Course Title: Introduction to STEM Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to STEM Education

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Grant Cooper

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7851

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to key concepts and contemporary issues in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. You will explore the contexts and key theoretical and professional debates in STEM education including new ways of thinking about STEM within a school curriculum and as a teacher. You will develop your STEM content and pedagogical knowledge, through a critical examination of new and emerging approaches to engaging students in STEM education including through digital technologies and related practices such as making, coding, and game-based learning. You will consider the implications of seeing knowledge as distributed and dynamic on your own pedagogical practices.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development




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

1. articulate concepts and contemporary issues in STEM education, contexts and systems
2. discuss the major theoretical and professional debates in STEM education as located within contemporary research
3. synthesise STEM content and pedagogical knowledge to develop authentic curriculum in STEM education.

This course will complement the learning outcomes you are developing in your program.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection. It may also involve excursions to schools and/or STEM centres.

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.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of the course. There are two assignments to complete:


 Assignment 1: The what, why and how of STEM (50%, individual assessment) (LO 1, 2)
 Assessment Task 2: STEM curriculum design (50% group assessment)(LO 1, 2, 3)


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 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:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1