This unit prepares pre-service teachers to plan, teach and assess in their discipline drawing on key curriculum documents. In this unit, students gain knowledge of the principles and practices of teaching and learning. Working with key curriculum documents, pre-service teachers will evaluate contemporary approaches to secondary teaching contexts. They will explore a range of formative and summative assessment practices and strategies for observing, monitoring and planning for teaching and learning. Pre-service teachers will also explore feedback principles and reporting in the discipline contexts.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Investigate pedagogical approaches in teaching and learning of the discipline areas in secondary contexts
  • Design an effective unit of work for each discipline area drawing on a variety of resources and relevant curricula
  • Contrast and compare a range of formative and summative assessment strategies
  • Explain how assessment data is used to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice
  • Evaluate differentiated teaching methods and their use to meet specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
  • Evaluate contemporary research into how students learn, of curriculum and pedagogies and the implications on teaching in secondary contexts, including diverse learners

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
2.00 12 weeks 24
2.00 12 weeks 24
Specified Activities
13.50 8 weeks 108
Unspecified Activities
12.00 12 weeks 144


Type Task Weighting ULO's
PortfolioIndividual 40% 1,2,3,4,5,6 
PortfolioIndividual 40% 1,2,3,4,5,6 
PresentationGroup 20% 1,3,5 


  • Assessment, feedback and reporting strategies including observing, monitoring, planning for teaching and learning.  
  • Concepts, content and structure of discipline areas curricula.
  • Contemporary curriculum approaches including the structure and content of relevant curriculum documents.
  • Contemporary secondary teaching contexts related to Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) and Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK).
  • Differentiated teaching methods
  • Moderation practices
  • Planning for meeting specific and diverse learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
  • Principles of teaching and learning.
  • Research into pedagogical approaches
  • Set learning goals that provide achievable challenge for students of varying abilities and characteristics.
  • Unit and lesson planning in the discipline areas.

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.