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EPS735 - Primary Science and Technology Education

Unit details


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit Chair:John Cripps Clarke
Cohort rule:

Students commencing in 2020 must be enrolled in course E762, E764, E765


Students commencing course E762, E764, E765 in 2020, 
must have passed 2 units from EEE754, EEE755, EEE756, EPR701



Incompatible with:

EES540, ESS540

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:

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, independent study and, 1 x 4-hour school-based/cultural institution site-based seminar per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks).

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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 including 1 x 2-hour online seminars plus 2-hours of practical activities and small-group teaching per week and independent study during non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks).

It is highly recommended that you attend scheduled synchronous discussions in CloudDeakin throughout the trimester.

Alternatively, Cloud students are invited to attend:

  • Geelong (intensive): 5 x 5.5-hour school-based seminars over one week. (Replaces the weekly online seminars and practical activities/small group teaching requirements).
Independent study throughout the trimester is still required to complete all assessments.
In-person attendance requirements:

Cloud (intensive): 5 x 5.5-hour school-based seminars over one week


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education; Community Based Delivery


The unit covers the following topics:

  • children’s perceptions of scientists and science and children’s alternative science concepts;
  • science and design & technologies pedagogies: conceptual change strategies, multi-modal representations;
  • linking research literature (including theoretical perspectives) to practice;
  • states and national curricula planning – planning and implementing a sequence of science and design and technologies lessons;
  • science Investigations – design, measurement, data representation and analysis, and writing in science;
  • the nature of science and the relationship between design and technologies and science;
  • the literacies of science and the role of representation in learning science;
  • higher order thinking and reasoning, creativity and imagination;
  • resources for a contemporary primary science classroom: the use of ICT to support learning in science and community resources;
  • assessment, as, of and for learning – diagnostic and formative and summative;
  • science conceptual knowledge: including floating and sinking, force and energy, light, heat, animal and plant structure and function, biodiversity, life cycles and animal behaviour, rocks, earth and atmospheric processes, environmental science, sustainability, the nature of science.
  • the technology process; and
  • safety in science and design and technologies.

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate engaging, inclusive and research informed teaching of science concepts and skills and design technologies for primary students

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Critically evaluate and communicate student learning

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Reflect on your professional practice to generate creative approaches to the challenges of teaching and working with colleagues

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

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

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Group of 2 or Individual) - Teaching Report 5000 words group of two or 2500 words individual or equivalent 50% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Learning Report 2500 words or equivalent 50% 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

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link EPS735
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.

Unit Fee Information

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