Courses & Units

Foundations of University Learning and Teaching ELT501


Unit offered subject to numbers. The compulsory, on-campus, block-teaching component of this unit occurs prior to the official semester start date. For further information email


This unit is designed to provide information and a collegial environment to support you in developing a rich and integrated understanding of university learning and teaching issues, with reference to the UTAS context.

You will explore the theories, principles and practice of university learning and teaching. There is an emphasis on discussing and applying constructive alignment, strategies to promote deep learning and integrating technology into the learning and teaching environment.

This is the foundation unit in the Graduate Certificate of University Learning and Teaching, and consequently introduces a range of topics that will be developed further in other units. It also acts as a primer for new UTAS staff.

On completion of this Unit, you will be able to:

  1. Design constructively aligned units where the intended knowledge, skills and understandings are clearly and appropriately communicated, taught and assessed.
  2. Use Higher Education theory, literature and practice to make and support arguments for teaching.
  3. Present an argument for change, addressing both formal and informal structures, to improve teaching and learning in your professional context.


Unit name Foundations of University Learning and Teaching
Unit code ELT501
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Dr Andrea Adam

Teaching staff

Dr Andrea Adam

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

On campus block teaching prior to the start of Semester and Internet-dependant activities


Learning Outcomes Critique - 1,200 words (15%), Learning Activity and Assessment Design  - 20 mins/4,500 words (85%)

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