Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Hongming Ma


This unit will introduce students to a wide range of fundamental science concepts, not only relevant for themselves but also for the teaching of primary school children. Important conceptual ideas and processes, including the scientific method, developing scientific literacy and the ability to communicate scientific understandings are fundamental to the unit. Students will explore theoretical concepts and contemporary issues from the disciplines of chemistry, biology and physics in ways which provide a lens to critically examine the natural environment.


Upon successful completion of this units students should be able to:

  1. understand fundamental concepts of general science
  2. appreciate that many current issues have a scientific basis
  3. have the tools to search for scientific information and the capacity to evaluate this information.


Five on-line quizzes (MCQ or short answer) and five graded activities (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Major assignment (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 1 hour seminar
  • 1 hour lecture
  • 2 hour workshop

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week