Course Outline

EDU794 Teaching Senior Secondary Psychology

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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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

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 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
Seminar – 6 x 1hour seminars throughout the semester (dates TBA) to help you engage with the key ideas of Senior Secondary Psychology 1hr Week 1 6 times

Course Topics

  • The Queensland Senior Science (Psychology) Syllabus
  • Inquiry learning, curriculum, planning and 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
  • Classroom safety and risk assessment
  • Integrating resources including information and communication technologies (ICT) into senior science (psychology) curriculum
  • Literacy and numeracy in senior science (psychology)


What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

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 mastery of your application of Psychology content knowledge and Senior Secondary curriculum knowledge in developing inquiry sequences, teaching and learning activities and assessment. Creative and critical thinker
2, 3
2 Apply deep knowledge of teaching and learning strategies that support the diversity of learners engaged in Senior Secondary Science (Psychology) Knowledgeable
2, 3, 4
3 Apply deep understandings of principles of assessment and reporting that monitor senior students' levels of achievement and progress in senior Psychology Knowledgeable
4 Apply deep knowledge of planning, resourcing, teaching and managing to create learning experiences for students of Senior Secondary Psychology Knowledgeable
2, 3, 4
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 PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE: Know the content and how to teach it
3 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
4 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
5 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning

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 ED706


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Psychology content knowledge from undergraduate degree.

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

In Week 2 you will work in groups to develop formative group conversation skills similar to those assessed in Task 1 for feedback and practice. 

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 min presentation
Week 4 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%
2200 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. 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
Applied knowledge of integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures to engage a diversity of learners
Demonstrated application of context-based approaches for learning and engagement
Employed effective language, structure and text to communicate curriculum strategies and ideas​
All - Assessment Task 2a:Exam
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your subject-specific curriculum and pedagogical content, knowledge and skills.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
The Teaching Area Quiz
The week 9 quiz 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
Demonstrated knowledge and skills for senior secondary curriculum, teaching and assessment
1 2 3 4
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
Demonstrated 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 sequence.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrated application of deep subject content knowledge and Senior Secondary Psychology curriculum knowledge in developing teaching and learning activities.
Application of deep knowledge of teaching and learning strategies that support a diversity of learners.
Applied deep understanding of planning, resourcing, teaching, managing and assessing learning experiences for students of Senior Secondary Psychology.
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 Lorelle Burton 0 Psychology for Queensland n/a n/a

Specific requirements

Not applicable

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 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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