Teachers Inquiring About the World - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Presentation (20%) , Project - Project Plan (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as Inquiring About the World.

This unit provides an introduction to systematic processes of inquiry which lay the foundation for meaningful interpretation and implementation of curriculum. Students will develop open, critical and responsible attitudes while using the inquiry process as identified in the Australian Curriculum to investigate and seek answers to local and global social and environmental issues. The unit provides students with the opportunity to complete a detailed inquiry of an environmental issue, with the focus on the methods needed to support the teaching and learning of science and the humanities. 

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

  1. develop lifelong learning skills including: analytical thinking, information management; technology skills and communication skills
  2. apply processes of inquiry to carry out a scientific investigation
  3. report on the outcomes of the processes of inquiry using a range of Information and Communication Technologies
  4. evaluate the outcomes of the inquiry processes in the context of the science and humantities content from the Australian Curriculum.
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Project — Project Plan (30%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Identifying a problem
2Ways of thinking and working
3Creating Focus Questions
4Searching for Information
5Collating and storing information
6Creating a Literature review
7Information synthesis
8Validity and reliability
9Examining presentation tools
10Creating a Presentation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • 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 is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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