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EDSE20020 - Senior Secondary Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The focus of this unit is teaching and learning in the senior secondary school (Years 11 and 12) in selected teaching areas. There is a specific focus on pedagogical approaches and thinking skills applicable for senior teaching areas. The influences on senior secondary school curriculum frameworks from key stakeholders are critically examined. Analysis and interpretation of senior secondary school curriculum documents will be undertaken in order to plan and implement effective units of work that utilise pedagogical approaches that develop the thinking skills and processes required for the relevant discipline teaching areas. Other areas examined include curriculum development, teaching and learning resources, teaching strategies, pedagogical approaches, assessment and school work programs relevant to the pre-service teacher’s discipline teaching areas. Critical use is made of information and communication technologies, curriculum and policy documents, higher order thinking strategies and appropriate content in order to design quality learning experiences that involve explicit teaching of the subject discipline area in the senior schooling context.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite EDSE20018 Junior Secondary Curriculum, Pedagogy and 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 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2022

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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 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%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine and utilise curriculum frameworks applicable to subject areas in senior secondary schooling
  2. Critically examine and outline the content, assessment and discipline requirements for subject areas in senior secondary schooling
  3. Justify specific teaching strategies, pedagogies, thinking approaches, processes and learning experiences for subject areas in senior secondary schooling
  4. Critically select and justify the use of teaching and learning resources for subject areas in senior secondary schooling
  5. Design and justify units of work and assessment instruments that promote learning and match the needs of senior secondary school work programs

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment