Version Effective: 1st of November, 2023
Version Effective: 1st of November, 2023

PDC134347 - The Brain and Learning – Cognitive Load

Course Details

Course Summary

Teachers transform minds. This micro-credential addresses the Australian Government's Strong Beginnings Report requirements on the brain and learning in cognitive load.
You will delve into the fascinating world of human memory, learning how to optimise short and long-term memory and manage students’ cognitive load. You will examine how the limited capacity of working memory impacts learning and how you can reduce cognitive load with your teaching strategies.
You will explore the role of factors like emotion, context, and sleep in memory formation, consolidation, and retrieval. You will engage with research findings on the neural processes involved in memory and how your teaching impacts memory performance. This includes how the brain masters knowledge and the implications for your teaching, such as moving from scaffolded to independent practice.
You will learn strategies to manage student behaviour and create optimal learning environments that improve students’ achievements and well-being by managing cognitive load and mastering knowledge.

Our micro-credentials are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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Entry Requirements

Being involved in the teaching of others.

Our micro-credentials are available for anyone to access. You do not have to be a CQUniversity student. 

Course Details

Course Type Short Course (Professional Development)
Student Availability
  • Domestic
  • International
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply
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Study Area
  • Education and Humanities
Skill Area
  • Education Support

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

This micro-credential provides professional development for teachers, clinicians, academics and other professionals who want to complete studies in a flexible and self-paced environment to gain neuroscientific insights to inform practices.

Undertaking this micro-credential enables teachers to meet Continuing Professional Development obligations for registration and Initial Teacher Education content requirements. It may contribute to industry update requirements for other professionals and significantly enhance professional practice.

Course Structures

Study Mode Definitions

  • Online: Online courses provide the flexibility to study without normally requiring a student to visit a campus. Course content is studied through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers and teachers, and receiving study materials online/electronically. Work integrated learning, including placements, may be included in some courses.
  • On-campus: Students studying in on-campus mode typically are expected to attend and participate in regular, structured on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the University’s academic term. These activities may include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practice, online or other activities and normally will be timetabled at a CQUniversity campus or approved delivery site.
  • Mixed Mode: Students studying in mixed mode will participate in a combination of online learning activities in addition to site-specific learning activities, which may include residential schools, co-op placements and/or work-integrated learning as a compulsory requirement of a unit. The additional site-specific learning activities are what differentiates a mixed-mode unit from an online unit.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

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20 hours of online learning

  • Online
No units are associated with this course

Course Learning Outcomes

1.     Describe how information flows in the brain for memory formation, storage, and recall

2.     Identify and use the most effective teaching practices to address cognitive load

3.     Explain how to manage student behaviour to create optimal learning environments.


Online quiz


Digital Badge via Credly

Students can also download a Certificate of Completion, share to social media or add to a professional portfolio. 


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