TEPI230-20YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2020 (Distance)

Informing Teaching and Learning through Community Engagement

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 10 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 28 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 21 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course engages pre-service teachers in relational community-based experiential learning. The course includes relevant multi-disciplinary academic content, and guided reflection to support students' exploration of their role as committed members of the community. There is an expectation of enhanced understandings of intercultural knowledges and professional identity, and the ability to transfer that learning into formal educational settings.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate ability and commitment to engage constructively with community groups and inter-professional community support workers.

2. Demonstrate the knowledge and dispositions to work effectively within the community and increase relational practices; particularly as they would apply to teaching.

3. Apply theory critically to the complex contextual factors that may impact children, families/whānau in communities and relate to teaching using a reflective approach.

4. Develop strategies for practice that demonstrate knowledge of community engagement, its dynamics and impact on teaching and learning.


TEPI105 (ECE) or TEPP102 (Primary)



Timetable Note

Early Childhood


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Michelle Clarke


Ceri de Boo and Ian Bowell


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Reading Conversation 16 Mar 2020 50%
Poster Presentation 22 May 2020 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Moorfield, John C; Maori dictionary : te aka Māori-English, English-Māori dictionary ; Auckland University of Technology ; Pearson Education New Zealand.

Education Council New Zealand (2017) Our Code, Our Standards: Wellington, NZ:  Author. from

Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (2016). Graduating Teacher Standards. Wellington, N.Z.: Author. Retrieved on 26 August, 2016 from https://educationcouncil.org.nz/sites/default/files/gts-poster.pdf

Ministry of Education (2017). Te Whāriki: Early Childhood Curriculum: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna of Aotearoa. Wellington, N.Z.: Author

Ministry of Education (2007). The New Zealand Curriculum. Wellington, N.Z.: Learning Media

New Zealand Teachers Council (2011). Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners: Wellington: Author. Retrieved from http://www.minedu.govt.nz/~/media/MinEdu/Files/TheMinistry/EducationInitiatives/Tataiako/TataiakoWEB.pdf.

Subject specific readings and links will be made available through Learn.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations. Work submitted may be analysed by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. Where there is evidence that cheating or plagiarism has occurred students will be awarded an X grade and the matter will be referred to the year level coordinator, and/or the Head of the School of Teacher Education.

Assessment and grading system

Assessment procedures will follow the established policies of the UC College of Education Assessment Guidelines.

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA      Marks
A+          9      90 – 100
A            8      85 – 89.99
A-           7      80 – 84.99
B+          6      75 – 79.99
B            5      70 – 74.99
B-           4      65 – 69.99
C+          3      60 – 64.99
C            2      55 – 59.99
C-           1      50 – 54.99
D            0      40 – 49.99
E           -1       0 – 39.99

The score for each assessment item will be aggregated for the final grade. Normally a student will need to pass all assignments in a course. However, at the time of the examiner’s meeting when one of the grades for an assignment is just below the passing grade and the other grades are at a satisfactory level, the examiner may also consider factors such as attendance, engagement and the tertiary literacy standard of the assignment. In consultation, the examiner may decide to award the aggregated scores/grades. Assessment procedures will follow the policies of the UC College of Education Assessment Guidelines. Final grades will be calculated and reported using the UC Common Grading Scale.


A student seeking credit in any course must attend such lectures, and perform satisfactorily such oral, practical, written and other work as the Head of Department/School concerned may require.’
(University of Canterbury Calendar 2014, p.43)

Students are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions, actively engage with course content and actively participate in course activities in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course. Students are expected to notify lecturers prior to their absence with an explanation. Extended absences must be accompanied by a medical certificate or similar (as for aegrotat provisions).

Students with less than 80% attendance are at-risk of not meeting the criteria for seeking credit in the course. The course lecturer may require evidence that they have actively engaged with the content and activities of the missed sessions.

Attendance evidence
FLO students – attendance and active participation at On-site Intensives and Adobe Connect (webinar) sessions, accessing of ECHO360 lecture recordings, completion of forum tasks, participation in educational setting/school visits and other requirements specified by the course coordinator.

On Campus students –attendance and active participation at lectures, workshops, labs and/or Adobe Connect (webinar) sessions, accessing of ECHO360 recordings, completion of forum tasks, participation in educational setting/school visits and other requirements specified by the course coordinator.


Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the University of Canterbury (UC) Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to course staff about the relevance and validity of the intended learning outcomes, what has been learned and the quality of course organisation and delivery.

Teaching and courses will be assessed through the regular use of UC evaluative instruments.

In addition, the course will be subject to the internal and external moderation and evaluation processes of the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (BTchLn).

A review will be undertaken for the programme, in accordance with UC policy.

As this course is part of an initial teacher education qualification, it will also be subject to the monitoring and moderation processes of the Education Council New Zealand.

Grade moderation

The courses will be internally moderated in accordance with the processes adopted by the College of Education, Health and Human Development.   An examiners’ meeting will be held at the end of the course to determine the final grades and to ensure fairness and consistency.

Late submission of work

All assignments must be submitted on or before the due date. If an assignment is late (without a prior arranged extension) then it will normally not be marked. However, if the course lecturer is notified within 24 hours of the due date and there is a genuine issue, for which evidence must be given, it may be considered but the assignment grade is usually restricted to a minimum passing grade (50%) for that assessment. If the assessment is late it is automatically excluded from a resubmission opportunity unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Other specific requirements

Tertiary literacy standard
Assignments that do not meet a tertiary literacy standard will be marked but that mark will be sanctioned. The student will be given one opportunity to correct the assignment so that it demonstrates tertiary technical writing skills. These skills include the correct use of spelling (including the appropriate use of macrons when spelling Māori words), sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing and the appropriate use of APA referencing. The corrected work must be resubmitted within seven calendar days.
Once the work is at an appropriate tertiary literacy standard the sanction on the mark will be removed.

Requests for extensions

Extensions are reserved for exceptional circumstances only and are not granted automatically. The course lecturer responsible for the assessment must be contacted by email a minimum of two working days before the due date, and the application must be supported by relevant evidence (e.g. medical certificate, letter from counsellor). The student’s course lecturer will then make a recommendation to the course coordinator who will make a final decision. If an extension is granted there will normally be no resubmit given for that assignment. An extension will normally be for no more than two weeks and the date of the extension must be provided to the student in writing.

Extensions will not be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due around the same time. The procedure for extensions is fully outlined in the College of Education, Health and Human Development Assessment Guidelines.

Special consideration of assessment items

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control, where:
(a)  they have suffered an acute illness, injury, or other reasonably unforeseeable circumstances:
i.    which has prevented them from completing any major item(s) of work for assessment in a course; or
ii.   which has impaired their performance (including by interruption of pre-assessment revision) to the extent that the result(s) are likely to underestimate their true and evidenced level of mastery of the material in the course;
i.    they have been selected to perform, compete, adjudicate, or officiate as a national sporting representative at national or international competitions; or
ii.   they are members of a national cultural group on tour nationally or internationally.
Please note that applications must be supported by evidence.  Further details are available at the above link.

Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ within five days of the assessment.

Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Course Co-ordinator and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required.

Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course and may not be available for some other items of assessment as specified in Course Outlines.  (Refer to specific Course Outlines for this information.)

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

NB: This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student and Programme Office for assistance.

Course Website

As well as attending classes, it is essential that all students regularly access the course Learn site. All course information such as the course kaupapa, notices, assessment information, required and recommended readings, audio recordings of some lectures, and other teaching resources etc. will be available on this site

Where to submit and collect work

Students will be required to submit their course assignments electronically, within an assignment drop-box on the Learn course site. Assessment results will be returned to students via the same delivery method. Students may also be required to submit some assignments in hard copy.

Turnitin will be used to check for plagiarism. Where this applies, students will be informed in the Assignment Description and Requirements on the course Learn site.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be dealt with well ahead of the due date. For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.  Monday to  Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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 TEPI230 Occurrences

  • TEPI230-20YC1 (C) Year C First Half 2020
  • TEPI230-20YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2020 (Distance)