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ESS744 - Science Curriculum Inquiry

Unit details


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Peter Hubber
Cohort rule:

Students commencing in 2020 must be enrolled in course D304, 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 must pass 4 units in total:
must complete EEE754, 
plus 1 unit from EEE755, EEE756, EPR721, EPR731, EPR751


E762 course students must complete EPR724

E765 course students must complete EPR754

Incompatible with:


Typical 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 synchoronous sessions during the placement.

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 3-hour 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 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 secondary science (years 7-10) 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.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an advanced, integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge, including conceptual, cognitive and developmental theories of learning and of barriers to learning, specific to science and effective pedagogical approaches in secondary education

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Employ effective interpersonal, oral, written and electronic communication skills to interpret and transmit knowlede to speciailist and non-specialist audiences, and to establish positive and inclusive learning environments that contribute to student engagement and motivation

GLO2: Communication


Critically evaluate and synthesise information relating to student learning, taking into consideration contemporary theories of curriculum and pedagogy to make judgments about the use of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies

GLO4: Critical thinking



Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills in order to research, analyse, develop, and adapt a range of curricula and learning activities in response to the speicific needs of students across the full range of abilities

GLO5: Problem solving


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 (Individual) - Written report and presentation of a teaching resource

2000 words 40% Week 5

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Unit development and literature review

3000 words 60% 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 ESS744
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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