HEDN601-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Introduction to Tertiary Teaching

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


A critical examination of personal theories of tertiary teaching within a comparative framework of contemporary literature and practice.

In this course we grapple with contemporary literature and practice around what it means to be a tertiary teacher generally and in the 21st century. We draw on the varied disciplinary contexts of students to reflect on classroom learning experiences. The course covers frameworks or models of learning that have been influential on and underpin current approaches to tertiary and/or vocational education as well as exploring our assumptions about the role of our learning and teaching practices, our context and our challenges. We also explore new models of learning and the role of technology enhanced learning.

Learning Outcomes

1.   Develop a critical rationale for their teaching which shows connections among student  learning and teaching beliefs, practices and values;
2.   Demonstrate an understanding of key teaching and learning literature in tertiary education generally and within their specific discipline area;
3.   Reflect upon and critique evidence gathered about their own teaching and their own students’ learning in the light of key teaching and learning theories, practices and perspectives;
4.   Articulate a philosophy of teaching and learning that demonstrates their capacity to reflect on their practice and to make plans for their ongoing professional development.


Subject to approval of the Programme Coordinator


HEDN501, HEDN502

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Erik Brogt


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1: Four Critical Reflections on Teaching 40% 6 March 2020, 27th March 2020, 8 May 2020, 29 May 2020
Assignment 2: Observation of Teaching 29 May 2020 20%
Philosophy of Teaching 19 Jun 2020 40%

Additional Course Outline Information


Enrolment is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, Associate Professor Cheryl Brown [https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/education/schools-and-departments/school-of-educational-studies-and-leadership/contact-us/academic-staff/cheryl-brown.html]. Please contact david.small@canterbury.ac.nz if you are interested in this course as UC staff may be eligible for Staff Tertiary Study Assistance and Lincoln and ARA staff may be eligible for a Canterbury Tertiary Alliance discount.

Academic Staff employed outside UC will need to make contact with their home University HR department to complete the required paperwork.

UC Staff need to progress through the following process:

• Apply through the Learning & Development, Staff Tertiary Study Assistance [https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/ld/dev_plan/pgcerttt/index.shtml] to undertake the study and to have the fees paid by UC. You can view the whole process for application at Staff Tertiary Study Assistance process or just link to the Application for Staff Tertiary Assistance Form.

• Please note, as part of this process you will need to provide evidence of your Qualification to HR.

• You may also wish to review the Request a Teaching Constraint for Timetabling process and discuss this with your Head to ensure you are available at the time the study is scheduled. If there are timetable issues please contact Associate Professor Cheryl Brown as flexibility may be available.

• Enrol as a student, you need to apply to enrol for your course(s), following the same process as all students.

• Go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol [http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol/] and follow the steps.

• You will receive an enrolment offer (this offer will show the normal tuition fees).

• On the enrolment offer, under Other Payment Method you must type in “Staff Tertiary Study Assistance” in order for your funding to be applied and your enrolment completed.

• Accept the enrolment offer.

• As part of the enrolment process you will need to provide passports/visas and other academic documents as required.  These documents may have already been provided to HR as part of your employment process but need to be resubmitted to Admissions.

• The University will then pay the agreed amount for your course/s of study.


• student engagement
• educational psychology
• course design
• assessment
• blended learning
• observations, evaluation, feedback, and reflection
• integrating the UC Graduate Attributes (Work-Integrated Learning, Community Engagement, Cultural Competence, Global Awareness)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

All HEDN601 Occurrences

  • HEDN601-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020