ESS767 - Biology Curriculum Inquiry Senior Years


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

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


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

Students enrolled in course E763 or E765 commencing 2020, must pass unit EEE754 plus 1 unit from EEE755, EEE756, EPR731, EPR751, EPR781

Students enrolled in course D351 or E377 must pass ESS444 or ESS744



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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.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3 hour seminar per week (non-placement weeks)

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week (non-placement weeks)


This unit will develop students' mastery of contemporary theories of teaching and learning in secondary biology with a focus on senior biology (years 11 and 12) both within and beyond Victoria. Consideration will be given to the new (2022-2026) VCE Biology Study Design.

Students will critically reflect on the implications of curriculum change. Students will model and critically evaluate current pedagogical practices and analyse the relationship of these to research practices in contemporary biology. Students will use research literature to design innovative learning sequences involving resource and assessment design to support secondary students’ understandings of difficult concepts.

Practical, hands-on, inquiry based laboratory, field, and virtual activities will be investigated and adapted to complex teaching and learning environments.

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