Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Introduces students in the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary)(Honours) and Bachelor of Teaching(Primary)(Honours) programs to the study of science and technology. The major strands include physical phenomena, living things, information and communications, the earth and its surroundings, products and services, the built environment and introductory computing. It aims to provide students with a good appreciation of science and technology with particular consideration to preparing them to teach the Science and Technology Key Learning Area curriculum to primary school students. This course is structured around lectures, tutorials and labs.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate sufficient knowledge to allow students to teach in the science and technology key learning area at primary school level;

2. Understand and appreciate the sciences through investigation, examination, interaction and environmental issues;

3. Show the relationship between science and technology;

4. Demonstrate the nature, scope and importance of communications and information technology; and

5. Develop computing literacy and appreciate the role of computers in education.


Topics will be drawn from a range of sciences and technologies including:

  1. Built environments with regard to structures and spaces that people construct, modify and adapt;
  2. Information and communication and related technology and the ways people make, store, organise and transfer images and information;
  3. Living things with respect to people, animals and plants;
  4. Physical Phenomena associated with energy, space and time;
  5. Products and Services in which students learn about goods and commodities and the systems used to produce and distribute them;
  6. Earth and its surroundings and the resources it provides;
  7. Computing literacy with an emphasis on basic applications.


This course replaces SCIM2030. If you have successfully completed SCIM2030 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab-based Assignment

Project: Integrated Project

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Computer Lab: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum of four (4) Computer Laboratories to meet course requirements.
  • Tutorial: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum of seven (7) Tutorials to meet course requirements.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks starting in week 2

See course outline for lab schedule


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


Face to Face On Campus 1.5 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks starting in week 2

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.