Learning Area Science 1

Subject EDUC90473 (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:

Semester 1, 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


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

125 hours total commitment. 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.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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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Dr Maurizio Toscano


Education Student Centre

Subject Overview:

This subject prepares teacher candidates for teaching secondary school general science in years 7-10. Teacher candidates will use, develop and critically evaluate resources for teaching secondary science within the contexts of the physical, chemical, biological, earth and space sciences. In particular, they will draw upon and elaborate the science curriculum guidelines outlined in the Victorian Essential Learning Standards documents. Teacher candidates will analyse their own and others’ use of classroom demonstrations, modelling techniques, production of scientific artefacts, use of Information and Communication Technology and practical work. They will also use the science education literature to inform their teaching practices and engage in debates about the nature and purpose of science and science education.

In combined science, shared with the other science methods, teacher candidates will explore pedagogical strategies to engage science learners in the middle years of secondary school.

ICT is recognised and used as an essential component of contemporary science practice, as such it is used where appropriate to support conceptual understanding and to enhance student learning


On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will be able to:
• Be skilled teachers of science 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 sciences, educational contexts and how they interact in effective pedagogy;
• Understand the links between effective planning teaching and evaluation in science;
• Use a variety of technologies in the classroom to assist learning in science classes;
• Apply science 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.

  • An essay (1300 words) due mid-semester, 32%
  • A task related to planning a unit of work in environmental science (1400 words) due end of semester, 35%
  • 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

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 (2008) Victorian Essential Learning Standards (also available online)
• VCAA (2004) VCE Environmental Science Study Design (also available online)
• Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) website
A collection of readings

Recommended Texts:
  • VCAA (2006) Victorian Essential Learning Standards
  • Collection of readings
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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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