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Supervised Practicum B: Literacy and Numeracy 2

2014 unit code: EDU70003 (formerly SLEM603)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points per subject
1 Teaching Period
Contact hoursRecommended 10 hrs each week of study plus placement

Related course(s)

This unit is offered as part of Swinburne Online programs.

Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on the teaching of children in the early to middle years of their schooling with particular emphasis on the physical, psychological and social development of children and adolescents with a view to providing a theoretical foundation for discussions of appropriate teaching methods. The unit covers theories of child development, physical and motor development, catering for individual differences, perceptual development, personality, attachment and attachment behaviour, social competence and identity.
  • Identify and plan for literacy and numeracy as general capabilities as outlined within the Australian Curriculum
  • Teach in the areas of the primary curriculum for which they have the necessary academic preparation and reflect critically on their performance in the role of a teacher.
  • Assess and record student learning, primarily for providing appropriate feedback to students on their progress and how to improve performance, but also for reporting to parents.
  • Create effective learning environments, develop rapport with students and manage student behaviour.

Teaching methods

In the first eight weeks of the teaching period, students engage in 10 hours per week of online discussion and private study with a focus on the teaching of literacy and numeracy, following which they spend 20 days in a school under the supervision of a registered teacher. Students are also expected to participate in online discussions during their practicum experience.


A selection of lesson plans: 20-30%

Journal record: 20-30%

School-based Supervisor's report on practicum engagement (hurtdle requirement): Pass/Fail
*Note: Students will need to successfully complete the practicum component of this unit to pass the unit

Podcast: 40-60%

Generic skills outcomes

  • Communication skills both oral and written
  • Negotiating
  • Planning and organisation
  • Inquiry/research
  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Use of communications technology and internet resources


The focus in this unit is on experiential learning under the guidance of a supervisor. In this context topics covered will include:
  • The teaching of literacy and numeracy in the primary school.
  • How students learn.
  • Self-assessment of teaching performance.
  • Engaging collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Planning and assessing for effective teaching.
  • Creating and maintaining a safe and challenging learning environment.
  • Employing effective interventions to deal with routine misbehaviours.
  • Using a range of teaching practices and resources.

Text books

Churchill, R. (2011). Teaching: Making a Difference (1st ed.). Milton, Qld: John Wiley and Sons Australia.