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Brain, Mind and Education (EDUC90873)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90873
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will explore the practical application of the emerging field of The Science of Learning (with a particular focus on Educational Neuroscience). The subject will provide students with an understanding of how science can inform classroom practice and how the application of scientific and design methodologies can be implemented in the creation, delivery and evaluation of learning interventions. Specifically, students will learn how neuroscience, psychology, and educational research can - and cannot - be successfully translated into classroom practice. More generally, students will be equipped with the skills to scientifically evaluate the validity of educational, psychological and neuroscientific research. These skills will allow students to become knowledgeable and effective consumers of commercial educational products and methods, enable them to critically reflect on their own teaching effectiveness in a scientifically valid way, and to develop novel and effective teaching practices.
Specifically, the subject will address the following:

  • Applying the science of learning to teaching and learning practices;
  • applying neuroscience to practical human learning;
  • specific learning topics (memory, attention, emotions, feedback, creativity);
  • practical implications of science of learning.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Have a working knowledge of current research in evidence-based learning and teaching strategies;
  • Understand and adapt essential concepts in neuroscience, including memory, attention, emotions, feedback, and creativity;
  • Apply the scientific method to their own professional practice, in order to design, deliver and evaluate learning interventions;
  • Apply educational, psychological and neuroscientific research, as it applies to student outcomes, wellbeing, social and emotional competence, safety and inclusion.

Generic skills

Through completing this subject, graduates will develop the following set of key transferable skills:

  • The ability to critically evaluate scientific literature from a number of academic domains as well as critically evaluate educational programs, systems and products, including commercial offerings, that purport to enhance learning.
  • The ability to work with others to develop and present an evaluation of educationally relevant neuropsychological constructs.
  • The ability to reflect on and develop professional practices.
  • The ability to plan, write, and communicate personal and scientifically supported ideas.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
EDUC90872 Foundations of the Science of Learning
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Literature Review Outline (800 words) due mid-semester (20%)
  • Literature Review (3,200 words) due end of semester (60%)
  • 20 min. Group Presentation (equivalent to1,000 words) due end of semester (20%)

Hurdle Requirement: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all scheduled tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • July
    CoordinatorsLuke Rowe and Georgia Dawson
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period21 July 2019 to 12 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 6 August 2019
    Census date16 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail11 October 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    July contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Participants will be provided with a collection of readings via the online Learning Management System (LMS).

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

Last updated: 3 April 2019