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ESS444 - Science: Curriculum Study

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses D342, D344, D351, E365, E377 and E455 only)
Unit chair:P Hubber

A sub-major sequence in one area of science, together with a first-year study in another science subject or an approved equivalent.



Incompatible with:

EME213, EME444, ESS244, ESS744

Contact hours: 3 hour seminar each week
Note: This unit is a prerequisite for the biology, chemistry and science curriculum study units.


Topics to be addressed in this unit include:

  • Lesson planning in science;
  • The nature of science and rationale for teaching it;
  • Research into students’ understandings of science and implications for teaching science;
  • Contemporary understandings about students’ learning of science;
  • Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) structure as it relates to the teaching of science.
  • The Nature of Science and implications for the teaching and learning of science – models and representations in science, and argumentation;
  • Assessing the development of students’ understandings and skills in science;
  • Teaching and learning strategies to support students’ understandings in science;
  • Planning and management of practical science learning activities;
  • Scientific literacy and literacies of science; and
  • Applications of ICT in the science classroom.


1. Presentation of a teaching resource from a science education journal (500 words, 20%).

2. Concept map (500 words or equivalent, 20%).

3. Major assignment requiring the development of a sequence of lessons within the relevant contemporary curriculum document (e.g. Victorian Essential Learning Standards) (3000 words, 60%).


All tasks will be criterion-referenced.

Prescribed texts

Dawson, C., 2000, Science Teaching in the Secondary School, Longman, Frenchs Forest NSW.


Students will be required to access professional journals such as:

The Australian Science

Teachers’J ournal,

School Science Review, The Science Teacher, in addition to digital resources. 

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