Course Title: Taking Primary Science into the Classroom

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Taking Primary Science into the Classroom

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Grant Cooper

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7851

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.08

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course builds on the concepts introduced in Discovering Science and Technology. The focus will be on translating knowledge of science content and pedagogical approaches into practical science units that provide impactful science experiences for children. You will investigate in depth selected science topics and identify the key science ideas appropriate to different curriculum levels. You will work collaboratively in a team to design a unit using inquiry-based approaches and learner-centred pedagogies that follow the 5Es (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate). You will teach the science unit you have designed to children in a primary school.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

• Explain concepts, skills and processes related to selected science content
• Describe the theoretical rationale and pedagogical approaches that support inquiry-based science
• Design and teach science curriculum units (based-on Primary Connections) utilising the 5 E instructional model
• Assess children’s prior knowledge in ways that usefully inform the development of the science unit
• Utilize formative and summative assessment to interpret children’s learning
• Reflect critically on your engagement with preparing for, and teaching science in a school context.

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

• Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice.
• Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
• Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning activities that include but are not limited to: lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line material, practical science, group activities, collaborative work with peers, investigations, reading, and web-based research. Face-to-face lectures will be combined with tutorials in a workshop format and will be supplemented by online materials.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

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 reports, portfolios, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter  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 and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc