Course syllabus

Kia ora tātou and welcome to EDUC 117. Basic information about the course is provided below, along with clickable links to more detailed information.

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Code: EDUC 117

Title: Teaching and Learning: An Educational Psychological Perspective

Points: 15

Calendar Prescription: Includes an examination of core aspects of educational psychology that include thinking, learning, and behaving.  An analysis of relevant theory and research within psychology in education: topics include behaviour analysis, measurement and assessment, cognition, socialization, and individual differences.  Students will explore these in relation to different educational settings and contexts, for example, culture, community, school, and classroom.

Restriction:  EDUC 121, 121G, 140, 141, EDUCM 140, 141

Contact information

Role Contact person Email
Course director / lecturer Dr Joanne Walker
Lecturer Mohamed Alansari
Senior Tutor Sheryll McIntosh

All questions about the course material, including questions about the essay, test or exam, must be posted on the discussion boards so that all students have access to the same information. Note that while we will respond to questions posted on the discussion boards as promptly as possible, responses outside of usual working hours cannot be guaranteed, so any questions should be asked well in advance of assessment deadlines.

Office hours: Joanne will hold weekly office hours on ________________________in the Liberal Arts office in HSB level 2, located at 15 Wynyard Street. You need to access the offices from the rear side of HSB (the Fale Pasifika side), as there is no connection from the Symonds Street side. 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand key psychological theories of teaching and learning and be able to define central terms and principles.
  • Describe how key cognitive, behavioural, social and situational factors enhance or hinder teaching and learning within classrooms.
  • Describe instructional implications related to central terms, principles and influential factors derived from the key theories of teaching and learning.
  • Critically evaluate information and the information seeking process.
  • Apply prior and new information to construct new concepts or create new understandings.

Course Schedule

Lectures are held from 2 - 4 pm on Tuesdays, and tutorials run on Wednesdays. There are tutorials in Week 1, or Week 7 (the week of the in-class test). For full details, please see the course schedule

Assessment tasks and requirements

There are _______________ internal assessments for this course, plus an exam. Complete details of these assessments are available via the Assignment list. For all forms and general assignment information, and answers to frequently asked questions please visit the Faculty coursework website.

Completion to the satisfaction of the examiners

Students must achieve at least 50% for the course and complete all assessments to receive a passing grade in the course. Note that this means that you must attend and complete at least one of the tutorial activities. 

Attendance and participation

Attendance in class, as well as engagement with course activities and readings, supports academic success. Therefore it is strongly recommended that students make every effort to attend lectures and tutorials and complete all the necessary in-class requirements.


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