Faculty of Arts and Education

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ACR210 Crime, Surveillance and Society

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The structure of each module and progression of each assessment task
  • The feedback provided to students on their assessments, particularly in the form of detail

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Provided more thorough details (in CloudDeakin and tutorials) regarding explanations about assessment requirements.

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ASR World Religions

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Studying World Religions from historical, philosophical and lived viewpoints has enriched the ways that students think about religion and religions and given them a more critical understanding of how religions shape events in our own communities and in the world.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Changed the assessment to two essays instead of the essay/exam format and linked some short answer assessment questions to the video matrix. This gives students the opportunity to write on both the Dharmic and Abrahamic traditions and to engage more fully with the lived perspectives of our religions.

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ALL153 Literature for Children and Young Adults

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Easy to follow study guide materials.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Included some new texts, in response to student requests to to update the books and films for study.
  • Reduced the number of prescribed e-readings to focus even more on key concepts.
  • Provided rubrics with marking feedback.

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ALR276 Ethical Communication and Citizenship

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Engaging seminar tasks and online exercises
  • Practical approaches to ethical communication practice.
  • Case study-driven learning experience.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Increased weighting for presentation and contribution assessment. .

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ALR731 Public Relations Theory and Practice

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Clear assessment instructions and FAQ.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Reduced prescribed readings to a manageable number.

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ALW732 Fiction Writing: Story, Structure and Starting Out

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Workshopping and writing exercises in class were very useful and enjoyable
  • The resources were great, and the discussions online were really useful
  • The resources were well chosen. The lecture notes were motivating and well written. Student feedback on draft fiction was helpful.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Added a variety of excellent fiction as eReadings for the unit
  • Refined the first assessment.

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ECE404 Inclusive Education for Young Women

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Interesting and helpful class content
  • Robust online materials are robust which support assessment task preparation
  • Online support from lecturers.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Included a lecturer with specialised training to deliver seminars
  • Provided online Question & Answer workshops for assessment tasks.

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ECE420 Supporting Children Making Transitions

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Audio feedback on assessment tasks provided more personalised feedback..

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Included a focus on writing the Transition Learning and Development Statement (TLDS)
  • Modified assessments to include an equal emphasis on both early childhood and primary
  • Reduced number of assessment tasks from 3 to 2
  • Developed a new assessment task to help students gain an understanding of policy and of the transition process from key stakeholders' perspectives.

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ECP711 Creativity and the Arts in Childhood

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The practical activities in each of the arts disciplines of Music, Drama and Visual Art where they have explored the creative processes of making and responding to the arts in order to inform and enhance their own personal experiences of the arts
  • The opportunity to apply these ideas, concepts and arts experiences when developing arts curriculum for both early childhood and primary school arts learning environments. .

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Throughout the trimester the unit teaching team is responsive to ideas and suggestions that students may make in order to make the unit more relevant and reflective of contemporary best practice and current teaching observed during professional experience placements
  • Simplified the Cloud site with similar narratives in each arts area and easy access to a range of resources
  • Simplified the assessment tasks, maintaining the website mode of presentation as students have commented that these have become valuable teaching resources and have been advantageous in showing their Arts and IT skills when applying for teaching positions.

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EXC725 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • Identifying a lot of literacy and numeracy demands across the curriculum which could be addressed by teachers
  • The balance between practical and theoretical assessment tasks
  • Collaborating with other teachers and compiling strategies to teach literacy and numeracy in class.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Added more videos and online resources
  • Provided much clearer information regarding the assessment.

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