Theories of Teaching and Learning

EDU10004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Wantirna Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 12 hours + Blended Swinburne online - Nil

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2 Teaching Period 3

5 Jul 21 - 3 Oct 21

26 Oct 21

Last self enrolment:
18 Jul 21

30 Jul 21

8 Nov 21 - 13 Feb 22

8 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
21 Nov 21

3 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
31 Dec 21

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces pre-service teachers to different learning perspectives and how they relate to contemporary theories of learning. The unit challenges them to reflect upon their own belief system and how this aligns with contemporary approaches to teaching and learning and the capacity to create effective learning environments.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Recognise and explain why learning is a complex concept.
2. Describe and define learning theories and articulate their benefits and limitations.
3. Describe and compare different learning perspectives and relate them to contemporary theories of learning.
4. Relate and reflect upon personal beliefs about learning and teaching to contemporary theories and how this impacts on practice.
5. Identify and predict factors that contribute to effective learning environments.
6. Identify how research aligns with theories of teaching and learning and informs education.