EDUC 4512B - Chemistry Curriculum and Methodology B (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 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 4512B
    Course Chemistry Curriculum and Methodology B (UG)
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Winter
    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
    Prerequisites Pass in 6 courses of Chemistry
    Restrictions Available to B Teaching students only
    Assessment Essay, unit of work, online tasks, designing pracs & investigations
    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.

    Wednesday 16th July 8:30 am – 4:30 pm & Friday 18th July 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Level 1 Jordan Building General Lab
  • 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 during the 2 days will be made available through MyUni prior to and during the progression of the course.  
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Laboratory sessions will consist of practical work, supported with collaborative activities and workshops. 

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

    This is an intensive Winter School Program consisting of 2 X 8 hour days. Student will be expected to engage in practical work in a high school laboratory setting. In the day break between the two days, student will be required to develop a practical. Students should expect that an additional 3-4 hours will be required for this preparation.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Wednesday July 16 am Investigations Folio Introduction to the Investigations Folio, practical component

    Laboratory safety
    Volumetric Analysis - Assessment of Skills[ I3] and Collaboration assessment [A3]
    Wednesday July 16 pm Investigations Folio – Practical Investigations and Safety Organic Preparation – laboratory safety and management
    Design Investigation – Introduction to design and assessment
    Friday July 18 am Investigations Folio – Design Investigation Design Investigation – trial set up and implementation
    Friday July 18 pm Investigations Folio – Design Investigation Design Investigation – refinement and presentation
  • 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
    Assessment of Skills and Collaboration Formative

    Wednesday During Practical Investigation


    2, 3, 4, 6
    Observations and Reflection – Management of Laboratory and Safety Formative Wednesday During Practical Investigation 20%  1, 2, 5
    Participation in Practical Investigation Formative Ongoing over duration of the intensive 10% 2, 5
    Construction and Implementation of a Design Investigation Summative Friday End of Day 50% 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Assessment Detail
    Further details of individual assessment tasks will be provided and modelled during the practical sessions in advance of task submission.
    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.

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    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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