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EDU5702 Exploring Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Contexts

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Explore Learn & Teach High Edu
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070303 - Education Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Julie Lindsay

Other requisites

Learners undertaking this course are required to have access to learning and teaching environments in a higher education setting.


Higher Education teaching takes place in a context that is rapidly evolving, challenging and complex. Effective teaching in this context requires the development of a personally meaningful, relevant professional knowledge base. It also requires the development of a critical, reflective capacity to evaluate and reformulate teaching practice and underlying assumptions. The professional knowledge and capacities required for effective teaching include conceptions and theories of learning and teaching, examination of different learner contexts, curriculum design and implementation, and evaluative and reflective practice.


This course provides higher education practitioners with the opportunity to explore meaningful learning and teaching issues within their own professional environment, from the perspective of their current and anticipated teaching role(s). Participants will reflect on their values, context and practice, and design and implement an evidence-based learning and teaching activity or artefact. Peer feedback and individual reflection will be used to evaluate this design and implementation process. NOTE: Learners undertaking this course are required to have access to learning and teaching environments in a higher education setting.


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. examine theories and ethical dimensions of learning, teaching and curriculum design;
  2. find and evaluate research to inform identified issues in their practice;
  3. apply theory and practice to their context and diverse learner contexts, including that of Australian Indigenous peoples;
  4. scope, plan, design and implement a real-working learning and teaching artefact and collaboratively evaluate the work of themselves and their peers;
  5. communicate relevant ideas with colleagues in writing, via presentation or online;
  6. critically reflect on their values, context and practice to develop a professional enhancement plan.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Conceptions of learning and teaching 20.00
2. Theories of learning and approaches to teaching 20.00
3. Learners and contexts 20.00
4. Design, implementation, assessment and evaluation cycle 20.00
5. Teaching as reflective practice 20.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

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.
Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

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:
    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:
    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 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. NB: Successful completion of this course requires participants to engage in some form of teaching experience in an approved higher educational setting (e.g. lecturing, tutoring, facilitating, marking).

  2. Students enrolling in ONLINE courses MUST have ongoing convenient and reliable access to the Internet in order to access course materials and participate in activities that will affect assessment. The levels of equipment required may change from time to time, with the most recent specification listed at

Date printed 6 November 2020