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EXE731 - Professional Learning and Development


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: Cheryl Ryan
Trimester 2: Cheryl Ryan




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:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


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


This unit explores a range of perspectives on theories that underpin the design of professional learning programs for educators and trainers in schools and workplaces. The intention is to build capacities around professional learning through reading literature in the field and engaging in critical reflection of professional learning programs. Through the learning involved students will become more self-sufficient in managing their personal professional learning and be prepared to contribute to the development of effective professional learning programs for themselves and for their work places.

The unit aims to support students to develop awareness of the centrality and significance of professional learning to every profession and every professional, provide opportunities to test assumptions and beliefs about Professional Learning within a conceptual framework that enables meaningful contributions to the field, connect with immediate work place needs and explore issues in a range of settings/contexts; and link theory and practice to professional learning contexts.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically review, and analyse the literature international best practice in professional learning and development in a range of contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management


Design and evaluate professional learning and development programs for your own education/ training settings and implement these, if possible

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork


Apply an evidence-based approach to critical self-reflection, inquiry and innovation in relation to your own professional learning practices and effectively communicate with colleagues and peers the outcomes of such inquiries

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management

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 - An essay based on a critical review and analysis of the perspectives on professional learning introduced in the study materials and readings and a comparison with previous experiences of professional learning. Students must make effective use of the literature to support their writing   50% Week 7
Assessment 2 - For this assignment students prepare a comprehensive proposal for a professional learning program for their current or previous workplace which draws on the unit content and wider reading and demonstrates the understandings they have developed through interactions with of the unit content and fellow students   50% Week 13

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 below: EXE731 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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