CQUniversity Unit Profile
EDED14355 STEM Education and Engagement
STEM Education and Engagement
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General Information

Overview

It is well recognised that future generations require strong educational foundations in order to navigate our changing world. The renewed national focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in primary school education will ensure that young Australians become equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge that they need to succeed in a changing world. STEM education refers collectively to the teaching of the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and also to a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching that increases student interest in STEM related fields and improves students’ problem solving and critical analysis skills. In this unit, you will build on the knowledge acquired in previous science, technology and mathematics units. You will apply problem based learning theory and pedagogical principles that underpin inquiry approaches and collaboration to design, conduct and evaluate first hand investigations in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics areas applicable to primary school classrooms. You will consolidate your knowledge in STEM disciplines and develop your pedagogical skills to increase student engagement and participation in STEM drawing upon the relevant Australian curriculum.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 4
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: EDCU12038 Teaching for Mathematical Proficiency EDCU12039 Digital and Design Technologies EDCU12040 Biological and Earth and Space Sciences EDCU13020 Mathematics Curriculum EDCU13017 Chemical and Physical Sciences

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023

Bundaberg
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 45%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment
Weighting: 45%
3. Peer assessment
Weighting: 10%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

Clear unit requirements

Recommendation

Outline of the expectations of the unit will be made clear throughout the unit.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

Learning from assessments

Recommendation

Assessment tasks will be aligned closely to the learning outcomes.

Feedback from Student evaluation

Feedback

Feedback

Recommendation

Students will be given opportunities to receive peer feedback.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Applies professional learning to develop knowledge and understanding of how students' learn the interconnectedness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines
  2. Selects appropriate STEM content and develops collaborative teaching strategies that apply and use Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) safely, responsibly and ethically through mathematical problem solving; scientific inquiry, engineering and/or technological design principles
  3. Plan, structure and sequence challenging learning programs that utilise evidence-based research to develop innovative pedagogical practices in STEM
  4. Differentiate the teaching of STEM content and its variations through teaching strategies that meet the needs of an inclusive and diverse range of students.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to engage with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) focus area of:

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific needs of students across the full range of abilities

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICTs)

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

4.4 Maintain student safety

4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 45%
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 45%
3 - Peer assessment - 10%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • MS Teams
  • eReading List
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?