Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Debra Panizzon


This unit is Part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part A (EDF4841).


This unit builds upon the foundational unit providing pre-service teachers with further opportunities to explore and develop their pedagogical practices in biology. In particular students will consider the importance and value of investigations and fieldwork in teaching biology along with the possibililties offered by a range of online electronic resources. Pre-service teachers will consider the types and ranges of assessment in biology. An important component of this unit will be an increased focus on the need for biology teachers to think critically about their own practice and the degree to which it enhances the learning opportunities for all students. The valuable role of ongoing professional learning as one becomes part of the teaching profession will also be considered.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate confidence and skill in linking biology learning to the needs of learners in diverse contexts
  2. devise and implement a variety of assessment procedures to promote learning in biology
  3. plan and implement fieldwork for students that support learning in biology
  4. plan and implement investigations for students that support learning in biology
  5. engage in critical reflection as a professional teacher and understand contemporary trends in practice and research at the national and international level.


Assessment Task 1: Written assignment (2000 words, 50%)
Assessment Task 2: Class presentation (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average per week of 2-3 hours contact plus approximately 15 hours in self-directed study


EDF4841 Biology education in the secondary years A or EDF4113 General science education


EDF4402 Biology education