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EDCU20038 - Teaching Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course develops understanding of both the content and pedagogy required to teach science in primary school classrooms. Students are introduced to concepts on how children learn science, the importance of science education in an Australian and international context and current views regarding effective pedagogical practice linked to research. Practical application of skills related to the Australian Curriculum: Science will focus on learning and teaching across the four substrands of Biological Sciences; Earth and Space Sciences; Chemical Sciences and Physical Sciences. There is an emphasis on science inquiry skills, in particular identifying and posing questions; planning, conducting and reflecting on investigations; processing, analysing and interpreting evidence; and communicating findings. The course includes an emphasis on effective student engagement within science education through the appropriate selection, application and assessment of science content knowledge.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2015

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.87% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Evaluation.
Feedback
The variety of assessment samples provided were invaluable for understanding how to approach the tasks.
Recommendation
Continue to provide assessment samples.
Action Taken
Continued to provide assessment samples.
Source: Lecturer reflection.
Feedback
Two prescribed text books can be costly for students.
Recommendation
Remove second prescribed text.
Action Taken
Second text has been removed.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Assessment task feedback as annotated copy of assignment rather than criteria sheet would be more helpful.
Recommendation
Markers to provide annotated feedback in addition to criteria sheet.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Observation.
Feedback
Assessment task needs more relevance to science.
Recommendation
Assessment tasks have been adjusted to provide more relevance to science in the classroom.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate examples of teaching and assessment practice in science education to identify how connections are made to students’ prior knowledge or experience to promote learning
  2. Access and apply professional literature on contemporary science education to critically evaluate or justify planning and assessment practices
  3. Plan lesson sequences that use appropriate research-based teaching strategies and ICTs to structure content and address students’ possible misconceptions in science education
  4. Develop diagnostic, formative and summative assessment tools that identify students’ understanding of scientific phenomena
  5. Select teaching and learning and assessment strategies that engage students in active learning, promote higher order thinking and scaffold students’ understanding of core concepts in science

Successful completion of this course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students.

1.2 Understand how learners learn

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

4.1 Support student participation

5.1 Assess student learning

5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements 

5.4 Interpret student data

5.5 Report on student achievement

 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment