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ESS444 - Science: Curriculum Study

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
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, E359, E365, E377 and E455 only)

Unit chair:P Hubber




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 3 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


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.

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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