Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)

Unit of study descriptions

NOTE: There will be no intake for this program in 2015.

YEAR 2

In the second year, candidates must complete 48 credit points of units of study, comprising:
- 48 credit points of Indigenous Curriculum and Professional Studies units.

Indigenous Curriculum and Professional Studies Units

KCDE2103 Education Theories

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Susan Poetsch Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1203 Assessment: reading task (10%) and quiz (1x10%) and quiz (2x20%) and essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This unit of study provides students with the opportunity to recognise, analyse and assess various learning theories, and consider the relevance of these theories for classroom practice. The unit explores theories formulated by Piaget, Vygotsky, Skinner, Bandura, Rogers, Maslow and others. Constructivist, behaviourist, humanist and social cognitive theories all have implications for teachers, and have informed teaching approaches in use in schools today. The unit of study also traces the history and development of Indigenous pedagogies and 'both-ways' education theory, and examines the notion of Aboriginal learning styles. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their role as Indigenous educators in implementing and adapting such teaching and learning theories in schools.
KCDE2105 Teaching and Learning: Teaching with ICT

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: John Hobson Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1205 Corequisites: KCDE2106 Assessment: online activities (20%) and learning tool (40%) and thematic website (20%) and plan/notes (10%) and presentation (10%) Mode of delivery: Block mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This unit of study explores current theory, research and practice relevant to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in schools and how these technologies impact on teaching and learning by providing students with an opportunity to develop a comprehensive, integrated, multimedia resource kit in Australian Geography.
KCDE2106 Australian Geography

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ian McKee Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1105 Corequisites: KCDE2105 Assessment: writing task (2 x10%) and fieldwork report (20%) and lesson plans (30%) and presentation and written report (30%) Mode of delivery: Block mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This unit of study draws together the main features of Australia's physical and human environments and relates them to current theory on teaching and learning in the Geography classroom. The unit draws on research findings to assist students develop competencies and skills in teaching Geography and provides students with an opportunity to prepare for their practicum. Students will develop pedagogic skills in lesson and unit planning, programming, and teaching and learning strategies. In addition, the unit takes an applied approach to the use of ICT in the HSIE classroom. Students will study aspects of the Junior Geography syllabus.
KCDE2201 Professional Practices 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Cathie Burgess Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1205 and KCDE1206 Assessment: in-class activity (20%) and overview of school (20%) and journal (30%) and YMLP portfolio (30%) and in-school experience Mode of delivery: Block mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This subject is designed to focus on student skills as emerging teachers and in particular, develop and refine skills in reflection and communication. Preservice teachers will develop an understanding of issues for students from low socio-economic backgrounds and the impact of this on the students, their teachers and schools. The development of teaching strategies in literacy and numeracy will also be a focus including practical skill sessions. In preparation for the Professional Experience which is a component of this course, students will discuss classroom management techniques, planning and preparing to teach using standard lesson templates, and ethical practice including the NSW Department of Education and Communities Code of Conduct and Child Protection policies. The National Professional Standards for Teachers will also be discussed in relation to the requirements of this Professional Experience.
KCDE2101 Visual Literacy: Cineliteracy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Michelle Blanchard Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 Assessment: film study (20%) and presentation (30%) and discussion paper (20%) and film script (30%) Mode of delivery: Block mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This unit of study aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of media and cineliteracy as part of an approach to enhancing general literacy skills. The term 'cineliteracy' refers primarily to critical reading, understanding and response to the moving image: drama, film, documentary, television, video and various forms of computer based digital media - and involves an awareness and understanding of the concepts and vocabulary needed to critically analyse the language of the moving image. Students will critically analyse and deconstruct meaning in film, as a way of understanding cultural bias, diversity and agency in society. A large component of this unit is to constructively and critically understand major characteristics and events of the history of filmmaking by, for, and about Aboriginal people in Australia.
KCDE2202 Teaching & Learning: Aboriginal Contexts

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Lynette Riley Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE2104 Assessment: reflective response (10%) and school analysis (20%) and critical resource analysis (30%) and Indigenous community engagement in unit of work (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
The major focus of this unit is an analysis of why and how Aboriginal Studies and Perspectives are taught K-12; followed by an investigation of what is taught across K-12 syllabuses. A major focus is selection of appropriate resources. The underpinning of Aboriginal Studies is an understanding of the school community environment; profiles of stakeholders involved; and Aboriginal community engagement in the development of Aboriginal Studies.
KCDE2203 Indigenous Health and Communities

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Katrina Thorpe Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE2104 Assessment: in-class exam (20%) and presentation (20%) and fact sheet (20%) and essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
The continuing poor health status of Indigenous people is well documented. However, attempts at improving Aboriginal health have often been met with inappropriate policy and practice. This unit of study aims to give an historical and contemporary understanding of a diverse range of issues impacting on Aboriginal Health. Students are given the opportunity to explore sociological and Indigenous health frameworks in order to identify a range of strategies which will work towards improving the health of Indigenous Australians. A focus of this unit will be in providing students with the opportunity to explore the ways in which they may work with Aboriginal communities to facilitate self-determination in Aboriginal health.
KCDE2205 Early Modern History: 1500 to 1800

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr John Evans Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1206 Assessment: review (10%) and short essay (20%) and quiz (2 x 20%) and essay plan (10%) and research essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Block mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This unit of study incorporates an overview of early modern Europe while offering a focus on early modern England and introduces students to a range of important themes and issues. It considers contemporary views of order and hierarchy and examines the meaning of age, gender and the nature of the family. It explores the meaning of social issues of disorder and examines the underlying social tensions, the occurrence of crime and the social and economic circumstances that often underpinned social tensions. Through a comprehensive survey of the early modern period from c1500 to 1800, it enables students to critically evaluate and interpret major transformations in the social, economic and gender contexts of the medieval period and early modern society to the modern age. It provides the analytical tools with which to comprehend change and continuity and it enables students to understand the development of society and culture over a broad temporal domain.