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ESS415 - Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Final year of offer 2020

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3-hours per week undertaking weekly tasks within the cloud site


This unit aims to develop in students an understanding of the place of practical activities in school science and strategies the effective use of a wide range of resources in the contemporary science curriculum.

The topics to be addressed in this unit include: Productive use of excursions and incursions in science, laboratory management policies and procedures, legal responsibilities of the science teacher; preparation and storage of laboratory chemicals and biological materials; ways of using community science resources including local industry and government agencies; field work in science; using web based resources; strategies for the effective preparation and presentation of teachers' demonstrations; strategies for the effective use of a range of equipment, including learning technologies such as data-logging, computers and graphic calculators: strategies for the effective preparation and management of laboratory activities undertaken by students; formative and summative assessment of practical activities; and research related to the effective use of practical activities in science learning.

The unit assumes a basic level of competence in the use of learning technologies and will require the student to engage in regular electronic conferences and other web-based learning activities.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge , with depth of understanding of:

  • The processes and nature of science and ways they can be mirrored in the science classroom.
  • The features of scientific inquiry and the teacher's role in furthering students' understandings.
  • The regulations governing the safe practices of conducting practical activities in the science classroom.
  • The regulations governing the safe practices of planning and conducting activities in informal settings

Demonstrate capacity to research and reflect critically on professional practice and the scholarship of teaching

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Employ effective interpersonal, oral, written and electronic communication skills with peers and students. Design, implement, communicate and evaluate professional practices that establish positive and inclusive learning environments that contribute to student engagement and motivation

GLO2: Communication


Select, evaluate and use a range of digital teaching and learning tools and resources to support student engagement and learning in science and in accordance with responsible and ethical practice

GLO3: Digital literacy


Evaluate and synthesise information relating to student learning, using formative and summative assessment data, taking into consideration contemporary theories of curriculum and pedagogy to make judgments about the use of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies. Implement, analyse, evaluate and adapt a range of curricula and learning activities in response to the needs of students

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills in order to research, analyse, develop, implement, evaluate and communicate responses to a range of problems affecting student learning and to the development of inclusive and supportive learning environments

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and initiative in researching practice and in deepening professional skills and knowledge of contemporary science educational issues

GLO6: Self-management


Work in teams to negotiate, produce and communicate quality-teaching resources to others

GLO7: Teamwork

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ESS415 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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