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EDPR5002: Reflection and Practice in University T and L

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit will offer you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the role and importance of reflection in university teaching and student learning. The main aim of the unit is to develop your ability to reflect on your own teaching practices in a scholarly way. Reflective practice is seen as a key to our continuing development as university teachers. As a result of successfully completing this unit of study students should be able to apply aspects of the scholarly literature on the nature and role of reflection to developing your teaching; and critically reflect on your own teaching practice with a view to improving your teaching and the quality of students' learning.

Unit details and rules

Unit code EDPR5002
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Danny Liu, danny.liu@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Reflective portfolio
Written piece - see Canvas for more information
40% Formal exam period
Due date: 19 Jun 2020 at 23:59
2600wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Teaching philosophy statement
Written piece - see Canvas for more information
10% Week 04
Due date: 19 Mar 2020 at 23:59
400wd
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Assignment Peer observation report
Written piece - see Canvas for more information
25% Week 09
Due date: 23 Apr 2020 at 23:59
1500wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Student interview report
Written piece - see Canvas for more information
25% Week 12
Due date: 21 May 2020 at 23:59
1500wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1). For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Consultations Seminar (12 hr)  
Week 02 Critical reflection and self Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 04 Peer Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 06 Student Seminar (3 hr)  
Week 10 Theory Seminar (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: The Sydney School of Education and Social Work requires attendance of at least 90 percent of all seminars, workshops or lectures. Where a student is unable to attend at the required rate evidence of illness or misadventure may be required and the student may be required to undertake extra work. Students should discuss the circumstances of their absence(s) with the co-ordinator of the unit of study. Further details are provided in the School canvas site: https://canvas.sydney.edu.au/courses/13426

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

The set text for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available in Canvas.

  • Brookfield, S. (2017). Becoming a critically reflective teacher. Second edition. Jossey Bass.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply aspects of the scholarly literature on the nature and role of reflective practice to developing your teaching
  • LO2. reflect on your teaching practice to improve your students’ learning and inform your ongoing development as a university teacher.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Previous students have said that the four reflective lenses covered in this unit have powerfully changed their perspective on teaching. They have also said that discussions with colleagues from across the University have been valuable, along with the assignments (particularly the student interview and peer observation). To provide more scope and depth for these, we are using breakout sessions to encourage applied learning, as well as deepening coverage of relevant material relating to the reflective lenses.

Our aim is to provide feedback on your work within two (2) weeks of the date that we receive your assignment. In providing feedback on your work, our emphasis is on qualitative descriptions of each grade rather than the numerical marks. So each project will receive a grade (e.g., ‘Credit’) based on the qualities demonstrated in accordance with the rubrics and marking guidelines for each. Your overall grade for the semester will be based on your results across all weighted assessments, relative to the weightings indicated in this unit of study outline.

Any updated information will be provided via Canvas, announcements, and emails to your official University email address associated with your Canvas student access.

Site visit guidelines

In this unit, you will need to interview students of the University in the process of completing one of the assessment tasks. This is to help build your appreciation of the student perspective on learning. Please ensure that any meeting is in a public place and keep in mind relevant University policies such as the Code of Conduct for Staff and Affiliates (https://sydney.edu.au/policies/showdoc.aspx?recnum=PDOC2011/65&RendNum=0).

Disclaimer

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