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EDU5705 Principles of Quality Curricula

Semester 2, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Yvonne Findlay
Moderator: Mark Dawson


Principles of Quality Crricula provides educators with a theoretical basis from which they can analyse and evaluate curricula in relation to contemporary issues and imperatives. Reflecting on the current teaching and learning contexts it is important that we begin to reflect on how curricula impacts on both educators, learners and other relevant stakeholders. Quality curricula design requires engagement with the relationships between educators, learners and the other relevant stakeholders.

Furthermore effective educators have a deep understanding of the principles of quality curricula design and the relationship between theory and practice.


Students enrolled in this course will be engaged in an inquiry into curriculum practices within a teaching and learning context - this might be their current place of work or one to which they have access. Students, through an inquiry based approach, will begin to investigate factors that impact on curriculum at these sites. To do so, students will first be introduced to various schools of thought in the area of curriculum design and evaluation. In doing this students will be engaged in a review of current curriculum practices at the site. This review will analyse curriculum documents, exploring various themes and relationships. Students will develop theoretical perspectives for design and evaluation of curriculum and use these perspectives to inform the relationship between theory and practice in a particular area of study.


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:

  1. demonstate an understanding of the principles of quality curricula design. (All assignments)
  2. apply the design cycle process as the basis for continuous improvement. (All assignments)
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the various theoretical models of evaluation. (Assignment 2).
  4. demonstrate application, relevant to your context, of the relationship between theory and practice (All assignments)
  5. demonstrate an awareness of the impact of external influences on curricula design. (All assignments)
  6. design an evaluation process which will lead to continuous curriculum design improvement within your own context. (Assignment 2)
  7. demonstate a high level of literacy and the application of language in the design of curriculum. (All assignments)
  8. demonstrate high standard of literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (All assignments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theoretical basis for Quality Curricula design 20.00
2. Application of design taking account of external influences 30.00
3. Theoretical perspectives of evaluation 20.00
4. Design and justification of a quality evaluation process 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Brady, L., & Kennedy, K 2010, Curriculum Construction, 4th edn, Pearson, Australia.

Reference materials

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 82.00
Independent Study 83.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 19 Sep 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 24 Oct 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    WEB There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activities including discussion fora scheduled for them, and 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks

  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.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted 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:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  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 APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

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