ESS744 - Science Curriculum Inquiry


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students commencing in 2020 must be enrolled in course D304, D351, E377, E760, E763, E763T or E765


D304 students must have passed 24 credit points of study at levels 1, 2 & 3 with a minimum WAM of 60%

Students enrolled in course E762, E763 and E765 must pass EEE754 plus 1 unit from EEE755, EEE756, EPR721, EPR731, EPR751, EPR781

Students enrolled in course E377 - minimum discipline study requirement is successful completion of three relevant units of science with at least one of these units at the second year level.

Otherwise: Nil


Students enrolled in course E762 must complete EPR724 or EPR784

Students enrolled in course E765 must complete EPR754 or EPR784

Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

In Person Attendance Requirements
Students who are completing professional experience (placements) are not required to attend classes or scheduled synchronous sessions during the placement.

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-hour scheduled seminar (recording provided) and 1 x 1.5-hour online seminar per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks)

Scheduled learning activities - online

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, regular forum posting and responding to others, scheduled synchronous online discussions and independent study during non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks)


E762 Internship students should not be enrolled in this unit.

Please contact Student Services to confirm your course map.


The principal aim of this unit is to prepare students for teaching middle year and secondary science through an inquiry approach.

The unit will focus on aspects such as curriculum influences and curriculum design (both in Victoria and nationally). Each aspect of this unit will complement and support specialisms offered in other Science Education Curriculum Inquiry Studies.

The inquiry approach to teaching and learning science will be deeply explored, through engagement with a broad range of topics, such as the nature of science and the rationale for teaching it, research into student's understandings of science and thus the implications for teaching science, and scientific literacy in communities, including public engagement with science.

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