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ESS742 - Senior Environmental Science: Curriculum Study (Years 7-10)

Unit details

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2014 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

For students enrolled in course E760 only

Unit chair:L Barraza




Incompatible with:

ESS242, ESS442

Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour weekly seminar


In this unit Senior Environmental Science Curriculum Study, the prime focus is on senior level studies in VCE Environmental Science. There is a significant focus on what we teach, how we teach, and in what contexts we teach sustainability and environmental issues at a senior level. This unit will provide students with the opportunity to critically discuss a variety of environmental and sustainability topics. We will review alternative approaches to the learning and teaching of environmental science at a senior level; developing appropriate curriculum materials; common difficulties in the learning and teaching of environmental and sustainability topics; current curriculum development practices and assessment practices.

Topics to be addressed in this unit include: environmental education past, present and future ; the VCE Environmental Science study design; implementing the VCE Environmental Science study design; key concepts of sustainability, protecting biodiversity and climate change; field techniques; preparing students for exams; development of assessment tasks including school assessed course work and assessment procedures the VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies study design; environmental education and the other VCE science study designs, VET and VCAL.


Assignment 1: 45% group (total 2000 words) Design an interactive lesson plan for year 11th. Students have to select a topic from Unit 1 or 2 from the VCE Environmental Science Study Design and create an interactive and creative lesson to evaluate students learning on that particular topic.

Assignment 2: 45% individual (total 2000 words)
Design a creative SAC to assess any area of unit 4 from the VCE environmental Science study design incorporating a field excursion.

Assignment 3:10% class participation and discussion (1000 words)

Prescribed texts

It is essential that you refer to the relevant Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE):

Environmental Science. VCE. Study design. (2012). Accreditation period 2013-2016. Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Victorian Curriculum and assessment Authority (2004) VCE Study Design: Environmental Science. East Melbourne: Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

You can downloaded this text from

Ruíz-Mallén, I; L. Barraza; V. Reyes-García; B. Bodenhorn & M.P.Ceja-Adame. 2009. Contextualizing learning through the collective construction of an environmental education program. International Journal of Science Education 1-16 Hardin, G. 1968. The Tragedy of the Commons. Science, New Series, Vol. 162, No. 3859: 1243-1248.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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