EDED14354 - The Ethical Professional
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In The Ethical Professional, students critically reflect on the nature of teaching as a complex profession in this capstone unit. They draft their own philosophical framework in relation to teaching and learning and test it by analysing the extent to which it supports them in discharging their professional responsibilities in educational contexts. Students are encouraged to prepare for their final placement in schools by using the National Professional Standards for Teachers; Codes of Ethics and Conduct that apply to the profession; and an understanding of the influence of the broader macro socio-political and policy environment affecting educational contexts to develop a framework of critical questions. These questions are used to guide reflection in, on and for action throughout the placement for Professional Practice 4 and subsequent internship. On conclusion of the full 10-week placement, students select one or more written reflections and apply an ethical decision-making framework to the central incident/s to develop and articulate a personal professional philosophy of teaching illustrating how it shapes their professional practice.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band [not found]
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite:- Students must be enrolled in both EDFE14021 (for CC12 & CC14) or EDFE14022 (for CC13) and EDFE14020 in the same term of study as this unit.

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
  • Distance

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 Undergraduate 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. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

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.

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

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Use professional standards and codes of ethics that apply to the teaching profession to set professional learning goals and generate a framework for appraising professional practice.
  2. Analyse teaching practice to make professional reasoning explicit and ethically defensible.
  3. Outline and reflect on specific strategies that will assist in engaging with ethical dilemmas.
  4. Formulate a personal professional philosophy of teaching illustrating how it shapes professional and ethical practice in highly accountable educational contexts.

Successful completion of the unit The Ethical Professional provides evidence that the following focus areas of the Australian Professional Standards have been demonstrated: 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2 and 7.4. Assessment tasks for this unit contribute to the development of a plan for ongoing professional development and the development of a personal professional philosophy of teaching which may be used for demonstrating the identified aspects of the standards.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical and Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving        
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical and Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorGillian Busch (g.busch@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

Topic 1: The profession

Topic 2: Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct

Topic 3: The broader socio-political context and policy responses to this context

Topic 4: Teacher accountabilitiy

Topic 5: The ethical response cycle

Topic 6: Building a professional philosophy

Readings will be available via the unit moodle site.

Please note that teaching for this course is delivered through an intensive and through scheduled zoom sessions.

Topics listed in Week 1 will be introduced in the intensive and revisited during sessions throughout the semester arranged by the lecturer for this unit.

Plan for professional learning and reflection Due Monday (10 Jul 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 2 17-07-2017
Week 3 24-07-2017
Week 4 31-07-2017
Week 5 07-08-2017
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017
Week 7 28-08-2017
Week 8 04-09-2017
Week 9 11-09-2017
Week 10 18-09-2017
Week 11 25-09-2017
Ethical Response and Personal Professional Philosophy Due Friday (29 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Plan for professional learning and reflection
Task Description

Part A

Use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) to review the evidence collected to date in your e-portfolio. Write a brief statement that summarises your current capabilities and achievements in relation to the standards and construct a list of professional learning goals to guide your development during your final year Professional Practice placements.

Part B

Respond to Codes of Ethics and Conduct for the profession, tutorial discussions and the concepts and readings explored in this course by writing a 500-word critical reflection. This reflection should acknowledge the influence of the broader macro socio-political environment, policy and legislation on teachers’ work; explore the ways in which these influences might affect your practice and relationships with students, parents, colleagues and the school community; and, provide the basis for writing a series of questions to guide reflective practice and professional learning during your final Professional Practice and internship placements.

Assessment Due Date Week 1 Monday (10-Jul-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students The tasks will be returned to you within 3 weeks - 31st July
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
  • Analysis of current professional capabilities and achievements in relation to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (graduate)
  • Development of professional learning goals to guide professional practice
  • Critical reflection on the way in which contemporary issues and policy texts (including Codes of Ethics and Codes of Conduct) shape the complex work of teachers
  • Development of thoughtful questions to guide reflective practice and professional learning
  • Professional levels of personal literacy
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please upload your assignment into Moodle. Please ensure that you include you name and student number in the footer.

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

1. Use professional standards and codes of ethics that apply to the teaching profession to set professional learning goals and generate a framework for appraising professional practice.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Ethical Response and Personal Professional Philosophy
Task Description

Select at least one incident or experience that prompted critical reflection or collegial discussion during your Professional Practice placement around one of the key questions you developed as part of Assessment Task 1. Apply an ethical response framework to examine this issue in further detail and explore or defend the ethical and professional reasoning underpinning your actions or those you observed in this situation. Use what you have learnt from this process to write a personal professional philosophy. Your philosophy should state your beliefs about your role and responsibilities as an educator and describe how these beliefs shape what you will DO to respond to the complexity of teaching in diverse settings.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (29-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students The tasks will be returned to you within 3 weeks
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria
  • Application of an ethical framework to examine an ethical dilemma
  • Explication of professional reasoning underpinning your actions showing how it is ethically defensible
  • Development of a personal professional philosophy informed by understandings derived from interrogating an ethical issue
  • Articulation of how your beliefs about your role and responsibilities as an educator/teacher shape what you will ‘do’ to respond to the complexity of teaching in diverse settings.
  • Professional levels of personal literacy
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please upload your assignment into Moodle. Please ensure that you include your name and student number in the footer.

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

2. Analyse teaching practice to make professional reasoning explicit and ethically defensible.

3. Outline and reflect on specific strategies that will assist in engaging with ethical dilemmas.

4. Formulate a personal professional philosophy of teaching illustrating how it shapes professional and ethical practice in highly accountable educational contexts.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice




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