EDSE20021 - Senior Secondary Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The focus of this unit is on learning, teaching and assessing in the senior secondary school (Years 11 and 12). Key stakeholder influences on the senior secondary curriculum will be critically examined and the nature of senior secondary learners explored. In this unit, you will explore pedagogical approaches applicable to your senior discipline teaching area. In order to plan and implement effective learning and teaching practice, analysis and interpretation of senior secondary school curriculum frameworks and syllabus documents will be undertaken. This examination will focus on contemporary pedagogical approaches that develop discipline-specific thinking skills. In order to develop and design contemporary learning experiences, information and communication technologies will be explored to allow for the further development of higher-order thinking.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisite 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 - 2024

Term 2 - 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 Postgraduate 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 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

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 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 27.27% 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 survey
Tutor feedback on draft Teaching, Learning and Assessment Plan (TLAP)
Develop strategy to enable 7day turnaround for tutor feedback on draft tasks.
Action Taken
Strategy developed was a checklist of AT2 minimum requirements that allowed tutors to quickly determine if the student was on track or not.
Source: Subject tutors
Readings for subject Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK)
Add journal articles to eReading list for each senior subject teaching area.
Action Taken
Journal articles for some subject areas were added. Further work required on the eReading list support materials.
Source: SUTE feedback
AT2 scope and requirements
Review the requirements for AT2 to ensure it is in alignment with school-based practices.
Action Taken
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 (including literacy and numeracy and ICTs) 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 for varying abilities and characteristics
  5. Design and justify learning and teaching activities and assessment instruments that promote learning and match the needs of senior secondary school curriculum frameworks.

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

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

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically

5.1 Assess student learning

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