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EDV4500 Professional Studies Project

Semester 1, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ

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Examiner: Yvonne Salton
Moderator: Gavin Austin


Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (TVE) during their final year of study should undertake this course. It represents a `capstone' course to allow the synthesis into professional practice of the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in each strand of their program of study.


In this course, students will pursue and report on an in-depth project related to a curriculum innovation derived from the relevant curriculum documents which guide their teaching engagement (for example, VET training packages, Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority Grade 8 to 12 Syllabi or workplace policies and procedures). This curriculum innovation project will be distinctive in that it will differ from the curriculum options already offered within the context of the embedded professional placement. The type of focus necessarily involves the conduct of context analysis, critical engagement with the relevant literature and the design of a teaching/instructional event. Students undertaking this course as part of the do so with the intention of seeking teacher registration in Queensland must focus their work in this course on a project directly related to an issue or development in curriculum or instruction in the formal education system.


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:

  1. the ability to plan, conduct and report on the investigation and implementation of a substantial teaching and learning project that aligns with the relevant teaching/training curriculum associated with the delivery of their content specialisation (Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Assignment 3; Professional Standards 1.2, 3.1, 3.6, 6.3, 6.4)
  2. competence in and appropriate use of communication, language and literacy skills, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, APA referencing and presentation skills (Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Assignment 3)
  3. competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (All assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The focus and nature of the project will be developed in collaboration with an academic supervisor and professional experience mentor as approved by the course examiner 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no prescribed text for this course.

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
PROJECT PROPOSAL 25 25 30 Mar 2015
ETHICS CONFERENCE 15 15 20 Apr 2015
FINAL PROJECT 60 60 01 Jun 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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 at //

Other requirements

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