EDUC 6512A - Chemistry Curriculum & Methodology A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

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 6512A
    Course Chemistry Curriculum & Methodology A
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    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 6 courses of Chemistry
    Restrictions Available to GradDipEd 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 Glen Arthur

    Mr Glen Arthur   Lecturer USC glen.arthur@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

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

    esdays 5:10pm-7:00pm  
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
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    On Successful completion of this course student will be able:

    APST Standard

    AQF7/8 GA
    Semester One
    1

    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

    2

    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
    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
    4

    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
    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
    6

    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
    7

    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
    Note:

    Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST):
    http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/hrdevelopment/pages/workforcedevelopment/Standards/?reFlag=1 

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF):
    http://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf/in-detail/aqf-levels/ 

    Graduate Attributes: University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes:
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/learning/strategy/gradattributes/
    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

    SACE Chemistry Subject Outline 2015
    Download from http://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/chemistry

    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. 
    Workload

    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
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction to Teaching Chemistry
    Course Profile and Assessment
    SACE Stage 1 and Stage 2 Course Outline and Sequencing
    Week 2 Chemistry Resources and their Utilisation in the Classroom
    Week 3 Student Presentation - Resource Analysis
    Week 4

    Development of a Chemical Concept Through Varied Teaching Methodologies
    Lesson Planning Through Learning Design

    Week 5 Assessment Practices
    • Introduction to Assessment
    • SACE 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
    Specific Course Requirements
    No specific course requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable
  • 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
    Participation in tutorials & observation of a lecture or turorial Formative

    Ongoing

    10%  3, 6
    Resource analysis & presentation Formative  Week 3 15% 1,2,4,5, 6
    Construction of  SAT (Test) Summative Week 6 15% 1, 6, 7
    Topic Teaching Folio Summative Week 8 60% 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
    Assessment Detail
    Further details of individual assessment tasks will be provided and modelled during the Tutorial sessions in advance of task submission. 
    Submission

    Tasks will be submitted via electronically via MyUni and as a separate electronic submission for the Topic Teaching Folio.

    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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