Effective University Teaching

Subject EDUC90002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Full day forum, followed by choice from a range of special topic seminars throughout semester, and one 2-hour group workshop. The subject is supported by online resources, and individuals have flexibility to plan the timing of their work on assignments.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 16 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

16 contact hours and approximately 104 non-contact hours.

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Involvement in university teaching
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the HDisability Liaison Unit websiteH: Hhttp://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/H


Dr Chi Baik


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview:

This subject builds participants' knowledge of the fundamental principles of effective teaching for learning in higher education. Through a series of seminar/workshops, the subject provides an introduction to theories of teaching and learning and guidance on effective procedures for large and small group teaching, assessment and evaluation, e-learning, research-led teaching and other topics relevant to the contexts in which participants teach. It will draw upon the participants' experiences, research on effective approaches, and practical guides. Participants develop a portfolio, documenting their participation and engagement in a range of special topic seminars and workshops of their choosing.

Objectives: At the completion of the subject, participants should have developed:
  • a critical understanding of the principles of effective teaching, learning and assessment in higher education;
  • knowledge of some of the key research relating to teaching and learning at this level, and the central debates in this field;
  • familiarity with the resources available to support teaching in higher education, and an understanding of how these can be used most effectively;
  • a student-centred perspective on the nature of teaching and learning;
  • an understanding of learning environments at the University of Melbourne, and of teaching approaches appropriate to those environments, as articulated in the Nine Principles;
  • an analytical and reflective approach to their teaching activities and a recognition of their professional responsibilities in this area.

There are two pieces of assessment:

  • A portfolio documenting outcomes from participation in seminars and workshops (2,000 words equivalent) for the group, due mid-semester.,
  • A written assignment in the form of an issues or discussion paper on a topic relevant to the participant's particular teaching and learning context (2,000 words) due end of semester.
A pass in this subject requires the satisfactory completion of both assessment components. Please note this subject is assessed on a pass/fail basis only.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completing this subject, participants should be able to:
  • critically analyse teaching and learning theories and principles and apply them appropriately to a range of contexts;
  • identify and analyse contemporary issues in higher education;
  • reflect upon and analyse their practice in light of discussions with peers and;
  • prepare written briefing papers for effective communication with colleagues.
Links to further information: www.cshe.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in University Teaching

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