Course Title: Investigating Science and Technology with Young Children

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Investigating Science and Technology with Young Children

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2545

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Julie Carmel

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7804

Course Coordinator Email: julie.carmel@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.13


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course focuses on the use of an interactive approach to facilitate children’s investigation of science and technology in everyday experiences within early childhood settings. In particular, you will explore ideas of young children as investigators to support your knowledge and ability in how science and technology experiences can be practically explored in early childhood settings. You will investigate methods of scientific research for insights in how to share this knowledge with young children. The different sciences and the nature of science will be a focus.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Develop and apply knowledge and skills in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment of science and technology experiences within an early childhood context 
  • Design plans that foster children’s innate curiosity and investigations by providing opportunities for children to explore science and technology experiences 
  • Use creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems to provide children with practical science and technology experiences 
  • Critically evaluate experiences and resources designed to promote children’s investigation and learning through science and technology experiences


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

  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.


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, 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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/supporting-learning-and-teaching/student-charter/ summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at: www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1