to maximise learning and wellness.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and practical approaches to managing challenging behaviour derived from theory, policy and good practice using informed professionalism.

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

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Project (applied)
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
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