Teaching Science in the Primary Years - 2018

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Unit summary

MTP505

  • 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 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Exercises (60%) , Report (40%)

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2018 Fees
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Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit prepares pre-service teachers to teach science in primary schools by exploring the three strands of the science curriculum. It integrates appropriate ICT tools and strategies and inquiry-based learning approaches. It develops science knowledge as well as teaching and learning practices in science in primary school contexts.

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

  1. apply discipline knowledge of the concepts, substance and structure of the content of the three strands of the science curriculum to plan inquiry-based teaching and learning experiences and assessments that will impact on student learning
  2. design science-based learning activities that support the ethical, safe and appropriate use of ICTs in teaching and learning
  3. 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 primary science
  4. research sources in order to select appropriate resources to support science teaching and learning in primary schools.
  • Exercises (60%)
  • Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • 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
1Science Literacy - Investigations and inquiry
2Science Literacy. Chemistry- Solids, liquids and gases
3Chemistry- Physical and chemical change
4Earth and space
5Teaching Strategies 5E Model: Earth and space science
6Lesson Planning, creating outcomes. Physics - electricity
7Assessment Forms & uses. Physics - heating, cooling and freezing
8Assessment applications. Physics - heating, cooling and freezing
9Programming and Planning Units. Biology - living and non-living
10Classroom Management and Safety. Biology - food webs and decomposing
11ICT STEM. Literacies of Science
12ICT STEM. Science as a Human Endeavour
13Review and Reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • 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.

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