ECE380 - Inquiry Into Science Curriculum


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

From 2025:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course E330, E333 or E334


Students enrolled in course E330 must have completed unit ECE220

Students enrolled in course E333 and E334 must have completed units ECE212, ECE220 and ECP228

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 x 1-hour practical experience (online) per non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks), 1 x conference per trimester

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour practical experience (online) per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks) and 2 x 1-hour online lecture per trimester, 1 x conference per trimester

In-person attendance requirements

The unit also includes a professional experience (placement) (15-days).

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*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


Students will deeply explore the relationship between curriculum, policy and professional teacher standards in early childhood and primary school contexts. In their exploration of the science curriculum, students will examine the historical, political and regulatory influences on science content and teaching approaches. An inquiry will be undertaken as part of this unit into science curriculum and teaching pedagogies to develop a sequence of lesson plans that can be delivered in a kindergarten or primary school classroom. Students will plan for their inquiry based on their own professional learning into science curriculum and teaching practices. They will evaluate the effectiveness of the structuring of learning experiences, teaching strategies, using ICT, resources and communication to fulfil and expand children’s learning outcomes in science, also reflecting on their own professional learning goals.

During a 15 day placement, students will practice the implementation of the planning cycle with a small group of focus children. They will assess and analyse their learning to set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for the varying abilities and characteristics of the children, and respond to these through planning, implementation and evaluation of learning experiences. Throughout these tasks, student will critically analyse and reflect on their professional practice and teaching identity alongside their mentor teacher.

Hurdle requirement

Brief summary of hurdle requirement Rationale Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
15-days of professional experience (placement) in an early childhood or primary school room. Successful completion of practical teaching experience is a requirement of the Victorian Institute of Teaching and ACECQA. ECE380 has a professional experience component of 15-days embedded and as such, the academic tasks and practical teaching knowledge and competencies must be successfully completed in order to pass this unit. If students do not pass either the professional experience (placement) or assessment parts of this unit, the entire unit, including professional experience (placement) will need to be repeated. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork

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