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Scientific Principles (9899.3)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


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Students participating in Scientific Principles will examine their own perceptions of science and technology and broaden their understandings about how to plan for and teach in this area, utilising key national, state and territory syllabi and curriculum support documents. In particular students will explore different teaching and learning approaches to science and technology education. In workshops students will explore technological and scientific learning from the perspective of the environment, gender, information, systems, materials and designing, making and appraising. Interconnections between each of these will be emphasised.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Develop their own approach to, confidence and increased interest in teaching science and technology and will understand the implications of this approach for children's learning;

2. Understand the required teaching processes for science and technology as well as the concepts identified in particular syllabuses such as those in NSW, ACT and Australian Curriculums;

3. Appreciate the value of science and technology education and its relationship to other key learning areas, especially literacy;

4. Understand the nature of science and technology, and their relationships to everyday life and its social contexts; and

5. Recognise the aims, place and significance of science and technology education as part of an inclusive whole school curriculum.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Flipped classroom (1 hr) with Moodle support and 1x2 hour workshop per week


This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Primary Education, Bachelor of Primary Education (STeM), Bachelor of Primary Education (Creative Arts), Bachelor of Primary Education (Health and Physical Education) or Bachelor of Secondary Education (Health and Physical Education) courses.



Assumed Knowledge

Year 10 Science.

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