Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)

Units of study table

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)

KCDE1101
Academic Literacies
6   

Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 1
KCDE1103
Indigenous Education and Society
6   

Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 1
KCDE1105
Introduction to Geography
6   

Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 1
KCDE1202
Teaching & Learning: History Curriculum
6   

Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 1
KCDE1203
Human Development and Learning
6    P KCDE1101


Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 2
KCDE1205
Teaching and Learning: Quality Learning
6    P KCDE1101


Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 2
KCDE1206
Junior History: Stages 4 and 5
6    P KCDE1101 and KCDE1202


Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 2
KCDE2101
Visual Literacy: Cineliteracy
6    P KCDE1101


Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 2
KCDE2103
Education Theories
6    P KCDE1203


Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 1
KCDE2104
Introduction to Indigenous Australia
6    P KCDE1101


Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 2
KCDE2105
Teaching and Learning: Teaching with ICT
6    P KCDE1205
C KCDE2106


Available to students who are enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal).
Semester 1
KCDE2106
Australian Geography
6    P KCDE1105
C KCDE2105


Available to students who are enrolled inthe Diploma in Education (Aboriginal).
Semester 1
KCDE2201
Professional Practices 1
6    P KCDE1205 and KCDE1206


Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 1
KCDE2202
Teaching & Learning: Aboriginal Contexts
6    P KCDE2104 and KCDE1103


Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 2
KCDE2203
Indigenous Health and Communities
6    P KCDE2104


Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
Semester 2
KCDE2205
Early Modern History: 1500 to 1800
6    P KCDE1206


Available to students who are enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal).
Semester 2

Units of study descriptions

Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)

KCDE1101 Academic Literacies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: John Hobson Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Assessment: summary & report writing (30%), critical reading (30%), essay writing (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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 Teacher/Coordinator: Lynette Riley Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Assessment: personal narrative (10%), summary (15%), presentation (20%), report (30%), workbook (25%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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 ocialisation, 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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Lorraine Towers Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Assessment: task 1 (10%), task 2 (10%), presentation (30%), lesson plan (30%), fieldwork report (20%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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 content addresses two components; a core covering generic Geographic understandings and skills and pedagogy, which focuses on the application of core competencies to teaching and learning Geography. The unit draws on
research findings concerning the types of knowledge that the HSIE teacher requires in order to develop students' knowledge, competencies and skills in Geography. 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 Teacher/Coordinator: Colleen Cordato Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Assessment: summary(20%), workbook (20%), presentation (20%), research assignment (30%), participation (10%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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 if 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 Teacher/Coordinator: Sharon Galleguillos Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 Assessment: review (15%), essay (20%), essay (25%), research project (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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 Teacher/Coordinator: Cathie Burgess Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 Assessment: activity (20%), case study (40%), essay (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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 emerging 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 Teacher/Coordinator: Colleen Cordato Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 and KCDE1202 Assessment: reflective task (20%), micro teaching (40%), research essay (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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 are 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.
KCDE2101 Visual Literacy: Cineliteracy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Michelle Blanchard Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 Assessment: film study (20%), presentation (30%), discussion paper (20%), film script (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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.
KCDE2103 Education Theories

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Susan Poetsch Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1203 Assessment: activity (10%), quiz 1 (10%), quiz 2 (20%), quiz 3 (20%), essay (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of Education (Aboriginal)
The purpose of this unit of study is to give students the opportunity to recognise, analyse and assess various theories related to learning and teaching, and to consider the implications and relevance these theories have for classroom practice. The unit will provide students with an opportunity to explore a range of learning theories formulated by people such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Skinner, Rogers and Bandura. Their theories all have implications for teachers, and have informed a number of teaching models in use in schools today. Students will also trace the history of learning and teaching theory that has its foundations in Aboriginal pedagogies, often referred to as both-ways education. Students will be encouraged to think about their role as Indigenous educators in contributing to, and further developing existing learning and teaching theories in schools.
KCDE2104 Introduction to Indigenous Australia

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr John Evans Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1101 Assessment: quiz 1 (10%), quiz 2 (10%), quiz 3 (10%), journal (30%), essay (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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.
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: learning tools (50%), thematic website (25%), plan/notes (15%), presentation (10%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available to students who are enrolled in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal).
This unit of study provides students with knowledge and skills needed for planning and managing successful learning and teaching through the integration of information and communication technologies into the key learning areas; and will further facilitate the development of graduate teacher attributes specified by NSW Institute of Teachers key stage for graduate teachers. The emphasis will be on how innovative uses of ICT can support the teaching and learning process. Through workshops and readings, students will gain understanding of theories underpinning ICT integration, and be aware of possibilities and ICT resources that will engage students in purposeful learning activities.
Through the application of hands-on activities, students will be provided with opportunities to apply basic operational skills, information and communication technology skills, and to learn how a number of ICT tools may be used for planning, assessing and reporting effective earning to foster interest, creativity and support to students' learning.
KCDE2106 Australian Geography

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Leah Lui-Chivizhe Session: Semester 1 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1105 Corequisites: KCDE2105 Assessment: writing task 1 (10%), writing task 2 (10%), fieldwork report (20%), lesson plans (30%), presentation and written report (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available to students who are enrolled inthe 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. Particular emphasis will be placed on Board of Studies Years 7 - 10 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%), overview of school (20%), journal (30%), YMLP portfolio (30%), in-school experience Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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. Students will focus on student learning needs in literacy and numeracy as well as those from low socio-economic backgrounds. 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 Training Code of Conduct. The NSW Institutes of Teachers Graduate Teaching Standards will also be discussed in relation to the requirements of this Professional Experience.
KCDE2202 Teaching & Learning: Aboriginal Contexts

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Lynette Riley Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE2104 and KCDE1103 Assessment: reflective response (10%), workbook (15%), analysis (10%), critical analysis (25%), lesson plan & unit of work (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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%), presentation (20%), fact sheet (20%) essay (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available only to students enrolled in the Diploma of 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 Karen O'Brien Session: Semester 2 Classes: Block Mode Prerequisites: KCDE1206 Assessment: review (10%), short essay (20%), 2 x quiz (20%), essay plan (10%), research essay (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Block Mode Associated degrees: Dip Ed (Aboriginal).
Note: Available to students who are 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.

Course rules

 

Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course and stream title
XI003 Diploma in Education (Aboriginal)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time only; it is offered in block mode.

3 Admission to candidature

Admission to candidature for the diploma may be granted to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who:
(a)
holds qualifications acceptable to the Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies or
(b)
satisfies admission requirements by submitting an application then successfully completing the Koori Centre written assessment test and interview process.

4 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Table of Diploma in Education (Aboriginal) units of study.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Diploma, a candidate must complete 96 credit points of core units of study as listed in the Table.

5 Award of the diploma

The Diploma in Education (Aboriginal) is awarded in the grades of either Pass with Merit (with a WAM of at least 75) or Pass (with a WAM below 75).

6 Course transfer

A candidate who completes the requirements for the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal) and who does not graduate with this award, may, with the permission of the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, enrol in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Aboriginal Studies) course with credit for all the units of study completed in the Diploma in Education (Aboriginal) course.

7 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The Board of Studies in Indigenous Studies may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.