TECS434-23YA2 (C) Year A Second Half 2023

Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2: Teaching subject for senior secondary

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 10 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 23 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 October 2023


This course will deepen students understanding of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment as they develop pedagogical content knowledge for secondary teaching in particular subject contexts at senior secondary level. Students will examine curriculum and assessment frameworks and materials, including the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and the New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), contemporary pedagogical developments and associated practice challenges within the context of a specialist senior secondary subject. There is a particular focus on knowledge foundations, assessment practices, culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies that support learning for all, relevant subject-specific literacies and design for learning within students' specialist senior secondary subjects.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Analyse an NCEA achievement standard for a senior subject, in relation to the focus for assessment and the relationships between assessment, curriculum and learning.
2. Draw implications for practice from the analysis of an NCEA achievement standard, with particular regard to assessment for Māori and diverse learners in a senior secondary subject.
3. Demonstrate practice skills in the design of a unit or programme of learning in a senior secondary teaching subject.
4. Integrate understanding of curriculum, pedagogy (culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy), assessment and learning in the design of a unit or programme of learning in a senior secondary subject.
5. Reflect on teacher decision-making in relation to design of a unit or programme of learning, with consideration of Māori and diverse learners and their engagement with curriculum, national assessment structures and the context for learning in a senior secondary subject.
6. Demonstrate critical understanding of practice-related challenges, through engagement with pedagogical and curriculum theory and research, critical analysis and reflection, in relation to a senior secondary subject.

University Graduate Attributes

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

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.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.



Course Coordinator

Ceri de Boo


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Unpacking an NCEA Achievement/Unit Standard 04 Aug 2023 40% Unpacking an NCEA Achievement/Unit Standard
Unit or Programme Overview 30 Oct 2023 60% Unit or Programme Overview

Students must pass all assessment requirements to obtain a final passing grade for this course.  Final grades will be delivered at an examiners meeting and reported using the UC common grading system.

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 Teacher Education .

All TECS434 Occurrences

  • TECS434-23YA2 (C) Year A Second Half 2023