Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Greg Lancaster


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF4890).


This unit is the first of two units which aim to prepare pre-service teachers to teach physics in secondary schools and colleges both as a specialist subject in senior years (Years 11 and 12) and within the junior science curriculum (Years 7 to 10). A central focus of this first unit is to assist pre-service teachers to build an understanding of the importance of developing an effective pedagogy for teaching physics through the continual use of critical self-reflection. The unit also aims to build an awareness of problematic physics content and evidence-based teaching approaches that successfully facilitate student conceptual understanding. Pre-service teachers will also be encouraged to trial a wide variety of teaching strategies and to build information and communication technology (ICT) skills and techniques considered essential for establishing a productive and engaging secondary classroom.


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

  1. interpret, critique and implement the language, content and assessment methods in the senior physics curriculum documents useful in contemporary physics teaching in secondary schools and colleges
  2. develop a capacity and confidence to effectively communicate their physics knowledge using a range of appropriate methods, while planning lessons which encourage purposeful and critical thinking in their students
  3. access and develop a diverse range of effective teaching strategies useful in physics and general science education and design engaging activities suitable for the diverse social and cultural backgrounds of their prospective students
  4. demonstrate an understanding of a range of common alternate conceptions frequently held by students and encountered when teaching key physics topics.


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO)

Research report (1000 words, 25%)
Interview and lesson plan (1000 words, 25%)
Reflective journal and discussion problems (1000 words, 25%)
Class multimedia presentation (1000 words equivalent, 25%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

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


A minor sequence in physics (includes electronics)