EDUC 4512A - Chemistry Curriculum & Methodology A (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

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 Chemistry.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4512A
    Course Chemistry Curriculum & Methodology A (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 hours per week, in addition to a 2 hour common lecture focussing on Planning and Teaching
    Prerequisites Pass in 6 courses of Chemistry
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching students only
    Course Description 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 Chemistry.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Simon Sypek

    Mr Simon Sypek Lecturer USC
    Mr Glen Arthur   Lecturer USC
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Knowledge and understanding of the Year 11 and Year 12 SACE curricula for Chemistry [AITSL 1.1, 1.2,1.5]
    2 Demonstrate ability to apply appropriate learning methodologies for teaching SACE Chemistry [AITSL 1.2, 1.5, 2.6, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6]
    3 Demonstrate the ability to develop learning and assessment programs for SACE Chemistry within the context of an individual school setting. [AITSL 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.1, 3.1, 3.6]
    4 Demonstrate ability to derive assessment decisions for student work and report on achievement [AITSL 5.2, 5.2, 5.3]
    5 Proficiency in gathering, selecting, sharing and using a variety of teaching resources in SACE Chemistry [AITSL 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 7.4]
    6 Awareness of SACE board moderation practices and benchmarked standards
    [AITSL 5.1, 5.3, 6.4, 7.4]
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 4, 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 4, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2, 3, 4, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3, 4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    SACE Chemistry Subject Outline 2014
    Download from
    Recommended Resources
    (not required for purchase but may be referred to during the course)
    Essentials SACE2 Chemistry Workbook Seventh Edition - Year 12 Publication
    Senior Chemistry a Course Companion for Year 12
    Essentials SACE1 Chemistry Workbook Eighth Edition - Year 11 Publication SASTA (South Australian Science Teachers Association) Chemistry Study Guide
    Online Learning
    Resources presented in the Tutorial will be made available through MyUni over the progression of the course.  
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Tutorial sessions will consist of presentations supported with collaborative activities and workshops. 

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

    8 x 2 Hour Tutorial Sessions
    Students should expect that an additional 2-3 hours will be required for preparation. At peak times of assessment, students can expect an increased time commitment.  
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Introduction to Teaching SACE Chemistry
    Course Profile and Assessment Stage 1 and Stage 2 Course Outline and Sequencing
    Week 2 Chemistry Resources and their use in the Classroom
    Week 3 Student Presentation of a Resource Analysis
    Week 4 Development of a Chemical Concept Through Varied Teaching Methodologies
    Week 5 SACE Assessment Practices
    · Assessment Design
    · Performance Standards The Australian Curriculum
    Week 6 Assessment Design
    · Construction of SATs
    · Mapping Against Performance Standards Setting and Vetting
    Week 7 Time in Lieu of Observation of lecture/Tutorial
    Week 8 Assessment Design Continued Moderation Practices
    Week 9 Teaching Practicum
    Week 10 Teaching Practicum
    Week 11 Teaching Practicum
    Week 12 Teaching Practicum
  • 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 Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Resource Analysis & Presentation  Formative

    Tuesday Week 3

    Tutorial and Lesson Observation Participation Formative  Ongoing 10% 1, 2, 5
    Construction of Summative SAT (Test) Summative Tuesday Week 7 15% 1, 3, 4 ,6
    Topic Teaching Folio Summative Friday Week 8 60% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Physical submission of all assessment tasks along with an electronic copy. Word-count will be outlined on individual tasks where applicable. 
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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