Learning Area Chemistry 1

Subject EDUC90433 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville, On Campus

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

125 hours. Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.





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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Mr Mark Learmonth


Education Student Centre

Subject Overview:

This subject explores the rationale, methodology and teaching techniques relevant to the teaching of VCE Chemistry, especially VCE Units 1 and 3. General teaching techniques of Chemistry are also emphasized in junior Science, including laboratory work, demonstrations and safety in the use of chemicals and equipment. The subject covers practical and theoretical aspects of planning engaging lessons and units of work in VCE Chemistry. Chemistry has conceptual complexities, like the Mole, which baffle secondary students. Very small scale of the particles and forces have to be used to explain macroscopic phenomena. An introduction to assessment in Chemistry will also be taught in this subject.

A combined science component, shared with the other science methods, has a focus on the design and management of the general science curriculum and teaching in years 7-10. This is taught through practice with pupils in small groups in school classrooms, and through workshops and excursions delivered by Science education experts. Teacher candidates will be introduced to the use of research on children’s naïve conceptions in various science topics, principles of constructivist teaching, socially situated and peer-based learning, lesson planning, laboratory and classroom management and laboratory safety.

ICT is treated as an integral part of contemporary science teaching practice, where appropriate it is used to support and enhance conceptual understanding and teaching practice.


On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will be able to:

  • Be skilled teachers of chemistry with the theoretical frameworks and practical ability to produce effective learning for a wide range of students, including in junior science,
  • Display a solid current knowledge of the chemical sciences, and educational contexts and how they interact in effective pedagogy,
  • Understand the links between effective planning teaching and evaluation in chemistry,
  • Use a variety of technologies in the classroom to assist learning in chemistry classes,
  • Apply chemical understandings to familiar and new contexts, analyse issues and implications relating to scientific and technological developments and analyse and evaluate the reliability of information and opinions presented in the public domain,
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities to use ICT to support student learning and professional practice.

There are 3 assessment tasks for this subject.

  • Review and evaluation of teaching Chemistry (1350 words) due mid semester, 33%
  • Lesson plans on Chemistry (1350 words) due end of semester, 34%
  • Either a practice-based reflective task (equivalent 1300 words) due mid-semester, 33% OR a project exploring pedagogical strategies (equivalent 1300 words)due end of semester, 33%

NOTE: Teacher candidates doing one LA science subject will submit the practice-based reflective task while those doing 2 LA science subjects will submit both assessment tasks listed in dot point 3, completing one for each of their LA science subjects.

There is one hurdle requirement (a brief in-class presentation).

Prescribed Texts:
  • VCAA( 2006) Victorian Essential Learning Standards
  • VCAA, VCE Chemistry Study Design, VCAA, 2005
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of change
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn.
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence.
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation.
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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