UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies

This course is designed to broaden practising teachers' knowledge and skills in curriculum specialisation aligned with the Australian Curriculum. In addition, it provides relevant renewal to currently practising primary and secondary teachers in the areas of curriculum development, pedagogy and assessment and the use of information and communication technology (ICT), aligned with the new requirements of the Australian Curriculum and in relation to national standards for teachers. The course will affirm the central importance of discipline-based knowledge and skills as well as general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities giving teachers the flexibility to shape classroom programs to take into account the different rates at which students develop and the diverse range of learning needs in the class.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies
Award abbreviationGradDipCurSt
Course code32310
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statusnot available in 2017
Administered byFaculty of Education
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typepart-time only
Credit points required24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course durationOnly available part-time
Time limit2 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP; or postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Helen Wildy

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Note: This course is not available in 2017.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (12 points):

NSEDUC5608Integrating Pedagogy and Technology
N/AEDUC5646Teaching in New Learning Spaces

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Note: Students are required to select one area of specialisation from history, english, or geography.
N/AENGL5501Australian Textual Cultures
N/AENGL5502Contemporary Writing
N/AENGL5503Critical Paradigms
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
N/AHIST5501Communicating History
N/AHIST5502Reading and Questioning the Evidence
N/AHIST5503Foundations and Frameworks of Historical Knowledge
N/APLNG4411Urban and Regional Analysis
NSPLNG5510Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Note: This course is not available in 2017.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) at least five years of teaching experience and met the extensive professional experience requirements, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 32310 Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (24 points)

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.