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ESS415 - Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum

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Enrolment modes:(B, G, X)
Credit point(s):1
Offerings: Trimester 2
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:P Hubber (B)
Campus contact:P Hubber (B, X), C Campbell (G)
Incompatible with: ESM302
Contact hours: 3 hours per week

Content

This unit aims to develop in students an understanding of the place of practical activities in school science and strategies the effective use of a wide range of resources in the contemporary science curriculum.
The topics to be addressed in this unit include: Productive use of excursions and incursions in science, laboratory management policies and procedures, legal responsibilities of the science teacher; preparation and storage of laboratory chemicals and biological materials; ways of using community science resources including local industry and government agencies; field work in science; using web based resources; strategies for the effective preparation and presentation of teachers' demonstrations; strategies for the effective use of a range of equipment, including learning technologies such as data-logging, computers and graphic calculators: strategies for the effective preparation and management of laboratory activities undertaken by students; formative and summative assessment of practical activities; and research related to the effective use of practical activities in science learning. The unit assumes a basic level of competence in the use of learning technologies and will require the student to engage in regular electronic conferences and other web-based learning activities.

Assessment

Assignment 1: Development of a portfolio of reports on the use of a variety of science resources.

Part A: Laboratory management report (1000 words, 25%)

Part B: Teacher demonstration (800 words, 20%)

Part C: Electronic portfolio (1000 words, 25%)

 

Assignment 2: A research assignment based on a project exploring the potential use of a science community resource (1000 words,30%)

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Student Contribution Rate***Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$680$544$544$2085$2263

* Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2010
** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2009
*** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2008
**** Fee rate for students who commenced studies from 2005
***** Fee rate for students who commenced studies from 2006
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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