Course Title: Science Principles, Practice and STEM

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Science Principles, Practice and STEM

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Melanie Nash

Course Coordinator Phone: 99256656

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in Science education. The course endeavours to create learning environments where you can develop an understanding and appreciation of the nature of science and science learning. You will engage at theoretical and practical levels with key concepts and processes related to teaching and learning science in primary contexts. You will explore science for yourselves through hands-on activities in ways that reflect the constructivist philosophy and inquiry-based approaches which the course promotes. You will develop the skills necessary for designing and implement lessons that engage and motivate children.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • Critically analyse and apply educational research to your professional practice, demonstrating inclusive, learner-focused, evidence-based teaching
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical knowledge and judgement to develop highly effective and innovative teaching skills in an area of specialisation.
  • Show commitment to ongoing professional learning, particularly in relation to meeting the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:




Course Learning Outcomes




Understand selected science concepts, skills and processes



Analyse theoretical rationales and pedagogical approaches that support primary science



Apply the skills and knowledge necessary for planning, implementing and assessing primary science curricula

2.2, 2.3, 3.2



Discuss critically the nature of science and the role of teachers in primary science and STEM education.

2.1 ,6.4, 7.4



















Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including; workshops, practical science activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, presentations, community-based site visits, discussion and individual reflection.

In addition to scheduled contact time it is expected that students will do several hours of independent study each week. This time should be devoted to engaging with the set readings, writing reflections on the learning activities in the unit (readings, workshop activities, and assessment), accessing online support materials and communication tools provided on the Learning Hub, researching science and technology topics, and preparing assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated course objectives and outcomes. The assessment tasks will include both individual and group work.


Course Learning Outcome

AITSL Standards Assessed


Science Inquiry & presentation 50%, 2000 words equivalent

Part A: Group inquiry & video prestation 

Part B: Individual reflective essay



2.1, 2.6, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 6.3

Unit of work: Transfer of Learning, 50%, 2000 words



2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.4, 5.1


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.   If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.   The statement of student responsibilities  summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: