Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)

Unit of study descriptions

Candidates must complete 96 credit points of units of study comprising:

YEAR 1

In the first 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

KCDE1101 Academic Literacies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Assessment: summary & report writing (30%) and critical reading (30%) and essay writing (40%)
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
Students must be able to read academic language to undertake tertiary study, while being able to write in academic language is a general requirement for success in any university course. Advanced literacy is also an essential requirement for successful and effective teachers. This unit of study provides students with the academic literacy skills necessary to commence university study and succeed. It also introduces students to online resources to support their writing and study, and ensures they have proficiency in using ICT to communicate effectively with students, caregivers and communities, and monitor and report student achievement.
KCDE1103 Indigenous Education and Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Assessment: personal narrative (15%) and chapter summary (20%) and presentation (30%) and report (35%)
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
The aim of this unit of study is to explore the diverse factors which have, and still do, impact upon Aboriginal students within education systems, with particular reference to NSW. Students will be introduced to critical historical and sociological examination, theories of socialisation, pedagogy and schooling, social construction of sameness and difference. They will also become more familiar with Indigenous histories and cultures, and the development of policies in relation to schooling and its outcomes for Indigenous people.
KCDE1105 Introduction to Geography

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Assessment: task (2 x 10%) and presentation (30%) and lesson plan (30%) and fieldwork report (20%)
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
The primary aim of this unit of study is to prepare students to teach Stage 4 of the Board of Studies 7-10 Geography syllabus. The unit addresses two components: firstly, the essential geographic knowledge, critical understanding and skills required to teach global geography; and, secondly, the theoretical and practical application of core competencies to teaching and learning Geography. Students will explore the global diversity of the physical environment and of human interaction with the environment, as well as the nature of the change, its causes and effects in our contemporary world. An opportunity is provided for students to develop basic skills in geographic data collection, presentation and analysis. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop pedagogic skills in lesson and unit planning, programming, and teaching and learning strategies across a range of ability groups. In addition, the unit takes an applied approach to the use of ICT in the geography classroom.
KCDE1202 Teaching & Learning: History Curriculum

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Assessment: summary (20%) and workbook (20%) and presentation (20%) and research assignment (30%) and participation (10%)
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This unit of study aims to introduce students to important concepts related to curriculum development and its structure. Schools cannot function effectively without the knowledge of curriculum that the state demands, therefore the students in this course will be introduced to the current state national syllabus pertaining to history in junior high school. This unit of study will focus mainly on incorporating syllabus objectives, outcomes and key perspectives into their teaching through the development of lesson planning and units of work. A prime focus of this unit of study will be to stimulate ideas about teaching, provide practical strategies for use in the classroom, and to stimulate a passion for teaching history.
KCDE1203 Human Development and Learning

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 Assessment: review (15%) and essay (20%) and essay (25%) and research project (40%)
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This unit of study focuses on contemporary understandings of human development with particular emphasis on adolescence and youth. It explores the physical, cognitive, social and emotional developmental patterns of Indigenous and non-Indigenous adolescents especially within the socio-cultural context of secondary schools. Students will be encouraged to consider all aspects of this unit of study as preparation for their first Professional Experience.
KCDE1205 Teaching and Learning: Quality Learning

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 Assessment: activity (20%) and case study (40%) and research report (40%)
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This course is designed to prepare students as emerging teachers for their highly complex and emotionally charged role of teacher as classroom manager. Knowledge, understanding and skills in creating quality learning environments based on key theoretical models, current research and application of policies and procedures will be explored and experienced to build a suite of practical applications to support preservice teachers in the classroom. Thorough knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the needs of all students, in particular those from CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) backgrounds and those with specific learning and welfare needs will be contextualised within current data on the gaps in achievement of specific groups and connections made to the significance of quality learning environments and high teacher expectations to bridging these gaps. Issues around student safety including the notion of cultural safety will be articulated into policy and practice by the preservice teacher as they draw together all elements of the course including their personal reflections to develop thoughtful and innovative approaches to classroom management and discipline.
KCDE1206 Junior History: Stages 4 and 5

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 and KCDE1202 Assessment: reflective task (20%) and micro teaching (30%) and lesson plan (50%)
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This unit of study aims to prepare year 2 students to teach the Board of Studies stage 4 and Stage 5 History in Years 7 to 10. This programme aims to assist students to develop competencies and skills to teach History to secondary school students in Year 7 - 10. The work of recognised historians is included in this unit of study to provide historical content to assist students in developing strategies to implement content in the classroom. The clear aim of this unit of study is to prepare the students to become practising teachers. The course outline focuses on the core needs and understandings inherent in the Stage 4 and 5 History Syllabus 7-10. Students will develop competencies in the application of the historical skills embedded in the curriculum for the development of teaching and learning outcomes. The overall defining aim of this unit of study is to stimulate a passion for teaching History, and to promote life-long learning, and to foster a clear commitment to the idea of thorough content preparation.
KCDE2104 Introduction to Indigenous Australia

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 Assessment: quiz (3 x 10%) and journal (30%) and essay (40%)
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)
This unit of study focuses on the historical, social and political contexts of the survival and growth of Indigenous Australian cultures and philosophies. Indigenous cultures have existed in this country for at least sixty thousand years, yet have been interpreted and represented to the world from predominantly non-Indigenous points of view. This unit of study responds to the lack of inclusion of Indigenous histories and knowledges in mainstream pedagogic practice since invasion. It provides an introduction to Indigenous philosophies and theories by critically examining contact history and resistance within a decolonising framework.

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 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1203 Assessment: reading task (10%) and quiz (1x10%) and quiz (2x20%) and essay (40%)
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 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%)
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 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1105 Assessment: writing task (2 x10%) and fieldwork report (20%) and lesson plans (30%) and presentation and written report (30%)
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 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
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 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 Assessment: film study (20%) and presentation (30%) and discussion paper (20%) and film script (30%)
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 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%)
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 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE2104 Assessment: in-class exam (20%) and presentation (20%) and fact sheet (20%) and essay (40%)
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 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%)
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.