Educational Investigations (9870.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.25||6||Faculty Of Education|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Education||Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify and analyse authentic problems or issues facing beginning teachers in an educational context;
2. Propose solutions to problems/issues based on a synthesis of knowledge, experience and a critical evaluation of alternatives;
3. Demonstrate skills of problem identification and the generation of potential solutions through collaboration with peers; and
4. Appraise the work of their peers and provide meaningful feedback.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
PrerequisitesMust have passed 72 credit points or have permission from the Unit Convener.
Assumed knowledgeKnowledge and experience gained from engagement with the first years of the course and from a number of placements in schools.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Miss Emily Hills|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Miss Emily Hills|
There is not a set textbook for this unit. All set weekly readings will be available through the Reading List via Canvas.
Once your topic has been selected for your group assessment, you should start reading widely in that area and beyond.
Additional resources will be made available on the unit Canvas site.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Students are required to submit an electronic copy of their poster, flyer and reference list via Canvas on the day of the Conference presentation.
In the event that the Group Poster must be presented in a virtual environment, due to Covid restrictions increasing, students will be required to submit their digital posters 2 days prior to the conference. Students will be advised of this via Canvas should it become a necessity.
Attendance at the conference is compulsory as each group will be presenting their posters and flyers to their classmates, colleagues and invited guests from within and outside the University. Any group member that is absent from this presentation without relevant documentation may influence the final grade for this component of the assessment.
Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
All assessment items required to be submitted online must be submitted via the appropriate Canvas drop box. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item to the right submission section. Assignments must be submitted in a format accessible to the assessor(s), as stated on the relevant canvas site. If the unit convener and/or tutor are unable to access a submission, a standard late penalty of 5% of the total marks possible for the task may be applied per day until the assignment is made accessible.
Special assessment requirements
Normally an aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Provision of valid documentation
Please note that the University takes student conduct very seriously. All documentation provided to University staff must be valid and the provision of fraudulent documentation carries with it potentially serious consequences, including suspension and/or exclusion from the University. Note that all allegations of student misconduct will be referred to the Associate Dean for Education (ADE) as a prescribed authority for investigation.
Educational Investigations is a 6-credit point unit. Therefore, the expectation is that all students will engage in 300 hours of study to contribute to the learning and assessment in this unit.
The following is an indicative workload allocation of time and may vary from group to group:
Weekly Tutorials: 20 hours
Poster Conference: 3 hours (including set-up and take-down)
Weekly preparation, personal study and assignment preparation*: 277 hours (that is approximately 23 hours/week over the 12 weeks of the unit)
*Students will be required to engage with their group members outside of scheduled tutorial times to ensure that their group projects are completed to a satisfactory standard. Students will not be able to achieve this in the scheduled classtimes alone and a significant amount of work will need to be done outside of these times.
Attendance at all scheduled sessions in this unit is compulsory and absences could result in a fail. All absences need to be supported by appropriate documentation (e.g. medical certificate).
Successful engagement with all learning activities in this accredited Initial Teacher Education course is necessary to demonstrate that you have met the Graduate career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL, 2011).
It is recognised that sometimes absence is unavoidable. If you are absent for more than two sessions, however, your engagement with the unit could be considered unsatisfactory.
Required IT skills
Students will need to become familiar with relevant poster production software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Publisher or Canva. Time will be given to investigate this in tutorials. Students will also need to have basic word processing skills for written assignments.
The final poster presentation will require each group to have their posters professionally printed in at least A0 (841 x 1189mm) size (sizes can be negotiated with the tutor). This service can be obtained from Officeworks at an approximate cost of $40 per poster (this is a group cost, not an individual one). Groups may choose to have their posters laminated at an additional cost of approximately $25. However, this is not compulsory.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
Research Led Education:This unit is run by active researchers who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
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