EDUC 4510B - Biology Curriculum and Methodology B (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Quadmester 2 - 2017

The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills that will prepare students for the start of their teaching career in senior school biology

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4510B
    Course Biology Curriculum and Methodology B (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Quadmester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 hours per week, in addition to a 2 hour common lecture focussing on Assessment and Reporting
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Pass in 6 courses of Biological Science
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching students only
    Assessment essay, unit of work, online tasks, designing pracs & investigations
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Maurice Wetherall

    Maurie Wetherall LECTURER
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes


    Course Learning Outcomes


    GA Arts
    GA Uni
    Assemble a range of subject-appropriate resources, including online, that engage a diversity of students in their learning. 2.6 & 3.4 1, 2 1, 2
    Develop a broad repertoire of subject-appropriate teaching and learning strategies, including use of ICT. 3.2 & 3.3 2, 3 2, 3
    3 Demonstrate broad knowledge of appropriate strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning. 3.6, 5.4 3, 4, 6 3, 4, 6
    4 Identify and interpret student learning needs and design learning strategies to respond to student diversity. 5.1, 5.2 2, 3, 5 2, 3, 5
    5 Formulate a range of feedback and assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative, and summative approaches to assess student learning in the subject area and for various curricula, SACE, AC and IB. 5.1, 5.2, 5.5, 7.2 2, 3, 5 2, 3, 5
    Demonstrate understanding of assessment, moderation and its application to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning. 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 2, 3, 5 2, 3, 5
    Demonstrate a commitment to work ethically and collaboratively so as to meet the professional expectations required of teachers. 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 6 6
    8 Demonstrate communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a diverse range of students. 3.5, 4.2, 5.5 3, 5 3, 5

    Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 

    Graduate Attributes: Faculty of Arts Graduate Attributes:

    Graduate Attributes: University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes:
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 4, 5, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4, 5, 6, 8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    SACE Stage 1 and 2 Biology Course outlines from SACE website.

    LEARNING RESOURCES: For the Common Curriculum and Methodology Core seminars the textbooks are:

    Teaching: Making a Difference
    Rick Churchill, P. Ferguson, S. Godinho, N. Johnson, A. Keddie, W. Letts, K. Lowe, J. Mackay, M. McGill, J. Moss, M. Nagel, K. Shaw2nd, 3rd or online edition are all acceptable

    Assessment & Reporting: Celebrating Student Achievement
    Brady, Laurie & Kennedy, Kerry 2012, , 4th edition, Pearson

    Details of required and recommended texts and readings for your subject specialisation will be provided on your subject specialisation MyUni site and may also be included in the course outline under Learning Resources.
    Recommended Resources
    (Not required to buy these but may be referred to during the course. Some of these can be purchased from me for a very low cost.)
    • Ruthven, Simon. Biology SACE 1 Key Ideas
    • Crierie A and Greig D. Biology Key Ideas (4rd edition)
    • Crierie A and Greig D. Biology SACE 2 Essentials Workbook (3nd edition)
    • Crierie A and Greig D. Stage 2 Practical Manual (2013 version)
    • Chambers W and Wetherall M. Revision Guide (2014 edition)
    • Dierks T and LeCornu B. Levels of Life Text book
    • Dierks T and LeCornu B. Workbook
    • Knox, Ladiges, Evans, Saint. Biology An Australian Focus (3rd edition) McGraw Hill
    • SASTA (South Australian Science Teachers Association) Revision Guide and Workbook.
    • Biozone workbooks for year 11 and 12
    Online Learning
    The MyUni site will be the primary site through which course materials and information will be shared, both for the common core seminars and subject specialisation workshops. As a minimum the MyUni site will contain:

    • Assessment details, including extended description of the tasks, due dates and marking criteria or rubrics
    • Recorded lectures and PowerPoints
    • Required, recommended and additional readings
    • Required, recommended and additional resources
    • Summary of learning activities and topics MyUni may also be used for group discussions and collaborative and shared learning activities.

    Subject Specialisation Curriculum and Methodology assignments will also be submitted and returned via MyUni. Subject specific Online Learning information may also be included in the course outline under Learning Resources. The focus of Curriculum and Methodology A & B courses is the practical application of theory. Topics covered in the common core seminars include teaching strategies, curriculum content, lesson and unit planning, assessment, classroom organisation, behaviour management within a supportive classroom environment. This will be contextualised for teaching your subject specialisation in workshops. Seminars and workshops will be interactive, incorporating a blend of whole class directed activity and group work.

    Seminars and workshops will use a mix of online and face to face learning as well as requiring independent study outside of scheduled contact hours.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The focus of Curriculum and Methodology A & B courses is the practical application of theory. Topics covered in the common core seminars include teaching strategies, curriculum content, lesson and unit planning, assessment, classroom organisation, behaviour management within a supportive classroom environment. This will be contextualised for teaching your subject specialisation in workshops. Seminars and workshops will be interactive, incorporating a blend of whole class directed activity and group work.

    Seminars and workshops will use a mix of online and face to face learning as well as requiring independent study outside of scheduled contact hours.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Full time students will be enrolled in 2 Curriculum and Methodology concurrently – one in each of 2 subject specialisation areas – each one scheduled over 8 weeks.

    For each Curriculum and Methodology course students are required to attend the 2 hour workshop per week (or equivalent where scheduled as intensive blocks) and the scheduled common core seminars (Both Monday 11am-1pm & Monday 2-4pm).

    Where, due to exceptional circumstances, students are unable to attend a seminar or workshop the lecturer in charge must be contacted as soon as practicable to negotiate how to catch up on missed work.

    All students are expected to actively participate in seminar, workshop and online discussions and learning activities.

    For each Curriculum and Methodology Course students are expected to spend additional time per week on individual work related to the course. This will primarily involve reading, research and preparation as directed during seminars and workshops. An average of approximately 4 hours per course per week is common.

    Additional time will also need to be allocated for assessment tasks.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Related Curriculum and Methodology Core Topics to be covered



    Learning Outcomes

    Curriculum Frameworks:

    • SACE curriculum and quality assurance
    • Australian Curriculum
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Steiner
    • Using Curriculum frameworks to inform planning and practice
    1, 2,3 1, 2, 3, 8

    ICT Integration

    • Using ICT effectively for teaching, learning and assessment
    1.5, 2.1, 2.6, 3.4, 4.5 1, 2, 7

    Planning learning:

    • Underlying priciples and concepts
    • Planning tools and resources
    • Sourcing and evaluating teaching and learning resources
    • Matching resources to needs and contexts
    • Planning to meet student needs-getting from intentions to outcomes
    • Developing capabilities as well as subject matter knowledge
    • Integrating knowledge, skills and application
    • Aligning and sequencing learning
    • Scaffolding, coherency and making connections
    • Planning to meet student needs
    • Identifying and responding to changing conditions and needs
    1.2, 1.5, 2, 3, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5 1, 2, 3, 8


    • Assessment as an integral part of learning
    • Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence
    • Evidence of Learning
    • Forms of assessment of learning progress and achievement
    • Identifying and meeting individual needs
    • Criterion based assessment
    • Rubrics and marking schema
    • Peer and self assessment
    • Seeking, giving and receiving feedback
    • Feedback, questions and learning
    • Formative assessment
    • Identifying strengths and challenges
    • Competition, collaboration and cooperation
    • Engaging learners
    1.2, 3.3, 4.1, 5 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7, 8

    Measuring and reporting on achievement:

    • Benchmarking and Moderation
    • Marking and justifying professional judgement
    • Recording Evidence and Reporting
    • International and National testing and benchmarks-PISA,TIMMS, NAPLAN
    3, 6, 5 5, 6, 7
    These topics will be explored in the context of, and supplemented with strategies for, teaching in your subject specialisation in the Subject Specialisation Curriculum and Methodology workshops.

    Details of specific dates, times and locations for the Subject Specialisation workshops will be provided on MyUni.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting APST Learning Outcome
    Workshop Activities on Assessment Summative 20% 1, 2.1, 3.3, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 2, 3, 4, 5, 8
    Portfolio Summative 40% 2.6, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 7.1, 7.3, 7.4 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
    Differential Learning Strategies Task Summative 30% 3.5, 3.6, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
    Attendance 10% 2.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 2, 7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    All Curriculum & Methodology lectures are compulsory. An attendance roll is taken. This is in keeping with university
    Attendance at other structured learning activities may be mandatory provided the achievement of learning outcomes is substantially dependent on the attendance, e.g. an orchestra/ensemble, placement, field trip, tutorial or seminar where there is an expectation of an interactive learning process. (Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 1, paragraph c; ; Downloaded 30/1/2014).

    Assessment Detail
    Criteria for Assessment, Portfolio and Differentiated Learning Strategies tasks include:

    • Evidence of understanding of Australian Curriculum and SACE Curriculum requirements and guidelines for the subject matter
    • Evidence of knowledge and understanding of APST standards regarding assessment and learning, and differentiated learning
    • Evidence that resources have been selected for year level, subject matter and learning needs appropriateness
    • Evidence of critical analysis, evaluation and reflection in selection of resources
    • Folio includes resources for use with various year levels, various topics and various learner needs
    • Evidence of understanding of the relationship between learning outcomes, learning activities and assessment
    • Evidence of understanding of concepts of and purposes for formative and summative assessment
    • Appropriate reference to the Principles of Assessment (Valid, Reliable, Flexible, Fair) and the Principles of Evidence (Valid, Reliable, Authentic, Sufficient)
    • Evidence of understanding of moderation and benchmarking processes and their purpose
    • Topic, learning activities and resources appropriate for the year level
    • Learning activities and resources enable appropriate differentiated learning for a range of learning needs
    • Learning Outcomes, Learning Activities and Assessment are in alignment

    Workshop Participation:

    All students are expected to ask questions, express their opinions, share their experiences and knowledge and listen to those of others in a respectful and professional manner. Where asked or instructed student will undertake activities in and in preparation for class in a timely and constructive manner.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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