Scientific Principles (9899.3)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Education|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Education||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn 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.
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
PrerequisitesThis 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 knowledgeYear 10 Science
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Mrs Nicola Kovacs|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Mrs Lucy Bennett|
Required texts for all Scientific Principles students:
Gregson, R., & Doidge, N. (2018). Connecting with science education (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780190309343.
This is available at Angus and Robertson, Book Depository, Booktopia, The Nile Australia.
Additional readings will be made available on the unit Canvas site.
Students must complete all the required reading in advance to the tutorial workshops.
Recommended texts for all Scientific Principles students:
Devereux. J., (2007) Science for Primary and Early Childhood – Developing Subject Knowledge. 2nd Edition London: The Open University - A SAGE Publications Company.
Fitzgerald, A. (2013) Learning and Teaching Primary Science. Cambridge University Press: Melbourne. ISBN 978-1-107-60945-7
Skamp, K, (2008) Teaching Primary Science Constructively (3rd Edition) Thomson: South Melbourne, Australia
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
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.
Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will result in a penalty of 5% reduced marks from the total available, per calendar day late. An assignment submitted over 7 days late will not be accepted. Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
Special assessment requirements
In order to pass this unit, a Pre-Service Teacher must:
- participate in their workshop classes;
- submit all assessment tasks
- pass the combined assessment items (obtain an aggregate mark of 50% or more)
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.
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.
As a guide, your workload will be distributed as follows:
Reading and private study: 50 hours
Tutorial and online participation: 50 hours
Assessment tasks: 50 hours
Attendance at all scheduled workshops 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, including online lectures, 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.
Required IT skills
Students require sufficient IT skills to use CANVAS confidently and to participate in any online activities, such as asynchronous online lectures, readings, quizzes, tutorial activities and assessments.
You may be asked to bring small, household items to tutorials throughout the course of the unit, for example, straws or foil trays. These are not specialist items and costs will be minimal.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the 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 Canvas website (forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
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.
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