EDUC 4529A - Science Curriculum & Methodology A (UG)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The course aims to present information on a range of methodologies and develop a variety of pedagogical skills to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 4529A
    Course Science 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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Pass in 2 Level I Physical & Biological Sciences courses
    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 to help students to be better prepared for the start of their teaching career.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Bruce Baker

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On Successful completion of this course student will be able:

    APST Standard

    AQF7/8 GA
    Semester One

    Demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the discipline and theteaching strategies of the learning area. 2.1 Knowledge 1,2,3,5,6,7


    Design and sequence unit and lesson plans based on essential content of the subjectarea, curriculum, including effective assessment principles. 2.2 & 2.3 & 3.2 Application 1,2,3

    Assemble a range of subject-appropriate resources, including online, that engage a diversity of students in their learning. 2.6 & 3.4 Application 2, 4, 5, 8

    Integrate relevant research and theory to develop a broad repertoire of subject-appropriate teaching and learning strategies, including use of ICT. 3.3 7 3.2 Skills 2,3,5

    Assemble relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers including subject professional associations. 6.2, 6.3 & 7.4 Knowledge
    & Skills
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    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 Knowledge, Skills & Application 3,4,8

    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 Knowledge, Skills & Application 2,4

    Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF): 

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,4,6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,5,6,7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,3,4,5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Junior Science Course Reader/Notes (available through MyUni)
    ACARA (NAP-SL), SACE, Primary Connections Website, OECD (PISA Study) & IEA (rTIMSS) websites. (Replaced resources such as SACSA Framework will be made available during the course as required)
    Recommended Resources
    Web-resources and science-teacher’s resource sites will be provided during the course
    Online Learning
    MyUni – Science Curriculum and Methodology [EDUC 4529A/B & EDUC6529A/B]
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course runs for sixteen weeks across two semesters, and each week comprises of a two-hour lecture on core-topics and a two-hour tutorial workshop. Attendance at all seminars and tutorials are important to gain broader insights and achieving the objectives outlined for this course. Attendance will be recorded during each tutorial group.
    The course adopts the Inquiry-Reflective-Praxis model of learning, which describes a continuous commitment to inquiry, scientific thinking, evidence-based research and knowledge extension. The course challenges students to critique and reframe personal and organisational conceptions of precepts to evaluate, extend and create new knowledge and experience.

    I will be available for consultation during the tutorial sessions and by appointment. I will be accessible via email and encourage the use of this format.


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

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

    The course requires four hours of contact time for sixteen weeks, and a further three-five hours per week for self-study, reflection and completion of individual and group assignments.
    Lectures (Core Course): Please refer to BTch/GDE Handbook for dates/times/venues

    Tutorials / Seminars
    3 Mar 7 Apr Tuesday 12:10PM - 02:00PM Nexus 10, 812
    28 Apr 5 May Tuesday 12:10PM - 02:00PM Nexus 10, 812
    28 Jul 18 Aug Tuesday 10.10AM – 12.00PM Nexus 10, 812
    6 Oct 3 Nov Tuesday 10.10AM – 12.00PM Nexus 10, 812
    Learning Activities Summary
    1. Introduction, Prior Knowledge, What is science?
    2. Scientists, Teachers (Prof Standards), Teaching and Pedagogy
    3. Learners and learning, Managing the Learning Environment
    4. Curriculum framework (AC), Syllabus, Lesson Planning, Unit Planning and Instructional Design
    5. Practicals, Safety, Assessment and Reporting
    6. Resources & Support (SASTA/CSIRO/Primary Connections/RiAus)
    Specific Course Requirements

  • 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
    Attendance and Participation in tutorials and lectures 10%
    Percentage deducted for each tutorial workshop absent

    Assignment #1 [Deadline: 17 April 2015 (End Week 6), 5.00pm] 30%
    Lesson Plan
    Lesson plan for a Science Practical, equipment request, safety considerations, student instructions, resources, reflection.
    (graduate attributes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    Assignment #2 [Deadlines: 15 June 2015 (End Week 13), 5.00pm] 60%
    Unit Plan
    Unit/lesson Design, Programming and Resources presented in Digital Portfolio format (to include notes, resources and links, presentation slides, lesson/unit plans, worksheets and assessment rubrics. As well as a reflection on the task.
    (graduate attributes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are required to satisfy the attendance at tutorials and lectures requirement and complete the two assignments by the stipulated deadlines, and obtain an overall pass to complete the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment #1: Lesson Plan (30%)
    Lesson plans are an essential part of teaching. They require the teacher to reflect on the curriculum, their studnt cohort, different learning styles and abilities, safety, structure, organisation, timing, integration into the curiculum, learning activities, resources, pre and post lesson activities, desired outcomes, assessments and more. This task consists of three sections: Preamble, Lesson Plan and Analysis/Reflection. It involves developing a complete detailed plan and accompanying resources for a Middle School Practical Class from a chosen area of the Australian Curriculum. All materials are to be submitted for assessment.

    Assignment #2 Unit Plan, Programming and Resourcs (60%)
    This task involves the development of a Middle School Science Unit based on the Australian Curriculum. It is set in a specific context to give a realistic view of the impact of the school setting on a learning program (timetable of lessons, laboratory and classroom allocations, student cohort, additional teacher demands, access to a laboratory manager and the technology available). The assignment is to include a minimum of 20 lessons, with at least one practical a week, resource requests, safety considerations, student sheets, varied learning activities (copies of PowerPoints, worksheets, notes and student handouts), explicit curriculum links, forms of feedback, as well as two assessment tasks (one practical report and a topic test).

    Please note: Guidance for all assignments will be given during Tutorial Workshops
    1. Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    2. Assignments must be submitted via Turnitin.
    2. All individual assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. 
    3. All group assignments must be attached to a Group Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.
    4. Markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University‘s policy on plagiarism. 
    5. (Policy on late submission of work – including penalties)
    6. Guidelines for referencing are specific to each School/Program. Reports/essays for this course generally follow the APA format. 
    Assignment Submission and to Late Submission of Work

    The procedure for preparing and submitting assignments is as follows:
    · Assignments are to be accompanied by a completed Assignment Cover Sheet.
    · Under no circumstances should assignments be sent direct to the Course Coordinator/Lecturer. All assignments are to be submitted electronically through Turnitin.
    · Email or faxed assignments will not be accepted (unless by prior arrangement with the Professions Hub Officer).
    · Unless an extension of time has been granted, assignments must recorded electronically on or before the due date. Late submission will invariably result in a penalty (usually a 10% reduction for each day late) being applied.  Any assignment handed in 10 days or more late will automatically record a mark of zero and be directly returned to the student not marked.

    · If you are unable to finish the assignment by the due date you should submit whatever work you have completed.
    · Late submission will result in a penalty being applied. A 10% reduction of the maximum mark achieved for each day (includes weekend) late will apply. For example:
              If an assignment is 1 day late
              Mark achieved 58% - 10% (for 1 day late).
              Final mark = 48%
    Assignments that are 10 days late or more will not be marked and will be returned to student without feedback.

    · Always keep a duplicate copy of your assignments. The onus of proving that lost assignments have been completed will be on you. Proof must be given that the assignment was submitted electronically.
    · Extensions will not be granted under any circumstances on the basis of work related commitments.
    · Extensions will only be granted on exceptional circumstances, such as medical or associated grounds (please see UoA’s policy at Note Clause #5: Student’s responsibilities - Contact relevant academics to negotiate assessment accommodations.
    · If requesting an extension on the above grounds the Course Lecturer must be notified by email before the due date. Appropriate documentation, ie medical certificate etc, MUST then accompany the assignment. If such documentation is not received with the assignment it will be regarded as a late submission, as stated above.
    · It should be pointed out that if you are granted an extension of time to submit your assignment, the delay in finalising your results may prevent you from completing your program in time for graduation (in some circumstances). 

    Assignments will be returned to students as soon as practicable (every effort will be made to do so within three/four weeks of the due date) with written feedback. Assignments will generally be returned during tutorials/lectures or returned via email.

    Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the lecturer-in-charge.
    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.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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