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EDU5760 Professional Study

Semester 2, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Henriette van Rensburg

Other requisites

It is recommended that students have completed two other courses before enrolling in EDU5760.
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 hours for the Adult Professional and Workplace Learning specialisation and 45 days for the Early Childhood specialisation) ) 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


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 hours (Adult Professional and Workplace Learning specialisation) or 45 days (Early Childhood specialisation) 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:

  1. 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)
  2. demonstrate the ability to interpret and synthesise such theories and information and/or reflect on their application to professional practices. (Final Report)
  3. demonstrate an ability to communicate their interpretation and reflection in a form suitable for dissemination to their professional peers. (Final Report)
  4. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar, and bibliographic referencing. (Final Report)
  5. demonstrate ongoing development of professional practice including, where required, satisfactory levels of instructional competence (Assignment 3).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Proposal 20.00
2. Completed project 80.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Maree, K. & Van der Westhuizen, C (2009), Head Start in Designing Research Proposals in the Social Sciences, Juta and Company LTD, South Africa.

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 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGN 1 PROPOSAL 20 20 31 Jul 2013
ASSIGN 3 FINAL REPORT 75 75 16 Oct 2013

Important assessment information

  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 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 USQ library provides advice on how to format information sources using this system.

Other requirements

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