1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
% = any matching topic, eg BIOL1% includes BIOL1101, BIOL1102 etc
1 Admission into MSE-Master of Special Education
1a Admission into GCEWM-Graduate Certificate in Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)
1b Admission into MTSEPR-Master of Teaching (Special Education) (Primary)
1c Admission into MTSESC-Master of Teaching (Special Education) (Secondary)
1d Admission into MDPP-Master of Disability Policy and Practice
1e Admission into MDPPA-Master of Disability Policy and Practice [1.5 years]
1f Admission into GCELE-Graduate Certificate in Education (Languages Education)
1g Admission into MTESOL-Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
1h Admission into GCECP-Graduate Certificate in Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac)
1i Admission into GCEWS-Graduate Certificate in Education
1j Admission into GCEDDL-Graduate Certificate in Educational Design and Digital Learning
1k Admission into MLE-Master of Leadership in Education
1l Admission into GCCPEP-Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
1m Admission into MCPEP-Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
1n Admission into GCLE-Graduate Certificate in Languages Education
1o Admission into GCWPMHE-Graduate Certificate in Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health in Education
1p Admission into MWPMHE-Master of Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health in Education
1q Admission into GCE-Graduate Certificate in Education
1r Admission into MED%
1s Admission into GCSEP-Graduate Certificate in Social and Emotional Pedagogy
1t Admission into MSEP-Master of Social and Emotional Pedagogy
2 Admission into BAMTEC-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
2a Admission into BAMTPR-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary)
2b Admission into BAMTS-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
2c Admission into BGSCMTPR-Bachelor of General Science, Master of Teaching (Primary)
2d Admission into BLANGMTS-Bachelor of Languages, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
2e Admission into BSCMTS-Bachelor of Science, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
3 108 units of study
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r or 1s or 1t)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e) and 3))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDES9401, EDUC9731 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic involves a study of current theory and research about learners' motivation, cognition and metacognition.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Foster research-informed enquiry, critical analysis, synthesis, evaluation and reflection as essential educational practices
  • Provide an introduction to current theory and research in areas of cognitive psychology and educational practice, including the key constructs of motivation, cognition and metacognition
  • Develop capabilities for self-regulated learning
  • Contribute to improvements in professional decision making
  • Translate knowledge gained from reading, discussion, research and writing into educational practices
  • Disseminate knowledge gained from reading, discussion, research and writing to professional colleagues
  • Foster interdisciplinary and intercultural partnerships and work collaboratively
  • Engage in informed, constructive debate
  • Engage in professional reflective practice
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Explain key constructs in motivation, cognition and metacognition
  2. Analyse how motivation, cognition and metacognition affect learning and problem solving
  3. Relate an instance of student learning to extant theories about motivation, cognition and/or metacognition
  4. Contribute to informed debate about teaching and learning
  5. Demonstrate high standards of academic literacy

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.