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EDC1000 Introduction to the Profession

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Introduction to the Profession
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070111 - Teacher Education: Higher Educ
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Mark Oliver


Enrolment is not permitted in EDC1000 if EHF1100 or EPP1100 or ESF1100 has been previously completed

Other requisites

Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.
Enrolment is not permitted if EHF1100 Framing the Professional or ESF1100 The Educator as Professional Childhood Development has been previously completed.


This course seeks to introduce the pre-service educator to the profession. The course examines teaching in the 21st Century through an examination of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement. As a first year, first semester common course it also provides an introduction to the tertiary learning environment and academic literacies. This initial learning will be applied throughout the programme and culminate with a capstone course in the final semester of study, providing a four year scaffold to teacher professionalism.


This course introduces key concepts, skills and knowledge required when working in a diverse range of educational settings. The course is underpinned by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and examines knowledge, practice and engagement. The course is focused on connections in four key ways: with self, with USQ, with the profession, and with community. This course helps you to begin on your journey to becoming a professional educator and provides opportunities for reflection and the beginning of your professional teacher identity.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of professional ethics, responsibilities and conduct (APST 7.1, 7.2);
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance of ongoing professional learning for teachers (APST 6.1, 6.2);
  3. demonstrate appropriate cognitive, literacy and communication skills, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to the profession 25.00
2. Professional knowledge 25.00
3. Professional practice 25.00
4. Professional engagement 25.00

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. (

Allen, J., & White. S 2000, Learning to teach in a new era, Cambridge University Press.

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Feedback and reflection 20 20 19 Mar 2021
Oral Presentation 40 40 19 Apr 2021
ePortfolio and Action Plan 40 40 26 May 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    On-campus Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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.
    ONL 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that 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 items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination 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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students 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. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

a. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review

b. Queensland College of Teachers

c. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Other requirements

  1. Participation: Students can expect it will be necessary to participate in and contribute to a range of learning opportunities in this course including online study activities, lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, group discussions and self-directed study activities in order to apply the coursework that will enable quality assessment tasks to be submitted as evidence of professional development.

Date printed 18 June 2021