Course Outline

EDU353 Teaching Senior Secondary Science 1

Course Coordinator:Erin Siostrom ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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What is this course about?


This course explores curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and reporting for Queensland Senior Secondary Science Syllabi, Years 11 and 12. You will learn about current trends and best practice in science education. You will apply your knowledge of your science discipline and pedagogical strategy to design and evaluate quality learning and assessment activities for Queensland senior science.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – You are required to engage and interact with asynchronous materials and activities accessed through Canvas modules, course readings and required texts. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – You are required to attend weekly tutorial/workshop activities on campus. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Independent Study/Research – In addition to engaging with the learning materials and workshop sessions and completing the assessable tasks, you are required to engage in self-directed learning using the Canvas course modules and current research/reading via USC library databases and the required/recommended textbooks and resources. 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – You are required to attend six synchronous online seminars during the semester 1hr Week 1 6 times

Course Topics

  • Queensland Senior Science Curricula Curriculum planning and alignment of content, pedagogy and assessment for senior science
  • Teaching and learning strategies for engagement of diverse learners in science
  • Assessment and reporting practices in senior science
  • Designing science investigations
  • Classroom safety and risk assessment
  • Integrating resources including information and communication technologies (ICT) into science curriculum
  • Literacy and numeracy in senior science
  • Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, culture and knowledge in senior science curriculum

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1 Apply science content knowledge and Senior Science curriculum knowledge in developing science inquiry sequences, teaching and learning activities, and assessment. Creative and critical thinker
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
2 Apply knowledge of teaching and learning strategies that support the diversity of learners in senior science. Creative and critical thinker
2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1
3 Apply understandings of principles of assessment and reporting that monitor senior students' levels of achievement and progress in senior Science. Creative and critical thinker
5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
4 Apply knowledge of planning, resourcing, teaching and managing to create learning experiences for students of Senior Secondary Science Creative and critical thinker
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1
5 Employ effective language, structure and text to communicate curriculum strategies and ideas. Knowledgeable


* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2 Content selection and organisation: Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting: Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lesson plans.
2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians: Demonstrate broad knowledge of, understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.
2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies: Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas.
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students.
3.1 Establish challenging learning goals: Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs: Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.
3.3 Use teaching strategies: Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.4 Select and use resources: Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.
3.5 Use effective classroom communication: Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement
4.1 Support student participation: Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.
4.2 Manage classroom activities: Demonstrate the capacity to organise classroom activities and provide clear directions
4.3 Manage challenging behaviour: Demonstrate knowledge of practical approaches to manage challenging behaviour.
4.4 Maintain student safety: Describe strategies that support students’ wellbeing and safety working within school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.
4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically: Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.
5.1 Assess student learning: Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning.
5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning: Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning
5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements: Demonstrate understanding of assessment moderation and its application to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning.
5.4 Interpret student data: Demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.
5.5 Report on student achievement: Demonstrate understanding of a range of strategies for reporting to students and parents/ carers and the purpose of keeping accurate and reliable records of student achievement

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program (AE304 and a Biological Sciences or a Chemical Sciences Extended Minor) or (SE303 and a Biological or a Chemical Sciences Major or Extended Minor) or (ED315 and a Marine Science Minor)


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is expected that students engaging in this course have undertaken tertiary science content courses that will be drawn upon to complete this course.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Assessor feedback around Task 1 Part 1 (Week 3) will assist you with subsequent assessment tasks.
Task 1 Part 2 (Weeks 4-6), gives you the opportunity to contribute and share ideas and outcomes with your peers via tutorial presentations.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Oral and Written Piece Individual 25%
Part 1: 600 words
Part 2: <5 minutes
Refer to Format In Class
All 2a Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 20%
60 minutes
Week 9 In Class
All 2b Activity Participation Individual 10%
Tutorial participation (progressive)
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 3 Portfolio Individual 45%
1700 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Evaluating Context-based Science
The goal of this task is to evaluate the contribution of context and inquiry to science education and to demonstrate your ability to apply indigenous Australian science context for teaching and learning senior science.
For students who do two science teaching areas this task is for Teaching Area 1. For example if you do a Biological Science major and a Chemical Science minor then this will be a Biology task.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
Part 1 Written Piece due in Week 3: You will summarise and reflect on the findings of a provided article on secondary school science curricula.
Part 2 Presentation in tutorial Week 4, 5 or 6: you will deliver a multimodal presentation of an example of Australian Indigenous History/Culture related to your Teaching Area, identify how it can link with QCAA senior syllabus Unit Objectives and Subject Matter and elaborate how it could influence your classroom curriculum.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
​Knowledge of integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures to engage a diversity of learners
Evaluation of context-based science for learning and engagement
Employment of effective language, structure and text to communicate curriculum strategies and ideas​
All - Assessment Task 2a:Senior subject Quiz
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your subject-specific curriculum and pedagogical content knowledge and skills.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
You will complete an in-class quiz in Week 9 consisting of multiple-choice and short-response items to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of topics from your tutorials including:
•	Curriculum, planning and teaching strategies that engage senior students, and their application in your subject 
•	Content knowledge for teaching your subject
•	Formative and Summative Assessment in your subject
•	Safety and Management of student activities in your subject
•	Teaching strategies involving ICT, literacy, and numeracy in your subject
•	Integration of 21st century skills in your subject
You will require access to your own mobile device to undertake the quiz during your tutorial.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and skills for senior secondary curriculum, teaching and assessment.
All - Assessment Task 2b:Senior subject Activities
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your subject-specific curriculum and pedagogical content knowledge and skills.
Product: Activity Participation
You will demonstrate your subject-specific knowledge and skills by your active participation in tutorial practical activities. This may include a laboratory skills test.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and skills for senior secondary curriculum, teaching and assessment.
All - Assessment Task 3:Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Portfolio
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your understanding and applications of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in your Senior Secondary Teaching Area.
Product: Portfolio
For students who have two science teaching areas this is for teaching area 1. For example, if you do a Biological Science major and a Chemical Science minor then this will be a Biology task.

Select one internal assessment (IA) sample task from QCAA; either a Student Experiment (SE) or Research Investigation (RI).
•	Identify how the selected internal assessment task directly or indirectly connects to the final level of achievement awarded for this subject. 
•	Provide the ISMG you will use to assess the task.
•	Critically analyse the sample task, identifying the intent, strengths and weaknesses of the task based on the syllabus and contemporary literature.
•	Discuss the suitability of the sample task to the corresponding QCAA unit, and how this would influence your pedagogical approach.
•	Describe and justify one modification you could make to the task to improve student engagement, learning and/or level of achievement without compromising assessment integrity.
•	Describe and justify a sequence of three lessons that relate to the module/unit of study and illustrate your knowledge of:
a. syllabus content knowledge
b. discipline-specific pedagogy
c. learning goals that create achievable challenges
d. range of teaching strategies
e. management and resources
f. responsive formative assessment design
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of Science content knowledge and Senior Secondary Science curriculum knowledge in developing teaching and learning activities.
Application of knowledge of teaching and learning strategies that support a diversity of learners.
Plan, resources and management of learning experiences for students of Senior Secondary Science.
3 4
Employment of effective language, structure and text to communicate curriculum strategies and ideas ​

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Vaille Dawson,Grady Venville,Jennifer Donovan 2019 The Art of Teaching Science 3 Routledge

Specific requirements

You will need a lab coat for tutorials.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all laboratory classes and a moderate level of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks are those associated with laboratory work such as working with chemicals and hazardous substances. You will be required to undertake laboratory induction training and it is also your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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