Curriculum and Instruction Lower Secondary: Science - 2017

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Unit summary

MTS510

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Report (50%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit is not taking enrolments at this time due to pending availability changes.

This unit is designed to prepare pre-service Lower Secondary Science teachers. The focus of the unit is on curriculum planning, teaching strategies, evaluation, resources, the demonstration of positive impact on student learning and research relating to Lower Secondary Science. Teaching and learning practices to support and challenge a diverse student cohort are explored.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. establish critical and reflective practice in Lower Secondary Science based on local, national and international research
  2. evaluate teaching strategies that support and enhance students’ literacy and numeracy development
  3. appraise a range of resources, including technologies, and make appropriate selections to inform Lower Secondary Science teaching programs
  4. integrate knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to develop differentiated teaching and learning experiences that support and challenge all students in Lower Secondary Science
  5. apply high-level discipline knowledge, principles and concepts to plan, deliver and evaluate teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact in Lower Secondary Science.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Andragogical focus Science Literacy, Science Focus Investigations and inquiry
2Andragogical focus Science Literacy, Science Focus Observation in inquiry Chemistry - Solids, liquids and gases
3Andragogical focus Constructivism Alternative conceptions. Questioning Science Focus Chemistry - Physical and chemical changes
4Andragogical focus Australian Curriculum, Science Focus Earth and space science
5Andragogical focus Teaching Strategies 5E Model, Science Focus Earth and space science
6Andragogical focus Lesson Planning, creating outcomes, Science Focus Physics focusing on electricity
7Andragogical focus creating outcomes, Science Focus Physics focusing on electricity
8Andragogical focus Assessment, Science Focus Physics focusing on heating, cooling and freezing
9Andragogical focus Assessment Forms & uses, Science Focus Physics focusing on heating, cooling and freezing
10Andragogical focus Programming and Planning Units, Science Focus Biology focusing on living and non-living
11Andragogical focus Classroom Management and Safety in the classroom, Science Focus Biology focusing on food webs and decomposing
12Creating a positive learning environment
13Andragogical focus ICT STEM, Science Focus Science as a Human Endeavour Literacies of Science

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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