Mrs Catherine Burgess

Mrs Catherine Burgess

Associate Lecturer

Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies (Education)

Career Summary

Biography

Teaching

Catherine has extensive teaching experience in the sciences across a range of areas including junior and senior High school science, HSC Chemistry, Physics and Biology. For over ten years, her teaching has been focused on enabling pedagogies in the sciences and the transition of mature age students into STEM. Catherine's teaching consistently receives high scores in SFT’s and SFC’s across a range of science courses within the enabling program. Catherines’  area of research includes designing and promoting reflective laboratory experiences to improve the understanding of chemistry and has presented at several conferences and published in the International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education on the role of specifically designed laboratories for enabling students. Catherine is focused on embedding a framework across the sciences which explicitly encourages metacognition and improved understanding of ideas regardless of the scientific background or educational experiences of the student.

Catherine has written and developed targeted science-based courses for a range of programs serving a diverse student population and for her work in the sciences was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2012.

Research

Catherine is currently the lead researcher on a project investigating  Mature age students returning to study science and moving into STEM-based degree courses.  The project is supported by a grant from The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)  and involves a team of researchers involved in STEM education from across the university.

Catherine has been co-researcher on several grants including the 2014 study on Overcoming Limiting notions of capability. 2015 Capability, Belonging and Equity In Higher Education and 2016 Enabling Pedagogies and Transition.

Service

Catherine is also the Convenor of the University of Newcastle’s U0NPREP/Bridging program. This program offers specifically designed short courses for over 2000  new students entering University each year. Catherine leads a team of  30 academics in the design and delivery of the suite of over 50 introductory courses across three campuses.   Catherine is interested in researching transition into STEM-based courses and the impact of short preparation courses on attrition and success in the early years of undergraduate courses.


Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate (Practice-Tertiary Teaching), University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), Newcastle College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle
  • Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training, TAFE (NSW)

Keywords

  • Science Education, Mature age education
  • Transition education. STEM education

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy 20
130103 Higher Education 60
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic - Online Moderator University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
Casual Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
23/04/2010 -  Convenor of UONPREP/Bridging programs

Catherine convenes the UONPREP/bridging programs for the University of Newcastle and reports to the English Language and Foundation studies Board.

The UONPREP/bridging program consists of over 50  short preparation courses run across three campuses and involve 30 academic and three administrative staff. The courses are designed specifically to prepare students for undergraduate and enabling studies and are scheduled in the university breaks. The courses are attended by over 1000 students and follow up research indicates that students who complete these short preparation courses had a lower attrition rate and a higher success rate in the first year of their undergraduate study. 

The University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 15 Year Service Recognition award
The University of Newcastle
2006 Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
The University of Newcastle

Teaching Award

Year Award
2012 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
EPCHEM314 Introduction to Chemistry and the LIfe Sciences
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle

This course is designed to introduce essential concepts in physical and Life Sciences. There are two components.

The Chemistry component includes an introduction to the study of the fundamental chemistry. The topics covered will  include the concept of the atom, molecules and ions, the periodic table, chemical compounds and formulae, bonding and shapes of molecules, chemical quantities and the mole concept, solution studies, acids and bases, pH and buffers and some elementary biochemistry.

The Life Sciences component includes cellular biology which consists of the structure and function of the cell, osmosis and cell division. Further topics will include the concept of homeostasis, body systems, tissues and organs, body functions and important biochemical reactions.

Students will develop skills in observation, research and communication appropriate to further study in the Life Sciences.

Co ordinator/ Lecturer 1/07/2001 - 22/12/2018
EPBIOL259 Introduction to the Life Sciences
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle

Introduction to the Life Sciences builds on EPCHEM137 Foundation Concepts for Chemistry and the Life Sciences and introduces concepts in the Life Sciences.

Topics include the basic concepts of cell biology, anatomy and physiology: the nature and practice of biology, applications and uses of biology, the components of the cell, osmosis, homeostasis, body systems, tissues and organs, body functions and important biochemical reactions.

Utilising a range of approaches students will develop skills in observation, research and communication modes appropriate to further study in Life Sciences, Nursing, Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Coordinator/Lecturer Life Science 24/01/2000 - 30/12/2018
Epchem137 Foundation Concepts for Chemistry and Life Sciences
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle

This course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts in Chemistry. The topics covered include the concept of pure substances and mixtures, atoms, molecules, and ions, simple atomic models, the periodic table. Chemical compounds, formulae of inorganic and organic molecules and compounds of biological importance. Bonding and shapes of molecules, states of matter, the mole and stoichiometry, solution studies, acids and bases and simples chemical reactions.

Utilising a range of approaches, students will develop skills in observation, research and communication modes appropriate for further study in the Health and Life Sciences, environmental and chemical sciences and chemical engineering.

Coordinator/LECTURER 24/02/2002 - 30/07/2018
UONPREP7900 Foundation Chemistry
The University of Newcastle
Coordinaotor/Lecturer 6/02/2018 - 9/02/2018
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Atherton MA, Vazquez J, Shah M, Griffiths Z, Jackson B, Burgess C, 'Using learning analytics to assess student engagement and academic outcomes in open access enabling programmes', Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 32 119-136 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02680513.2017.1309646
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Mirella Atherton, Mahsood Shah
2015 Burgess C, Yeung A, Sharma MD, 'Integrating assessment to promote engagement in an introductory chemistry laboratory', International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23 74-91 (2015) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2014 Burgess C, Relf B, 'Improving Academic outcomes of Enabling students in Undergraduate Nursing', Journal of Institutional Research South East Asia, 12 98-109 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Bronwyn Relf

Conference (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Jones DH, Burgess C, Irwin JA, Sciffer M, Vazquez J, Waters C, 'Building success upon student's decision to reengage with science as adult learners.', Building success upon student's decision to reengage with science as adult learners., SCU, Gold Coast (2017)
Co-authors Colin Waters, Jennifer Irwin, Murray Sciffer
2017 Bennett A, Motta S, Hamilton E, Burgess C, Relf B, Leroy-Dyer S, et al., 'Theorising enabling pedagogies', Theorising enabling pedagogies, SCU, Gold Coast (2017)
Co-authors Sharlene Leroy-Dyer, Anna Bennett, Bronwyn Relf, Kim Gray, Sara C Motta, Emma L Hamilton, James Albright
2017 Burke P, Bennett AK, Burgess C, 'A CPD Resource for Recognising and Developing Capability in Higher Education', Sydney (2017)
Co-authors Anna Bennett, Pennyjane Burke
2017 Bennett AK, Burke P, Burgess C, 'Re/cognising and Developing Student Capability', SCU Gold Coast (2017)
Co-authors Anna Bennett, Pennyjane Burke
2014 Relf B, Burgess C, 'Using Student Feedback to Renew Courses in Open Access Programs', http://www.aairforum.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Relf-1530-1700-Laneway-Thurs.pdf, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Bronwyn Relf
2014 Relf B, Burgess C, 'The challenges of curriculum design in a large enabling pre-nursing open access course', Foundation and Bridging Educators of New Zealand (FABENZ) Conference 2014, Tauranga, New Zealand (2014) [E1]
Co-authors Bronwyn Relf
2013 Relf BL, Burgess C, 'A flexible response: Monitoring and researching the performance of enabling students in the first year undergraduate nursing', National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference, Melbourne, VIC (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Bronwyn Relf
2011 Bennett AK, Burgess CA, 'Challenges at the cultural interface: The hidden academic cultural curriculum', Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference On Enabling Access To Higher Education, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Anna Bennett
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Report (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Bennett AK, Motta S, Hamilton E, Burgess C, Relf B, Gray K, et al., 'Enabling Pedagogies: A participatory conceptual mapping of practices at the University of Newcastle, Australia', Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (2018)
Co-authors Sharlene Leroy-Dyer, James Albright, Kim Gray, Anna Bennett, Bronwyn Relf, Sara C Motta
2018 Bennett A, Motta SC, Hamilton E, Burgess C, Relf B, Gray K, Leroy-Dyer S, 'Conceptualising Enabling Pedagogies at the University of Newcastle', Centre for Excellence in Education in Higher Education, 250 (2018)
Co-authors Kim Gray, Emma L Hamilton, Bronwyn Relf, Sharlene Leroy-Dyer, Anna Bennett, Sara C Motta
2016 Burke PJ, Bennett AK, Burgess C, Gray K, Southgate E, 'Capability, Belonging and Equity In Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches https://www.newcastle.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/243992/CAPABILITY-ONLINE.pdf', NCSEHE, 103 (2016)
Co-authors Anna Bennett, Erica Southgate, Pennyjane Burke, Kim Gray
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $113,976

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


Highlighted grants and funding

Pedagogies which rebuild scientific curiosity and understanding to improve science outcomes for students in Higher Education$15,000

Funding body: Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)

Funding body Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)
Project Team

Burgess,C.,Jones, H., Waters, C., Irwin, J., Sciffer,M.,Vazquez,J.

Scheme CEEHE Commissioned Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20172 grants / $17,000

Pedagogies which rebuild scientific curiosity and understanding to improve science outcomes for students in Higher Education$15,000

Funding body: Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)

Funding body Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)
Project Team

Burgess,C.,Jones, H., Waters, C., Irwin, J., Sciffer,M.,Vazquez,J.

Scheme CEEHE Commissioned Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

The MICHEL project:Redressing the imbalance between Mass and Individual communication in Higher Education Learning.$2,000

Funding body: English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle

Funding body English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Jones, H., Burgess,C., Burden,J., Sciffer, M.

Scheme New Research Concept Programme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20161 grants / $19,950

Enabling Pedagogies and Transitions$19,950

Funding body: Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education

Funding body Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education
Project Team

Bennett,A., Motta,S., Burgess,C., Gray,K., Hamilton,E., Relf,B.,Leroy-Dyer,S.,and Albright,J.

Scheme Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20151 grants / $29,690

Capability, Belonging and Equity in Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches$29,690

Funding body: National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

Funding body National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)
Project Team Professor Penny Jane Burke, Doctor Anna Bennett, Associate Professor Seamus Fagan, Mrs Catherine Burgess, Aprof JANE Maguire, Associate Professor Erica Southgate, Doctor Shamus Smith
Scheme Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500360
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20141 grants / $47,336

Overcoming limiting notions of academic capability:strategies to improve the participation and completion rates of students from non-traditional and low socioeconomic backgrounds.$47,336

Funding body: Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)

Funding body Centre for Excellence in Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE)
Project Team

Prefessor Penny-Jane Burke. Doctor Anna Bennett,Associate Professor Seamus Fagan, Cathy Burgess, Associate Professor Ercia Southgate, AssociateProfessoR Jane Maguire Doctor Shamus Smith e

Scheme Research Grants Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Mrs Catherine Burgess

Positions

Associate Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Lecturer
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Casual Academic - Online Moderator
Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies
Academic Division

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Email catherine.burgess@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5137 or 49215319
Fax (02) 4921 6901

Office

Room MCLG33
Building McMullin.
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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