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Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus due to COVID border closures. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA and include which of the below criteria applies:

  • You are a student who is currently offshore and unable to enter Australia.
  • You are a student in Australia who is impacted by state or regional border closures.

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EDUC5111 Foundations of Tertiary Teaching

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This is the introductory unit for the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching. Participants will explore the theories, principles and practice of university learning and teaching, with a strong focus on the UWA context.

There is particular focus on evidence-based strategies to enhancing learning and teaching and the development of reflective practices for ongoing professional development.

The unit introduces you to a range of topics that will be further developed in other units in the course.
Students are able to (1) evaluate a range of approaches and concepts in learning and teaching appropriate to their discipline; (2) articulate critical and evidence-based reflections on their learning and teaching practice; (3) critically reflect on their career as a higher education teacher, drawing on peer and student feedback, and a corpus of scholarly literature; (4) demonstrate self-agency in professional learning and development; and (5) demonstrate that they meet the dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework at Descriptor 1.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective commentary on practice; (2) annotated bibliography; and (3) project proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Elaine Lopes and Dr Ashleigh Prosser
Unit rules
Contact hours
One week of full-time face-to-face intensive mode workshops (3 x 1.5hr workshops over 5 days = 22.5 hours) plus facilitated writing sessions (1 x 1.5hr sessions over 5 days = 7.5 hours).
EDUC5111 is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework. Eligible EDUC5111 students who satisfy all the requirements of the unit will be eligible to submit an application to UWA's Academy Fellowship Scheme to gain recognition as an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). The UK HEA Fellowship scheme enables recognition of quality and excellence in the practice of teaching and supporting learning.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.