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EDU5760 Professional Study

Semester 1, 2019 External
Short Description: Professional Study
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070303 - Education Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Catherine Arden

Other requisites

It is recommended that students will have successfully completed two other courses before enrolling in EDU5760.

Students cannot pass EDU5760 until they have successfully completed the sector-based Professional Experience component.

Students must be available for a specified period of time to undertake a supervised Professional Experience in an approved Education-related site during their enrolment in this course.

Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book for full details.

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 must hold a valid Blue Card OR Exemption Card
If undertaking placement outside of Queensland, it is the students’ responsibility to comply with the relevant working with children checks that are required for this jurisdiction, and provide evidence to the Professional Experience office


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 in order to enhance their professional knowledge and practice in an area of specialist studies in Education relevant to their program of study and professional practice context. This course also requires students to undertake a supervised professional experience placement in an approved education or training setting.


Students enrolled in this course are able to undertake guided individual study of a topic of interest related to their own professional education context. Students will negotiate a project type with the Course Examiner and develop a detailed project Proposal in consultation with their appointed academic supervisor to address their specialised topic, issue or workplace challenge. By completing their nominated professional studies project, students will demonstrate their ability to undertake independent, scholarly work-related professional learning. In addition, students will demonstrate their professional practice via their successful completion of the embedded professional experience placement.


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 successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. conceptualise, design, implement and manage a professional study project to address their nominated topic, issue or workplace challenge in consultation with others (All Assignments)
  2. source and critically evaluate established theories and other creditable and scholarly information relevant to their project topic (All Assignments)
  3. critically analyse, interpret and synthesise such theories and information and reflect on their application to professional practices (All Assignments)
  4. communicate their interpretation, reflection and findings in a form suitable for dissemination to their professional peers (Assignment 2)
  5. apply quality written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar, and bibliographic referencing (All Assignments)
  6. transfer knowledge gained on Professional Experience into satisfactory levels of ethical and competent professional practice (Professional Experience).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Proposal 25.00
2. Completed project. 75.00

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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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.
Campbell, A & Groundwater-Smith, S 2010, Connecting inquiry and professional learning in education: international perspectives and practical solutions, Routledge, New York.
Levine, LN & McCloskey, ML 2013, Teaching English language and content in mainstream classes: one class, many paths, Pearson, New Jersey.
(TESOL recommended reference.)
MacNaughton, G, Rolfe, S, & Siraj-Blatchford, I 2010, Doing early childhood research: international perspectives on theory and practice, 2nd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.
(Early Childhood recommended reference.)
Maree, K & Van der Westhuizen, C 2009, Head start in designing research proposals in the social sciences, Juta and Company LTD, South Africa.
Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 35.00
Independent Study 130.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 25 25 16 Mar 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 74 74 07 Jun 2019
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1 1 07 Jun 2019 (see note 1)

  1. A mark of one (1) indicates you have passed the Professional Experience component. A mark of zero (0) indicates you have not passed the Professional Experience component. Professional Experience should be undertaken as per the following requirements: 1. Adult Professional and Workplace Learning specialisation are required to successfully complete 50 hours of supervised instruction in an approved adult learning setting 2. Early Childhood specialisation are required to successfully complete 45 days of professional experience in early childhood and early learning settings 3. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) specialisation and all other students are required to successfully complete 20 hours of professional experience in an approved setting.

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 summative assessment item. The sector-based professional experience component must be successfully completed in order to pass the Professional Experience component.

  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 and satisfactorily complete the sector-based Professional Experience 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 and successfully complete the sector-based Professional Experience component..

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

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

  8. University Student Policies:
    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

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.