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ETM704 - Supporting and Leading Development of Communities of STEM Practice


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:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Wendy Jobling




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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 - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials

In-person attendance requirements:

This unit includes a minimum of 35-hours of intensive classroom activity


This unit draws on contemporary research into collaborative learning to analyse and synthesise prevailing perspectives on effective models, and how this enhances the effective support for learning in context. This unit will raise participants’ awareness of the extent and nature of support and collaboration in STEM at their school/organisation.

Participants will critically examine relevant research and documentation to enhance their knowledge and understanding of possible models of collaborative practice. Using this knowledge, they will start to build communities of STEM practice within and across their school/organisation for effective education of STEM.

Participants will continue to develop and implement new elements of STEM practice and begin to engage and lead others in these practices and opportunities to enhance.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Apply the knowledge and skills required of participants to demonstrate judgement, adaptability and responsibility in STEM education contexts to enhance the development of communities of practice

GLO6: Self-management


Work effectively and collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team to create solutions to authentic problems of practice to enhance the development of communities of practice

GLO7: Teamwork


Demonstrate advanced understanding of, and the capacity to engage ethically and productively in professional STEM education contexts with diverse communities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Action Plan 2000 words 40% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Progress Report 1000 words 20% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Report on Outcomes 2000 words 40% Week 11

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

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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