EDED40351 - Culture And Learning
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit examines the interplay between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and learning, and those experienced at university. First, we examine the concepts of culture and identity, before going on to look at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, identities and ways of learning, followed immediately by an exploration of university culture and ways of learning. This allows us to examine ways in which university culture can work together with Indigenous Australian cultures, combining ways of learning, and our various learning experiences. Finally, we explore university values and the topic of racism at university.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Positive comments on the course structure and the support offered to students through engagement with students. Student feedback Continue to improve and maintain a high standard of delivery of the unit material. Use other mediums other than the Residential School to increase student engagement.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Recognise culture and identity as social constructions
  2. Compare the ways of learning associated with Indigenous Australian cultures ways of learning experienced at university
  3. Recognise ways in which university culture and ways of learning can work together with Indigenous Australian cultures and ways of learning
  4. Uphold university values and recognise racism where it might occur at university

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation    
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Online Quiz(zes)

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Self Management  
2. Communication
3. Information Literacy
4. Information Technology Competence        
5. Problem Solving    
6. Critical Thinking
7. Cross-Cultural Competence
8. Ethical Practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Presentation    
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment      
4 - Online Quiz(zes)      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

None required

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Microsoft Office
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Please Note: Correctional Centre students do not require access to email, internet or the unit website.
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorBronwyn Mcfarlane (B.Mcfarlane@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017
  • Introduction to the unit
Week 2 17-07-2017
  • Identity and University
Week 3 24-07-2017
  • Oral presentations

Compulsory Residential School

24 - 28 July, Nulloo Yumbah, Building 31, CQUniversity Rockhampton North Campus

Assessment 1: Oral presentation with PowerPoint slide show Due Friday (28 Jul 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 4 31-07-2017
  • Exploring values

Week 5 07-08-2017
  • University structure and courses
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017
  • What is culture?
Week 7 28-08-2017
  • Exploring learning
Week 8 04-09-2017
  • Ways of learning
  • Indigenous cultures and learning
Week 9 11-09-2017
  • Culture, identity and learning
Written Assessment 2: Portfolio Due Friday (15 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017
  • Culture and leadership
Week 11 25-09-2017
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and leadership
Week 12 02-10-2017
  • A leader you admire

Written Assessment 3: Leadership Essay Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017
Online Quiz(zes) Due Thursday (19 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST

Contact Details Coordinator: Bronwyn McFarlane

Phone: (07) 4150 7069 Email: b.mcfarlane@cqu.edu.au

Unit presentation

  • Student use of the unit website is required- this is provided using the CQUniversity learning management system (Moodle) which can be accessed through the MyCQU Student Portal: http://my.cqu.edu.au. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact Helpdesk on 07 4930 9233 or 1300 666 620 (for the cost of a local call).
  • 10-12 hours of study per week of self-directed study
  • Student access to the Internet, email and residential schools is recommended for this unit, with the exception of those students in correctional centres.
  • Students are expected to follow a self-directed study schedule which meets the required deadlines.

Residential School

Residential School is a requirement of this unit. One Residential School will be held during the term – week 3 (24-28 July). During this school, group work, lectures, tutorials, presentations and individual tuition will be held.

Please also confirm your attendance by emailing tep@cqu.edu.au or telephoning Suellen Thomas on 1800 651 891.

Travel will be organised through Centrelink, and not TEP. If you are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, it is important that you register with Centrelink/Abstudy at the earliest opportunity. Residential travel cannot be organised until the registration process has been completed. Please note that Abstudy needs 5 weeks’ notice of your intended travel. Abstudy will confirm your registration with us and then arrange travel for you. TEP will arrange your accommodation and meals. Abstudy will notify you of your travel details and so it is important that your contact details are up to date. Contact TEP urgently if something at the last moment prevents you attending.

Unit Website

The unit website is offered through the learning management system, Moodle. You should find this website easy to use. Consequently, you will need access to the internet. If the learning management system Moodle is temporarily unavailable when you need to submit an assessment item, you can send your assessment by email to your unit coordinator.

Computer (including software) requirements

Access to a computer is necessary. If you can regularly get to a CQUniversity campus, you can use the computers there. If you cannot get to a campus, it is best to have your own computer. You may also be able to use a computer at your local Queensland Open Learning Study Centre or your local library. Internet access is necessary so you can access the unit website. Microsoft Office software is preferred. Students in correctional centres do not require computer access.

Assessment Information

Assessments for this unit should be submitted electronically through Moodle. Students are required to keep back-up copies of all assessments. Please ensure that your assessment conforms to the applicable formatting guide.

To submit electronically, the assessment should be saved in a format that is compatible with Microsoft Office and submitted via the Learning Management System (Moodle).

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Assessment 1: Oral presentation with PowerPoint slide show
Task Description

Prepare a 10 - 15 minute oral presentation on a significant learning experience from your own life. The presentation must also include a PowerPoint slide show. A significant learning experience can be something you learnt in your childhood, such as riding a bike or how to treat a pet. It could also be something you have learnt recently, such as preparing to protect your home in a bush fire or how to care for a baby. The choice is yours.

Ensure your talk is well prepared, practised and timed. It needs to be between 10 and 15 minutes in length. Students should prepare a PowerPoint presentation with narration. The PowerPoint is also required to have visuals. Check the marking criteria and use it to guide your oral presentation.

The following questions will direct your presentation; use them as prompts for each section.

  • What was the learning experience?
  • Who else was involved in the learning situation?
  • What made the learning experience so significant?
  • Was it a positive or negative experience?
  • What did you learn from it?

The Culture and Learning Study Guide and the Moodle site for Week 3 outlines how to prepare and present an oral and PowerPoint presentation. Please apply this information and consult the assessment criteria below, which will be used for marking the oral presentation, before beginning to prepare your presentation.

Correctional Centre students may send a written account of their presentation.

Assessment Due Date Week 3 Friday (28-Jul-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 5 Friday (11-Aug-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Students will be assessed on Content - which includes:

  • Clarity of presentation to the audience
  • Use of Indigenous protocols where necessary
  • Introduction provides an overview of the talk; main points are obvious; talk and slides are in a logical order and progression; and the conclusion gives an overall summary
  • Use of creativity in the talk and visuals in PowerPoint (e.g. images, text, drawing on the whiteboard, handouts)
  • Thinking and clarity of learning experiences; ability to observe and describe
  • Presenter well prepared and knew the material; did not read from script but rather spoke to the audience; audibly clear; fluent with vocal changes; use of non-verbal communication such as smiles

and Presentation, which includes:

  • Attention to grammar and spelling
  • Clarity of expression
  • Legibility and format
  • Kept within the time allocation
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Compare the ways of learning associated with Indigenous Australian cultures ways of learning experienced at university

3. Recognise ways in which university culture and ways of learning can work together with Indigenous Australian cultures and ways of learning

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

4. Information Technology Competence

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 2: Portfolio
Task Description

Complete the nine (9) Portfolio items listed below. Instructions for the completion of these portfolio items are given in the various weekly Study Guide modules, and students should refer to these instructions before attempting the portfolio item. The purpose of the portfolio is to assist you with your comprehension, critical analysis and reflection skills. For further details see the weekly study guides. The word count for the nine Portfolio Journal items is between 1000 -1200 words which is approximately 100 - 130 words for each item (students are able to allocate the word count however they decide).

Item 1 - About me

Item 2 - Your roles

Item 3 - Rites of passage

Item 4 - Concept map

Students submit Portfolio Journal items 1 - 4 through Moodle - feedback will be given before commencing the next item.

Item 5 - What does it mean to be Australian?

Item 6 - Your educational journey

Item 7 - Answer questions about Indigenous ways of learning

Item 8 - Write about your role models

Item 9 - Describe your vision for an Indigenous Australian University

All portfolio items should be submitted through Moodle, and all portfolio items should be submitted by the end of week 9.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (29-Sep-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Students will be assessed on:

Content:

  • critical thinking
  • analysis
  • reflections in the portfolio responses
  • clarity of learning experiences
  • ability to observe and describe
  • reactions to the resource material
  • participation in online forums and/or participation in Residential Schools

and Presentation:

  • attention to grammar and spelling, including paragraph structure and clarity of expression
  • legibility and format
  • number of portfolio responses
  • word count.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Recognise culture and identity as social constructions

2. Compare the ways of learning associated with Indigenous Australian cultures ways of learning experienced at university

3. Recognise ways in which university culture and ways of learning can work together with Indigenous Australian cultures and ways of learning

4. Uphold university values and recognise racism where it might occur at university

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 3: Leadership Essay
Task Description

Leadership is a role that has a function in all cultures. Using the content from Weeks 10, 11 and 12 in the Moodle unit, reflect upon and write about a leader you admire. Your essay should be between 1000-1200 words. You can choose a leader from anywhere in the world. The person can be male, female, young or old. There are no restrictions on your choice. Remember to include Indigenous protocols where necessary. Write about a leader you admire.

Some ideas that you can use for your assessment include:

  • identify the person by name
  • where the person comes from or came from
  • where they are or were living
  • their leadership role
  • their leadership style
  • the person’s qualities—why you have chosen that person
  • add any other information you wish to include about the person’s leadership
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used in assessing your essay

Academic content

• Evidence of research

• Demonstration of understanding of topic

• Originality

• Relevance to the topic

Writing skills

• Logical organisation of ideas and arguments

• Clarity of expression, avoidance of grammatical errors, correct use of words

• Accuracy and fairness in representing the views discussed

• Formality of style

Referencing skills

• Use of academic sources

• Acknowledging of sources

• Meeting of the length requirements

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Compare the ways of learning associated with Indigenous Australian cultures ways of learning experienced at university

3. Recognise ways in which university culture and ways of learning can work together with Indigenous Australian cultures and ways of learning

4. Uphold university values and recognise racism where it might occur at university

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence



4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

The task associated with this assessment item is to complete the online quizzes during the term on the unit's Moodle website. These quizzes will be available in Weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12, and each quiz will test the student's knowledge of unit material for the previous three weeks.

Each quiz will consist of ten (10) questions that are randomly selected from a question bank. Each quiz will be worth 5% of the total grade for the unit and the complete assessment of four quizzes will be worth 20% of the total grade. Although a mark will be given to students after each quiz, the final grade will not be shown until the end of term.

Points to note:

  • Students will be allowed two attempts at each quiz. The attempt with the highest grade will be accepted for assessment.
  • There will be no time limit on quizzes.
  • Students are encouraged to refer to the unit materials in order to obtain as many correct answers as possible.
  • Students are encouraged to attempt every quiz to obtain the maximum number of marks.
  • If students have technical problems with the quiz, they should contact the unit coordinator or TASAC as soon as possible.
Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Exam Week Thursday (19-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
The quizzes are marked electronically.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Marking criteria:

  • Students are marked according to number of correct responses for each quiz
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Recognise culture and identity as social constructions

2. Compare the ways of learning associated with Indigenous Australian cultures ways of learning experienced at university

3. Recognise ways in which university culture and ways of learning can work together with Indigenous Australian cultures and ways of learning

4. Uphold university values and recognise racism where it might occur at university

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Self Management

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence



Engagement

University Themes

This unit will help students who are contemplating undergraduate studies in the future and are seeking an introduction to the academic processes of critical reading, writing and analysis. It is expected that students will find the unit particularly relevant due to the focus on Indigenous peoples, education and cultures and this attribute of the unit aligns well with the University’s theme of improving engagement with a diverse student cohort. It is also expected that persons returning to study as mature age students will also find the unit relevant, as it will provide a less academically rigorous re-entry point and this attribute of the unit aligns well with the University theme of improving engagement with mature age students. It is also expected that students in correctional facilities will find the course relevant as they will not be excluded on the grounds they cannot attend the compulsory Residential School. Such students will be permitted to make submissions via post, and this attribute aligns well with the University theme of improving engagement with socio-economically or otherwise disadvantaged students.


Graduate Attributes

The unit includes aspects of self and peer assessment. Collaboration is an important skill for students in higher education to develop enhanced and improved personal reading and writing skills, which are well aligned with the University’s graduate attribute of teamwork and career aspirations.

Indigenisation of Curriculum

There is a priority focus in TEP's units to ensure that Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and practices are comprehensively embedded in the unit curriculum and in all of the learning outcomes. All of the learning activities and assessment tasks are aimed at gaining and demonstrating an understanding of various perspectives and practices associated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, both historic and contemporary. Indigenous authors will be sourced from both Australia and internationally. The unit will also include cultural issues and protocols relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Internationalisation of Curriculum

The unit will include international authors and content and the unit will be conducted in the international language of English. At various times, comparative analyses will be conducted between Australian Indigenous and international perspectives.

Sustainability

With the advent of new technology, this distance unit is to be delivered via e-technology in a Moodle site. This maintains sustainability for the environment and its participants.

Work Related Learning

This unit will provide students with study skills, time management and an understanding of university structures, policies and procedures, thus preparing them to enter into further higher education units to achieve their educational and career goals.


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