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Neuroscience of Human Learning (EDUC90975)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90975
Term 2 - Online
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines the foundations of human learning through a neurological lens, ranging from the sensory detection, encoding, storage, retrieval, storage, and behavioural outputs, to social constructs of learned information. A neuroscience of learning lens will also be used as a framework for critiquing educational practices, policies and products. The subject will provide opportunities for students to analyse ways in which findings derived from neurological research can be used to inform their professional practice.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of how learning is instantiated in the human brain
  • Integrate a complex neurological understanding of learning into a variety of other specialisations and disciplines, in particular cognitive and behavioural psychology
  • Independently investigate topics of interest by critically analysing and synthesise the most salient academic literature
  • Analyse conflicting theories and pre-existing data, and synthesize findings in a clear, concise and audience-appropriate way
  • Articulate a defensible position and reflect on its implications for professional pedagogical practice
  • Critically and reflectively analyse their own teaching & learning philosophy, epistemology, and practice
  • Transmit research findings in written and verbal forms to peers and colleagues

Generic skills

  • On completion of this subject, participants will be able to: Understand complex neuroscientific concepts that underlie human learning
  • Research and critically evaluate bodies of knowledge through academic literature
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate various hypotheses, claims and products that are purportedly brain-based
  • Independently communicate complex concepts, knowledge and skills around the neuroscience oflearning to a range of expert and non-expert audiences
  • Reflectively evaluate and responsibly apply knowledge from neuroscience and other disciplines (in particular psychology and education) to their professional practice

Last updated: 21 September 2019