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EPS735 - Primary Science and Technology Education

Unit details

Year2019 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Trimester 2 Unit Chair:

John Cripps Clarke




Must be enrolled in E762, E764, or E765

Incompatible with:

EES540, ESS540

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Campus: 1 x 4 hour School-based Seminar per week (7 weeks)

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 2 hour Online Seminars plus 2 hours of practical activities and small-group teaching per week (7 weeks)

In-person attendance requirements

Cloud (intensive): 5 x 5.5 hour School-based Seminars over one week


The unit covers the following topics:

  • children’s perceptions of scientists and science and children’s alternative science concepts;
  • science and design & technologies pedagogies: conceptual change strategies, multi-modal representations;
  • linking research literature (including theoretical perspectives) to practice;
  • states and national curricula planning – planning and implementing a sequence of science and design and technologies lessons;
  • science Investigations – design, measurement, data representation and analysis, and writing in science;
  • the nature of science and the relationship between design and technologies and science;
  • the literacies of science and the role of representation in learning science;
  • higher order thinking and reasoning, creativity and imagination;
  • resources for a contemporary primary science classroom: the use of ICT to support learning in science and community resources;
  • assessment, as, of and for learning – diagnostic and formative and summative;
  • science conceptual knowledge: including floating and sinking, force and energy, light, heat, animal and plant structure and function, biodiversity, life cycles and animal behaviour, rocks, earth and atmospheric processes, environmental science, sustainability, the nature of science.
  • the technology process; and
  • safety in science and design and technologies.


Assessment 1 (Individual) - Learning Report of assessment (2500 words or equivalent) - 50%

Assessment 2 (Group of 2 or Individual) - Teaching Report of assessment (5000 words group of two or 2500 words individual or equivalent) - 50%

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