Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course deepens students' understanding of the principles and practices of teaching and learning in secondary schools across the Maths, Science and Technology KLAs. It will place particular emphasis on the investigative, problem solving and design aspects of authorised syllabi in these areas and elucidate those aspects where pupil experience in one area can deepen and expand their learning in another. During this course the students will produce learning materials and activities integrating interdisciplinary content. Activities will be shared with practicing teachers for appraisal.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC4105 and EDUC4109. Students who have successfully completed EDUC4105 or EDUC4109 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC4110.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the role of problem solving, design and investigation in STEM KLA syllabi.

2. Develop authentic, interdisciplinary approaches to the teaching of their core teaching subject.

3. Incorporate new technologies into the teaching and learning of STEM teaching subjects.


  • Investigation, design and problem solving in STEM syllabi in NSW.
  • Interactions between the design process, problem solving and investigation.
  • Development of student capacities in design, investigation, and problem solving.
  • Development of program development skills for the integration of STEM in secondary schools including the creation of interdisciplinary learning materials and activities to be shared with practicing teachers.


For students who commenced in the program in 2016 onwards, enrolment in this course is dependent on successful completion of the teacher education admission milestone:

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UON courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways.

To enrol in this course students must:

- be active in the following programs:

- Bachelor of Education (Secondary) [40107], or

- Bachelor of Education (Honours) [40108]

You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed EDUC3245, EDUC4105 or EDUC4109..

Assessment items

Essay: Essay

Project: Project

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks starting in week 1

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