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Inquiry in the Science Classroom

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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What you'll learn

About this unit

This online unit, offered by Curtin University through Open Universities Australia, will teach you current primary school-level science educational techniques. In particular you will focus on hands-on, direct inquiry based learning. This means that you will discover how to encourage students to learn about science through their senses.

The Inquiry in the Science Classroom unit is up to date with current Australian curriculum requirements, and you will focus on creating a positive and interesting learning environment to help students study science. You will learn how to plan lessons, develop a number of teaching strategies and set and grade assessments in a primary school science classroom.

You will also have an in depth look at the current resources available to the science education sector and existing technologies which can be used in class. This unit has a particular interest in helping you help primary students improve their scientific knowledge and skills, and develop positive attitude to science which will also help them to make sense of the world around them.

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Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program: You must either have successfully completed one of the following units before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in one the following units; or enrol in one of the following units to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

  • Teachers Inquiring About the World
  • Assessment for Learning

To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) through Curtin University.

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary), Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this science education unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Scientific literacy
  • Observation/inquiry
  • Constructivism, alternative frameworks
  • National curriculum, SU, SIS, SHE
  • Teaching strategies, 5 E model
  • Lesson planning
  • Assessment, report writing/li>
  • Science safety, classroom management
  • Programming and planning, 5 E model revisited
  • ICT and science, literacies of science, resources
  • Integrated science, resources
  • Excursions, review, revisit and reflect
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Career outcomes

When you've completed this unit you will have the ability to plan and deliver inquiry-based, hands-on primary school-level science classes according to the current Australian Curriculum.

You will learn classroom management techniques, how to both set and mark assessments and also how to get primary school students excited about science.

You will also have learnt about current advances in scientific method, technology and theory and how you can put this knowledge to use in the classroom.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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