Specialisation Curriculum and Pedagogy A

Unit code: ETS5003 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Nicholson
Online Real Time


This unit provides Pre-Service Teachers with a sound understanding of curriculum and pedagogy in their specialisation discipline areas at the 7-10 level. They will critique and investigate a range of existing resources to teach their specialisation areas, including Digital Technologies. Specific information regarding curriculum, teaching styles, interpretation and moderation of assessment data that practitioners in this discipline area used to facilitate student engagement will be examined. This unit supports pre-service teachers’ capacity to plan for and implement effective teaching and learning sequences, and create specific lesson and unit plans. In addition, students will develop their capacity to differentiate learning activities and manage classroom activities and environments through the effective use of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of key content in the year 7-10 Victorian Curriculum in their specialisation areas.
  2. Analyse the principles and practices of pedagogy in their specialisation areas for teaching Years 7 – 10 with a focus on engaging and differentiating learning for diverse student cohorts in safe and challenging learning environments.
  3. Critique a range of pedagogical approaches and resources, including Digital Technologies, for involving parents/carers in the educative process.
  4. Construct, develop, and manage the implementation of classroom activities that use both verbal and non-verbal communication strategies and Digital Technologies to manage classroom environments
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of interpreting assessment data and using moderation practices in their specialisation areas.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: ICT (Wiki, Web sites)
Grade: 20%
Effective Teaching Pedagogies Video (5 min)
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Unit plans
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Microteaching Presentation with Peer Feedback

Required reading

Links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

Learning for Teaching: Teaching for Learning
Whitton, D et al., (2016)| Sydney, Cengage Learning Australia

As part of a course

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