Faculty of Education

Learning Resources

The Faculty of Education Guide to Writing and Referencing is intended for use by students and staff of the Faculty and across all units. It provides guidance on writing, grammar, spelling and referencing, with a broad focus on presentation.

Additional learning support options are listed under Literacy and Numeracy above.

Given the flexibility of viewing the Australian Curriculum online, there have been challenges in establishing a consistent referencing standard for students. A further challenge, is that few individual pages online have dates ascribed to them, but of course 'n.d.' is inappropriate in assessment submissions.

In order to determine the date of the curriculum in its entirety and to appropriately reference it, follow these steps prior to submitting each assignment:

  • 1. Go to: Australian Curriculum Download page
  • 2. Click on the components you want to download into a complete document e.g. Science; all year levels; all curriculum elements; all curriculum dimensions and click on either Download PDF or Download Word (the latter document makes it easier to cut and paste bits if required).
  • 3. You will see down the bottom of the downloaded document, the following information; Curriculum Version: Version 7.5 and Dated: Friday, 15 May, 2015.
  • 4. The version number and date of publication will potentially change several times a year and so you should download the most recent version prior to referencing the curriculum in any of your assignments.

Hence the correct referencing is:

  • Reference list (remembering to include the hanging indent)

    Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2015, May 15). The Australian Curriculum: Science (Version 7.5), [Note your parameters for the report you downloaded]. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/download/f10

    For example:

    Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2015, March 30). The Australian Curriculum: Science (Version 7.5), Year 3, all curriculum elements, all curriculum dimensions. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/download/f10

  • In-text citation (if not quoting, first time cited)

    XXXXXXXXXX (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2015).

  • In-text citation (if quoting, first time cited)

    "XXXXXXXXXX" (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2015, page or paragraph number).

Please Note that the full citation is only required for the first time it is used in your writing. Subsequent citations can be simplified to (ACARA, 2015) if you're not quoting or (ACARA, 2015, page or paragraph number) if you are quoting.

Please contact your Lecturer or Unit Coordinator if you require clarification on the above requirements.

PASS is an internationally recognised academic support program. It is a non-remedial program and focuses on supporting your learning and connecting you with your peers and discipline. PASS offers regularly scheduled, out of class review sessions, to all students enrolled in a PASS-supported unit.

Sessions are led by PASS Leaders (previous successful students) and are planned, informal seminars, in which you will review notes, discuss readings, develop organisational tools and prepare for exams. These free one-hour weekly study sessions aim to make learning interactive and enjoyable.

To find out if your Unit is PASS support, check on the PASS Website, or contact your Unit Coordinator.

For Literacy and Numeracy Resources please refer to the Literacy and Numeracy section above.

The University provides excellent Student Learning Opportunities, including structured foundation and preparation programs and informal Peer Assisted and Drop In sessions. For more information and to discover the right option for you, visit Student Support and Development or speak with your Faculty officer or Student Advisor.