Course Outline

EDU777 Teaching Arts in Primary School

Course Coordinator:Rachael Dwyer ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


You will investigate the Australian Curriculum: The Arts (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Art) in the Primary school. You will
critically reflect on and engage with theory, research, curriculum and policy to develop your understanding of how the arts may be used to responds to the needs of diverse learners within your classroom including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. You will work collaboratively to design arts learning experiences to your colleagues that demonstrates your understanding of the content, teaching and assessment strategies for the Arts learning area.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – You are required to engage and interact with asynchronous materials and activities accessed through Canvas modules, course readings and required texts. 2hrs Orientation week 10 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – You are required to attend and participate in weekly scheduled on-campus tutorials. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Online 1hr Week 3 6 times
Learning materials – You are required to engage and interact with asynchronous materials and activities accessed through Canvas modules, course readings and required texts. 2hrs Orientation week 10 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – You are required to attend and participate in weekly scheduled zoom tutorials. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – Online 1hr Week 3 6 times

Course Topics

  • Australian Arts Curriculum for Primary School
  • Contemporary issues in Arts education
  • Designing, planning, delivering, assessing and reporting cross curricular learning experiences, including The Arts
  • Engaging all learners in the Arts
  • Australian Curriculum-based artistic practice
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and perspectives
  • Integrated curricular, cross-curricular and wider educational priorities

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1 Synthesize and apply knowledge and understanding of Arts curriculum, assessment, theory, pedagogy and practice. Knowledgeable
2.1, 2.2, 2.3
2 Critically analyse and reflect the place and purpose of Arts education (Primary) at the local, state and national level. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.6, 7.2, 7.4
3 Create engaging and age appropriate learning experiences in Arts that respond to diverse learners and respects the cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners in years P-6 Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6
4 Collaborate with colleagues to plan, design authentic and engaging assessment in the Arts discipline that includes moderation and reporting procedures. Knowledgeable
3.2, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 6.3

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
1.2 Understand how students learn
1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
1.6 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2 Content selection and organisation
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.1 Establish challenging learning goals
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.4 Select and use resources
3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs
5.1 Assess student learning
5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning
5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements
5.5 Report on student achievement
6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice
7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements
7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


This course is only available to students enrolled in ED707


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

The quiz in Week 3 of this course will provide early feedback. Students who do not perform well on this task will be invited to meet with
the course coordinator to discuss a plan for successful completion of the course.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
750 words equivalent
Week 3 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Oral Individual 40%
10 minute video presentation
Week 6 Online Submission
All 3 Portfolio Group 40%
2500 words equivalent.
10 minute presentation.
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Online Quiz
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your understanding of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, and the introductory course readings
Product: Quiz/zes
You will complete an online quiz containing 15 multiple-choice, multiple answer, true/false and fill-in-the-blank questions drawn from the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, and the introductory course readings that are available on Canvas. There will also be one open-ended question with requiring a 200-300 word response. Sample questions will be provided on Canvas. You will complete the quiz in your tutorial in Week 3. You may use your own device, or contact the course coordinator to request the use of a University-owned device.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Synthesis of seminal and recent literature, policy, curriculum and practice within Arts education (Primary).
Written communication including grammar, English expression and technical accuracy
All - Assessment Task 2:Critical Analysis Presentation
The goal of this task is to synthesise your knowledge, understanding and experiences of the art forms studied within tutorials (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Media Arts) with seminal and contemporary literature and Australian Curriculum obligations.
Product: Oral
In preparing this assessment task, you will conduct a review and analysis of Arts education research literature, policy, curriculum and practice. Through the analysis, you will identify potential opportunities and challenges for the successful implementation of Arts Curriculum in the primary classroom. You will identify a specific issue related to Arts education in Primary schools on which to focus. 
Your analysis will be presented as a video presentation, which may be slides and narration, or in an animated or live action format. Exemplars of possible presentation formats will be provided. You must submit your work as a video file through Canvas Studio. Powerpoint files will not be assessed. Detailed instructions and advice will be provided, and you are encouraged to follow these closely.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Research a specific area of Arts education using literature/theory, policy, curriculum and practice
Critically analyse and synthesise information to construct an argument regarding the place and purpose of Arts education in Primary school
Oral, written and visual communication skills and academic literacies including expression, tone, pace (oral), grammar, spelling, punctuation (written), APA referencing conventions, and appropriate visuals
All - Assessment Task 3:Assessment task and sequence of lessons
The goal of this task is to design and plan a sequence of learning experiences and an assessment task using the Australian Curriculum (Primary): The Arts.
Product: Portfolio
You are a teacher at a school and you are to develop a new assessment task, for your own class and for your teaching colleagues to implement in their classrooms. This must cover one arts subject and one other subject/learning area.

In a group of 3, you will prepare the following five components for submission:
1. An integrated assessment task, including an age-appropriate task sheet and marking guide (GTMJ, rubric, etc). Detailed instructions on how to develop a marking guide will be provided in lectures, tutorials and on Blackboard.
2. A model response to the assessment task, that you have marked using your marking guide. If the assessment task is for students to complete individually, each group member should submit their own response. If the assessment task is for students to complete as a group, you may submit one response as a group, on which all group members can be assessed. You should include written feedback suitable for students/parents to report on how the work meets the criteria.
3. An outline of how you will sequence the learning to prepare the students to successfully complete the assessment task. This may be a worksheet/workbook, a description of a series of learning experiences, or another format. The outline should demonstrate relevant learning objectives from the Australian Curriculum (Primary): The Arts. You will include examples of how you might also informally assess students’ achievements and understandings. Included should be descriptors/elaborations and key aspects that will be informally assessed and moderated for consistent judgements that may demonstrate student achievement of the Arts lessons.
4. Peer assessment and feedback: In Week 9 and 10 tutorials, you will need to share your work with your tutor and a peers who will moderate the model response using your marking guide.
5. A work diary, which outlines the contribution you and your group members made to the submitted work.

Before you begin, you will need to:
• Nominate the Band (3-4 or 5-6) and Arts subject from the Australian Curriculum: The Arts and the other learning areas
• Identify the content descriptors and relevant achievement standards (or parts of)

Your material should be compiled for submission into a single file using the template provided, with links to any multimedia material (particularly model responses). Please ensure that all links are working, and that files can be accessed by anyone with the link.

Submit: Written - Friday Week 8. Oral - In tutorials, Weeks 9 and 10
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Plans and designs an age-appropriate assessment task that aligns with the curriculum
Designs a marking guide that aligns with the curriculum and the task, describes expected standards of achievement, and demonstrates knowledge of reporting and feedback processes
Applies Arts pedagogical knowledge to create learning experiences that support students’ successful completion of the assessment task
Produces a model response to the task that demonstrates Arts knowledge and skills
Participates in moderation processes, demonstrating curriculum knowledge
Written and oral communication including grammar, English expression, and technical accuracy (written); tone, pace, expression, eye contact and visual communication (oral).

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Judith Dinham 2019 Delivering Authentic Arts Education 4e 4th ed Cengage AU

Specific requirements

Personal Art materials including visual art diary, coloured pencils or textas, glue and scissors. A list of essential free mobile applications to be downloaded is available on Blackboard. Optional: guitar or ukulele.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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