Inquiry in the Science Classroom - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study (40%) , Report (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

What does it look like, feel like and smell like? In this unit the inquiry process provides the framework through which students investigate science in the primary classroom. Students will create and participate in inquiry focused hands-on activities across the science learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. This unit will focus on fostering a positive and engaging environment to promote students’ scientific literacy and will consider lesson planning, teaching strategies and assessment forms in the context of the science classroom. The unit will also evaluate the raft of science resources and technologies available for primary classrooms. There is a focus on promoting students’ ability to develop primary school learners’ knowledge and skills to work scientifically, and to foster a positive attitude to science, and apply science knowledge to better understand the world around them.

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

  1. incorporate the inquiry into lesson planning and synthesise science lesson that consider the ethics and decision-making decisions that should be considered with new advances in science
  2. implement a range of teaching strategies in the science context and identify and develop resources to help primary school students engage and learn science
  3. evaluate and implement assessment strategies in the context of science to help develop a progression pathway to guide students learning
  4. prepare interesting and exciting lesson plans and programmes in science which are informed by students
  5. provide a clear rationale to support the teaching of science in the primary classroom and develop an awareness, understanding and use of the new curriculum materials in science.
  • Case Study (40%)
  • Report (45%)
  • Test (15%)

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDP225 Science Education as they are considered equivalents.

  • Additional materials

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.

1Scientific Literacy
3Constructivism, Alternative frameworks
4National Curriculum, SU, SIS, SHE
5Teaching Strategies, 5 E Model
6Lesson Planning
7Assessment, Report writing
8Science Safety, Classroom management
9Programming and Planning, 5 E Model revisited
10ICT and Science, Literacies of Science, Resources
11Integrated Science, Resources
12Excursions, Review, revisit and reflect

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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