EDU5760 Professional Study

Subject Cat-nbr Term Mode Description Units Campus
EDU 5760 2, 2010 ONC Professional Study 1 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOEDU
Academic org: FOE002
Student contribution band: National Priority Teaching
ASCED code: 070303



Examiner: Henriette van Rensburg
Moderator: Marian Lewis


Students enrolled in the Master of Learning and Development (Adult Professional and Workplace Learning or Early Childhood specialisations) must be available for a prescribed period of time (50-60 hours) to undertake a supervised teaching placement in an approved education site during their enrolment in this course. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See 'Other Requirements' for further information.) Also see:


There are many potential areas of study and workplace professional activity which offer significant opportunities for learning appropriate to postgraduate education studies.. In recognition of this situation, students enrolled in this course are able to undertake guided individual study of such an area or to gain credit recognition in their formal program of study, for appropriate demonstrated work-based professional learning. This course also provides opportunity for students to undertake a supervised professional experience in an approved education or training setting.


NOTE: Students undertaking this course as part of their enrolment in the Adult Professional and Workplace Learning or Early Childhood specialisations of the Master of Learning and Development program must focus their work on a teaching and learning related project. These students are also required to complete 50-60 hours of supervised professional teaching/training and provide evidence of development of competence in supervised teaching and learning activities undertaken during the period of their enrolment in this course.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

demonstrate the ability to locate, access, summarise and critically evaluate established theories and other creditable information relevant to specialised topic, issue or workplace challenge. (Final Report)
demonstrate the ability to interpret and synthesise such theories and information and/or reflect on their application to professional practices. (Final Report)
demonstrate an ability to communicate their interpretation and reflection in a form suitable for dissemination to their professional peers. (Final Report)
demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar, and bibliographic referencing. (Final Report)
demonstrate ongoing development of professional practice including, where required, satisfactory levels of instructional competence (Assignment 3)


Description Weighting (%)
1. Proposal
2. Completed project

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

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(There is no prescribed text for this course.)


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

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Directed Study 82.00
Independent Study 83.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
ASSIGN 1 PROPOSAL 20 20 06 Aug 2010
ASSIGN 3 FINAL REPORT 75 75 29 Oct 2010


  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and satisfactorily complete the sector-based practical components.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL


1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The USQ library provides advice on how to format information sources using this system.


  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.

This version produced 17 May 2011.