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ESS467 - Senior Biology: Curriculum Study

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:P White
Prerequisite:EME444/ESS444 and a sub-major sequence in biology or equivalent.


Incompatible with:

EME214, EME467, ESS267, ESS767

Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 3 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit will develop students' understanding of contemporary theories of teaching and learning in secondary biology with a focus on senior biology (years 11 and 12) both within and beyond Victoria. Consideration will be given to the new (2016 – 2021) VCE Biology Study Design. Students will reflect on the implications of curriculum change. Students will model current pedagogical practices and consider the relationship of these to research practices in contemporary biology. Students will use literature to design learning sequences involving resource and assessment design to support secondary students’ understandings of difficult concepts. Practical, hands-on, inquiry based laboratory, field, and virtual activities will be investigated and adapted to teaching and learning environments.


Resource development (40%) 1600 word (or equivalent).

Curriculum development (60%) 2400 word (or equivalent).

Assessment will total 4000 words (or equivalent). All tasks are criterion-referenced.

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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