Course Title: Science Principles, Practice and STEM

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Science Principles, Practice and STEM

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2435

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Rebeca Bates

Course Coordinator Phone: TBC

Course Coordinator Email: rebecca.bates@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: City campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


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 Comment [10]: Too Long Page 45 of 60 28 February 2011 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.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for critically reflective practice including social, environmental and cultural professional awareness in both local and global contexts.
  • Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with students, colleagues, parents, carers and education stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Show commitment to ongoing professional learning, particularly in relation to meeting the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers.


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

The course contributes to the following Program 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
  • Discuss critically the nature of science and the role of teachers in primary science and STEM education.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including; tutorials, workshops, practical science activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, presentations, community-based site visits, discussion, online activities 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 (lectures, 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 http://rmit.libguides.com/sb.php?subject_id=67929

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing

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. http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library


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.

Task

Course Learning Outcome

AITSL Standards Assessed

 

Science Inquiry presentation 50%, 2000 words equivalent

Part A: Group video

Part B: Individual reflective essay

CLO1

CLO4

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

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

CLO2

CLO3

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. www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/rights-and-responsibilities/student-responsibilities   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: www.rmit.edu.au/staff/our-rmit/policies/academic-research