EDUC 6542A - Agricultural Science Curriculum & Methodology A

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 Agricultural Science.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 6542A
    Course Agricultural Science 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
    Prerequisites Pass in 6 courses of Agricultural Science
    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 Agricultural Science.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mark Innes

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Introduce students to Junior and Stage 1 and 2 SACE curricula for Agricultural Science
    2 Discuss appropriate teaching/learning methodologies for Junior and SACE Agricultural
    Science
    3 Investigate appropriate topics and depth of knowledge required to fulfil SACE requirements
    4 Give students opportunities to develop and critically assess teaching programs for
    Junior and SACE Stage 1&2 Agricultural Science
    5 Support students in their teaching practicums where they involve the teaching of
    Junior and SACE Stage 1&2 Agricultural Science
    6 Provide workshops for students to gather and share appropriate Agricultural Science
    teaching resources
    7 Provide workshops for students to participate and observe a range
    of Agricultural practical assessment tasks
    8 Investigate appropriate assessment tasks and recording methods
    9 Investigate varying assessment techniques and evaluation of programs
    10 Give students opportunities to demonstrate their learning in front of their peers
    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. 1,2,3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4,5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6,7,8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7,8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3,6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2,4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 9,10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2,7
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Students are required to attend all lectures which will include lecture material, practical  demonstrations and problem solving / discussion time.
    Workload

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

    There are eight, two hour contact times for this semester.  Students should expect that an additional 1 – 2 hours will be required for preparation. At the peak time of assessment, students can expect more time commitment.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Agricultural Education in SA and other States Why teach Agriculture in schools?
    Week 2 Planning an agriculture program             Selecting topics (seasonal nature/SACSA/SACE requirements)
    Week 3 Planning a unit of work eg. Year 8 Vegetable unit
    Week 4 Effective teaching and teaching approaches eg. Visual Learning
    Week 5 Agriculture teaching pedagogy eg Enterprise Agriculture, Academic, Vocational courses and VET.
    Week 6 How to organise and assess practical work Discussion of examples
    Week 7 Tour of Urrbrae Agricultural High School Resources – Human, Physical and Financial
    Week 8 Assessment and Reporting (Junior School, Stage 1)
    Assessment tasks (computer)
    Behaviour management in agriculture (Duty of Care/SOPS)
  • 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
    Individual participation Summative

    End of Semester

    20% 1,2,4
    Essay Summative Due:Arpil 9th 1000 words (30%) 1,2,4
    Individual Research Summative Due: (20%) 4,5
    Assessment Plan Summative Due: May 7th (750 words)
    (30%)
    4,6,7
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment
    1: Contribution and active participation in workshops and class exercises

    Assessment
    2: Students to write a report to a school Governing Council explaining why Agriculture should be part of the school curriculum.
     
    Assessment
    3:  Students will complete and submit a Junior Agriculture Assessment Plan for a semester subject
     
    Assessment
    4:   Students are to attend and observe two agriculture lessons (one theory one practical) and write a report on each.  Can be done at Urrbrae Ag High School.      
    Submission

    Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    All individual assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated by the student before submission. Student’s results will be withheld until such time as the student has signed the Assignment Cover Sheet.
    Requests for extensions will be considered only if they are made three days before the due date for which the extension is being sought.
     
    Unless a Course Outline states otherwise, when an assessment is submitted after a due date, and without an extension, 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%,
    etc. Hard copy submissions made after 5.00pm on a Friday will be assumed to have been submitted on the next business day and will be penalised 5% per day for every day including weekend days and public holidays. This penalty may be increased where the assignment is to be completed in a period of less than a week.

    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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