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ECN704 - Applied Learning: Theories and Practice


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online), CBD*

Trimester 2: Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Christine Schulz
Trimester 2: Cheryl Ryan
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 1-hour Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be conducted in week 4 and week 8 of the trimester.

Participation is voluntary, sessions will be recorded. Online independent and group discussions will also be required through the discussion board


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit focuses on the increasingly significant role being played by applied learning in 21st Century education and training settings and investigates the reasons for this development. The unit examines the theory and practice of applied learning as a pedagogical phenomenon and as a curriculum-structuring concept. It draws on state, national and international contexts, both current and historic, to examine the ways in which teaching and learning is given an applied focus.

The unit examines contemporary understandings about applied learning in a variety of national and international contexts, including schools, TAFEs, Universities, Polytechnics, and Adult and Community Education (ACE) contexts.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a synthesised understanding of applied learning theories that inform teaching practice in a range of local and international contexts, and analyse how historical and cultural factors influence these applications. 

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Identify and analyse the curriculum structuring concepts informing effective applied learning programs and knowledge of differentiated teaching strategies and apply these to create an applied learning program that is responsive to an authentic problem of practice in supporting learner needs across a range of abilities. 

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self management


Use technology to communicate knowledge and understanding of applied learning theories and practice

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving


Critically evaluate the ideas and applied learning applications presented by colleagues and respond to feedback received from peers

GLO2: Communication

GLO7: Team work

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Critical Analysis

2500 words 50% Week 5

Assessment 2 - Applied Learning Program Proposal

2500 words 50% Week 10

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ECN704
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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