Course Outline

EDU375 Teaching Senior Secondary Psychology

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

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

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

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course, you will develop knowledge and skills for implementing the Queensland Senior Secondary Psychology curriculum. You will learn how to design lesson plans and learning sequences that will engage diverse learners. You will explore and analyse a range of pedagogy, assessment and reporting strategies that maximise learning outcomes for senior students, including developing strategies for supporting literacy, numeracy and ICT learning within Psychology.

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

Course Topics

The Queensland Senior Science (Psychology) Syllabus

Curriculum planning and alignment of content, pedagogy and assessment

Teaching and learning strategies for engagement of diverse learners

Assessment and reporting practices in senior sciences

Designing psychology investigations safety and risk assessment

Integrating resources including information and communication technologies (ICT) into senior science (psychology) curriculum

Literacy and numeracy in senior science (psychology)

Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, culture and knowledge in senior science (psychology) 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 Demonstrate understanding of Psychology content and knowledge of the senior syllabus in developing lesson plans, learning sequences and assessment. Knowledgeable
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2
2 Demonstrate pedagogical knowledge by implementing teaching strategies and learning activities that support the diversity of learners engaged in Psychology. Knowledgeable
2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.5
3 Apply knowledge of the principles of assessment and reporting that monitor senior students’ levels of achievement and progress in Psychology. Knowledgeable
2.3, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2 Content selection and organisation
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.1 Establish challenging learning goals
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 Use teaching strategies
3.4 Select and use resources
4.1 Support student participation
4.2 Manage classroom activities
4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically
5.1 Assess student learning
5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning
5.3 Make consistent and comparable judgements
5.4 Interpret student data
5.5 Report on student achievement

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

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


Enrolled in (Program AE304 or SE303 and a Psychological Sciences Extended Minor)


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

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

Early feedback is built into the assessment tasks and tutorials. For example, in Week 2 you will work in groups to develop, practice and attain formative feedback skills similar to those assessed in Task 1.

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 Individual 25%
10 minutes
Refer to Format In Class
All 2a Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 20%
30 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%
1800 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Leading a class discussion
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your capacity to engage students in Psychology through the use of engaging stimuli, activity or demonstration, to develop a class discussion.
Product: Oral
Submit: Week 4 or 5 as arranged with your tutor. You are taking the role of a teacher of senior students who is presenting a demonstration, activity or stimulus (real, modelled
or virtual) and associated discussion linked to a key idea or key concept of the senior Psychology syllabus.The stimuli, activity or demonstration, and class discussion must be based on
2019 QCAA senior syllabus
subject matter. The purpose of this is to develop your ability to facilitate a class discussion using Socratic questioning, to engage every student in the discussion, and to guide
the discussion towards desired outcomes linked to your 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 approaches for learning and engagement
Employ effective language, structure and text to communicate curriculum strategies
and ideas
All - Assessment Task 2a:Examination
The goal of this task is to demonstrate
your subject-specific curriculum and
pedagogical content, knowledge and
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
The Teaching Area Quiz
The 30 minute quiz in Week 9 will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of topics from your tutorials including:
Psychology pedagogical and content knowledge for senior secondary classroom practice
Science inquiry learning, curriculum, planning and teaching strategies that engage senior students, and their application in your senior syllabus
• Teaching strategies involving ICT, literacy and numeracy in your teaching area
• Integration of 21st century skills in your teaching area
You will undertake the examination during your class time
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and understanding senior secondary curriculum, teaching strategies,
assessment, moderation and reporting practices.
1 2 3
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 through your active participation in tutorial practical activities.
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 of science inquiry
learning in the senior Psychology syllabus
and how to integrate inquiry into student
experiment/research design using a 21st
century approach and skills.
Product: Portfolio
Prepare a portfolio that identifies, describes and justifies inquiry learning in school science that includes:
• an overview of inquiry learning for Queensland science students
• a range of inquiry approaches to mandatory practicals and suggested practical and research activities from your QCAA senior syllabus that include 21st Century Skills
• a brief analysis of what knowledge and skills students require for the QCAA Senior Psychology Student experiment or Research investigation.
• an original, engaging three lesson sequence that demonstrates appropriate application of an inquiry approach to a QCAA senior science student experiment or research
investigation assessment
• A justification of your choice of resources, teaching strategies, and how you will challenge all students
• A description of diagnostic or formative as appropriate, including an explanation and justification of the feedback process you will use with students throughout the lesson
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of subject content knowledge and Senior Secondary Psychology
curriculum knowledge in developing teaching and learning activities
Application of knowledge of teaching and learning strategies that support a
diversity of learners.
Planning, resourcing and managing learning experiences for students of Senior
Secondary Psychology.
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. Directed study hours may vary by location. 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

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is 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 will 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 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 and supply the required documentation to negotiate an outcome.


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Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

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  • Supplementary Assessment
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