Course Title: Chemistry Method B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Method B

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Kathy Jordan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7813

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Submajor study in Chemistry (inclueds biochemistry).

Course Description

This is a methods course that focuses on preparing students to teach Chemistry in secondary schools. This course concentrates on both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching/learning Chemistry. Students are introduced to a variety of ideas, techniques and skills that will enable them to evaluate the effectiveness of different teaching/learning strategies. This course will focus on pedagogy, assessment and reporting practices.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Design meaningful classroom Chemistry based units appropriate for senior secondary science.
• Critically reflect on their professional practice.
• Effectively communicate Chemistry concepts.
• Use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage and extend students’ learning in Chemistry.
• Effectively assess the effectiveness of their teaching.
• Effectively assess and report on students’ learning in Chemistry.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Construct a course of study in VCE Chemistry using support materials.
• Develop a sound understanding of the processes relevant to teaching and learning in senior school Chemistry.
• Apply practical teaching skills for VCE Chemistry.
• Select and use a range of support resources for teaching Chemistry.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
• Teachers know the content they teach.
• Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
• Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
• Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.
• Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
• Teachers are active members of their profession

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line discussions, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

See Part B

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.