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ESS767 - Senior Biology: Curriculum Study

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:P White

ESS744 and a sub-major sequence in one area of biology or an approved equivalent.



Incompatible with:

EME214, EME467, ESS267, ESS467

Contact hours:

3 hours per week or equivalent


Topics to be addressed in this unit include
•    The place of biology in the curriculum of post-primary schools;
•    The VCE Biology Study Design and other senior biology curricula;
•    Alternative approaches to the learning and teaching of biology;
•    Common difficulties in the learning of biology;
•    Curriculum development and assessment;
•    Current texts and resources, including those which are internet-based;
•    The roles of the laboratory, the virtual laboratory and field work;
•    Ethical issues in the teaching of biology.


Difficult Concept     45%     A review of the literature on the nature and implications for the teaching and learning of a difficult concept in the Biology curriculum. (2000 words)


Curriculum  Goals    25%    A multimedia presentation that provide a rationale for undertaking senior biology as a subject for a student's audience. (1000 words)


Outline of a Unit of Work    30%    Provide a course outline for one complete Area of Study within the VCE Biology curriculum. (1000 words)

Prescribed texts

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, 2006, Biology Study Design, Accreditation 2006-2011, The Victorian Government Bookshop, Melbourne.

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