Learning Area Physics 2

Subject EDUC90470 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 18-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 29-Jul-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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

170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


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Subject Overview:

This subject prepares teacher candidates for the teaching of secondary school physics, especially VCE Physics Units 2 and 4. Pedagogical methods and learning and teaching approaches appropriate to physics are covered. These include the use of classroom instruction, practical laboratory work, and the use of Information and Communication Technology. The subject also explores assessment of physics. In addition, some coverage is devoted to physics as outlined in the year 7-10 general science component of AusVELS, the framework for the Australian Curriculum in Victoria, and specific areas of the VCE course unlikely to be familiar to teacher candidates.

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

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Be skilled teachers of physics 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 physical sciences, educational contexts and how they interact in effective pedagogy;
    Understand the links between effective planning teaching and evaluation in physics;
  • Use a variety of technologies in the classroom to assist learning in physics classes;
  • Apply physics 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.

The subject covers a range of the National Professional Standards for Teachers (for Graduate Teachers). In particular, the subject will contribute to students attaining the following standards:

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

3.5 Use effective classroom communication

4.1 Support student participation

4.4 Maintain student safety

5.1 Assess student learning


1. Prepare a School Assessed Coursework (SAC) (1200 words), due mid-semester (33%)

2. Physics prac or demonstration (equivalent to 1500 words) (34%), incorporating:

a. Prepare and present/run a 30 minute prac or demonstration (equivalent to 1000 words) (If a prac was presented in Semester 1/EDUC90469, then must do a demonstration in Semester2/EDUC90470 and vice versa), due in-class during semester;

b. A 500 word written reflection on prac/demonstration, plus a risk assessment and a hand-out, due end of semester.

3. Combined Science component task (33%):
Either a project with an inquiry focus (1300 words), due mid-semester,

OR a critical analysis of assessment strategies in science teaching (1300 words), due end of semester.

NOTE: Teacher candidates doing one Learning Area (LA) science subject will submit the inquiry project for their third piece of assessment while those doing two Learning Area science subjects will submit both tasks listed under the third assessment, completing one for each of their LA science subjects.

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all scheduled lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:

VCAA(2008) VCE Physics Study Design (also available online)
VCAA( 2008) Victorian Essential Learning Standards (also available online)
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) website
A 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.
Links to further information: www.education.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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