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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

School/College

School of Education

Unit aim

This discipline unit surveys science and technology and its place in contemporary society. This unit puts an emphasis upon the science and technology that relates to everyday experience. Focuses on interpretations and implications and processes of science and technology.

Unit content

Topics

  • Broad and critical knowledge and understanding of the academic discipline of science and the academic discipline of technology, including recent theory and practice 
  • Current and emerging concepts related to the nature and role of science and technology, including:
    • the science process of working scientifically (scientific inquiry, science as a human endeavour)
    • the technology process of working technologically and designing and making
  • Knowledge and understanding (Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour)
    • Natural environment
    • Made environment

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the nature and content of science and technology in contemporary society Intellectual rigour Lifelong learning Cultural competence
2 use and analyse the processes of ‘working scientifically’ and ‘working technologically’ (the design process) Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills
3 elicit and identify common alternative conceptions associated with science content and common views of science/technology and scientists/technologists Intellectual rigour
4 compare personal and sociocultural constructivist views of learning science and technology with other perspectives Intellectual rigour Creativity Communication and social skills
5 clearly articulate accepted scientific conceptions related to key concepts/phenomena/events relevant and appropriate to the science and technology content studied this session critically reflect on their own science and technology learning in relation to their discipline knowledge. Intellectual rigour Creativity
6 demonstrate skills in personal, academic and disciplinary literacies Intellectual rigour Lifelong learning Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the nature and content of science and technology in contemporary society
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. use and analyse the processes of ‘working scientifically’ and ‘working technologically’ (the design process)
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. elicit and identify common alternative conceptions associated with science content and common views of science/technology and scientists/technologists
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. compare personal and sociocultural constructivist views of learning science and technology with other perspectives
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. clearly articulate accepted scientific conceptions related to key concepts/phenomena/events relevant and appropriate to the science and technology content studied this session critically reflect on their own science and technology learning in relation to their discipline knowledge.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  6. demonstrate skills in personal, academic and disciplinary literacies
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • This text has content relating to science knowledge that is extremely valuable for this unit as it addresses common misconceptions held by pre-service and practising teachers. It is also the prescribed text for EDU30006: Skamp, K & Preston, C, 2018, Teacher Primary Science Constructively, 6th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne. ISBN: 9780170379717.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.