The unit is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to build and sustain positive relationships with students, families and the community. Pres-service teachers will examine and demonstrate how they can support positive behaviour through support student wellbeing, resilience and social and emotional emotional learning. A specific focus is made on developing strategies to work inclusively and ethically with families, community and support agencies.


Teaching periods
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:

  • Critically examine how student behaviour in learning environments is typically understood and managed based on contemporary research, theories and debates
  • Critically analyse and apply evidence-based preventive and responsive approaches for responding to a range of behaviours, including challenging behaviours, displayed in the learning environment
  • Critically analyse different principles, policies and practices used for establishing and maintaining a productive learning environment
  • Plan learning environments that adhere to inclusive, positive and restorative models of behaviour management and support student engagement
  • Create strategies for working inclusively and ethically with families, community and support agencies
  • Apply a deep understanding of supporting and developing student wellbeing, resilience and social emotional learning including the Australian or relevant State curriculum content.

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
1.00 12 weeks 12
2.00 12 weeks 24
Specified Activities
4.00 12 weeks 48
Unspecified Activities
5.50 12 weeks 66

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
EssayIndividual 50% 1,2,3 
ProjectGroup 50% 4,5,6 


  • Understanding student wellbeing and behaviour in Australian schools
  • Caring and respective student-teacher relationships: positive learning environments
  • Engaging learning environments and pedagogical practices
  • Student belonging, mental health and wellbeing
  • Student behaviour
  • School policies and practices
  • Working with families, communities and external agencies
  • Restorative relationships, policy and practice
  • Consolidating key learnings and strategies to support positive relationships

Study resources

Reading materials

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