Introduction to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay - Literature Review (50%) , Report - Research Project Report (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

Constructivist learning theories provide a valuable window into supporting deep understanding and fostering inquiring minds. This unit examines how constructivist theory informs Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning by focusing on the practical, classroom-based implications as well as theoretical backgrounds.

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

  1. appraise different learning theories and discuss benefits for teaching and learning STEM subjects
  2. critique personal teaching and learning practice in STEM subjects in light of knowledge of learning theories, learners, and context
  3. design and implement a constructivist learning activity and evaluate students’ learning in STEM subjects.
  • Essay — Literature Review (50%)
  • Report — Research Project Report (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment

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.

1What is STEM? Definitions and trends involving STEM education
2The nature of learning and teaching in STEM - philosophical debates
3Learning theories (individual constructivism) in STEM
4Learning theories (social constructivism) in STEM
5Teaching approaches (inquiry-based, problem-based, project-oriented teaching) in STEM
6Teaching approaches (interdisciplinary education) in STEM
7Designing a learning activity for constructivist learning in STEM
8Designing a learning activity for constructivist learning in STEM
9Ways to understand students' learning (interview and diagnostic instruments) in STEM
10Ways to reflect on teaching (video recording and journals)
11Contexts, achievements gaps, and current issues in teaching and learning STEM subjects
12Individual presentation of STEM projects and reflection of the unit

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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