How we teach

Producing socially and ethically responsible graduates requires excellence in teaching and learning, innovative approaches to pedagogy and an ethos of continuous improvement.

Our approach to curriculum design within the Faculty of Science is founded upon the following objectives:

  • Inclusive: We foster Indigenous and global perspectives across all programs, and tailor our degrees around flexible course design.
  • Collaborative: Across disciplines, and degrees, we use connected and active pedagogies to situate learning in the global context.
  • Authentic: Real, relevant, and relatable content and assessment practices, building our students in to career ready graduates.
  • Innovative: Providing a contemporary university experience by employing evidence-based practice and making strategic use of blended and online environments.
  • Engaged: Integrated learning of both disciplinary knowledge and transferable skills, ensuring students are prepared to participate in practical, work integrated learning opportunities.

Our approach to curriculum

We structure our degrees and courses to get the best out of our students and teaching staff.

  • Active learning: Be at the centre of your learning by participating in discussion, practice, problem solving and group work.
  • Flexibility: Customise your degree around your personal interests and career aspirations.
  • Broad skill development: Transferable skills are explicitly taught within coursework, including cross-disciplinary learning, sustainability, capabilities for entrepreneurism and employability.
  • Authentic assessment: Tasks entail active, participatory activities and professional experiences leading to deeper learning, and career readiness.
  • Feedback: Get meaningful feedback and insights throughout your courses from our world-leading teaching and research staff to improve your skills and study experience.
  • Catering for diverse cohorts: Tailor your degree around your interests and abilities. Embedding of support resources, and the availability of advanced programs means there is a place available for all students.
  • Practical experience: Designed to prepare you for life beyond study and give you the opportunity to apply newly acquired skills to real-life problems or situations. The experiences vary across courses but include field trips, project work solving real-world problems, and Work and Research Integrated Learning.

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.