Teaching Secondary Science PG (11373.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.25||6||Faculty Of Education|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Education||Post Graduate Level|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Important Note: Students should only enrol in this unit if it matches their designated discipline area at point of admission to the course. If in doubt, contact the Program Director or the Academic Programs Team at the Faculty of Education before enrolling.
Students should be aware that completing a disciplinary 'method' unit for which they do not meet NESA's Subject Content Knowledge Requirements may lead to problems when seeking to register as a teacher.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of student development, how this affects student learning and implications for inclusive curriculum and teaching;
2. Display knowledge and understanding of the Australian Curriculum's cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities;
3. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the structure of the Australian Curriculum for Science at secondary and senior secondary levels and its significance to teaching and learning in the Science classroom;
4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies needed in secondary Science classroom;
5. Adopt a reflective approach to teaching and the related ability to plan for and implement to teaching, learning and assessment strategies that inform and have a positive impact on Science learners in the contemporary secondary classroom;
6. Display knowledge and understanding of literacy, numeracy and ICT teaching strategies and resources, and how these can be used to expand curriculum learning opportunities for all students;
7. Identify and implement strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities;
8. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to implement assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess and report student learning;
9. Demonstrate the capacity to organise and manage classroom activities and behaviour, to provide clear directions, and to maintain a supportive and safe learning environment; and
10. Engage with professional colleagues, and professional learning, to maintain a productive working environment and to improve professional practice.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
Prerequisites11354 Using Data to Improve Learning AND 11351 Curriculum and Assessment in Secondary Education
CorequisitesThis unit is only available to students in the Master of Secondary Teaching.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Amanda Edwards|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Mr Benjamin Mudie|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Dr Amanda Edwards|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Dr Amanda Edwards|
Woolcott, G. and Whannell, R. (2018), Teaching Secondary Science: Theory and Practice. Cambridge University Press.
Green, C. (2016). Secondary Science: Respiration is not breathing! (How to Teach). Independent Thinking Press.
Additional resources will be made available on the unit Canvas site.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
All assessment items required to be submitted online must be submitted via the appropriate Canvas drop box. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item to the right submission section. Assignments must be submitted in a format accessible to the assessor(s), as stated on the relevant canvas site. If the unit convener and/or tutor are unable to access a submission, a standard late penalty of 5% of the total marks possible for the task may be applied per day until the assignment is made accessible.
Special assessment requirements
An aggregate mark of 50% and successful completion of Professional Experience is required to pass the unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Provision of valid documentation
Please note that the University takes student conduct very seriously. All documentation provided to University staff must be valid and the provision of fraudulent documentation carries with it potentially serious consequences, including suspension and/or exclusion from the University. Note that all allegations of student misconduct will be referred to the Associate Dean for Education (ADE) as a prescribed authority for investigation.
Readings, online activities and workshops: ~ 90 hours
Collaborative lesson preparation and clinics participation: ~ 40 hours
Professional Experience: ~ 110 hours
Assessment tasks: ~ 60 hours
Attendance at all scheduled sessions in this unit is compulsory and absences could result in a fail. All absences need to be supported by appropriate documentation (e.g. medical certificate).
Successful engagement with all learning activities in this accredited Initial Teacher Education course is necessary to demonstrate that you have met the Graduate career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL, 2011).
It is recognised that sometimes absence is unavoidable. If you are absent for more than two sessions, however, your engagement with the unit could be considered unsatisfactory.
Successful completion of the professional experience component is critical to success in the whole unit. Refer to assessment (5a) on the Canvas site for further details. Students must make themselves familiar with the processes and policies of professional experience.
School based clinics
Participation in ‘school based' tutorial classes is a compulsory condition of this unit, and attendance will be recorded. You must participate in 100% of the ‘school based' tutorial classes to pass this unit. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned session due to illness or extreme circumstances, you must provide appropriate documentation to the Unit Convener as soon as possible. In the case of sessions missed due to illness or extreme circumstances, both the academic content and the professional experience component are required to be made up. More than two documented absences may lead to failure of the unit due to non-completion.
*Note: This unit commences with week 1 on campus (see timetable for rooms) and weeks 2 to 8 (Primary) or Weeks 2-7 (Secondary) will be school-based to meet accreditation requirements of 3.5 days (Primary) or 3 days (Secondary) professional experience
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves work integrated learning (WIL): Placement. Students must adhere to University policy during WIL activities, including the Student Conduct Rules 2018, the WIL policy and WIL procedure, and the Assessment policy, and Assessment procedure. For teaching degrees, students need to ensure they have their WWVP or for NSW, their Working with Children, COVID vaccination status and evidence of PSTR uploaded to InPlace.
This unit involves clinical placement and, therefore, additional student responsibilities are required in addition to those described in section 6. Workplace learning requires strict adherence to professional practice principles and ethics. School student and staff confidentiality must always be maintained (refer policies on ATES - Professional Experience Handbook, ACT ED Teachers' Code of Professional Practice (or equivalent) and Student Conduct Rules), including for assessment items such as reports or essays. This applies to staff and patrons of any outside agency where an internship or other WIL activity is taking place. The professional nature of this unit also requires 100% participation at all learning activities (lectures, workshops, tutorial, practicals etc. as scheduled – see section 3) for the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c). If attendance requirements cannot be satisfied (e.g., timetable clash), it is recommended that you contact the Academic Programs Team to discuss re-scheduling this unit.
Foundation of Unit
Theoretical foundation: This unit is based on current theories concerning Science education. Academics teaching in this unit are specialist Science educators and researchers.
Research led education: This unit involves research-led education and work-integrated learning. Active researchers delivering this unit are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the UCLearn (Canvas) Announcements Forum or the UCLearn (Canvas) Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's UCLearn (Canvas) website (UCLearn (Canvas) forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The UCLearn (Canvas) discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).