HEDN601-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023

Introduction to Tertiary Teaching

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 5 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 3 September 2023


A critical examination of personal theories of tertiary teaching within a comparative framework of contemporary literature and practice.

In this course we grapple with literature and practice around what it means to be a tertiary teacher in a bi-cultural Aotearoa. We draw on the varied disciplinary contexts of students to reflect on classroom learning experiences.

The course covers kaupapa that have been influential on and underpin current approaches to tertiary and/or vocational education and explore and reflect on our assumptions about the role of our learning and teaching practices, in relation to bi-cultural competencies. We also explore new models of learning and the role of hybrid/blended learning. In exploring this we will engage in two place based off campus experiences to broaden our understanding of Tangata Whenuatanga.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a critical rationale for your teaching which shows connections to bi-cultural competencies, student learning and teaching beliefs, practices and values;
  • Reflect upon and critique evidence gathered about your own teaching and your students’ learning in the relation to your organisations Māori strategy and your practices and perspectives;
  • Articulate a philosophy of teaching and learning that demonstrates your capacity to reflect on your practice and your own aspirations and future development as a teacher.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Programme Coordinator


HEDN501, HEDN502

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 F1 Lectorial
27 Mar - 2 Apr

Contact Person

Cheryl Brown


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reflections 40% Choice of 2 reflections (500-1000 words each) about specific aspects of teaching and learning discussed in class. 2 x20% = 40%
Observation of Teaching 20% Observe (virtual or physial) a lecture/tutorial of a colleague you admire, interview them about their ideas about teaching (1000 words). Due anytime during semester
Philosophy of Teaching Statement 40% 5 min presentation plus 1000-1500 words supporting written statement.

Additional Course Outline Information

Application Information

Enrolment is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, Associate Professor Cheryl Brown [https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/education/schools-and-departments/school-of-educational-studies-and-leadership/contact-us/academic-staff/cheryl-brown.html]. Please contact cheryl.brown@canterbury.ac.nz if you are interested in this course as UC staff may be eligible for Staff Tertiary Study Assistance and Lincoln and ARA staff may be eligible for a Canterbury Tertiary Alliance discount.

Academic Staff employed outside UC will need to make contact with their home University HR department to complete the required paperwork.

UC Staff need to progress through the following process:

• Apply through the Learning & Development, Staff Tertiary Study Assistance [https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/ld/dev_plan/pgcerttt/index.shtml] to undertake the study and to have the fees paid by UC. You can view the whole process for application at Staff Tertiary Study Assistance process or just link to the Application for Staff Tertiary Assistance Form.

• Please note, as part of this process you will need to provide evidence of your Qualification to HR.

• You may also wish to review the Request a Teaching Constraint for Timetabling process and discuss this with your Head to ensure you are available at the time the study is scheduled. If there are timetable issues please contact Associate Professor Cheryl Brown as flexibility may be available.

• Enrol as a student, you need to apply to enrol for your course(s), following the same process as all students.

• Go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol [http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol/] and follow the steps.

• You will receive an enrolment offer (this offer will show the normal tuition fees).

• On the enrolment offer, under Other Payment Method you must type in “Staff Tertiary Study Assistance” in order for your funding to be applied and your enrolment completed.

• Accept the enrolment offer.

• As part of the enrolment process you will need to provide passports/visas and other academic documents as required.  These documents may have already been provided to HR as part of your employment process but need to be resubmitted to Admissions.

• The University will then pay the agreed amount for your course/s of study.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $995.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

All HEDN601 Occurrences

  • HEDN601-23A (D) Any Time Start 2023 (Distance)
  • HEDN601-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023