Course Title: Investigating Science, Mathematics, Technology and the Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Investigating Science, Mathematics, Technology and the Environment

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2338

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Anne Houghton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7804

Course Coordinator Email:anne.houghton@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.16


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None listed


Course Description

This is an elective course that focuses on the use of interactive approaches to facilitate children’s investigation of science, mathematics, technology and the environment in everyday experiences.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to build a positive understanding of young children as investigators and how the topics science, mathematics, technology and the environment can be explored in early childhood settings.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Demonstrate a positive and confident attitude towards fostering children’s innate curiosity and investigation of science, mathematics, technology and the environment.
• Describe suitable learning experiences and strategies to investigate science, mathematics, technology and the environment in early childhood settings.
• Critically evaluate experiences and resources designed to promote children’s investigation of science, mathematics, technology and the environment.
• Observe and analyse children’s learning in science, mathematics, technology and the environment.
• Design, construct and evaluate relevant learning resources/artefacts.


ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.
• Personal proficiency in using ICT.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know the content they teach.
• Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.


Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including group work, lectures, discussion of readings, excursions and on-line research.


Overview of Learning Resources

See part B


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, curriculum planning, exam, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.