Extended Studies in Science I

Course code EDUC2152Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course deepens students understanding of the principles and practices of teaching and learning Science in secondary schools. Students will explore course, programming and assessment requirements of the NSW Higher School Certificate for Stage 6 Science syllabi. Specific attention will also be given to the literacy and numeracy demands of Science as an area of study; chemical safety in schools; the nature of scientific theories and models; and ways of differentiating curriculum to meet the diverse needs of learners in the Science classroom.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will have the capacity to:

1. Develop lesson plans, programs and assessment tasks for Stage 6 Science (General Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology) syllabi, using a range of strategies, technologies and resources.
2. Interpret the course and assessment requirements of the HSC.
3. Support the literacy and numeracy demands of Science as an area of study.
4. Display accurate knowledge of space sciences and relevant strategies for successful teaching and learning of these abstract concepts that often intimidate teachers.
5. Identify science skills required by students in the classroom.
6. Use themes to increase student motivation.
7. Adopt successful teaching strategies in the science classroom.
8. Follow the principles for chemical safety in schools.
9. Differentiate the curriculum to meet the diverse needs of learners in the Science classroom
10. Discuss the nature of scientific theories and models.
Content* Lesson planning, programming and assessment for Stage 6 Science (General Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology) syllabi.
* Strategies, technologies and resources for Stage 6 Science.
* Course and assessment requirements of the HSC.
* Literacy and numeracy demands of Science as an area of study.
* Updating knowledge of space sciences and relevant strategies for successful teaching and learning of these abstract concepts that often intimidate teachers.
* Science skills required by students in the classroom.
* Using themes to increase student motivation.
* Successful teaching strategies in the science classroom.
* The principles for chemical safety in schools.
* Differentiating the curriculum to meet the diverse needs of learners in the Science classroom
* The nature of scientific theories and models.
Replacing Course(s)EDUC4107
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEDUC2101 & EDUC2052
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Minor Assignment = 20%: 1,000 words or equivalent; Consisting of knowledge assessments on the topic of scientific theories and models, space sciences, and chemical safety in schools.
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesMinor Assignment = 20%: 1,000 words or equivalent; Consisting of (a) an evaluation of student work samples from a Stage 6 Science class; (b) the design of a science literacy task differentiated to address the scientific literacy needs students demonstrated in Part A of this assignment.
ProjectsMajor Assignment = 60%: 3,000 words or equivalent; Consisting of planning, programming, assessment, and resource building tasks linked to the requirements of the NSW Stage 6 General Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics syllabi.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC2152