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Science in Schools (EDUC90839)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90839
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will provide an understanding of your university studies within Victorian schools through a substantial school based experience.

The subject includes a placement of up to 20 hours within a Victorian school classroom, offering an opportunity to collaborate as a Tertiary Student Assistant (TSA) under the guidance of a qualified teacher.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should:
• demonstrate a greater understanding of the conceptual challenges faced when science is taught in schools;
• understand the significance of how a science curriculum is taught and developed in contemporary Victorian school on the basis of research evidence;
• explore issues related to curriculum, teaching approaches and materials related to the learning needs and interests of science learners in schools, as demonstrated through the TSA experience;
• have a greater awareness of the complexity of issues impacting science education, young learners and schools;
• appreciate how schools and education systems contribute to society and articulate the range of purposes of communicating about science;
• demonstrate improved self-reflection and practical skills; and
• identify the common features of effective communication in written, oral and other forms of communication

Generic skills

This subject requires students to demonstrate and improve a range of generic skills. Students should:
• be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices in completion of a school based project through highly developed planning and organising skills;
• be able to use effective interpersonal and communication skills through interaction with a diverse range of colleagues, supervisors, and students;
• demonstrate improved analytical, problem-solving, research, and report-writing skills through dealing with, a range of issues that emerge within their placement;
• strengthen a conscious personal and social values base and develop an awareness of the legal and ethical frameworks of schools and the education sector;
• reflect on their own skills to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms;
• provide constructive feedback on other students’ work and contribute to professional discourse on how their discipline impacts on society through the perspective of schooling

Eligibility and requirements


All applicants must have a valid Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of the subject: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

Professional Skills Subject for the following courses.

This subject is only available to students admitted to the following courses

MC-BMEDSC Master of Biomedical Science
MC-SCIBOT Master of Science (Botany)
MC-SCIZOO Master of Science (Zoology)
MC-URBHORT Master of Urban Horticulture
MC-BMEDSC Master of Biomedical Science
MC-SCICHE Master of Science (Chemistry)
MC-SCIEAR Master of Science (Earth Sciences)
MC-SCIVIS Master of Science (Vision Science)
MC-SCIEPI Master of Science (Epidemiology)
MC-SCIBHS Master of Science (Biomedical and Health Sciences)
MC-SCIGEO Master of Science (Geography)
MC-SCIPHY Master of Science (Physics)
MC-SCICMP Master of Science (Computer Science)
MC-SCIGEN Master of Science (Genetics)
MC-SCIBIF Master of Science (Bioinformatics)



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Reflective Statement (1000 words), due early semester 20%

Students can choose from the following topics or negotiate another with their tutor

  • Personal / Professional Identity
  • Guided Observation of Classroom Experience
  • Teaching & Learning Activity
  • Classroom Initiative or Challenge

Case Study written proposal (500 words) due mid - end semster 10%

Interactive Classroom Presentation 15 minutes (1000 word equivalent) due mid-end semester 20%

  • As a group (up to 4) students present an interactive presentation on a Current Contextual Issue in Education

Case Study Report (2500 words): A case study or placement project report based on a specific challenge experienced while working in schools, and how this was either resolved or led to new learning or understanding about Science and classroom student learning. Due end of semester 50%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops. Professional practice placements require 100% attendance.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 3 April 2019